Trying to decide if the CORD is worth your time? Check this out and get motivated!
In a study of student volunteers at Oklahoma State University, the Service-Learning Volunteer Center assessed the 96 CORD graduates for Spring, 2014 with the following two questions: “What is your most memorable service experience and why?” and “What skills have you gained from your service?” The answers that are recorded in the following links not only show that OSU students are diverse in their areas of service, but that despite this diversity, students who serve are gaining the skills that employers desire. In a study done by David D. Ostroth, employers of entry-level student affairs professionals were asked to rate the importance of workforce skills. Ostroth reported that these employers looked for the ability to work cooperatively with others, interpersonal relations and communication skills, ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals, and leadership skills . According to our CORD assessment, the top four skills gained by our volunteers were communication, teamwork, leadership, and the ability to work with diverse populations. These students are the perfect match for Ostroth’s surveyed employers. This discovery shows that volunteerism creates students who fit the “ideal employee” persona and are thus marketable and largely prepared for the career world.
A note about the CORD program: The CORD program encourages students to pursue service throughout their college career by requiring its recipients to complete 400 hours of service as an undergraduate or 300 hours as a graduate student. Students who meet this requirement with approved service hours will wear an orange cord upon graduation from the university. Find out more here.