Arlene Hill calls herself the “poster child for career management.”
As an undergrad at Bowling Green, she declared five different majors before deciding on English and history. Upon graduation, she worked a corporate job to support her true love: musical theater.
“After I got chicken pox at age 29 and lost my voice, however, I realized I needed career counseling—fast,” said Hill with a warm laugh.
Now, as director of the new Kogod Center for Career Development, Hill thrives on helping other students focus their professional pursuits.
“As someone who struggled to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, I love to help other people embark on that journey and to make the process easier for them,” said Hill, who also holds a master’s in college student personnel—adult learning from Bowling Green.
Kogod is the first school on main campus to offer its career services in-house. Located on the first floor of the new Kogod expansion, the center helps business students tweak their résumés, craft winning cover letters, and hone their networking skills. Hill and Kogod’s four advisors also teach career management courses for MBAs and undergrads, which stress the importance of internships.
“Internships help business students build on the skills they’re learning in the classroom,” Hill explained. “They need to immediately add value to a company,” so it’s important that they amass as much experience as possible.
In her new position, Hill also works closely with alumni and employers and helps stage such events as Kogod’s IT Carnival and annual New York City networking trip.
She came to AU in June from Georgetown, where she served as associate director of MBA career management. Hill, who also worked at Indiana University, was drawn to what she calls Kogod’s “business and” philosophy.
“We encourage students to study what they’re passionate about,” whether it’s performing arts or public policy, “while also building the practical skills they need to navigate the business world.”
And while it took Hill a while to map her own professional path, she said there’s no question she’s found her niche.
“I tell my students that you only stop revising your résumé when you die, but I love my role here. I feel like Kogod is the perfect fit for me.”