Broadview’s New Director of Career Services Looks Familiar
Published on July 31, 2014 by Staff Writer
Does the new director of career services look familiar to you? That’s because she has been working for Broadview since 2010. Nikki McCutcheon has worked at Broadview as an adjunct instructor, a program chair, an executive program chair, and is now our new director of career services. We know that Nikki will be able to help students even more in this new position. We want the students to know her a little better, so we asked her a few questions.
Tell us about your educational background:
I earned my Bachelor of Science Physics in 1999 from Frostburg State University in Western Maryland. There, I majored in physics and minored in math and general science.
I earned my first Master of Science degree (with honors) in 2008 from Keller Graduate School of Management’s online division. That degree was in Information Systems Management with an emphasis in disaster preparation and recovery.
I earned my second Master of Science degree (with honors) in 2009 from Keller Graduate School of Management in Sandy, Utah. That degree was in Business Administration.
I am currently one quarter from completing a third Master of Science degree with Broadview University’s online division. That degree will be in the Science of Management with an emphasis in Managerial Leadership.
Tell us about your professional (working/employment) background:
I have been operating and managing businesses since I was 16 years old. My first management job was at Jernigan’s Tobacco Village in Western Pennsylvania. There, I was responsible for ordering roughly $20,000 worth of inventory on a monthly basis. I was also responsible for payroll reconciliation and lottery revenue reconciliation for both our Greensburg and Jeannette, Pennsylvania, stores.
Upon graduating from Frostburg State, I took a position with a government contractor. There, I was project manager for two projects tied to the U.S. Military. At any given time, I was responsible for millions of dollars of equipment and several personnel.
After the contractor, I went to work for the United States Postal Service. There, I was responsible for roughly 20 personnel and their training. At any given time, I could also be asked to assist with the IT and operational aspects of my position.
What do you like most about your new position?
Graduation has always been one of my favorite days. Now, it is even more special. I love the idea of everyone getting together to celebrate the life accomplishments of our students that have completed their desired program. The fact that I now get to aid in the planning and carrying out of the event just makes the whole thing better. I enjoy watching our students, who have sacrificed so much to get to that day, celebrate with their families and friends.
What advice would you give to graduates entering the field?
Pay attention: Job opportunities come from the strangest places and connections.
Communicate: Employers expect individuals to be capable of meaningful verbal and written communication. Those who do not check or respond to email or return telephone calls in a timely manner will find the job market daunting and difficult.
Beware of social media: Most students do not believe that employers look at social media, but they do. Just because you had a great time with your friends on Friday night doesn’t meant that the entire free world needs to see photos of your and your adult beverages plastered all over the place.
Why do you think education is important?
Education is the key to life. There’s a quote (I think I heard it at a graduation once) that says something about when we stop learning, we stop growing. That’s important. If we stop learning or seeking out education, we stagnate. No progress can be made and we stop progressing as individuals and as a society.
Another favorite quote is from Eleanor Roosevelt. She said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” I think this is important. Success does not make us into the individuals we become. We become those people because of our curiosity and perseverance. As we do those things that scare us, we grow and learn. Sometimes we will fail. In those moments, it is imperative that we get up and try again. Our failures will always mean more than success.
Be sure to stop by and say hi to our new Director of Career Services Nikki McCutcheon. She would love to meet you and help you in your journey towards a successful career.
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