Now in its second semester, the Center for Career and Alumni Connections’ Career Crew has forever changed how students can prepare for life beyond Lynn. 

Started in August 2018, the Career Crew features a team of four student leaders, all of whom bring their own abilities to the table.  The ultimate goal for the Crew lies in promoting the wide array of services available while also serving as a first point of contact in making the job search process more efficient. 

“We felt that through the Career Crew, we could offer some quick advice to [students] to help them improve their resume before meeting with a career coach,” said Bob Nealon, career coach. “This initiative guarantees students leave our office with something tangible each visit, but it also ensures our trained student members can offer advice to their peers.” 

This peer-to-peer mentoring served as a main calling card for the office when the Crew recruitment process began last spring.  While the career coaches trust that students heed their advice when visiting, they also understand similar encouragement from a respected peer is often needed. 

“We are working toward our Crew contributing positively to helping students in building strong career preparations skills,” said Nealon.  “Each member completed thorough training on various career topics, are quite knowledgeable and have passion to assist others.” 

As they embark on their second term as a unit, the Crew looks to make a difference on campus.  Understanding the value of the office’s resources, they plan to leave a wide-ranging imprint on the Lynn community, including students, faculty and staff. 

“Each of the [Crew members] has a strength unlike any other and will use that to benefit those around them,” said Stacy Griffin, associate director of career coaching and training.  “Because they each have their own unique strengths and audiences, they will have their own [individual path] toward furthering our reach.” 

Considering the Crew’s successful launch, the department plans to continue the initiative as an ongoing program. Recruitment for new members will begin in the spring.  

Those looking to meet with the Career Crew can do so on Mondays from noon–2 p.m., Tuesdays from 12:30–2:30 p.m., Wednesdays from noon–2 p.m. and Fridays from 2–4 p.m. Individuals interested in learning more about the Career Crew or who have interest in joining the team can visit the Center for Career and Alumni Connections on the second floor of the university center.   

Shawn Johnson

Shawn Johnson, member of the 3.0 accelerated degree program, is a sophomore. Having grown up in Birmingham, Ala., Johnson established an unwavering love for college athletics in his youth. Wanting to connect his love for sports with his passion for writing, he has identified sports journalism as the ultimate goal of his academic endeavors at Lynn. As such, Johnson is a multimedia journalism major. Within his collegiate interests, he hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Fighting Knight and current ESPN reporter Lisa Kerney. Outside of iPulse, he was a contributing writer for the Palm Beach Post as well. In his second year, there is still much more in the tank for his career preparation at Lynn. All the while, he is immensely proud of the Alabama Crimson Tide for recently winning their 17th overall national championship. Thankful for the opportunities he has received thus far, Johnson is eager to grow alongside his peers in the College of Communication and Design.

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