Turn Here For Career Help

January 20, 2010

Turn Here For Career HelpWhen the employment market is this tough, it makes sense to know the professionals in Career Services at Saint Leo University. Cathy Wise recently joined the office as assistant director, working closely with Kim Edwards, associate director, who has been with Saint Leo for twoyears.

The women divide between them the tasks of helping students and alumni with their career-exploration needs, whether that means reviewing resumes, helping someone evaluate a graduate school, or a finding occupational data about a potential new career field.
“We’re getting called on for all kinds of services,” Edwards said. “Everybody has individual needs.”

The recent economy and ongoing job losses have prompted more alumni to turn to the office for research and guidance, Edwards said. “Some of our alumni have been displaced two and three times. Some became underemployed. We’ve had a lot interested in returning to school.”

The office also keeps in touch with employers interested in coming to campus to interview students and tracks area collegiate job fairs. It maintains ongoing relationships with organizations such as the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Colleges of Central Florida Career Consortium to locate job opportunities.

Clients of Career Services can be located anywhere geographically, as long as they have studied at Saint Leo. The office is located in DeChantal Hall, where clients can walk in or call for an appointment. But students and alumni studying online or at a Continuing Education Center and residing elsewhere can contact Edwards and Wise through their e-mail addresses, at kim.edwards@saintleo.edu, or cathy.wise@saintleo.edu.

Current students are also encouraged to visit Career Services, whether they are graduating seniors who need to be sending out resumes, or juniors or sophomores. Those undergraduates can start learning now about different career fields and how their courses of study––both majors and minors––can prepare them for certain fields. The office will also help with locating internships, which will be the subject of an upcoming news article.
Two main campus events are slated in the near future:

  • On Monday, February 1, the office of Career Services will sponsor “USA Jobs: Working for America.”  Recruiter Scott Smith will speak to students about government job opportunities.  The event is open to all students and will be held from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in Selby Auditorium.
  • On Wednesday, February 3, students will have an opportunity to meet Edwards and Wise in a more informal setting when the office of Career Services hosts “Cookies and Conversation,” at 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Student Activities Building.

Pictured above: Cathy Wise, left, and Kim Edwards, right, from Career Service