Career Advice from Kaleb Lewis, Director Of Career Services, George Mason University School of Business
Hey, everyone! Welcome back to another episode of Leaving The Nest. I’m your host, Kathleen Pellegrino from ROCS Grad Staffing. Our mission is to help you find a job out of college and thrive in the real world.
It is now September 2022, so summer is behind us. I’m excited, though, because fall is my favorite season! With school starting up and the semester rolling, many find themselves getting back into the comfortable rhythm of college life.
But at some point, some students in their final year start thinking about what they want to do with their lives after college, and many might not yet know what their future holds.
Today, I have with me Kaleb Lewis. Kaleb is the Director of Career Services for the School of Business at George Mason University. Kaleb assists students and alumni with career counseling, internship opportunities, and employer connections, and I know you’ll enjoy hearing the advice he has to share with all of you.
Thanks again for listening to Leaving The Nest! Be sure to leave us a review wherever you are listening and to share this episode with others you know who are just leaving the nest or perhaps are starting one of their own. Enjoy my conversation with Kaleb!
In This Episode:
[1:20] – We’re introduced to our guest, Kaleb Lewis.
[2:33] – Kaleb tells us a little more about his educational journey.
[4:07] – The experience at George Mason was a little polarizing, according to Kaleb.
[6:42] – We hear about Kaleb’s experience going from an undergrad degree straight to a graduate degree.
[9:00] – Kaleb explains how he found his calling working for the university.
[10:22] – Kaleb reveals what it was like Leaving the Nest.
[11:45] – Kaleb was still putting out a lot of applications, but his persistence finally paid off.
[13:15] – A career advisor can help diagnose where any potential roadblocks might during the application process.
[15:00] – We learn about how being a Hall Director helped prepare Kaleb for his current career path.
[17:27] – One day, Kaleb woke up and realized he wasn’t passionate about his work as a Hall Director anymore. This led him to a path of self-discovery for what he really wanted to do.
[19:50] – Kaleb shares how he helps students and alumni today.
[23:00] – What does Kaleb hear from employers about what they look for from an applicant?
[25:24] – COVID-19 changed the game. Kaleb explains how.
[28:08] – This is what Kaleb would say to someone who doesn’t know what they want to do with their professional life.
[31:05] – Information gathering is an important stage to learn more about a potential career path.
[33:48] – Kaleb gives his advice to students just leaving college.
[36:15] – Documentation can help justify why an employee is worth the raise they deserve.
[38:30] – Returning to campus has been interesting. Kaleb explains why.
[40:00] – Kaleb lets us know how we can connect with him, and Kathleen wraps up the conversation.
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