Geneva College alumna Joy Doyle of Chippewa has a passion for working with people and a heart for students.
Since graduating, she has enjoyed working with people on a one-on-one basis, so when the position of director of career development was posted at the school, she thought it would be a great opportunity for her to continue to serve in that capacity with students.
"I thought it would be a perfect fit," she said. "In addition to that, my goal has always been to be a part of training, developing and coaching, and I will have plenty of opportunities to do that within career development."
The Career Development Center equips students and alumni to fulfill their callings through services such as career assessment testing, career counseling, career awareness resources and internships.
In addition, the office offers guidance in job-search strategies, resume writing, interviewing, e-portfolios, job and internship postings, graduate school essay writing, graduate school entrance exam preparation and more.
As director, Mrs. Doyle said she will be working with students one-on-one, helping them to tap into their potential, and seeing what the Lord's call and vocation is for their life.
Her focus in the coming year is to survey students to see what they need from the career development office, how they've utilized it in the past, and how it might serve them moving forward.
Another goal she has is to build the school's employer base and get Geneva students on the radar with employers locally and nationally.
Mrs. Doyle recently returned to the campus after spending the last two years living in Italy with her husband, Sean, who was serving as professor-in-residence for Geneva's Semester in Rome study-abroad program.
While there, she and her husband traveled to 15 different countries. It was an experience that she described as incredible.
"I saw more in those two years than I ever thought I would see in my entire life," she said. "It was truly a blessing."
The opportunity was unique as well in that they lived on the same floor as their students. Mrs. Doyle equated it to life as a college student as they had breakfast with their students each morning and shared community dinners twice a week.
She said it was a great way for them to build relationships with them and not only challenge them academically, but spiritually and socially as well.
Mr. Doyle is an associate professor of history and humanities at Geneva.
The two met while Mrs. Doyle was working in the college's human resources department as benefits and compensation specialist.
She also served as an admissions counselor from June 2005 to February 2008.
She said her devotion to the school stems from two things that she values most about the school, the first being the integration of faith and learning.
"I certainly felt like when I was here as a student that I had the opportunity to be challenged in my faith, to grow in my faith, and to learn," she said.
"My professors were very, very clear from the get-go that they were coming from their teaching perspectives with a Christian worldview, which was very, very important to me."
Of equal importance, she said, was the community aspect of the school through which she developed a number of lasting friends and relationships both as student and as an employee.
Though classes began on Monday, Mrs. Doyle said she has already had a few students come forward seeking her help with their resumes and doing mock job interviews. Two alumni have stopped by as well and asked if they can meet with her.
"Already I can see that the work I'm going to be doing is going to be very rewarding and it definitely will be meaningful," she said. "I'm very thankful."
Shannon M. Nass, freelance writer: email@example.com.