We typically detail student and alumni success stories in our blog. I’d like to describe some recent successful endeavors by Career Services staff. I encourage my team to “practice what we preach” and proactively manage our own careers through continuing to learn and develop. Here are some strong examples of that.
Last spring, Dina Bergren and Nicolle Skalski did a breakout session at the Minnesota Career Development Association Conference on career resiliency. Their session was very well-received and one attendee suggested they write a proposal to present at the National Career Development Association Conference this year in Atlanta. They made the submission and their proposal was accepted. They will be presenting in Atlanta this summer. They also tranformed their session into a webinar for Walden students, which you may watch in our webinar archives on our website.
Our newest advisor, Denise Pranke, has done a terrific job in transitioning to her new role. She has added great value in the areas of documenting our processes, improving our systems and tracking key departmental metrics. She also traveled to Baltimore last December to play a key role in training other Walden staff for a new initiative to support students at the beginning of their academic programs.
Personally, I’ve had the invaluable opportunity this year to participate in a leadership development program to spearhead a community service initiative, serving Walden’s mission of positive social change. I have worked to build community locally through forming a Resilience Circle, a group of neighbors helping each other through exchanging goods, services and advice. Such help has included babysitting while a parent walks their dog and housesitting when someone goes out of town. We are now planning to gather as a group to cook dinner for homeless teens at an emergency shelter. The results are a stronger and safer community and new friendships between neigbhors who might have never met.
Last but not least, we’re very excited about our newest offerings for our students – weekly group advising webinars which take the place of the individual first appointment and our Walden University Career Services LinkedIn group, which is up over 130 members. We are always looking for new ways to connect with our students and to connect our students with each other.
Thanks for letting me share some team successes! We aim to “walk our talk!”
Written by Career Services Director Lisa Cook