Deb Jones joined the Wesleyan family as Director of Career Development in September. She brings 28 years of experience in career services to our students, alumni and community.
“Our students need YOU. Our alumni can serve our students in valuable ways through mentoring, internships, presentations, and other ways. I look forward to meeting you and working with you to support our students.”Education:
B.S., Indiana University, Business Administration
MBA and Ed.S., Appalachian State University
Retail management, restaurant and budget management at Appalachian State,
28 years in career services at Lafayette College (Easton, Pa.), DePauw University, Centre College and Eastern Kentucky University
Why did you choose Wesleyan?
“It is a small liberal arts school, and I was impressed by the people I met during the interview process, particularly the students.”
What are your plans and goals for career development?
“Margaret Cambron did a great job in creating the career development program. I want to build on her successes and work to incorporate career development as an integral part of the institution that students automatically utilize beginning their first semester on campus.
“For example, I am working with others to create a signature program, Panther Prepared, to put various existing programs under one umbrella to promote career readiness. Panther Prepared will incorporate eight competencies established by the employer members of National Association of Colleges and Employers.”
- Critical thinking/problem solving
- Oral/written communication
- Digital technology
- Professionalism/work ethic
- Career management
- Global/intercultural fluency
How can others assist in achieving these goals?
“I can’t operate in a vacuum. To best assist our students to be successful, I will work closely with faculty, staff, alumni and the community.”
How will you incorporate The Wesleyan Way into your responsibilities?
“As all of us at Wesleyan approach our work and studies with honor, support, integrity and love, we also send our students into the world to continue in The Wesleyan Way. Career Development serves as a bridge between Kentucky Wesleyan and that world. We must encourage students to exercise these attributes as they cross the bridge from student to professional.”
We’ve heard about your plans for career development. We would also like to learn more about you.
“I have two cats, two dogs, and a horse I delivered and raised myself. I love to ride and do so as often as I can. I’m looking forward to finding dog classes for my canine friends!”
What was your first job?
“I was a keypunch operator at IU, and that was valuable, because I learned to focus on details.”
Why did you choose career development?
“I took a class on career development my senior year and had a human resources emphasis in my master’s program. I was asked to teach a class in life and career planning at Appalachian State, and through that positive experience, I made the shift to career development.”
Favorite vacation spots?
Ireland and the coast of Maine
Science fiction, including Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation Trilogy,” and anything by theologian Henri Nouwen
What is last book you read?
“The Great Halifax Explosion” by John U. Bacon
Who would you most like to have over for dinner?
“I would invite my two sisters and my nieces and nephew, as we live all over the country.”
You would you most like to meet?
“Dan Rather. I enjoy following him on Facebook.”
Welcome to Wesleyan, Deb! We look forward to working with you to serve our students and help prepare them for successful lives.