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A Minute with Dr. Kordilia Noble

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What is your role with The University and where does your passion for your work stem from?

My role is the director of career development. As a key member of the student development team, I am responsible for educating and supporting Olivet students on all aspects of career development, such as leadership, writing a cover letter and resume, proper interviewing techniques, professional dress and networking tips. I also collaborate with the community to host career fairs, providing employment and internship opportunities for Olivet students.

My passion for career development comes from my background and experience. I have more than 25 years of experience in higher education supporting students. I have worked at multiple higher education institutions in the career development field. Students must be aware of the importance of career preparation so they can present their best selves during interviews and other events where professionalism is vital.

During my undergraduate journey, I didn’t have this type of opportunity for career prep, or if it was available, the resource was never brought to my attention. As a result, I do my best to ensure students receive the support they need to be successful in career preparation.

Further, being a first-generation graduate and woman of color, I understand how frustrating it can be to navigate your educational journey alone. My goal is to be for the student, what I did not have during my undergrad. Whether I am the support, the mentor, the confidante, or the sounding board, helping students achieve success is my passion.

What are the most exciting parts of your role?

The most exciting part of my role is engaging with the students. For some reason, students are naturally drawn to me. I have seen this in every higher education position I have held. Yes, I ensure students receive the information needed for their career development; however, I often become someone they feel comfortable with and can relate to away from home. Fostering a positive relationship with students and making a positive impact is what it’s all about.

What “words of wisdom” have you lived by that students can learn from?

Often, students are afraid to speak up for whatever reason. Here are my words of wisdom: Don’t ever be scared to ask for help. If you are struggling with a class or a personal matter – the team at Olivet cannot help if we do not know the situation. PLEASE reach out if you need assistance. Many faculty and staff are willing to lend a helping hand because we want you to be successful.

Another piece of wisdom is to stay positive. I always say that positivity is half the battle, and you can tackle anything with the right mindset.

What is an interesting or little-known fact about yourself?

OK, readers, don’t pass out, but a little interesting fact about me is I haven’t eaten beef, pork or turkey in 11 years. For a long time, my meat choices were chicken or fish. However, about five years ago, I ventured off into veganism for health reasons. It was the best decision ever. I learned a tremendous amount of information that changed the way I think about the foods I consume to fuel and nourish my body. Since then, eating healthier foods has become a way of life for me. Approximately six months ago, I decided to return fish to my diet. So, now I’m a Pescatarian and I love it.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I encourage students to reach out to me for their career development needs because I am here to help them. Additionally, when it comes to student success, it takes a village. Leaders in the educational process must have the same heartbeat and mindset. As a member of the student development team, I can proudly say that we have that at The University of Olivet.

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