Forget Location, It's All about Destination for New Career Development Director
Michaeline Shuman, assistant provost for postgraduate outcomes and director of the Career Development Center, says her top priority is "helping students find success with what we call their ‘first destination' after graduation, whether that be entry into the work world, graduate or professional school, or compensated and competitive opportunities such as fellowships and long-term service.
Shuman, who joined Susquehanna in July 2014, works to develop programs that transform students' undergraduate experiences into postgraduate success. This includes helping students identify internship and job opportunities through networking and preparation programs such as Break Through ... to Life After Graduation, on-campus recruiting programs, and career and graduate school advising
Among other initiatives, she helped overhaul a four-year career development plan for students and developed a guide for families. The center has offered several student workshops, including one that helps students consider how to best market their Global Opportunities (GO) experience to employers and graduate schools
She also collaborated with faculty and the dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business to strengthen the Professional Development course taught by members of her staff and business school faculty
Shuman says her ultimate goal is to create strong partnerships with the larger campus community, including deans, program directors, academic chairs and faculty members, as well as alumni and parents, in order to facilitate, support and inform robust career development programming and services
Shuman received her Bachelor of Arts degree in social work at Albright College in 1989. She went on to earn a Master of Science degree in education from Alfred University in 1991. Prior to her appointment at Susquehanna, she served as director of career education at Allegheny College, and taught a service-learning course in Nicaragua. Shuman was a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica from 1999 to 2001, and has experience in nonprofit health care management. In addition, she has served as the director of residential programs at Franklin & Marshall College.