By Bailey Klingaman – Digital Editor
The Career Development Center has introduced after hour drop-in sessions in efforts to be more available to students. Therefore, they are now providing options for students outside of typical business hours. The goal of this extension is to accommodate students unable to access Career Center resources during the day.
Students are able to meet one-on-one on a first-come, first-serve basis by accessing after-hour drop-ins through Handshake. These sessions take place every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. By using their Lasell login information, students can register by going to “Events” under the Career Center, choosing the event that correlates with the date of the intended meeting, and entering the Zoom using the link sent to their email. The drop-in’s are limited to 15 minutes per session and do not require an appointment.
According to Director of Career Development Donnell Turner the drop-ins are available for undergraduate, graduate students and alumni alike, free of charge. “As long as I’m here, my philosophy has been ‘once a Laser, always a Laser,’” Turner says.
The Career Center is open to assist students with resumes, cover letters, career exploration, interviews, internships, and job searches. “Our goal is to provide career education so that every Lasell student graduates career ready,” said Turner. “We want our students to be able to confidently and competently compete…and feel comfortable enough in the interviewing stage to come out on top.”
This new virtual space for students was implemented in hopes of expanding the connection between the student body and the resources available to them. However, according to Turner, student traffic in the Career Center has not been as abundant as was anticipated after the effects of COVID-19.
Prepared with information regarding the economy and its impact on certain career paths, the career advisors are inclined to help students rethink or adjust their future plans. Currently, the Career Center has organized a multitude of Zoom workshops throughout the month of October, as well as providing links to its YouTube channel where it posts updates and panel discussions. In a newsletter sent out to students through Academic Affairs on October 6, information regarding the addition of virtual resources and how to access them was included.
Despite the ever-changing economic atmosphere and pressure of the future on Lasell students, past and present, the Career Center intends to remain a source of stability. Acknowledging the adaptations surrounding Lasell, they have made it their mission to assist students in any way, as often as possible.
“We want students to know that we are there,” Turner assures. “We are there for them— for their short and long-term success.”