The Vermont Connection


mae stephenson


Nontraditional students are a burgeoning population on American college campuses. However, many current support systems were developed with only the needs of traditional students in mind. As career-related factors often serve as an impetus for adults to return to the academy, it is vital for career services professionals to proactively develop and adapt relevant services for these students. The author provides an overview of career services, nontraditional student experiences, and the differences traditional and nontraditional students have in their career development processes. Additionally, suggestions are made for new and more relevant research as well as ways career centers can begin to address nontraditional student needs now.