Career Services At PCI
This is part one of a four part series on the Career Services Department at Pinnacle Career Institute.
Recently I had an opportunity to chat with the four Directors of Career Services at PCI to learn a bit more about them, gather some of their tips and insights and discover what makes them shine in their position. The following interview is with Carrie Carpenter, Director of Student Services for the Online Campus:
1. How long have you worked at PCI?
I started with Pinnacle in February 2008 as an Admissions Coordinator at the South campus. I went into Career Services for the Online campus in May 2011. Since then I have been the Career Services Coordinator for all campus wind, the Director of Career Services, and I am now the Director of Student Services for the Online campus.
2. What is your favorite part about being the Director of Career Services at PCI?
I love being part of the student’s final stop before they graduate. It’s so rewarding to be able to see our graduates start working in the field they went to school for. I have a great team here and they are committed to our students in helping them learn how to not only find a job but how to be successful once they are there.
3. What is your favorite “Changing Lives Story”?
When I was working with the Wind students it was amazing to see them get hired on into such a great industry. Not only were they doing something they loved but they were contributing to making the world a more energy efficient and “green” place.
Also one of my first enrollments was in the Massage Therapy program at the South campus. He overcame a lot to get in and complete his program. He was student of the quarter, got amazing grades, and had wonderful attendance. He is now a massage therapist for a local sports team here in Kansas City and doing very well for himself.
4. What are your success tips for students looking for a position in their new career?
I would say in this day and age, networking is very important when looking for a position in a new career. A great way to start networking is to utilize social media. LinkedIn is an excellent way to connect with industry professionals and create a brand for yourself
5. What is your best advice for students to Rock their next interview?
I would say preparation is key to nailing the interview!
Students need to be sure to contact their Career Services department prior to their interview to help them with those tricky questions and to go over any additional tips. Dressing the part, confidence, and arriving prepared also help out tremendously.
I am very family oriented- I enjoy spending most of my free time with my husband and our two dogs. I am also very close with my parents and sisters. I’m a huge Chiefs and Kansas State fan!!
Thanks Carrie for all your hard work and energy for PCI!