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Ohio University Southern welcomes new Coordinator of Career Development

In a strategic move to enhance career services for students, Ohio University Southern has appointed Christina Baker as the dedicated coordinator of career development. This new position aims to provide specialized support to students in their professional journey, marking a shift from a centralized approach to a campus-specific strategy.

Baker, an alumna of Shawnee State University and Ohio University, brings a wealth of experience and creativity to her role. Armed with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in women's studies, as well as a Master of Art in English with a focus on creative writing, Baker is uniquely positioned to guide students in crafting compelling resumes and cover letters.

"I want to help students be exactly who they are, but be professional in a professional world and be able to bring everything they have to their professional lives," Baker said.

Located in the Collins Center within the Office of Student Services, Baker's office is open for students seeking one-on-one guidance, with drop-in hours daily from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 – 3 p.m. She encourages students to reach out via email or visit in person to schedule personalized assistance.

Baker, who was already familiar with the campus because of her role as an adjunct professor, commends the institution for its small campus feel, an ideal faculty-to-student ratio and a strong sense of community.

"I truly believe that everyone here wants the absolute best for students," she said.

Baker's vision for career development extends beyond conventional services. As a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment practitioner, she plans to integrate this tool into career services to help students understand their interests, instincts and personalities. The upcoming event "New Year, Better You" will kick off this initiative, focusing on leveraging individual strengths for personal and professional growth.

Throughout the semester, Baker has planned a series of events, including Women's History Month discussions, an etiquette lunch aiming to teach professional manners and a session titled "Siriously, You Have GPS," focusing on navigating professional conversations.

Excited about the prospect of connecting with students and understanding their needs, Baker envisions building upon Ohio University Southern's existing strengths in career services while introducing new initiatives to cater to the evolving demands of students in the professional landscape. The semester will culminate in a career fair, providing students with valuable networking opportunities and a chance to explore potential career paths.

“I really like helping students become the best version of their authentic self,” said Baker. Her commitment to student success in her role will contribute to shaping the next generation of professionals emerging from the institution and entering the local workforce and beyond. 

January 17, 2024
Staff reports