With students’ futures in mind, the College of Public Health and Human Sciences is enhancing its career readiness initiatives by creating a position focused on student success after graduation.
Joanna Abbott will begin the newly created role of career consultant this winter, where she will work directly with all CPHHS undergraduates, MPH and PhD students.
“I want every student feeling confident and well-prepared to pursue their career of choice,” she says.
With a background in career development, social work and public administration, Joanna has a good understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing CPHHS students pursuing a wide variety of careers.
“I want every student feeling confident and well-prepared to pursue their career of choice.”
“I hope to help CPHHS students gain the skills to look proactively at their career paths and make positive decisions about their academic studies, extracurricular activities and experiential learning opportunities,” she says.
Joanna will work a split position with the college and with OSU Career Development Center.
“My role with the college will be, first and foremost, to support CPHHS students’ knowledge of and skills in career development,” she says. “I will also work closely with academic advisors and internship coordinators, as well as other faculty and administrators to design resources that are directly applicable to the fields of Public Health, Kinesiology, Human Development and Family Sciences, and Nutrition.
Joanna will be closely integrated with those working to ensure student success in the college’s new Office of Student Success in Women’s Building Suite 105. The office houses the college’s associate dean for student success, academic advisors, peer advisors, internship coordinator, manager for assessment and accreditation, and coordinator of career consultant.
“I look forward to getting to know CPHHS students over the coming year as I participate in some classes and have office hours for one-on-one career consultations,” she says.