While the end of August is typically a busy time for the Career Center, this past August was particularly so due to the office’s relocation from the lower level of Sayles-Hill Campus Center to its new location in Johnson House, the former location of the Office of Admissions (Admissions is now located in Scoville Hall). The move became official on August 23rd.
The decision to relocate the Career Center to a more visible, central location that allows for the continued growth of programming reflects the College’s commitment to the Life After Carleton Initiative. Spanning across two levels, the main floor boasts a spacious front desk for student/visitor check-in, a waiting area with window views, computer stations accompanied by modern-style furniture, a technology-equipped interview room, and numerous staff offices. The second level offers a second waiting area for students, two additional spacious technology-equipped interview rooms, a hosting station so employers and alumni have easy access to water and coffee, and several other staff offices. The 2017-2018 team of Student Career Assistants plays a pivotal role in assisting with the office’s flow so students, employers, and alum are welcomed and directed to the appropriate level. Additional features to note: an accessible parking lot for campus recruiters/alumni and the office’s close proximity to Alumni Guest House (AGH) meeting room, a spacious room right down the hall in which Career Center-sponsored events are often held in.
In an effort to welcome the campus community to its new location, the Career Center held two Open Houses the second week of fall term. The Faculty/Staff Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 20th was a well-attended event that featured tours, positive feedback about the new space, and an assortment of cheese/meat trays and fresh seasonal fruit. A Student Open House was held two days later on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 22nd; student-attendees had the opportunity to tour the new space and enjoy the beautiful fall weather from the outside courtyard area. Students commented positively about the Career Center’s centralized location, spaciousness, and layout. The nacho bar also received rave reviews.