Stephen Roach

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Director of Employer Engagement

HOW DID YOU GET  HERE? Before meeting with a career services practitioner in 2013, I had never considered the possibility of working in student affairs. In 2016, I was given the opportunity to work as an intern and then part time career services practitioner at the College of Media at the University of Illinois. The experience I gained at Illinois, coupled with my work at Eastern Illinois University as a graduate assistant at the Student Success Center, solidified my desire to help students succeed. In the spring of 2017, I was introduced to the CCO, and I knew this was the place for me.


WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? Drop-in advising allows me the opportunity to witness the amazing qualities and diversity of the Purdue family. From alumni to international students to those students seeking their first internship, Purdue has some of the best. Working one-on-one with students and alums during drop-ins makes me realize why I love this job.


WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL JOB YOU EVER HAD? For a short time, I worked in the world of decorative concrete. Making a concrete floor look like marble, wood, or natural stone was interesting and difficult work.


FAVORITE THINGS: A few of my favorite things include craft beer, travel, reading chains of articles on Wikipedia, scifi novels, hiking, and biking.


QUOTE YOU LIVE BY: “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.” - Abraham Lincoln


ADVICE FOR STUDENTS: Just as Abraham Lincoln wrote to Isham Reavis in 1855, about maintaining his own resolution to succeed, know that you are your own boss. Here at the CCO we can teach you how to fish but we can’t hand you a job. You have to catch success on your own. Yet, rest assured that you will be prepared for this challenge, especially if you come and work with us!