EACE: Friendly, Helpful Professionals
By Carol Youngs
I discovered EACE while researching professional development organizations as part of a segment during an internship course while enrolled at Buffalo State’s Higher Education Student Affairs Administration Master’s program. Our assignment was to find organizations which aligned with our goals. Coming from a business management, human resources, adult programming background with interest and experience in career counseling and events management, EACE seemed a good fit. Attendance at the Niagara Falls June 2017 conference only reinforced that belief.
Reading through the various topics offered at the June conference, I was like a kid in a candy store. Which one to attend? They all sounded great. Each session I attended had something to offer and the networking seemed effortless as each professional I encountered had an interesting story to share and helpful suggestions. A theme found in many of the break-out sessions was the need for innovative career programming. We learned that many of the housekeeping initiatives (resume review, talks on career topics) can now happen online, accessed at student convenience. Happily, another trend stipulates the value of student exposure to the career center from day one of their undergraduate college experience. As colleges are being held more accountable for student outcomes, working cross-silo to help student’s discover their vocational passion has never been more important and ideas to enhance this relationship were discussed.
I particularly enjoyed meeting others during mealtimes, exchanging stories and ideas. And, in a perfect example of experiencing work / life balance, the final night with a DJ was a particular treat. Line dancing to music from a scene in a favorite movie, 1999’s The Best Man Wedding, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w2Anvecs6s) was a lot of fun.
I could not have attended the conference without the Professional Development Grant; much thanks to the EACE Board and leadership team for allowing me this valuable opportunity.
I graduated May 2017 and have interest and experience in career counseling / advisement initiatives and seek a higher education position on the East Coast. Once settled, I look forward to exploring EACE service opportunities.
Carol Youngs was a recipient of a 2017 Professional Development Grant. She attended the EACE Conference in Niagara Falls, NY in June 2017.