Rachel Berman is the operations and communications coordinator for the Wesleyan Career Center.
Q: Rachel, you are the operations and communications coordinator for the Wesleyan Career Center. When did you come to Wesleyan and what attracted you to the position?
A: I started at Wesleyan in the Career Center in August 2011. As an undergraduate at St. Lawrence University, I had the opportunity to work as a peer career advisor in the Career Services office. I discovered how rewarding it is to work in higher education, particularly in a capacity serving students as they make the transition from college to career. It is extremely gratifying to share in a student’s journey of self-discovery as she or he ventures through the career development process. I have a strong commitment to and belief in the power of a liberal arts education and the world that the liberal arts opens us up to. I knew I needed to be surrounded by those values to be satisfied in my professional life, and I was confident that Wesleyan would be a great fit for me. As a recent college graduate myself, I especially feel the need to be a source of guidance and reassurance to undergraduates trying to navigate the world of work and life after college. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to be here at Wesleyan as a young professional.
Q: What are the main reasons Wesleyan students visit the Career Center, or what are the primary ways the center can help students?
A: The Career Center serves students of all class years, and we strongly believe that the earlier a student starts the career development proces, the better. We work with students to help them decide on a major, learn resume and cover letter writing skills, navigate the job and internship search, learn how to network professionally and much, much more. We offer drop-in appointments daily along with counseling appointments, mock interviews, self-exploration and skills assessment tools, events and workshops, a robust on-campus recruiting program, opportunities to connect with alumni, and access to an abundance of electronic career resources, including our own jobs and internships database. We strive to help students translate their skills and experiences to match their passions and interests, which leads to a lifetime of meaningful work.
Q: Please describe the “operations” unit of the Career Center. What are your main responsibilities?
A: The operations side of the office supports the overarching as well as day-to-day management of the center and strategically plans to ensure long-term success. In my role, I coordinate and implement office-wide events, manage our marketing and communications, conduct career counseling appointments and supervise our Peer Career Advisors program
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