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Career center helps engineering students map futures


September 25, 2007

Students will be getting “something far beyond traditional job placement” from the new Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering Career Center, says Robin Hammond.

“This is about giving students the tools to develop clarity for a vision for their vocations and their lives,” explains Hammond, director of the center that opened its doors at the start of the fall semester.

The center’s programs are being designed to prepare students to be top candidates for internships and full-time employment.
Coaching, counseling, career fairs and job-search training will be among services the center provides. But it will offer much more than merely a basic advisement service.

“We want to help students map out how they can get the most out of their investment in higher education,” Hammond says. “Our goal is to create a platform from which they can put themselves on a pathway to career success.”

The new center is to be a driving force in fulfilling the School of Engineering’s mission “to provide each student with the opportunity to individualize their education,” says James Collofello, associate dean of the school’s Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

Hammond comes to the School of Engineering after 14 years of experience in career services at ASU, where she rose to assistant director of the university’s career services.

She decided to take the job with the Engineering Career Center “because of the commitment to growth and excellence I saw from the school’s leaders,” she says, “and I was inspired by Dean (Deirdre) Meldrum’s intention for the school to have a global impact.”