As the new school year begins at Northwestern, students are adjusting to the changes this year brings. One big change is that the Career Development Center has taken on a new name and redefined mission.
The Compass Center for Career and Calling’s purpose of this resource is to “equip students to navigate their futures and to embark on Christ-centered work for the common good.”
The location of the center in Ramaker – and its proximity to campus ministry – is set up to display the importance of faith and work going together. They aim to stress that faith can be integrated into every career no matter the avenue students take.
Amber Leusink, administrative coordinator at the Compass Center, said the biggest change is the Navigate plan, which has four different areas, including explore, experience, equip and embark.
“Our overarching goal is for our doors to always be open and have students know that they can always come in for help,” Leusink said.
The first step of the process is explore. This is for undecided majors as Career Explorer inventories are offered for those who may not be sure about what they’d like to do in the future. Once a student has a goal in mind, career counseling services can assist them.
This means finding courses and experiences that will equip one for their end goal. Not only does the center have inventories, but it also has specialized staff equipped to help students. Kristen Brue, career counselor, is a resource for undecided majors as she is trained on how to guide students through finding their calling.
Experience is the next step in the Navigate plan. This feature connects students to the NW Alumni network for opportunities, resources and advice. In addition to connecting with the alumni network, vast internship opportunities are available. Kendall Stanislav, internship coordinator, can connect students to their desired location and place of work.
To prepare students for obtaining jobs after college, the Compass Center has resources to equip them. They help with resumes, cover letters and mock interviews.
The team at the Compass Center also assists students in building Handshake and LinkedIn profiles that can attract future employers.
The last stage is embark. This stage helps identify skills and determine where someone wants to work and why. This involves securing meaningful work while utilizing God’s gifts and shining the light wherever they may go.