Wysocki is the Career Counselor/Employer Specialist at Penn State Brandywine
By: Lion’s Eye Editor, Victoria Marotta; firstname.lastname@example.org
She started in August of 2011, and is quite extraordinary; she teaches CNED 100, Career Exploration and CNED 280 and Job/Internships Search and Professional Skills. Bringing a level of achievement to Brandywine, Wysocki earned her Masters of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. Wysocki has worked in higher education for 10 years in a variety of areas including Residence Life, Student Activities, University Conduct and Athletics/Intramurals.
“I love it all, but of course Career Services is my favorite,” Wysocki said. “My passion has always been engaging students in their own development and providing many educational and practical experiences to encourage their confidence and future.”
Career services provides students, from their first year to the day they graduate (and beyond), the resources necessary to find success. Wysocki said she loves watching a student grow and find a passion and create future goals around it. Students at Penn State Branydwine have so much to
offer, and Wysocki and the career services are just one of the several resources at Brandywine that helps guide them to endless opportunities.
“I went to the Career Development Center at Lycoming College and received the guidance I was searching for and from that it led to a career in higher education and helping others to find the same clarity,” Wysocki said.
Current and potential students should take full advantage of Penn State’s career services so that they can branch further into their overall career, and Wysocki is a counselor who could help these students reach their career goals. It’s so important for current and prospective students to be able to have access to career counseling.
“Unfortunately many students are unaware of what it is we do,” Wysocki said. “As said above we can help students from day one and even past graduation. It is important to note that even alumni are welcome to visit our office, or any Penn State office of Career Services throughout the Commonwealth.
Although many students are unsure of what they want to do with their future, they are not alone. It is a very difficult decision to make, especially coming directly from high school.
“It is important for students to realize this is a common feeling and that they are not alone,” Wysocki said. “Our office offers several ways for students to self-assess and explore career and major options through theory and practice. Students are welcome to make an appointment with a Career Coach, myself or Christine Allen. We also offer CNED 100, Career Exploration, a two-credit course, to help first year and second year students to explore themselves, different majors, and careers but more importantly to learn valuable resources to have with them their entire career journey.”
Some of the valuable resources Career Services provides includes help with internship/job search, resume/cover letter writing interview prep and mock interviews, self-assessment, professional skills and even graduate school prep. As well as offering valuable resources, the office provides events such as Human Services Career Day, Business, Communications and STEM Career Day, Alumni Networking, Mock Interviews for HDFS 490, BA 420, and CNED 280 and lastly, a Fashion Show and Etiquette Luncheon (co-sponsored with Student Affairs).
“Gaining experience before you graduate is very important,” Wysocki said. “Internships are a great way to do this! Many students find when they graduate that even entry-level positions require some experience. Internships allow for students to build their resume, be competitive in the job search, create new connections, and potentially gain full-time employment from the internship. Our office offers many resources to help students to find internships and jobs.”
To find out more information on Penn State Brandywine’s Career Services, go to: brandywine.psu.edu/StudentServices/CareerServices/careers.htm or visit Advising and Career Services in 104 Main Building.