On February 19th, my Professional Development Anthropology class took our annual tour and listened to an excellent presentation from Career Counselor – Mr. John Stowe – of ECU’s Career Center. The Career Center is located at 701 East 5th Stree – across the street from the Art building and on the corner across from the Chancellor’s house.
Newly hired, Mr. John Stowe shared his expertise and suggestions to my class about preparing for life after college. As a recent ECU alumni, Mr. Stowe knows the trials and tribulations of a graduate finding their direction. In fact, he spent a few years in different types of career opportunities, yet now he recognizes that he has a new, more settled career path – Career Counselor and pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Mr. Stowe shared his life experiences with the class as well as highlighting all the specific services offered to the students at the Career Center.
ECU’s Career Center can help students with Career Exploration and Assessment, Career Readiness, Connection with Employers, Jobs, and Internships. There were two issues that Mr. Stowe emphasized the most. They were: 1. Internships and 2. Developing your skill set. All students should try to participate in as many internships as possible while they are an undergraduate simply because these are opportunities that sets a student apart from other graduating students but they also provide students with a certain level of skill sets. These “skills sets” and the internships often times provides students with a better opportunity to obtain a job after graduation.
Check out a couple of photos from our visit!