Welcome back to another exiting semester, Purdue students, staff, and faculty! Our team at The Career Center hope that you have had a phenomenal, memorable, and worry free summer!
As we say our farewells to the beach and ready ourselves to start a new semester, The Career Center welcomes a fresh batch of new staff. Seeing we will focus on plenty of developmental topics this semester, I chose to at least kickoff with a pleasant welcome back/staff introduction.
All of The Career Center employees (including student staff) at Purdue University’s Calumet and North Central campuses are remarkably caring and enthusiastic individuals. Our aspirations are to contribute to every college student’s experience from start to finish. We encourage all students to take initiative concerning their future career development and planning. There are no doubts that the tools and resources provided at the Career Center will enrich the college experience and outcomes for students and alumni alike.
As you all may already know (and if you don’t, you’re going to find out now). Purdue Universities North Central and Calumet have announced and started a unification process to merge both campuses. It only makes sense, right? Well, please allow me to brag for a moment and I have had the privilege to see this process unveil since the announcement was made in February of 2014. The Career Center was one of the first departments to undergo the unification process, and we can proudly announce that The Career Center is a product of the future Purdue University Northwest (pending acceptance from the Higher Learning Commission, of course). Which, by the way, if you happen to be curious about the unification process, you can go check out their site, Unify North Central / Calumet.
Now that I have provided you with a little bit of background information, please allow me to introduce myself, your blogger for the semester. My name is Luke and I’m an English major at the North Central campus. I am a first generation college student, beginning my junior year in the English program. I have been working for The Career Center for about a year, primarily serving as a peer advisor, or as well call ourselves, The Career Advisement Team. One thing I enjoy is to express myself through words, therefore I’m overly thrilled to be granted the opportunity to blog for you. I’m also anxious to improve my writing seeing as this will be my first time at the rodeo. Now that I’ve introduced myself, allow me to illustrate some details about my supervisors for you.
The “Queen Bee” of these operations is the Director of Career Development & Services, Natalie Connors. Natalie just earned her Master of Science in Instructional Design Technology this past spring, so if you see her make sure to congratulate her! My first time meeting Natalie was during my interview for this internship last year. At this initial meeting with the Director I expected to be on edge.
However, I remember feeling quite at ease during so and recall now of how comfortable it is to interview with Natalie, let alone work in The Career Center. In the time I’ve known Mrs. Connors, I’ve noted her as an outward, enthusiastic, and a light-hearted person. More personally, I recently discovered that she and I have common interests in reality T.V. To summarize her work, Natalie is consistent, sensible, enlightening, and insightful which are all indispensable concerning Career Consulting. She excels at giving direction to students and alumni, just as she inspires them. She also has a great vision of what she wants The Career Center to be, and is taking oncoming challenges by the reigns.
Moving on, we have an Assistant Director of Career Development, Amber, who is what she likes to call “a repeat offender”.
Amber first started her journey at Purdue in July of 2013 when The Career Center at the Calumet campus was a skeleton crew. She came into the department as a Career Consultant with a Master’s of Arts in Mental Health Counseling. Amber took a brief leave of absence in February to pursue opportunities elsewhere, but came back in June of this year as our new Assistant Director. She is a high achiever, balanced, approachable, and seems to be the type of person that can handle a load of information and compile things or explain information in an organized, efficient manner. Unfortunately, I have only recently had the chance to meet Amber on two occasions, since she is currently at the Calumet campus, however, from my interactions with her, she is a down-to-earth, fun-loving individual, and we are grateful to have her on our team.
Kristy Virgo, a Career Consultant who is currently going between both campuses (until we get one more Consultant for our team at PNC), is actually the person I’ve known the longest. Kristy was my First Year Experience Instructor during my freshman year, and she has been positive influence ever since. I have learned a lot from both Natalie and Kristy, and know that I can turn to either of them if I am ever in need of support. Kristy is an achiever both inside and outside of work, as she is working towards her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. She is undoubtedly someone you can go to for plenty of advice concerning careers, academics, and almost anything in general. I’ve certainly consulted Kristy in our time knowing each other concerning a wide range of things and she has always had great advice. Therefore, I can assure you from personal experience that Kristy is a very helpful person.
Last but not least, we have Jeffery Allen on our team (at who recently earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Services. Jeffery is an enthusiastic and upbeat person who is presently working towards obtaining his Doctorate of Health Sciences. He has a high level of proficiency when it comes to working with students one on one. One initiative Jeffery has emphasized is innovation in today’s world. He is currently working on our social media with hopes in increase followers, interaction, and awareness of The Career Center.
In addition to our great staff, we have a slew of student staff, including myself, who help contribute to the operations and successes of The Career Center.
At the North Central campus, you have:
At the Calumet Campus, you have:
I encourage all of you, as readers, to take advantage of the friendly staff and initiatives The Career Center has. Stop by SULB 349 at Calumet or LSF 104 at North Central to say hello!