Student Career Data

Student Life’s Career Center helps students in all stages of their campus journey to search for jobs or internships, get help with resumes, utilize career assessment tools and guides by academic major, attend events like career fairs and immersion trips, and much more. When you connect with the Career Center to benefit from these important resources, information about you is collected and stored in university systems such as Handshake and University Career Alumni Network (UCAN).

What Student Career Data We Collect

  • Student Contact Information
    such as resume, career interests and goals, courses related to career search, organizations & extra-curricular activities, self-reported GPA.
  • Engagement Information
    such as RSVP and attendance of career center programs, career fairs, interviews, interview appointment information, scheduled interactions with career counselors and employers, counselor notes.
  • Career Outcome Information
    such as self-reported information on first destination after graduation (employment, graduate school, still looking); details on employment, such as industry, company name, job title, etc.; details on graduate school, such as school name, program, etc.
  • Logging Information
    such as browser and operating system used, date and time of login, length of session, page visits, transaction timestamps.

How We Use Student Career Data

The University of Michigan uses Student Career data to enable:

  • Career Center Operations
    Support processes associated with career selection, job search, coaching, etc.
  • Communications
    Provide you with information on upcoming fairs and events.
  • Institutional Planning and Reporting
    Analyze aggregated (non-identifiable) data sets to identify, evaluate, and respond to trends.
  • Service Support
    Ensure system stability and positive user experience by monitoring service performance, maintaining a reliable record of transactions, and providing end-user support.

How We Collect Student Career Data

  • Directly
    When you provide it to us by completing your profile in Handshake, responding to surveys, and providing feedback.
  • Automatically
    Career Center systems generate and store data based on visits and interactions.
  • From U-M Staff
    When they record information related to event registration and attendance, counselor notes, etc.
  • From Potential Employers
    When employers provide general feedback on overall U-M student performance during interviews. This aggregated feedback is provided via surveys.

How We Share Student Career Data

The University of Michigan does not sell or rent your career information. We may share your information with:

  • Service Providers
    that support Career Center systems and applications, such as Handshake, or provide career assessment services, such as Myers-Briggs.

    We strive to require our service providers to keep your personal information secure and use it only for providing services on the university’s behalf.

  • Potential Employers
    Based on your preferences, your profile is visible to potential employers in Handshake.
  • National Association of Colleges and Employers
    Aggregate (non-identifiable) data from the first destination survey is shared with NACE to assess employment among recent graduates.

Personal information may also be shared when required by law, or to protect the safety, property, or rights of the university, its community members and guests.