Where They Are Now – Nathan Elton, Davidson College
Director, Center for Career Development at Davidson College
Nathan earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University. He received his M.Ed. in Counselor Education from Pennsylvania State University. Nathan has been in his current role and organization for three and a half years now.
What was your career path (previous roles) to get your current role? Oberlin College and Conservatory; Associate Director Villanova University; Assistant Director and Career Counselor Pennsylvania State University; Graduate Assistant MIT; Student Activities Associate and Residence Live Program Assistant
What was your first job? Working for a residential and commercial landscaping company and paid $4 under the table (age 14)
Why did you choose this career? I became interested in Career Services during
my time at MIT working in Student Activities and Residence Life. The idealist in me was drawn to the opportunity to help students set and achieve their professional goals. I have remained in the field because of the joy I receive working with tremendous colleagues both inside and outside of Davidson, and by the excitement of an ever changing world in higher education and college recruiting.
What is the skill that is most important in your current role? It is very tough to select one skill that is most important in my current role at Davidson. Potentially it is the ability to set priorities.
How did you develop this skill and how do you fine-tune it regularly? I think I developed this skill based on a desire to sleep and have a life outside of work. My staff and I get pulled in a lot of directions, so a clear vision and sense of direction allows us to focus on our mission.
What is your biggest career accomplishment? Probably getting hired in to my director role at Davidson. It is something I had been working towards for six years.
How many years were you a member of EACE? 2004-2010
What organization(s) and role(s) did you have when you were a member of EACE? Board of Directors (Elected Position), Director of Professional Development (July 2007 – June 2010) Alumni Network Co-Chair (August 2005 – June 2007) 2007 Conference Programming Committee (August 2006 – June 2007) 2006 Conference Newcomers Co-Chair (August 2005 – August 2006) Mentoring Committee (August 2004 – August 2005) 2005 Conference Newcomers & Publicity Committees (August 2004 – August 2005)
How did EACE help you in your personal career development (e.g. new skill set)? It allowed me to form connections with some amazing professionals. These relationships are still extremely important to me.
Did you have an EACE Mentor or another member of EACE serve as your unofficial mentor? Nancy Dudak, Director of the Career Center at Villanova University. She got me involved in EACE and helped me to see the value of service. I still consider her to be a mentor today and one of the best people in our profession.
What is your advice to current EACE members who aspire to your current or a similar role to yours?: Work for, and with, great people; Benchmark against schools and people you respect; Set short and long term priorities for your office but be flexible and open to new ideas and initiatives.
Nathan did not visit his career center as a student.