Career center reinvented; service gains new director, vision

CareerWorks recently acquired a new director, Renee Starek, for employment and Seton Hill University (SHU) this year.  This new position aims to aid students in career planning by enhancing job skills and boosting resume writing.

Starek, and the rest of the CareerWorks team, plan on reinventing the program for SHU students. This change is separated into two phases. The first phase entails working closely with their website, careerworks.setonhill.edu.

The second phase will build a “strong employer relations component for CareerWorks,” said Starek.

The new director is no stranger to the private liberal college atmosphere; she graduated from Gannon University.

“I truly value the catholic liberal arts education I received. The skills I gained in problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, taking calculated risks and embracing technology were skills that I developed as a student,” said Starek.

Recently Starek worked as an assistant director of the Career and Professional Developmental Center at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).

“I cannot begin to tell you how much I learned at CMU regarding the development and management of a nationally recognized career and professional development center,” said Starek.

At SHU, Starek’s role is to craft the vision and goals of CareerWorks. Starek keeps herself busy in the CareerWorks office “meeting with students for appointments, developing relationships with and assisting employers with posting internships and jobs, conducting classroom presentations, meeting with faculty and staff to plan events and participating in regional career consortium events.”

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