As you prepare for your future we’ve got your back

‘We are here to make sure that students are confident in their major, and we’re here to help those who are still exploring’

This is a time when you have a lot of decisions to make. You have to decide where you want to go to college. You have to decide which residence hall to live in. You have to decide what you want to study. You have to decide on a career path. We realize that you may come to UIndy not having all these answers, and that’s OK. The good news is that we can help. Staff members in two new offices on campus will have your back during your time as a Greyhound and even beyond. One office is the Center for
Advising and Student Achievement, known as CASA. The other is the Professional Edge Center.

Advising & mentoring

CASA will offer academic advising and mentoring. Lela Mixon, director of CASA, says the office will help you explore majors, find academic resources on campus, plan for what classes to take, and register for those classes.

“We’re expanding the traditional definition of advising,” she says, “to include mentoring and discussion of topics such as life skills and transitions to college, along with academic planning and personal goals.”

CASA and its resources are available to all undergraduate students. Those who are undecided about a major or who are considering switching majors (lots of people do) will find it especially helpful.

“We are here to make sure that students are confident in their major,” Lela says, “and we’re here to help those who are still exploring.”

A professional edge

ProEdge-jobfairThe second of these new resources for students is the Professional Edge Center. Its goal is in its name: to provide you with a professional edge when it comes time to land a job in your chosen field. Professional Edge will provide you with opportunities for networking, mentoring, internships, community service, and employment. It will help students of all majors, including those in the liberal arts, to interact with business professionals. The Professional Edge Center will create more chances for students to connect with potential employers and increase interaction between students and UIndy alumni, who are an important source of information and experience. Through job shadowing, talking with alumni in their field of study, community service, mock job interviews, and internships, students will be much better prepared for the world of work.

“We’re excited to offer you the opportunity to connect with the business community,” says Corey Wilson, associate vice president in charge of Professional Edge. We’re eager to enhance your opportunities to serve in the community, obtain internships, network, and find jobs when you graduate from UIndy.”

The Center has already hosted several events, including an engagement fair, an open house for international students, a panel discussion with alumni from various fields, and a panel of nonprofit leaders from Indianapolis. Also on deck are internship fairs and job fairs, professional coaching on producing better résumés and improving interview skills, and career exploration and service opportunities in various fields of interest.

Be sure to connect with CASA and the Professional Edge Center early in your UIndy career!