By the Crow's Nest
On Tuesday, Feb. 25, College of Coastal Georgia’s Career Services showed off its new digs when it hosted an open house for campus. More than 50 students and faculty and staff turned out to support Career
Services and Academic Advising which moved into a new shared space on the east end of the recently renovated Academic Commons South (ACS).
The Career Services staff quickly transitioned from their drab former location on the second floor of the Andrews Building to the bright and open office space in January. With the paint dry, photos on the wall and a handrail installed on the entry steps, the newly minted office was ready for its big day despite the rainy weather.
Brian Weese, Coordinator of Career Services, said the office location near the north end of the pedestrian mall will provide greater visibility for the department and the ease of access should increase office visits by students.
“The thing about Career Services is students don’t think they need it until it’s too late,” Weese said. “I hope that our new office style and location will help get more students to utilize our services.”
“In this new location we’ll be able to engage more with students,” echoed Career Services student assistant Kerdansky Besson. “This office is more open and inviting than our previous location. Student will be more attracted to this place when they walk through the door.”
Alysia Johnson, Career and Student Employment Counselor, said that along with the standard résumé and cover letter critiques, Careers Services can help students prepare and apply for jobs both on and off campus. The new office space will also help Career Services staff hold mock or practice interview session, something they were not able to do in its former location, she said.
“A lot of what I do is help students choose a major, or if they already have a major, make sure they are in the right area,” Johnson said. “I see a ton of freshman.”
Besson, a junior, said that the new office is a significant upgrade from the former space, which was replete with gray cubicles and aging furniture. The allocation of resources also exemplifies CCGA’s pledge to prepare students for the professional world, he said.
“This move and renovation not only shows that the College is growing, it shows that there is a commitment to career services for students,” Besson said.
To find out more about what Career Services offers to current students and alumni, please visit http://www.ccga.edu/CareerServices/.