Career Services Director: Job Hunters, Meet Your New Best Friend
Published on February 27, 2014 by Bob Trewartha
Introducing Broadview University-West Jordan’s brand new Career Services Director Jason Teuscher! Jason is an alumni, as he graduated from Broadview University (when it was called Utah Career College). I had the opportunity to ask Jason a couple of questions so we could all get to know him a little better. Here is his story.
Give me a little info about your educational background.
I recently graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Master’s of Business Administration. Prior to that I earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Weber State University. I also completed an Associate of Applied Science in Health and Exercise Science from Utah Career College (known as Broadview University now). I attended various workshops and conferences in human resource issues, hiring practices and recruitment.
What is your experience in the working world?
My very first job was at Footlocker, Inc. I walked in and asked if they were hiring. I filled out the paper application (does anyone really have paper applications anymore?), and was interviewed and hired that same day. I worked for that company for five years and became a Store Manager for one of the Lady Footlocker locations. The company decided to close the Lady Footlockers, and I found other employment. I’ve worked for Payless Shoe Source, Morgan Jewelers and Del Sol.
When I graduated from UCC, I started a personal training business that went well for about two years. In 2008 though, the economic bubble popped and people were cutting costs—training included. I closed up shop and picked up a fun gig as the Training Coordinator for Paradise Bakery and Café.
I wanted to have a steady schedule with benefits so I sought out a government job. I worked for a few years at Utah Alcohol Beverage Control, starting in Sandy and eventually opening the store in Pleasant Grove.
I then transferred departments to Workforce Services as a Career Counselor where I helped set up the Work Success program for job seekers. I have continued in my service to help others seek quality and meaningful employment and brought my skills and knowledge here to Broadview University.
Any advice for students?
As mentioned before, I have done the college thing. It gets pretty grueling at times, and sometimes I found myself asking, “why I am doing this?” I kept plugging along though with the understanding that I will gain something at the end, and that the knowledge I gained will help in my career, if not now, then at some point. I think the best advice I can give to students is to keep working hard. Ask questions of your instructors when you don’t understand something. Get advice from others in the field. Utilize your vast resources and do research to find answers. These will help ease those hardships.
Any advice for students entering their field?
Graduation is an awesome time. The feeling of completing your degree will be both exciting and scary as now you begin your new career paths. You have spent a lot of money getting this education, and now it’s time for payback. Job searching is hard work and some of you may already be in a good job and taking a pay cut is a scary thought. My advice for you is to be happy with your decision. If your job is terrible and you are unhappy, but you make decent money, maybe taking that pay cut for something you love doing will bring you more happiness. If you love the job you are in but your degree really won’t help you progress, it is okay to change degrees.
Why do you think education is so important?
Your industry is constantly evolving. New technologies, new discoveries, different types of personalities all play a role. The things you learn and retain today will help your industry evolve and stay competitive tomorrow. You will be a key player. A vital component to a strong company. Why? Because you grabbed hold of an educational opportunity that many waste or do not attempt and rocked it.
Employers expect that you are continuing to learn. They have tuition reimbursement benefits to help pay for college. Some professions require you to take continuing credits to keep your certifications up to date. Some professions will increase your pay rate upon completion. You may get a promotion by completing a degree or obtain that dream job that requires a degree. The reasons for earning a degree are endless.
Any final thoughts?
In closing, you have an opportunity to attend a great college. Instructors care about your success. Everyone here cares about your success—it is in our mission. Unlike other schools, you are not just a number. You are a person with goals, strengths and challenges. Seek out help with anything during your time here at Broadview University. As always, I am here to help you succeed.
Be sure and stop down and get to know Jason well before you graduate! He is looking forward to meeting you!
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