Azra Cauesvic, employer relations assistant for the Career Center, wants to ensure students are making connections to be successful after graduation.
"I was a first-generation college student and understand how hard it can be to navigate campus and figure out life after graduation," said Causevic. "Reaching out to the resources available on campus, even if it's not the Career Center, is helpful for students who need to create a network."
Causevic graduated from Michigan State University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in political science and german. She moved to the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and worked at Lake Forest College and the Schuler Scholar Program.
Part of her role involves talking to leaders from organizations and companies who want to hire Grand Valley students and alumni. Causevic supports the Employer Relations team by planning employer events, like the winter and fall career fairs, assisting employers with on-campus interviews and monitoring LakerJobs, Grand Valley's online job posting and event management tool. She said she understands first-hand how important these networks can be.
"Because of my role, I see the value in networking," said Causevic, who joined the center in July. "Connections are powerful. I see students come into the Career Center or attend a career event and learn about new possibilities."
Her goals are continuing to learn her role, pursue a master's degree, and get reacquainted with the Grand Rapids area.
"Even my husband, who's a Grand Valley alum, came to the Career Center for connections when we relocated," she said. "When you're a Laker, opportunities are there for a lifetime."