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Caring Connections

The UofSC Career Center is using the Handshake platform to connect faculty and staff who need assistance with babysitting and tutoring with students and alumni who are able to provide support. Handshake is the university's premiere career management platform, where students and alumni are able to search for jobs, internships and events such as career fairs. 

How it Works

As a UofSC employee and parent you must use your official university email address to use the employer account in Handshake to post babysitting or tutoring opportunities to Caring Connections. Students and alumni are able to browse postings and apply for jobs directly through the job dashboard. This process connects families with UofSC students who are looking for caregiving jobs.

Please note that Caring Connections is not a placement service. 

Job Requirements and Rate of Pay

You can set specific job requirements and qualifications. The rate of pay and other logistics are negotiated between you, as a parent, and the sitter or tutor you hire.

Interviewing and Selecting a Candidate

As a parent, you have access to the candidate pool, are able to screen applicants, and conduct interviews before selecting candidates. Parents also have the option of using the Handshake platform to schedule candidate interviews through the Career Center. 

Getting Started

To request access to the Handshake system and post jobs in Caring Connections, please complete the Caring Connections Employer Interest Form and review the Caring Connections Employer User Guide [pdf]. If you have any questions about Caring Connections, please contact .

The University of South Carolina (UofSC) Career Center and Handshake act as a conduit to connect students/alumni as caregivers/tutors and the minor children of UofSC faculty and staff as recipients of caregiving/tutoring in order to benefit UofSC families.

Users of the Handshake system, including UofSC faculty, staff and students/alumni, agree to indemnify and hold harmless the University of South Carolina, its representatives, officers, and fellow employees from any and all liabilities, claims, obligations, judgments, suits, costs, damages, expenses, attorneys' fees, incurred or paid, arising from or on account of engaging in recruiting activities and/or employment as a result of connections made through UofSC’s Handshake system, any property damage or destruction, personal injury or death or any other damages of whatsoever nature and kind, arising from or on account of this private employment connection opportunity.

The listings of employers, employee candidates and/or work opportunities hosted within Handshake are offered solely as information to University of South Carolina students/alumni, faculty, and staff. UofSC cannot guarantee the completeness or accuracy of such information. Inclusion of any employers, employee candidates and/or work opportunities in Handshake does not constitute, and shall not be construed or reported as (1) an endorsement or approval by UofSC of the agents, agency, or its business practices, or (2) a warranty or representation by UofSC as to the quality, safety or other features of such agency and/or its owners or employees. UofSC expressly disclaims any and all responsibility for any problems that may arise with regard to such agencies and/or work opportunities with regard to disputes between employers and employees/employee candidates.

All parties must exercise their own due diligence and good judgment when evaluating a prospective employment opportunity or hiring an individual to care for minor children. UofSC does not provide background checks on either those persons recruiting or being recruited/hired. UofSC has not vetted any potential caregivers or tutors for DSS licensing requirements or other health and safety regulations. All employers and prospective employees using Handshake must abide by federal, state and local labor and tax laws regarding what constitutes taxable income.

All organizations/contacts utilizing Career Center services and/or Handshake are expected to abide by all common legal and ethical practices of recruiting and employment. It is understood that all contacts agree to abide by the NACE Principles for Ethical Professional Practice as defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) when registering for their Handshake account.


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