To move anything forward you need momentum, and oftentimes finding momentum for planning our careers is difficult to muster during the safety of our college years. That’s why we’ve developed EMPLOYola_Surge – the energy source for aligning your education with your career success. Plug in regularly to jolt you through the complacency of thinking about your future plans. Find the sparks of career ideas by receiving internship and career alerts. Generate new tactics by viewing posted videos. Ride the current of our coaches’ expertise in our tips and suggestions. Propel your skills into action by attending our workshops and other posted events. EMPLOYola_Surge, it’ll move you.
Remember your first visit to the French Quarter? Relive the fascinating sights, the curiosities hidden down private patios, the unique characters, the soul moving music, the architecture, the surprises, the smell of beignets and coffee, the mysteries… you are never the same after visiting the Vieux Carre’, the Old Square of New Orleans. Visit another place of discovery – Career Carre’, the section of EMPLOYola_Surge that is dedicated to career searches in New Orleans. It is full of information, tips, and advice about the unique experience of developing your career in New Orleans.
For more information on the things you read here, or better yet — an appointment with your career coach (listed below) — please contact Loyola’s Career Development Center:
Office Location: Danna Center, 2nd floor
Mailing Address: 6363 St. Charles Avenue, Campus Box 200, New Orleans, LA 70118
Meet the bloggers
Roberta Kaskel joined Loyola as the Director of the Career Development Center in 2007. Previously she worked as a consultant with the university to restructure the Center as a full service career center with emphasis on the infusion of vocational discernment in the career planning process and students’ post-graduation success.
Diana Noveck serves as the Office Manager for both the University Counseling Center and the Career Development Center. She assists students with scheduling appointments and is responsible for all financial matters, orders, and contracts. She assists with coordinating university counseling programs, such as the Take Back the Night March and the Freedom from Smoking group. In addition, Diana maintains the web pages for the University Counseling Center and Student Health Services, and supervises student workers.
Tamara A. Baker, Associate Director of Career Planning, is the career coach for the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences and coordinates career related educational programming for the campus community. She is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the National Career Development Association (NCDA).
Jill Boatright, Assistant Director for the Career Development Center, serves as the liaison and career coach for the College of Social Sciences, School of Mass Communications, and School of Nursing. A Virginia native, Jill received both her B.A. in Sociology and Foreign Affairs and her M.Ed. in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education from the University of Virginia.
Kelly G. Fleenor
Kelly G. Fleenor, Recruiting Services Graduate Assistant, is currently pursuing her Master of Education in Counselor Education with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling from the University of New Orleans. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Louisiana State University. She is a member of multiple professional associations, including the American Counseling Association, Louisiana Counseling Association, and the Louisiana Career Development Association. She has also held leadership positions in student organizations at UNO, including President of the Counseling Organization of Graduate Students (COGS) and Treasurer of Chi Sigma Iota. Prior to joining the Career Development Center team at Loyola, Kelly served as Graduate Assistant at the Counseling and Career Center, Career Services department at the University of New Orleans. In this role, she assisted in the facilitation and promotion of career-related services through interaction with UNO students and alumni, as well as community employers and recruiters. She is skilled in presenting in both classroom and conference settings, as well as researching in areas such as career exploration and diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Kate Duncan, Career Coach and Internship Coordinator, works exclusively with the faculty, students and alumni of the College of Music and Fine Arts. She attained her Masters of Music degree with a vocal jazz performance focus from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music Performance as well as in English from Westminster College in Pennsylvania.
Kate comes to the CDC with a wide range of experience in the arts, not only performing on, and working behind the professional stage, but many years in music education as well. In addition to running a school for music, she has been a vocal jazz arranger, lecturer, and clinician for various groups across the country. Apart from her duties on campus, Kate continues to pursue her performance and writing/arranging career here in the greater New Orleans area. She is excited to combine her experience and passion for the arts with the talents and needs of Loyola’s CMFA students and alumni.
DawnChae Jiles is the social media intern for the Career Development Center. “Chae” as she prefers to be called is a sophomore from Houston, Texas, pursuing a degree in Mass Communications/Public Relations. She manages all of the social media tools and outgoing messages for the career development center. Chae is a Cardoner Leader and while only a sophomore, has completed two internships. Her most recent experience was with The Refuge Group -an Integrated Marketing Firm – where she worked as the social media intern.