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Vision, Mission, and Core Values


The vision of Career and Professional Development is to empower students to discover and pursue a path to a fulfilling career, so they can make their own unique marks on the world. 


Recognizing that career development is a life-long process, the mission of Career and Professional Development is to educate and support students as they explore and further understand themselves and career options, gain valuable experience, develop as professionals, and launch their post-graduation career plans.

Core Values

We build relationships:  We believe in building relationships with students throughout the career and professional development process.  Our expertise, experience, connections, and energy are available to each student. We are committed to helping students find the answers they need to make smarter, more informed career decisions.

We believe in passion: We believe strongly that each great career fit makes the world better. We make our mark on the world by helping others make theirs.  Actively discovering and pursuing passions leads to more valuable and impactful professionals who feel personally fulfilled.

We are catalysts: We are action-oriented. We help students discover where they want to go and help them make that happen.

We are educators: Learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. We work with students at any stage in the career development process. We teach students about navigating the world of work. The skills and strategies they learn will serve them well for a lifetime.

We are open to all ideas:  Every person is different, and so is each career path — traditional or wildly unique. Career options are numerous and exploring them can be exhilarating.

We are challengers: We motivate and challenge students. We encourage them to explore varied career ideas, to become involved in more experiences during college, and to aim higher to achieve their career goals. 

We have valuable connections: Our connections build relationships that build careers that build a better world.  Networking is critical to gathering key information, gaining experience in different fields, and learning about job opportunities.

We are a team:  Our team members are professionals who work together and complement one another’s strengths.  We pursue healthy and productive working relationships through open communication, mutual respect, and collaboration, while growing in our collective professional development.