Career Advocate Network FAQs

What is the Career Advocate Network?
The Career Advocate Network is a training program coordinated by the Office of Career Advancement at Rowan University. This program provides Rowan faculty and staff the opportunity to enroll in a nationally recognized credential program offered by the National Career Development Association.

Upon completion of the program, Career Advocates will have access to customized career counselor referral features in Starfish to provide engagement opportunities for students. This strengthened referral system has already shown an increase in student referrals since the start of the program.

Individuals who successfully complete the program will become a Rowan University Career Advocate with Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) credentials from NCDA.

Where does the program take place?
The Career Advocate Network program is completed at Rowan University through a hybrid schedule of in-person activities and individual/group coursework.

How long is the program and when does it take place?
Training occurs once a year from the end of the fall semester into the spring and varies in length depending upon scheduling.

Are there any costs associated with the program?
Currently, costs for this program are covered by the Rowan University Office of Career Advancement with no cost for participants.

What is required to complete the program?
The Career Advocate Network program is made up of 120 hours of training, including:

  • A minimum of 24 face-to-face hours to discuss 15 chapters covering NCDA competencies
  • Completion of 14 career conversations based on NCDA material
  • Creation and implementation of a capstone project that is relevant and applicable to the Rowan community

Click here for additional NCDA requirements and Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) credential information.

What will I receive upon completion of the program?

  • National Career Development Certificate of Completion
  • Free membership to the National Career Development Association and New Jersey Career Development Association
  • Recognition on the Career Advocate Directory

Why should I apply to become a Career Advocate?
Career centers at schools nationwide are commonly underutilized and struggle to reach students—and Rowan is no exception. The Office of Career Advancement offers a wide variety of career services but we strive to make an even bigger impact on our students' futures.

By creating a network of enthusiastic Career Advocates, we aim to provide valuable career and academic expertise as our students transition from the classroom to the workforce—and beyond.

Your knowledge, experience and willingness to help can make a difference for those in need of guidance and support!

How do I apply for the program?
Interested in applying to become a Rowan University Career Advocate? Upon department approval, you can enroll in our next course. Contact us to apply today!

For more information, contact:
Rosaria Pipitone
Associate Director
Office of Career Advancement
T: 856-256-4239 | pipitoner@rowan.edu