Campus / News / May 20, 2009

Students learn about service post-Knox

Knox College held the Second Annual Carlin Career Development Forum to teach students about careers in non-profit organizations and social service, general tips on getting a job, and planning for life after Knox. The forum was made possible by the Carlin Career Development Support Fund started after John Carlin and his wife Nancy graduated from Knox. They felt they needed more help figuring out the next step after college, and so they began the fund.

The panelists of the forum were Lindsay Herd ’04, Richard Kowalski, and Julie Schifeling with Jean Anderson, ’87 as moderator. Anderson, self-employed as a training and organizational development consultant, commented on how obtaining her master’s degree was easier after having done an honors project at Knox. She advised learning as much as you can from your boss and the importance of “fit.”

Anderson said, “A job that horrified me would be someone else’s dream job. It’s all about fit. It’s all about finding the right job for you.”

A Gender and Women’s Studies major and dance minor while at Knox, Herd is team supervisor for the Vera Institute of Justice Guardianship Project. After having an internship at a senior center and falling in love with the seniors there, she received a job to help manage lives of the elderly in New York and later became case manager.

Herd said, “I was able [at Knox] to do an independent study where I started a dance program at a women’s prison in Indiana. It was really a great opportunity to combine two things that I was interested in. I could take two passions and make one. And I am so grateful for Knox for being able to do that. To be able to start a program, write a program, work through the kinks in it, figure out how to make it last and that helped me work for a pilot project now.”

Kowalski, President and CEO of the OSF St. Mary Medical Center, spoke about how values and attitudes play a role in finding a job. Trust and respect are essential values needed in securing a job. He said everyone wants to hire the best and brightest but the best workers are not necessarily the best and brightest but self-starters, team players, and those who have a good attitude.

Schifeling, Executive Outreach Program Director at Bradley University, said her passions led her to her job and emphasized the importance of relationships.

Sheena Leano

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