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The Hart Career Center staff, from left: Robyn Walter, staff counselor; Warren Kistner,
director of the Hart Career Center; Laurie Diekhoff, assistant director of the Hart
Career Center; Suzanne Noonan, senior office coordinator.
Hart Career Center Offers Preparation and Assistance for Career Planning
January 4, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan’s Hart Career Center provides four main areas
of support to assist students in planning for their futures. The Center, located in
the Minor Myers, jr. Welcome Center (1211 Park St., Bloomington), offers aid in the
areas of career guidance, internship planning, graduate and professional school preparation
and job search assistance.
For those who are still unsure of the path they would like to take, the Hart Career
Center offers online and in-office assessments to guide students in the right direction.
Throughout the academic school year, seminars and programs are held that focus on
different careers to highlight options within a given field.
Hart Career Center library and research center.
The Center also houses its own library filled with career information resources. The
library is open for students to browse reference materials and learn more about career
options available to them. According to Warren Kistner, director of the Hart Career
Center, the Center provides students with the opportunity to schedule individual meetings
with a staff member to discuss possible directions they might take in their future
The Hart Career Center gives IWU students access to online databases that provide
a wealth of information and connections for those searching for internships. “Internships
are essential in today’s job market,” said Kistner. The most utilized program is the
Titan CareerLink online job and internship database, according to Kistner. Illinois
Wesleyan is also a part of the Illinois Small College Placement Association, which
is an organization enacted to provide students from 25 small private colleges and
universities with the opportunity to search for jobs and internships, post their resumes
for interested employers to see, and learn about upcoming job and internship fairs
or interview opportunities on other college campuses. “Forming this united association
for small colleges like ourselves is very beneficial. Collectively, there are over
50,000 students who access this database. This number brings in more employers because
they know their job or internship will reach a larger audience,” said Kistner.
Graduate & Professional School Preparation
Approximately one-third of Illinois Wesleyan students go on to professional or graduate
schools according to Kistner. With this number in mind, the Hart Career Center works
to ensure each student’s success. “We can help you research schools to find a program
that’s best for you, and we review students’ essays for their applications,” said
Kistner. In addition to hands-on assistance from the staff, there are also books available
in the Center library covering how to be successful when applying to schools. In addition,
Kaplan, a test preparation center, offers practice tests on campus for the Graduate
Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Law School Admission
Test (LSAT), and Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) throughout the year.
Warren Kistner, director of the Hart Career Center, counsels Dan Toldeo '09.
Job Search Assistance
The other three aspects focused on at the Center (career guidance, internship planning
and graduate and professional school preparation) are set up to ultimately help to
prepare students for the job search. “Finding a job is a four-year process, which
is why we encourage students to come in for assistance early on in their college careers,”
said Kistner. The Hart Career Center has established a mock interview program. This
program is one that Kistner believes all students should use. Human Resources professionals
are brought to campus to conduct taped interviews with students. The students are
then given written, verbal, and visual feedback in the form of a DVD of the interview.
This type of practice helps students to prepare for real life interviews, said Kistner.
Another program offered to assist with the job search is the Alumni Mentoring Database.
This program is designed to provide students with access to over 300 alumni working
in a variety of different fields. The student determines whom they want to reach out
to, and then has a person to touch base with for any questions and to gather advice
and tips for gaining a job in that person’s field. To assist students in finding job
and internship opportunities, the Hart Career Center hosts an Internship Fair on Campus
each fall and a Nursing Career Fair in January. Illinois Wesleyan also partners with
Illinois State University for other career fairs throughout the year.
The Center has a new section on their Web site called The Insider. The Insider is
a password-protected area of the center Web site available only to Illinois Wesleyan
students and alumni. Once inside, students are granted access to VAULT, BRIDGE, Graduate
Jobs, Environmental Career Opportunities, Internships USA, Career Search, and Human
Services and Liberal Arts Career Weekly, all of which are sites that aid in the job
and internship search process.
Illinois Wesleyan students and alumni can now access The Center on Facebook by searching
for ‘Hart Career Center.’
In 2005, the Hart Career Center was named for Craig C. Hart, former president of the
University’s Board of Trustees. Hart served as president of the board for 11 years.
For additional information or to make an appointment, contact the Center at (309)
556-3071 or visit their Web site at www.iwu.edu/ccenter.
Contact: Kasey Evans ’12, (309) 556-3181