College to Career

Curious about what happens after graduating with your degree? You can spend time googling career options but we think it might be easier if you browse through what remarkable things our alumni are up to.

These recent graduates are #goals and have some advice to share with you! Learn about their transition from college to a career, what their daily work life looks like and how they set themselves apart from the competition.

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Meet Scott,'14, and Kumiko, '15

*Scott and Kumiko met at a 'Meet the Freshman' event, attended the same church and both found a home within the sociology department. They got married in July 2015 and have been happily married two years now. 

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Scott: Forensic Interviewer & Family Advocate, The Western Slope Center for Children 
BA Sociology 
Kumiko: Care Manager, Hilltop- The Commons Assisted Living Community 
BA, Sociology with a minor in Social Work

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

Scott: I work with both families and children who have been in situations of abuse and neglect.

Kumiko: I work with families to provide the best level of care for their loved ones within our Assisted Living Community. In addition, I oversee the care specialists that assist our residents in their care and Activities of Daily Living (ADL's).

How did your experience at CMU prepare you for your career?

Kumiko & Scott: Being a sociology major, many people often asked us first off what it was, why that major and how could we ever have a successful career with this type of degree. Our response would be that sociology is probably the best critical thinking degree that anyone could ever gain. Within both the sociology and social work program, we gained not only the opportunity to think outside the box but to see and understand people within their cultural context and social norms. Overall, CMU prepared us to challenge the status quo, wear different hats and love our community even more.

What was your transition like from being a student to your current career position?

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Scott: I went from working full-time jobs while attending college and volunteering my time, to focusing in my attention and abilities on something I am passionate about. The transition was simple enough — it’s about finding what you were meant to do.

Kumiko: From the beginning of my time at CMU, I always had a heart to work with older adults, but then when I graduated it’s all a matter of what’s available at the moment. I began applying for various non-profit positions and eventually was blessed with the opportunity to be a life skills coach and direct service provider here in the Grand Valley working with both kids in foster care and individuals with developmental disabilities. After about a year, I ran into another friend of mine who was also a sociology major and she informed me of the open care manager position at The Commons.  

What do you think set you apart from the other applicants for your current position?

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Scott: My presentation in professionalism and my drive. First impressions matter but your employer needs to see what it is that motivates you.

Kumiko: All throughout high school and even throughout college, I did both volunteer work and had a part-time job at an assisted living back on the Front Range. This, along with my course work at CMU, is what I truly believe set me apart from other applicants. I had some basic experience, a background in geriatric studies and compassion to serve others. 

What advice would you give to incoming college students?

Scott: College will give you little if you’re there for the wrong reasons. If you want it to matter, then approach it like a job. If you can’t do that, then your convictions towards what it is you want to do are pointing you a different direction. Be willing to adapt and learn to operate under pressure so that you’ll be well-prepared for life — not just school.

Kumiko: Attend class, visit your professors frequently for assistance/advice and enjoy all the opportunities college has to offer! Take the opportunity to explore different clubs on campus, volunteer around the community and make connections with both your professors and peers. You never know, one of those connections could lead you to your next career path. 

 

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