For many years, the Career Development Center (CDC) has served the students of Anderson University by advising on topics such as résumés, cover letters, interviewing, declaring a major, and navigating life after graduation. Previously, students had to schedule an appointment to receive advising from the CDC. However, because students’ schedules are filled with many obligations, the CDC created new drop-in hours. These are specific times throughout the week when students are able to visit the CDC without making an appointment first.
“These hours were created from a lack of available time we saw in students’ lives,” said Career Development Center Director Laurie Judge. “We understand students are busy and many times just have a quick question that doesn’t need a full 30-minute appointment time. By creating drop-in hours at different times each day, we hope to give students a chance to fit career advising into their lives.”
In January, the Career Development Center reached out to AU faculty and staff in order to spread the word, along with hanging up signs throughout the campus. Since launching its drop-in hours, the CDC has had the opportunity to help students with a vast array of questions. They encourage students to understand that no question regarding career advising is off limits because the CDC has career advisors who specialize in a variety of professional areas, such as networking or choosing a major.
Located on the second floor of Decker, the CDC has reconstructed some of their office space to serve as a computer lab environment, and students are welcomed to work on career-related materials during drop-in hours. “Students are invited to come and stay for the whole hour, if they feel it is necessary,” said Judge. “They can work by themselves on our computers, knowing if they run into a question a career advisor is there to answer it quickly.”
The CDC hopes both underclassman and upperclassman take advantage of this new arrangement. “If students are leery about how to start a résumé, if an outfit is appropriate to wear for an interview, or about possible interview questions, we are willing to work with them until they feel comfortable,” said Judge.
Senior social work major Kelsey Middaugh remembers the help she received when she visited the CDC. “I went to the CDC with questions regarding my résumé. They led me to their online résumé builder, and even as a senior, it is a tool I still frequently use,” said Middaugh. “I think these new drop-in hours are a great resource for all students to take advantage of, no matter their grade. It is a quick and efficient way to get the help each student needs, regardless of our busy schedules.”
Although these drop-in hours were initially created for the benefit of students, the CDC faculty and staff have seen great improvements in the help they are able to offer each student. “It is a win-win situation for both the CDC and the students it serves,” said Tina Faivor, Career Development Center administrative assistant. “It allows us to be more effective and give more assistance to students who need it, while focusing drop-in hours on students with quick questions who don’t need appointments.”
For more information about the Career Development Center and its new drop-in hours, please visit http://www.anderson.edu/career.The drop-in times are located on the main page.
— Hannah Schumacher is a 2013 graduate from Bluffton, Ohio, majoring in communications arts and writing. Schumacher worked as an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.