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Career Services Systems Associate

HOW DID YOU GET HERE?  Like most things in my life, my professional journey was circuitous.  I started attending Purdue right out of high school, and in my first two years I had several majors: pre-vet, biology, and electrical engineering.  Because none of those studies excited me, I decided to work full time to become an in-state resident, and go to school part-time to figure out what I really wanted to do academically.  I started working as a receptionist at the PMU Union Club Hotel, and later transferred to the PMU business office, and then to the business office in Chemical Engineering, all the while taking a variety of classes. When I took my first programming class, I discovered my passion.  I was admitted to what is now the Polytechnic Institute and began pursuing a technical degree part-time.  After earning a B.S. in Computer Information Technology, I was hired by Purdue as a programmer.  Over time, I rose to the level of IT Manager.  In all the various positions I’ve held, I found two things I loved to do:  mentor students and work with data.  My CCO position offers both of these responsibilities, and I couldn’t be happier.


WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT THE CCO? I most like having the opportunity to help students achieve their professional goals.  One of my job responsibilities is supervising the student team that develops computer applications and provides tech support for the CCO.  This allows me to have direct impact on their futures by providing them with challenging projects, and supporting their academic pursuits.  My team and I together provide the CCO technology which facilitates the endeavors of all Purdue students, faculty, and employers associated with the CCO.


WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL JOB YOU EVER HAD? Barnacle scrubber.  When I was a child growing up in Massachusetts, my parents had a 42-foot boat.  Each fall, it had to be winched out of the ocean and stored on a “cradle” for the winter.  Although the wooden hull was painted with copper paint, supposedly poisonous to barnacles, many of these volcano-looking creatures still clung tenaciously.  Since the space between the hull and the ground was cramped, it was easier for a small person to get under the boat and scrub – using a large bristle brush and a bucket of wet sand.  My skills soon got noticed, and I was hired by the owners of eight to ten other boats.  On weekends during a couple of months each fall, I would spend hours squatting in the mud, scrubbing the hulls of boats until my fingers were raw. 


FAVORITE THINGS: Cats, travel, food, reading, and gardening – in no particular order.


QUOTE YOU LIVE BY: The number one quote I live by every minute of every day is the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  I always try to be conscious of my behavior in relation to how I would feel if someone acted that same way toward me.  Another quote that guides my life is from the Mary Poppins movie: “Enough is as good as a feast.”  It keeps me grounded in the idea that I don’t need more than I can use, which, in turn, focuses my attention on helping those less fortunate. The third quote I follow is "Pay it forward." I try to perform random acts of kindness as often as possible for people I don't know, and will never see again - without judgement regarding their income level or neediness.  I've bought countless breakfasts and lunches for strangers, secretly paid for a young couple's dinner in a fancy Indianapolis restaurant, and sent a large box of scrapbooking supplies to a female British police officer whom I met while vacationing. It is a heartwarming activity that brings me a lot of joy.


ADVICE FOR STUDENTS: Take time to discover your strengths and what you love to do, and find a way to work those into your job.  Ideally, you should find a job you look forward to going to every day.  Conversely, think long and hard about pursuing a career doing something you detest; no amount of money is adequate compensation for a life lived in misery.  You may not realize it now, but life is short – enjoy every minute of it as fully as possible. 


What is myCCO?

myCCO is a portal where Purdue students and alumni can apply for internships, full-time and part-time opportunities.


How can myCCO help me?

Employers posting jobs, internships, and other opportunities on myCCO want YOU. Using the myCCO service allows you to take advantage of Purdue University’s reputation and vast network of industry connections.

How do I get a myCCO account?

  1. As a first time user enter your PUID as both your user name and password.(NOTE: the first 2 digits MUST be a double zero (00) even if they're not included in your current PUID. For example: 0012345678). Your PUID (with the double zero) will always be your username to log in to myCCO. Once you have completed your myCCO profile, the system will send an email with your "NEW" password.
  2. Read the “Participation Agreement” and “Cancellation and Missed Interview Policy” before clicking “I Agree to Terms.”
  3. Complete all required fields when completing your profile.

Video Instructions


How can I make the most of myCCO? 

Upload Your Resume

  1.        Click on “Resumes ETC” on the top navigation bar.
  2.        Select “Add New.”
  3.        Add a descriptive label to help you remember each document. Employers will not be able to see the label.
  4.        Select your document type. Use “Other Documents” for your transcript.

Edit Profile Privacy to be included in Resume Books and receive emails from myCCO

  1. Resume Books are a feature of myCCO that allows employers to pull resumes from students who meet the criteria of a position they’re looking to fill. If you opt-in for resume books, you have the chance to receive an email or call from an employer about a position!
  2. CCO Career Consultants will email you every time there is an on-campus interviewing opportunity that hasn’t received a lot of applicants so you know about the opportunity. You will also receive the Inside Track-a weekly career newsletter that updates you on career events happening that week.

Search and Apply for Jobs & On-Campus Interviews

  1. Hover on “Jobs” on the top navigation bar.
  2. Click on “myCCO Interviews and Job Listings” on the drop-down menu.
  3. Use the search bar and the advanced search options to find job postings relevant you.
  4. Apply to a positing by clicking the “Apply” button and submitting the required documents. For some positions, you may not be able to apply. These positions are on-campus recruitment postings and you must meet all screening criteria, including major, degree, graduation date, and work authorization.
  5. Note: Read the job posting carefully as the employer may refer you to the company website to apply.

Create Job Search Agents

  1. After running an “Advanced Search,” Click “Saved Searches.”
  2. Give your search a title and set a schedule for new job posting to be sent to you.
  3. Select “Yes” for “New Results Only.”
  4. Click “Save.”

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Follow Purdue Internships on Twitter

  1. Purdue Internships keeps you connected to myCCO internship postings on a daily basis!


What else comes with a myCCO account?

  • Live Online Resume, Interview and Job Coaching: Brainfuse Job Now
  • Ability to practice interviewing using Big Interview
  • Access company data using Mergent Online
  • Access to listings of company information sessions
  • Network with company contacts who have recently recruited at Purdue
  • See what companies are coming to upcoming career fairs


Having trouble creating your account?

  • FORGOTTEN PASSWORD: If you think you have an existing account in myCCO but don't remember your PU-ID, email with the subject line: Existing myCCO Account Forgot PU-ID.
  • ALUMNI: If you need to request your PU-ID: Click here to submit the Alumni PU-ID Request form and the CCO will respond to your request within 3-5 business days.
  • FUTURE STUDENT: We look forward to seeing you on campus. Your PU-ID will work at the beginning of the semester that you start your full-time classes.
  • REGIONAL CAMPUS: Students attending any of the Purdue Regional Campuses or Statewide Technology locations pursuing a "Purdue" degree are eligible to utilize myCCO. Please contact your campus Career Services office.
  • POST DOC FELLOWS: Please complete the PU-ID Request form. In the Problem Description area please enter CURRENT POST DOC and the department that currently employs you. Note: When you create your myCCO account, select the graduation year you will finish your post doc position at Purdue University.

Have questions? Please contact the CCO at

I agree to:

Accurate Information: Certify my job search documents to be truthful and accurate

Grant Access: Allow CCO to provide my job search documents to prospective employers

Honor Commitments: Keep all appointments that I've scheduled with employers and CCO Staff

Genuine Interest: Sign up for interviews with only employers with whom I'm interested in working

Professional Conduct: Accept an offer of employment in good faith and immediately notify employers of acceptance or non-acceptance of the offer. Withdraw from interviewing process and no longer pursue positions with other employers

Report Suspicious Inqueries: Understand that job seekers can be deceived by organizations posing as legitimate employers. Evidence of this behavior includes requests for personal information (i.e. social security numbers or credit card numbers) and requests for money. If you're suspicious of such an organization, do not respond to them and please share details with us at

Consequences for Non-Compliance: Accept that failure to adhere to any point in this agreement may result in the removal of my interview privileges in the Center for Career Opportunities

The CCO agrees to:

Provide Services: Assist you with your career decision-making and job search activities

Access of Information: Provide access to a range of career opportunities and types of employers

Non-Discrimination: Provide access and reasonable accommodations to prospective employers without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability

Protect Confidentiality: Exercise sound judgment and fairness in maintaining your confidentiality

Student Advocacy: Respond to employer EEO non-compliance concerns and unethical behavior. Follow-up with those posting suspicious vacancies, when possible, and consult with students and alumni affected by this dubious behavior

On-campus Interviewing: Cancellation and Missed Interview Policy

If you must miss an interview, you are required to cancel it in advance. When you fail to cancel your interviews in a timely fashion or do not appear for your interviews, your actions reflect poorly on you as an individual and on the University as a whole. Not only do you inconvenience the employer, but you may also deprive another student of a valuable interview opportunity. These situations, if unchecked may also have more serious implications on the University's relationships with employers overall.

Therefore, the Center for Career Opportunities treats these incidents very seriously and advises you to take special note of the following Cancellation and Missed Interview Policy.

Interview Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations will NOT be accepted via email or voice mail.
  • Students must appear in person in Young 132 to complete paper work before an interview can be cancelled
  • Students are required to give three business days or 72 hours notice to cancel an interview
  • Always investigate an alternate date with the employer before you cancel an interview
  • It is your responsibility to speak personally with the employer representative and explain why you will not be attending the interview. Be aware, however that the employer may still report you to the CCO
  • If you cancel an appointment directly with an employer, remember to also contact the CCO
  • Regional Campus Students ( Purdue Calumet, IUPUI, Purdue North Central and IUPU Ft Wayne ) are required to work through their Regional Career Services office to cancel interviews. The Regional Campus Liaison will forward the information regarding the cancellation

Sudden Illness or Serious Personal Emergency on Interview Day

  • Students are expected to contact the CCO (765) 494 - 3981 prior to their interview time. Employers check-in between 8 and 8:30 AM and should be notified prior to that time

Employers typically are not in the office on weekends. Monday appointments should be cancelled no later than Friday morning.

If you miss an interview:

  • Your myCCO account will be locked
  • You will receive an e-mail from CCO with instructions to come to Young 132 immediately to resolve this matter
  • You will be required to meet with a walk-in counselor and discuss the reason you missed the business appointment to which you committed
  • The discussion and your reason for missing the interview will determine whether or not your file will be reactivated and if you will have the opportunity to use myCCO in the future.