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Alyson Beland

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Career Services Consultant

How did you get here?

I graduated with my Bachelor of Applied Arts in Integrative Public Relations from Central Michigan University in May 2015. During my senior year I realized that my true passion was working with students at the university level. Upon graduating I gained admission to Grand Valley State University’s Masters of Higher Education program with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership. During my master’s experience I worked in Housing and Residence Life as an Assistant Hall Director where I co-supervised a living-learning community of 450 freshman and eight Resident Assistants. Near the completion of my master’s degree I opened my job search to the Midwest. In June 2017 I was granted the position as a Student Success Coach with the Summer Start Program at Purdue University. I provided high touch support to a caseload of approximately 150 students while teaching two first-year seminar courses throughout the academic year. I began my journey as a Career Services Consultant with the CCO in August 2018.

 

What do you like most about your job?

I love meeting with the variety of students that Purdue attracts to the university each year. I’m passionate about working with students who vary in age, major and come from diverse backgrounds because I’m able to educate myself and learn something new about each individual who utilizes our services. Meeting with students one-on-one during drop-in hours is one of my favorite parts about being a career services consultant.

 

What is the most unusual job you ever had?

During the second semester of my freshman year at my alma mater I served as a public relations intern for a museum on campus. The museum inherited hundreds of taxidermy mammals, reptiles and amphibians that were stored in several locations within the building, including an office space that I utilized on a regular basis.

 

Favorite Things:

I love spending time outdoors and staying active, whether it’s being on the water, going for long walks, working out or playing volleyball. I enjoy quality time with the people who are a big part of my life, both at Purdue and in Michigan, as well as meeting new people. Fall is my favorite time of year because it’s the beginning of football season (Boiler Up and Fire Up Chips!) I would consider myself an avid dog lover-the more the merrier!

 

Quote I live by:

“Do what is right, not what is easy, nor what is popular.” –Roy T. Bennett

 

Advice to Students:

Ask questions! Purdue’s faculty and staff are some of the most valuable resources you can utilize during the college experience. Whether it’s finding a building on campus, figuring out how to solve a homework problem or not knowing which campus department can assist you with your situation, I encourage you to become comfortable with asking for support. As a staff member I want students to know that asking for assistance is the first step toward achieving personal and professional success while at Purdue.