Melanie Brewer

Administrative Coordinator

Melanie Brewer

Education: B.A in Sociology,  Saint Mary's College
 
Role at The Career Center: I am the Administrative Coordinator at the Front Desk of the Career Center. Previous to this position I was the Interview Center Coordinator. I have been with the Career Center since 2010. I answer phone calls, make student appointments with job coaches, work with the student interns and help to keep the office functioning. I enjoy phone calls from employers and assist them or direct them to the Employer Relations Team for support. We also receive calls from alumni who wish to post jobs and I enjoy talking with them as well. My love for working with the ND students spurs me on everyday. Through the chaos and rhythms of the busy year, it's rewarding to hear, "I've got an offer!" It really makes everything worthwhile. 
 
Professional Background: I have a career in social services, and have been with a variety of organizations throughout the years. They include: The American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, and the United Way. Locally I have also worked with Oaklawn, in a community mental health setting. I have loved working with clients and families in my career. Much of what they have gone through humbles me and I was always honored to work with them. Fortunately my skills transferred to the Career Center, where I meet students and employers daily who need answers to their questions.
 
About Me: I love several hobbies at home including reading, gardening, crafting, crocheting, scrap-booking and home redecorating. Scrap-booking has included my elderly mother's collection of antique pictures. All are safely saved for my children and grandchildren to enjoy in years to come. I also work part time for several catering businesses in the area, and enjoy working at large, elegant events which keeps me busy on the weekends. I am a big football fan, and love following the Marching Band.
 
Most unusual job I have had: The most unusual job I ever had was as an office temp, working at a utility company in a natural gas generation station. All through the day, bulldozers moved in the coal field outside my window. Coal has to be moved because it's flammable. The job in the office doing administrating tasks was not so unusual, but the setting was certainly different from anything I had ever seen!
 
What do I know now about career development that I wish I knew when I was in college? In college, there was only one person in the Career Center. I picked my career by process of elimination. I had none of the assessment tools we now have. Nor did we have any information on how individuals grow into careers. I really wish I had had all of that, plus the sophisticated job posting methods we have now.