Career Advisors Coach Students for Professional Success
By Hattie Bernstein
Thanks in part to a push from her career advisor, Laura Lockward, a business administration major, already has landed her dream job.
“She was such a great help,” Lockward said of SNHU Career Advisor Simone Davis.
SNHU Career offers students everything from social media and webinars to a job board and one-on-one counseling. But what gives job seekers an edge, according to Lockward and another student who now is gainfully and happily employed, is starting early and working closely with a career advisor.
When she started college, Lockward wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. But after she became a mother two years ago, she found her calling.
“I realized I needed to do something to help pregnant women and children,” she said.
Lockward was a devoted fan of “Pregnant in Heels,” a reality-TV series featuring Manhattan maternity clothing designer and concierge Rosie Pope. Pope helps pregnant women and new moms with everything from fashion and beauty tips to safety-proofing their homes and lining up child care.
“I loved that show, and when I called Career Services at SNHU and talked to an advisor, we did a little brainstorming,” Lockward said. “She said, ‘Why don’t you apply for a job with Rosie Pope?’”
Just thinking about it made Lockward tremble with fear, but Davis was persistent.
“’Send in a resume. It can’t hurt, Laura,’” Lockward recalled Davis saying.
Together, the two reworked Lockward’s resume to make it stand out. Then Lockward wrote a cover letter.
“It’s the one thing I’m most proud of. It was a beautiful letter,” she said.
Apparently Rosie Pope Maternity thought so, too.
“They called me the next day. They said, ‘Can you come in for an interview?’ Two weeks later, I was working at Rosie Pope,” Lockward said.
Previously, Kenneth Singelais was unemployed and worried.
“I had had a career in customer service, but I couldn’t even get an interview. They all wanted some sort of degree, more than I had,” he said.
So he enrolled in a business management class at SNHU and made a beeline for SNHU Career.
“I got started with an advisor and she walked me through a couple of jobs that I’d passed by,” he said. “‘She could break things down, show me how I was qualified, had the knowledge. It was nothing less than fascinating.”
Singelais now works in the service department of an automotive business, in a job he’s certain he would have missed if he’d been looking on his own.
“It’s amazing how knowledgeable and professional they are,” he said of SNHU Career advisors. “Mine helped me understand I was more qualified than I gave myself credit for.”