RealJobs: Katherine Walsh

Wednesday I attended our semesterly all-staff meeting for our unit, the Dean of Students, also known as Student Affairs. My department, the ASUC Auxiliary, is new to DoS as of July 2011.

The first half of the meeting included short presentations from other units. During the second half, everyone broke up into small discussion groups to talk about the impending Lower Sproul Redevelopment. Lower Sproul is the campus location for UC Berkeley’s student Martin Luther King Student Union and the student government building (my building, Eshleman Hall). Construction on these buildings will begin this summer, meaning our department and other occupants of Eshleman will be “surging” to another campus building, our temporary home for the next few years. Between switching campus units and surging out of Eshleman, the Auxiliary and the ASUC are experiencing quite a bit of changes. Personally, I will need to go through all the TGIF supplies and documents and try to downsize my office. There will be a lot of scanning of records, to digitalize the history of TGIF. The actual move-out won’t be much fun, but I am looking forward to the salvage portion of the move-out. Once everyone is physically out of Eshleman and has taken the materials they want, I will work with Campus Recycling and Refuse Services and student group Re-Use to make sure any remaining materials are recycled and salvaged for reuse, rather than everything being sent to the landfill.

The small group discussion during the DoS meeting was a great chance to meet colleagues in other departments and discuss strategies for supporting our students during the transition. It got me thinking about where I used to go for support at BC. BC students are lucky to have access to so many support services and research centers. The many BC research centers are just another venue for internships and networking. Look into possible opportunities to work for the centers as an undergraduate; the skills and experience you develop may compliment your studies and strengthen your resume.

Programs such as the Career Center and Alumni Services & Programs are also two important resources for assisting students with their careers. The Career Center can get help you with resume writing and finding internships and jobs. You can even work with the Career Center to bring in speakers or panelists related to your career interests. Alumni Services can help you connect with BC alumni in your interested fields. There are BC alumni chapters all over the country, and even outside the U.S. If you move to a new place for a job, I highly recommend joining the local chapter. It is a great way to immediately meet a group of people in your new location, and BC alumni love to help each other out with job opportunities or simply recommendations for restaurants, activities, and events in the area. Many chapters schedule game-watches at local bars and opportunities to volunteer together in the community. No matter where you go, you are bound to find a BC alumnus, someone who knows a BC alumnus, or at least someone who is from the Boston-area. I know I’ve been thankful for the SF-Bay area chapter. Having lost touch with my friend Angela, who served as my Ecopledge and UGBC mentor when I was a freshman and she was a senior, I ran into her at a BC football game-watch. We were able to reconnect, something I hold very dear since I owe a great deal of my BC path to her.

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