EACE 2016 Reflection from member Steve Savitsky
This year’s EACE conference was my second time in attendance and one that I felt such a strong connection to. I remember how welcoming everyone was to me as a newcomer in Pittsburgh in 2015, and was eager to pay it forward this year. As a member of the Entertainment Committee I encouraged newcomers to enjoy the conference. What a better way to do that then starting off bright and early at 6:30am to run to the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Eye of the Tiger was with us as we cruised down Benjamin Franklin Parkway, taking in all of the history that Philadelphia offers. Throughout the year leading up to the conference, our team was busy planning this and some of the other hit events including the party at the Academy of Natural Sciences (can somebody say Deejay 007!?).
Breakout Session Highlights
As a Career Counselor at Wheelock College, the Office of Career Services is making a big push to support and properly refer students with disabilities in their career development. As an institution with 18% of the student body registered with a disability, the insights from the TCNJ presentation on disability in career services will be very useful to us as we establish best practices, programs, and even affinity groups to support this population of students in their professional pursuits.
Creating Career Courage was co-presented by Sabrina Woods, Associate Director of Career Services at Northeastern University. Later in the day we both attended the Career Counseling to Type session, where we were paired up to role play a student-career counselor scenario. As a colleague of mine in the Boston area, I have seen Sabrina’s expertise at work first hand through her past presentations. In our scenario, Sabrina played a really challenging student who was fearful of going to a career fair. I gave all of the support I knew how to through my use of open ended questions, trying to get down to the root of why the student was anxious. The exchange went to the core of Sabrina’s presentation from earlier in the day: guiding students towards the “courage zone”. Sabrina’s role as the student for those 10 minutes gave me lots of insights to serve my students at Wheelock College as I take the lead in organizing our 2017 Education Career Fair. It gets to the heart of the EACE Conference and the mentoring model that the board is pursuing, with Sabrina (and many others) passing along knowledge to newcomers.
I also cherish mentorship in EACE involvement. Seeing the enthusiasm that Beverly Lorig, incoming president Walter Tarver and many others have served this organization with has resonated well with me.
I am eager to continue my involvement, and plan to do so with the Community Service portion of the Conference Planning Committee. When volunteering at the Philadelphia Works Office the opening morning of the conference, our team made a tremendous impact by starting career conversations with the welfare recipients we served. But what is most important is what they were able to teach us. My breakout group had a strong interest in nursing and related opportunities. Nursing is not in my background, but by getting the group to brainstorm how they could find the best opportunities, the ideas began to flow. When we reconvened, the whole classroom was taking notes on what my group had to say. I look forward to making a similar impact on the Buffalo-Niagara Area’s highest need citizens next year. As a foodie I am also excited to Dine for A Cause, and am hoping to find some authentic buffalo wing restaurants to partner with (keeping my fingers crossed and my wet naps ready!).
Steve was awarded a Professional Development Grant from EACE to attend the conference. Learn more about all the Scholarships, Grants, and Awards EACE offers.
About the Author:
Steve Savitsky, Career Counselor
Steve brings a passion for career services and experiential learning to Wheelock College. As a Career Counselor, he regularly meets with students and alumni for one-on-one appointments, supporting them in their internship, practicum, and full time job searches. Steve believes in supporting students at all stages, and offers services including career exploration, mock interviews, resume reviews, graduate school planning and job search strategies.
Steve received his M.Ed. in College Student Personnel Administration at Marquette University in May 2015, where he was a Graduate Assistant on the Student Employment Program team. Wheelock marks a return to the Boston area for Steve, as he was a City Year Boston Corps Member in 2013, and before that received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Northeastern University in 2011.
Steve is active member of the Boston-based Career Counselors Consortium (CCC), and for the Eastern Association of College and Employers (EACE).