By Maddie Conley, Web Content Manager

 

There are a lot of changes going on around campus, some construction is just beginning, another was just completed. The Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) got a makeover this summer, with an updated space and services.

A dedication of the new space was held on Thursday morning followed by an open house for students and faculty to check out the brighter updated space.

“For several years, the CPDC team dreamed of a more functional, creative space,” said Christy Hanson, associate dean of the CPDC. “We are thrilled with the outcome of this new space and the student excitement we have already seen in the first few weeks of the new academic year.”

Hanson explained how the Career Center team began planning the renovation about a year and a half ago. They had the goal of making the office more welcoming and accessible to students. Hanson added that the center has moved from an appointment model to a drop-in model.

The atmosphere has more of a casual workspace feel, with new tables, chairs and bright décor, giving it a fresh new feel.

“We recognize this can be an intimidating process,” said Career Coach Meg Jones Hoover. “We don’t want anyone to be so intimidated by the process […] having this space helps.”

Not only is the updated space making the CPDC more welcoming, but the team hopes to do this through their recently added Student Career Coaches as well.

 

Christy Hanson dedicates new CPDC space on Thursday.

 

These seven students are available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to assist students with resumes, interviews, networking and more.

Junior Cosette Schulties summed up a goal for her new position by saying, “I want to help give people’s lives a little more structure.”

The Career and Professional Development Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday to guide students through career and internship searching, resume building, graduate school preparation, mock interviews and more.

 

For more information, visit https://www.messiah.edu/info/23055/career_and_professional_development_center.

 

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