Name: Meghan Godorov
Undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa (F&M)
Graduate Degree in pursuit from Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pa
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women’s Studies, minor in Sociology
Graduate: Master of Education for Student Affairs in Higher Education, College Counseling Licensure
Graduating Class: May 2011
What are you interested in doing once you graduate college?
Ideally, I would like to work in a private liberal arts institution of higher education guiding students to the career of their choice while developing their awareness of personal and professional strengths. More specifically, I would like to work with athletes by supporting them as both a career counselor and sports psychologist/consultant.
What made you want to join The Chamber?
There are several reasons I joined The Chamber of Commerce:
1. Opportunities for networking
2. Understanding issues, trends, and concerns in the business sector
3. Having access to the calendar of professional/social events taking place in the Valley
4. The price break in the membership fee was also an incentive.
5. Develop, to a greater extent, the skills needed to gain employment upon graduation
Are you originally from the Lehigh Valley? Do you plan on staying here when you graduate?
No, I am not originally from the Lehigh Valley; however, I have lived in PA all my life. My family moved here in 1999, I graduated from Parkland High School in 2002, went to F&M for my undergraduate degree and returned to the Lehigh Valley to live and work in 2006. Then in August 2008, I began pursuing my Master of Education degree at Kutztown University.
I will consider staying in this area for two reasons: 1. I have made some great personal and professional connections here 2. My family lives here; however, considering the job market, I have to keep my options open and seek employment opportunities outside of the Lehigh Valley and, quite possibly, even Pennsylvania. Fortunately, there are a dozen colleges in the Lehigh Valley so the odds are high that I might be able to stay in the Lehigh Valley to work upon graduation.
What do you think the business community can do to help keep college student here once they graduate?
I have several ideas and am very glad you asked this question.
1. Offer networking happy hours (with a specific business or two as partners) near colleges and universities. It might be possible to incorporate discussion of a professional development topic into this type of event as well.
2. Meet and Greet events with business owners in the Lehigh Valley so students may:
a. Ask questions about job searching
b. Understand the options they have for careers with their respective majors
c. Learn about volunteer opportunities/internships with certain companies
d. Be aware of the impact they can have locally as a professional and encourage them to stay in the Lehigh Valley
3. Establish a new professionals/student support network because connecting students to each other while they are still in their undergraduate programs will create connections, encourage the sharing of ideas, and, hopefully, lead them to pursue employment in the area.
4. Businesses could work more closely with colleges by contacting the Career Development Centers on campuses to arrange informational sessions or reach out to faculty members to speak at classes. I think that this type of visibility will help increase interest in employment in the Lehigh Valley.
Anything else you want to tell us about yourself or your career interests?
I have been very fortunate to work with professionals in a variety of settings: local government, social support services, several institutions of higher education, and local business owners. These experiences have not only shaped my career interests but have also developed my professional skills. I now don a community-minded orientation to professionalism where I place great importance on networking as well as personal and professional development with my students, colleagues, fellow graduate students, friends, and family members. My strengths lie in bringing people together, being resourceful, and approaching each challenge with vigor and enthusiasm. I believe that if you take advantage of the opportunities that come your way, not only will you follow the path you are meant to take; you will also be able to be true to yourself.
Name: Holly Richendrfer
College: Lehigh University
Major: PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience
Graduating Class: Expected Summer of 2010
What are you interested in doing once you graduate college? After graduation, I am changing careers and hoping to find positions in University administration. In graduate school at Lehigh, I became highly involved in graduate student life as an executive board member. In doing this for 6 years I came to love mentoring students, being an orientation ambassador, planning and executing events, and getting to know grad students from different cultures.
What made you want to join The Chamber? I want to become more involved in the community and get to know in business leaders in the Lehigh Valley. Community service is highly important to me and I thought joining the chamber would be a great opportunity to find those different avenues.
Are you originally from the Lehigh Valley? No, I am originally from Bloomsburg, PA.
Do you plan on staying here when you graduate? I would love to stay in the area after graduation, but this all depends on finding job openings in the Lehigh Valley. I am currently job searching in the Lehigh Valley area as well as in Philadelphia and Baltimore.
What do you think the business community do to help keep college students here once they graduate? Over the past 6 years since I moved to the Lehigh Valley, I have seen an enormous amount of growth in the surrounding communities. This includes an increase in the number of businesses , enrollment of students at nearby universities, and more opportunities for extra curricular activities. Even though right now the economy isn't the greatest for growth, I believe businesses would benefit by directly addressing the needs of young college aged individuals. This would include opening of more positions, focusing more on social media networks, holding networking or meet and greet happy hours, or having an open house to learn more about the business.
Anything else you want to tell us about yourself or your career interests? I love promoting and executing events while working with businesses in the community. If I were not able to find an administrative position at a university, I would love to be involved within in a philanthropic, event planning, or public relations role.