Augustana’s career development specialists are called career coaches for good reason. They help students practice and perform to the best of their abilities.
Students can select the appropriate coach based on their primary career goal or the industry they are considering. The coaches also will serve as first-year advisors.
Coaches focus on students' field of interests, rather than majors. This allows students in any major to pursue careers, graduate school, internships and post-grad service that align with their interests.
If you're interested in a health-related career, you need to meet Beth Ford. She enjoys the one-on-one interaction with students and seeing just how far they can go.
Ford says: "You don’t have to know where you want to go or what you want to do right away. All coaches are meant to help you discover and uncover who you are and what you want to do."
→ Learn more about Beth Ford and her goals for students
You might be sure you know what you want to do, or not. Either way, Ammuniki Wood wants to figure it out with you. When students tell him they really don’t want to pursue their major any longer, that’s his cue.
Wood says: "Interacting with students and helping them align to what fits them is such an important thing. I find great joy in watching students blossom and find themselves.”
→ Learn more about Ammuniki Wood and his advice for students
Joe Gifen helps students think about the big picture. He wants them to get that first job after graduation, but he also wants to help prepare them for a career.
Giffen says: “The Quad Cities has so many resources for our students. We have field opportunities on and off campus including the Upper Mississippi Center, and plenty of places throughout the cities for students to gain experience in their fields and take it back to their home communities.
→ Learn more about Joe Giffen and his self-help philosophy
If you are exploring majors and careers, see Keri Bass. She starts by asking: What brings you joy? What drains you? You did this job in high school for four years? Why? What did you like about it? What did you not like about it?
Bass says: "Asking those simple (but maybe tough) questions is a really reflective process of what they’ve done and what they want to do — and holding space for both the future and the past in the same conversation."
→ Learn more about Keri Bass and her goals for students
See Jessica Estes if you are considering the law or social services in particular. She helps figure out a plan for the LSAT, personal statements, how to apply for law school and a general timeline.
Estes says: "Helping students, especially first-generation students, find some answers about their future and put the pieces together for them is very rewarding.”
→ Learn more about Jessica Estes and her emphasis on listening