Success Stories: Kat
How have you benefited from using the Career Center services?
The Career Center not only gave me the tools, knowledge, and feedback necessary to apply to jobs and graduate schools, but it also gave me the support and encouragement needed to feel confident doing so. I was a stronger applicant because of their feedback and support. I also was encouraged to apply for things I never would have known to explore without them.
How did working with the Career Center impact your internship/job search?
The Career Center played an enormous role in my internship and job search. I learned how to apply to jobs, I practiced interviewing for each job, and I was given suggestions and ideas for ones to apply to.
What was the most helpful advice given to you by the Career Center?
As a senior, the task of figuring out what’s next is daunting and time-sensitive. The most helpful advice I was given was that I could do it. Despite what others were saying, despite time constraints and career changes, the Career Center was always on my side. They always helped me to discern what was best for me and give me the tools to do it. They always told me that “I could do it”, when everyone else was saying differently.
What challenges were you facing and how did the Career Center help you solve them or motivate you to solve them?
I drastically changed my career path in the Fall of my senior year. I was facing opposition and disapproval from my parents and advisors. Like I mentioned before, my Career Consultant took these changes in stride and never lost confidence in me. She supported me through that difficult time, and gave me every possible tool I needed to be successful and find my way to the right decision. My Career Consultant was always there to motivate me to think bigger and not be afraid of the change. She encouraged me to pursue MY interests, not what others were telling me to do. I now have pivoted slightly, and am happy and confident with my next step.
What advice would you give others facing the same challenges you did?
GO TO THE CAREER CENTER! The advisors known what to do. They have all the resources imaginable, and will help make you a more competitive and confident applicant – job or graduate school.
Were there any specific events you went to that were beneficial? If so which one and why was it helpful?
One of my regrets is not attending many events. I certainly wish I had, and recommend everyone attend events if possible.