WKU adds Career Studio to help students with job skills

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Western Kentucky University Advising and Career Development Center helps students in myriad of ways.

Now there’s a new initiative they’ve installed to help better serve their students needs – a “career studio.”

“It’s a place where they can go in and all be working on similar kinds of things but not by themselves,” said Becky Tinker, associate director of the WKU Advising Center.

The Career Studio is a work space designed to help students better prepare for their future professional endeavors, regardless of what job field they intend on going into.

“I thought it would be a really good option for WKU for our students to have a place where they could work on those tasks that are so difficult,” added Tinker.

Some of those tasks they assist with are writing resumes, cover letters, personal statements, and even setting up mock interviews for students to practice their interviewing skills.

All the guidance comes from fellow students who work at the advising center.

“I think it’s very important that the student workers are a good source for students who may not feel comfortable going in to talk to an adult,” said Chelsea Marcum, a senior at WKU and student worker at the Career Studio.

Savannah Slusher, a WKU senior, has worked at the advising center since her freshman year and said the Career Studio provides a comfortable environment for students to come to and get help in areas they’re unfamiliar with.

“It relieves the pressure,” said Slusher. “You don’t have to feel very professional or perfect at all times.”

Four student workers are assigned to the studio, with an additional three staff members and professional coaches available to assist the program as well.

“They help the students feel connected to the campus first of all because they’re very welcoming, but the other thing is they’re somebody who is just one or two years ahead of them so they can relate to them,” Tinker said.

A lot of first year students, and college students in general, don’t usually know what to put on their resume or what not to put on it.

That’s where the student workers at the Career Studio step in, offering advice and support that might prove to be the difference in a student landing their dream job or just getting lost in the large pile of applications.

“A lot of students think certain things aren’t needed on a resume or special enough to be put on it, but it could set them apart from other applicants,” added Slusher.

No appointments are needed.

Students are encouraged to drop-in to room 2001 in Downing Student Union any time from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday if they need any help with career issues or guidance.