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Career Corner:
A Day in the Life of the Your Student's Career Services Director


I came in this morning contemplating yesterday's successful Professional Preview Day. We had great weather and minimal traffic for our trip into Portland. We transported 37 students to the Portland Center to meet with several professionals (alumni and parents) for the better part of the day at their places of employment. Some of the job titles included distribution manager, event coordinator, therapist, social studies teacher and department head, general manager, trade marketing manager, pastor, internal business consultant, RN and clinical manager, software integration engineer, senior tax accountant, elementary school counselor, IT associate, director of administration, founder/director, engineering information manager, and licensed professional counselor. Most of the students reported learning new things from this exposure and made some great networking connections.

Following a time of devotions from the Screwtape Letters, staff development and prayer with the student life office, I met with a freshman to review her Career Direct assessment results. She is narrowing her decision about a major and was happy to learn her results confirmed her direction. We talked thoroughly through her interests, values, skills, and personality traits, matching these to suitable occupations and majors. She's off to do more research. I then met with our grad assistant to discuss exciting plans for a career mentoring program for our female students. Lunch was next on the agenda, and I stopped by to talk with Darren, our associate director, in the Bruin Den, where he was conducting a resume café. He said he'd made some good contacts, but needed a refreshing drink to tide him over.

Upon returning to the office, I prepped for and conducted two practice interviews for students in the online GEED 218 class, Finding Suitable Employment. One was practicing for an internship opportunity and one for an MBA graduate program. We critiqued the interview together and looked at things like preparedness, behavioral techniques, use of education and experience backgrounds, career goals, personal skills and abilities, knowledge of the organization and interview conclusion. I think they are definitely more prepared now than when they first came into the office. They were both dressed suitably for a professional interview.

In the outer office, three students had gathered to seek career information for the visual arts. These three seniors had missed my earlier presentation to the entire class and so came in upon the professor's request. We talked briefly about each of their futures - photography, graphic design, and pottery - and then I gave them the information: occupations in the arts, writing a resume for the arts, using professional associations, etc. It was good to meet them, and now they know we can be a resource for them.

I have now closed my door to write this article and to complete two e-counseling sessions - one with an alum and one with a grad student. In addition, I will enter assignment grades for the 214 online class, Claim Your Career Calling, and get myself ready for our consortium First Avenue Career and Graduate School Fair meeting tomorrow at Reed College in Portland. We host and promote many fairs for our students: First Avenue, seminary fair, nursing fair, educator's fair, engineering fair. In fact, I just talked with a professor over the phone regarding a fair for her interning students.

It's time to wind down I think. Thank-you for "reading" through my day with me. I hope you benefited from this view of my world and can begin to understand how our office assists your students.

Bonnie J. Jerke, MA, GCDF, MCDP
Director of Career Services
George Fox University
414 N. Meridian St.
Newberg, OR 97132

Stevens Center 325
Phone 503-554-2330
Fax 503-554-2339
Website: careers.georgefox.edu
Email: careers@georgefox.edu

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