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 Tuesday, October 13, 2009 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

IN THE SPOTLIGHT


Alumni get dedicated service with alumni career counselor
by Greg Swenson, University Communications

With the unemployment rate in Colorado hovering near 9 percent, job seekers are looking for every advantage they can garner in their job search. CU-Boulder alumni now have a new ally in their corner: Lea Alvarado.

Alvarado was hired in August and holds the first alumni-specific position in Career Services. The new position was established through a partnership with the CU Alumni Association and its Forever Buffs program.

Alvarado is responsible for helping CU alumni with their job searches and networking, as well as developing programs to assist job-seeking alumni at all levels. She also serves as a resource for alumni looking to hire other CU alumni. In her first month and a half, Alvarado says she has already had more than 50 alumni come to see her for career counseling.

“Talking to our alumni, they are excited that someone is here to solely support their needs,” Alvarado said. “And they are especially excited that they no longer have to pay a fee for career counseling. This is new since I came on board as well.”

Lisa Severy, director of Career Services, says the need for a position to help alumni in their job search has been growing every year for the past several years. As the current recession took hold, the need became even more glaring.

“While we’ve always done our best to help alumni, last year’s economy really showed us that anyone can be vulnerable to an unplanned career transition any time,” Severy said. “Lea has been with us for about two months and she has completely hit the ground running in a phenomenal way. I have no doubt that her leadership will make CU-Boulder a model for these types of programs and commitments.”

Alvarado is conducting a survey in the coming weeks that will go out to 5,000 alumni to get their feedback on what services, events and programs they would like to participate in. She is also planning an alumni career fair that is slated to take place at the end of the school year.

Prior to coming to CU, Alvarado held several career counseling positions at universities including UCLA, Pomona College and California State University in Northridge. She also worked in the aerospace and biotech fields.

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