It’s the big questions that Joslyn Bedell, an assistant director in the Career Development Center, likes to tackle with students. Who am I? What do I care about? What interests me, and how can I turn it into a career path?
After joining the University in 2008, Bedell began work in the CDC, advising students, developing career-related programming and making connections with employers, industry professionals and alumni.
Bedell, who most recently worked as a service-learning coordinator and nurse counselor at Georgia Perimeter College outside Atlanta, said the challenge of working in a small, liberal arts university is what brought her to Richmond.
“UR has been very exciting for me because it’s been so much fun to connect with the amazing professionals and faculty members on campus,” she said. “I love being able to build relationships on and off campus that help contribute to our students’ success.”
She credits her own career experiences with helping her find her niche in career development. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Latin from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in education from the University of Vermont, Bedell followed in her college mentors’ footsteps and decided to pursue a career in student affairs and higher education administration.
“In my first position, I worked with student organizations and campus events in student activities,” she said. “And while I loved my work, I realized early on that what I truly cared about is students’ professional development. It took me a few years to find my place in a career center setting, but I am so glad that I did. I get to help students translate who they are in college into who they want to be in the world beyond UR.”
Most recently, Bedell remembers working with a senior as she decided on her post graduation plans. Together, they brainstormed specific types of careers and career tracks within a particular field. Then Bedell encouraged the student to research and apply to graduate schools.
“Now we’re in the process of picking the right program from her list of schools where she’s been accepted,” Bedell said. “I’m just so proud of this student because she came to me uncertain of her next step after UR, and now she is leaving a very confident, focused young woman who is listening to and trusting her own choices. That is why I work here at the CDC.”