Blazing Trails at Elon

by Marianne Brigola, Career Fellow 2011-2012

This is the first year of the Career Fellows Program here at the Student Professional Development Center at Elon and the first few weeks have been a great learning experience for Ashley and I! We jumped right into training, a boot camp in career counseling and development. We’ve covered everything from assessments (MBTI, SII, and StrengthsQuest, which is one of my new favorites!) to choosing a major and of course job search skills such as creating a resume and interviewing. It wasn’t too long ago that I was using those critical job search skills myself, going through the whole process!

In addition to the training, Ashley and I have been meeting with various student life departments to learn more about their role on campus and how we can collaborate together. We were even invited to attend the student life retreat, where we met everyone in student life, learned more about their goals for the upcoming school year and toured the International Civil Rights museum. Everyone been so friendly and really excited to collaborate with us. So far, we’ve come up with drop-in hours in the Multicultural Center, a multi-part career programming series for Residence Life, and resume workshops for Lead Team applicants.

Now that the school year is about to start and students are beginning to come back to campus, I’m excited to jump right into meeting with students! We’ve heard such great things about how engaging and motivated Elon students are. The next few weeks are already filled with meetings, presentations, and transition strategy classes. As we start this new school year, I keep in the back of my mind that this is the “pioneer” year for the fellows, Lewis & Clark if you will. It’ll be an amazing learning experience. I plan to soak it all in, taking advantage of as many opportunities to teach, collaborate with staff, and interact with students–in the words of the Athletic Department, “Live the Maroon Life.”

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