Meet our Senior Career Coach/Advisor James Bledsoe!
James, what drives you to help students succeed in their careers and how you can help them?
“I am completely devoted to helping people prepare for life after college. I enjoy working with students one on one, in small groups, or even large groups. My entire professional career of 27 years in K-12 and Higher Education has been focused on helping others to prepare for college, to go to college, succeed in college, and graduate from college. I work very hard to inspire, enrich, equip, and empower all students who desire a college degree, unconditionally.” -James
Fun fact about James is that in the June of his 12th grade year in high school, James was drafted in the 7th round by the Chicago White Sox Professional Baseball Organization. His baseball career lasted through 1985-87, and then he entered college at the age of 20, where he earned a football scholarship to attend Portland State University in Oregon. His undergraduate major was Social Science with a Certificate of Black Studies, Studied Abroad in Kingston, Jamaica and served as Student Body Vice President.
James’ all time favorite quote is “Keep Hope Alive”
Meet Career Coach Harrison Hughes
Harrison, What drives you to help students succeed in their careers and how you can help them?
What drives me in my work are the struggles that I went through after completing my bachelors searching for employment. There were years of my life spent unsuccessfully trying to convince employers that there was a reason they would want to hire me at their companies regardless of the position. It wasn’t until I pursued a master’s degree and was able to work alongside professional development specialists that I learned what I hadn’t been doing correctly before. So I am motivated to help everyone at WSU to avoid the same time I spent not being able to communicate my value and to pursue work that is fulfilling to them.
Fun fact about Harrison is that Winter is his favorite time to use the grill outside to cook because it is not too hot, no bugs and the sun isn’t too bright.
Harrison’s all time favorite quote is “Hope for the best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We’re unrehearsed.” – Mel Brooks
Harrison, we appreciate all the hard work you put for the center and students!
Schedule an appointment with Harrison or any Career Coach at wsu.joinhandshake.com or stop by our office at Lighty 180 and we will gladly schedule you a time for you!
Meet Career & Internship Coach Judy Hopkins
Meet our Internship Development and Career Coach Judy Hopkins!
Judy, what drives you to help students succeed in their careers and how you can help them?
“My passion to serve students comes from a deep sense that we each have great value and many gifts to offer the world. My goal is to help the students I interact with to discover their own inner sense of purpose, values, goals and dreams—what makes them come alive—and tap into resources, internships and other transformative experiences to bring these gifts to fruition and help shed light on possibilities that can fulfill them in a true, authentic vocation.” -Judy
A fun fact about Judy is that she lived in Africa for four years!
Judy’s favorite professional quote is by Parker Palmer, in Let Your Life Speak, where he says, “True vocation joins self and service”– and quotes Frederick Buechner, who defines vocation as “the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need”.
Personally, her favorite quote is, “Wherever you are, be all there” by Jim Elliot. It is such a temptation to be elsewhere—in the past or future or on an electronic device—instead I don’t want to miss a thing—right where I am!
Judy thank you so much for all your hard work to help students succeed and for your energetic personality!
Interested in internship hunting, or want some help with your search?Come to our office at Lighty 180 and we will gladly schedule you a time for you!
Schedule an appointment with James at wsu.joinhandshake.com or stop by our office at Lighty 180 to schedule in person!
Schedule an appointment with Harrison at wsu.joinhandshake.com or stop by our office at Lighty 180 to schedule in person!
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