Career Services began a new initiative this semester in an attempt to reach out to more students. The “Career Pit Stops” are a mobile operation that travels to academic buildings to make Career Counselors more accessible for students.
Nancy Westfield, assistant director of Career Services, said she has drop-in hours from 1-3 p.m. every day, but that there are a lot of students who have class during those times.
So far this semester, the Pit Stops have included Sanborn Hall, Edgars Hall, Schimmel-Conrades Science Center, Phillips Hall and University Hall.
Sophomore Natalie Wood, a music major, said she spends a lot of time in Sanborn and said she appreciated Career Services’ effort. Because Sanborn is far from the rest of academic campus, the music students often miss out on opportunities students can access in HamWill.
“We [music majors] often feel neglected by some of the campus services, so it was really nice that they came to us,” Wood said.
“I don’t think many music majors have the time to make an appointment so it was nice for several of them to be able to talk to some career [counselors] on the fly.”
Students can get help with resumes, cover letters, job and internship searches and networking at the Pit Stops.
If students need a more detailed meeting, they can sign up at the pit stops for a follow-up appointment in the career services office.
“We are thinking about extending the hours next semester, in order to reach out to even more students,” Westfield said.
Westfield said she cannot determine how effective the Pit Stops are until the end of the semester.