Meet Troy Kase, Director of Albion's Career and Internship Center
How does Albion's Career and Internship Center help students with career planning?
If you look at our mission statement, you can see that it is inherent that we provide tools and empowerment for students to explore and achieve their goals. To that extent, we provide career counseling, access to thousands of internship and job postings, connections with alumni, and opportunities to meet with employers.
What have you noticed about Albion students since arriving?
I believe that you can learn a lot about a student, or in this case, a student population through their resumes. I noticed how involved students were with on-campus leadership positions, research opportunities, internships, and jobs. I also started to see how connected Albion students are in the community of Albion through mentoring at Harrington Elementary, and other volunteer and internship experiences.
What's one thing students can do to start on their career path?
Take control. Really, it is about that simple. Students have an incredible amount of resources available to them on campus.
First, students need to learn about themselves.This is why the first component of the Albion Advantage is "Explore Your Interests." Included in this is getting to know your values and abilities. The Career and Internship Center has worked with all FYE students in learning more about their personality. This year, we are helping to administer the O*Net Interest Inventory which is a great tool that has direct ties from their interests to various careers. Additionally, we have the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, O*Net Values Inventory, Values Card Sort, and Personality Mosaic.
While these are great tools, they cannot replace the one-on-one attention that students will receive when they come and see us in the office. Of course, these tools are also presented in group settings including in the classroom.
How can alumni and parents help students with networking?
Alumni and parents have been a lot of fun to work with on this campus. They are passionate supporters of Albion and want to assist students. Specifically, we have the Briton Career Connections event and the mentoring group on LinkedIn. The Briton Career Connections will be launched for the first time this fall. Alumni and parents will connect with students and help them learn more about their own career paths, advice on how to proceed in a similar field, and possible connections to jobs and internships.
Mentors play a variety of roles, from offering basic advice about a job search to sharing critical insights on career readiness. Topics that may be covered within a mentoring relationship may be as simple as questions about how to communicate a skill in a resume. Students and mentors may form longer term mentoring relationships that cover choice of career, success in college, and success after college.
Career and Internship Center Staff
Albion College's Career and Internship Center provides comprehensive services designed to assist students and alumni in the career exploration and decision-making process. We strive to teach students the skills necessary to be successful with their career pursuits. Get to know us!
Troy joined Albion College as Director of the Career and Internship Center in February 2013. He comes to Albion from Idaho after working at the Career Center at Idaho State University for fourteen years. Troy received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and Master of Counseling in Student Affairs and College Counseling from Idaho State University, and continues to complete coursework toward a doctorate in higher education.
Dawn is an Albion College alumna and Albion community resident. After graduation, Dawn pursued a career in social work in the Ann Arbor area. Several years later, she returned to the Albion area and began working at the Albion District Library. Upon completing her master's degree in Library and Information Science at Wayne State University, Dawn worked in public libraries for over a decade. Dawn brings her skills as a social worker and librarian to the Career and Internship Center to help benefit the students at Albion College.
Jenny joined the Albion College Career and Internship Center in September of 2013. She graduated from Albion College in 1998 in English and a concentration in Environmental Studies. She brings a passion for helping others and an endless commitment to Albion College.
Peer Career Advisor
Mitchell is a senior in Communication Studies and has been with the Career and Internship Center for over a year now. He is a member of the Gerstacker Institute and has completed three internships. He also participated in the Student Venture Program where he marketed items for Albion fraternities and sorrorities. His most recent internship was at Janesville Acoustics where he assisted in the hiring of production associates and team leaders and helped to develop and implement several events including a job fair and a grand opening.
Peer Career Advisor
Katie is a junior pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Communication Studies with a concentration in Human Services. Katie is very involved on campus as a member of various campus organizations. Along with working in the Career and Internship Center, Katie is also on the tour guide management team and is an intramural sport supervisor. Katie has had a variety of internships in children-psychology positions. Her most recent one was working at a children's camp in Northport, Mich., where she was trained by a psychologist to become high ropes course certified.
Peer Career Advisor