Connecting the dots: New Career and Professional Development Center holds open house

By Olivia La Bianca

Student Writer

In a new development this school year, the Career Center and the Internship Center have merged into one department – the Career and Professional Development Center.

On Tuesday, the department hosted an open house, where students were invited to enter a raffle, eat free donuts, and get to know their way around the new facility.

The decision to merge the two Centers was made back in February, and became official on July 1. Throughout the summer, staff from both offices have worked to make it a reality.

Christina Hanson, the Director of the Career and Professional Development Center and former Career Center Director, explained that the goal was to “take the strengths of both and highlight them together and really reimagine what our priorities are, what are the student needs, how can we best meet those as one new team.”

Hanson said they have combined their services to offer basically a newly enhanced array of options for students.

“We’ve really ramped up what we can do for students in terms of their career development,” she said.

The Center’s staff was especially happy with the student turnout to the open house.

“We ordered 400 donuts, and they’re almost all gone,” Hanson laughed. “The point of this event is to get them in here to see our space, feel comfortable, get to know what our services and resources are, and how we might be able to best serve them. We try to make it fun by doing the Photo Booth and playing it up that way, too. We’ve been very happy with it so far.”

But it’s not just fun and games at the Center. The staff is working tirelessly to make sure they develop the highest quality service for Messiah students in order to better prepare them for the workplace.

Goals for the Career and Professional Development Center range from exploring career options and personal career coaching, to help with choosing a major and finding an internship. Hanson says internships are specifically a focus.

“One of our goals is to increase the number of students who do internships, since this is really on top of a lot of employers’ lists in terms of what they look for in candidates,” she explained.

Other priorities include enhancing student-alumni engagement initiatives, customizing services while working along faculty partners, and reaching out to employers in order to explain that Messiah graduates have something distinctive to offer in the workplace.

“We have a very special story to tell about our students and the types of experiences they’re getting here,” Hanson said.

Over the last three years, students have become more proactive in seeking help with careers and internships. Hanson attributes this to the recent economic changes.

“There’s just more attention to how degrees are going to translate into a job, into a career – life after Messiah College.”

She anticipates that the merging of the Career and Internship Centers will continue to meet the needs of students and usher in even greater waves of interest.

The Career and Professional Development Center is located in Eisenhower Campus Center, across from the Falcon and the Bookstore. If you are interested in getting more information, contact career@messiah.edu, call extension 6016, or find them on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

 

FALL 2014 EVENTS FOR THE CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER:

Into the City Charlotte Info Session

12 – 1 pm in ECC Board Room – September 17th

Into the City Mini to MEDA (Lancaster PA)

September 23  – 10:45 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Luncheon for Students Considering Grad School

Sept. 23 – 12–1 p.m. in Jordan Atrium

Applications due for Into the City Charlotte

Sept. 26 – 5 p.m.

Pizza w/ Professionals

WTS International

October 3 – 12–1 p.m. in Jordan 159

Into the City Charlotte

Oc.t 8-11

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  1. yahdi siradj January 9, 2017 at 3:05 am #

    Thanks for the info.. awesome stuff

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