College adds Coordinator of Career Services to Career Center
With only a few weeks until the fall semester begins, campus is already buzzing with new faces in multiple departments and offices.
The Marietta College Career Center is no exception and is pleased to welcome Caitlin Jones to its staff as the Coordinator of Career Services.
“We are excited to have Caitlin share her ideas and enthusiasm, and we look forward to a productive year ahead,” said Hilles Hughes, Director of the Career Center. “She has a solid foundation of career services and other student affairs departments, which will make her a good asset to our department's future initiatives.”
Jones’ background in career services and student affairs began during her undergraduate career at Clarion (Pa.) University with her participation in numerous student organizations. Her diverse involvement included Greek Life, Student Senate, and the University Activities Board, but there was one key connection between these organizations that has fueled Jones’ career path.
“I had always planned to pursue a graduate degree so when I found out that my involvement all related to student affairs I knew that was the direction I wanted to go,” Jones said. “I want to have meaningful connections with students to help them be successful personally and professionally. I also see the importance of empowering students to understand their role in their development and hope to be impactful with the students at Marietta.”
She earned her Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania this past May. While at IUP, Jones served as a Mock Interview Program Coordinator, a position whose duties have prepped her for the work she’ll be doing at Marietta.
Here, Jones will be responsible for a whole gamut of student-focused roles, including job and graduate school preparation, career exploration, mock interview facilitation, job fair and networking event planning, and student organization collaboration.
With a few weeks at Marietta already under her belt, Jones has formed connections with the campus and community, and is anxious to begin working with students.
“I hope to broaden our presence with students through social media and collaborations with student organizations and residence life,” she said. “I believe it is important to meet students where they are to help them understand the various ways the Career Center can benefit them. Everyone I have met expresses their desire to really assist students and encourage them to reach the highest level of success. I’m open to exploring new ideas for programs and events that will be of interest to our students.