Career Impact Awards: Recognizing a campus culture of career

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2020 Career Impact Award winner Benjamin Eder in his internship as a Project Leader for Spectrum Engineers.

A staff member committed to training and supporting future psychologists in the Counseling Center. A U alumni mentor helping Dreamers overcome the obstacles of higher education and beyond. And a U student making an impact through an engineering internship at the New York Times.

These are just a few examples of individuals in the U campus community who are prioritizing and integrating career and internship development into their daily work. The Career & Professional Development Center (CPDC) will be honoring outstanding faculty, staff, employers, and students through its annual Career Impact Awards.

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Alumni Career Mentor of the Year, Alonso Reyna Rivarola.

These awards were created to showcase the campus-wide effort of creating a culture committed to career and internship success for all students. This investment from these individuals directly aligns with the U’s central vision of “promoting student success to transform lives.”

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Giulia Soto, Second Year Experience Coordinator for CESA is one of the Career Champions of the Year.

“There is no more powerful influence than the real interest in a student’s career aspirations from a trusted faculty member, advisor or employer,” said Stan Inman, Director of the CPDC. “Now more than ever is the time to work collectively as a campus to help students successfully navigate their paths from college to career.”

Beginning Monday, April 13, the CPDC team will recognize its Career Impact Award winners once a day on Instagram, @uofucareers. Watch for, like and share the posts and stories with photos of the winners and quotes from their nominators.

To view a full list of the Career Impact Award winners, click here.

In response to COVID-19 the Career & Professional Development Center now offers an entirely virtual approach to serving students. Schedule a career appointment, live chat with a peer career expert, and find remote job and internship experiences here.