This year brought a lot of changes and new initiatives in the Center for Career Development and Experiential Learning, including the addition of two professional staff members in the Career Center, two career and internship fairs featuring over 75 employers, several campus interview days, our Coffee and Careers series, the launch of TartanEdge and many other notable events and programs.
Most importantly, our team met with hundreds of EU students this year to assist with career planning, interview preparation, internship and job searching, major exploration, resume and professional writing, graduate school applications and more.
While all students are different, and each journey unique, there is one consistent similarity in all of the students we see: A desire to strive and achieve. Every student who comes through the doors of the Career Center, chats with our staff at an event or during a class presentation, is here because they have a vision for their future. Sometimes, they would like a little more clarity in that vision. Other times, it is crystal clear, and we are here to help them along the way. But always, consistently, our students strive, and almost without fail, they achieve.
We met hundreds of students this year, so many of whom have amazing stories of grit and accomplishment – students like:
Benjamin Hladycz, a computer science/game and virtual world development major who told us how his early years working on a farm helped prepare him for college, and who accepted a position as a full-time associate trainee with a brand new software development firm relocating to Erie, ValueMomentum. Benjamin says, “I learned about ValueMomentum through Edinboro University. The Career Center arranged a visit for our department, during which an HR rep told us about their company, what they do, and what opportunities there was for us. My advice to incoming students is to take the chances you get, because the worst that happens is you get rejected, which is the same as doing nothing at all. The earlier on that you can gain that experience also, means more opportunities ahead.”
Silenia Guerrero Vasquez, a rising senior from the Philadelphia area who is very involved on campus, serving as an RA and as a member of the University Strategic Planning team. Ever the advocate for students, Silenia gave voice to the student point of view as Edinboro drafted the strategy for our next five years. Silenia is putting her advocacy and passion to work this summer as an intern for the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission in Philadelphia, an opportunity that opened up to us because an EU alumnus, Perry Canalas ’09, reached out to offer it. Silenia will be joined by graduating communication studies senior, Rebecca Vassel, who is also working in the office.
Kimberly Mosher, a passionate psychology student going on to study Industrial Organizational Psychology at Purdue University Fort Wayne She is already telling us about her research ideas, and we can’t wait to see what she does in the field.
Logan McSain, who needed a full-time internship in California in his field of Health Promotion in order to graduate on time. After working with our career counselor, Peter Ostrander, he accepted a full-time, paid internship with the Palm Desert YMCA and is well on his way to both graduation and a successful career in his chosen profession.
Last but definitely not least, our own Taylor Allison, who is graduating from the communication studies program. Taylor has served in the Career Center as one of our career peer ambassadors for nearly two years. During this time, she managed our social media, created our flyers and event marketing materials, and more. She also completed two internships, the most recent with the Erie Mayor’s Office. Taylor often shared her ‘dream job’ with us – working for the international office of her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. She worked tirelessly with her career coach, Christina Moreschi. A mere week before graduation, Taylor got the news: She was offered, and accepted, the position of Education and Resource Coordinator for the Zeta Tau Alpha office in Carmel, Indiana. Taylor’s advice to incoming freshmen is “Get involved in everything you can. Saying ‘yes’ is worth the stress you may feel at times, because being involved in Greek Life, student clubs, working on campus, internships and more can lead you to amazing opportunities and even your dream job! And of course, visit the Career Center!”
As we close out another academic year, the Career Center team wants to congratulate and recognize our graduating class of 2019. We know that we join a chorus of your friends, family and professors in wishing you nothing but the best in the next step of your journey. We are especially proud to recognize students who have already accepted career or graduate school positions before even crossing the graduation stage.
If you are not among those who are certain of their next steps, you should know that our team is here to support you. All recent graduates have access to three career counseling appointments (in-person or virtual) during the first year after graduation. All alumni also have lifetime, free access to our online tools and resources, including our job boards, articles, resume samples and more.
From our team to you – congratulations, and #GoBoro. Welcome to the forever Fighting Scots family!
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The Career Development Team
- Monica Clem ’05, M08
- Christina Moreschi
- Peter Ostrander ’11, M14, M17