One of the Takoda Institute’s most valued attributes is the connection between students and their Career Services Representative (CSR). Career Services Representatives work one-on-one with Takoda students to ensure they are successful from the time of their enrollment through their first year of employment. CSRs might help students secure required enrollment documentation, develop their résumé, search for jobs, or support them as they transition from student to employee. Each CSR oversees specific training areas and a new CSR recently joined the team who works with administrative assistant and human services students.
Meet Takoda’s newest CSR, Melody Spears!
Melody has been a wonderful addition to the Takoda Institute and was gracious enough to share a bit more about herself. Read on to learn more about this inspiring woman.
What is has your experience at the Takoda Institute been like?
My experience with Takoda Institute has been tremendously positive. I’m still fairly new, but the staff has been extremely supportive and friendly. Getting to know the students has also been fun, and I feel like I have bonded easily with the students that I’ve met. Everyone has such a unique story and I am constantly learning from them.
What are you most looking forward to in working here?
I am most looking forward to working towards becoming the type of career services representative that students feel comfortable coming to for questions or just to talk. I enjoy being able to learn something new every day.
What are your goals for your clients?
One of my goals is to see the students that I have been enrolling progress through their programs and find meaningful employment, while demonstrating the professional attitude that we promote at Takoda Institute.
What is your favorite part about the job so far?
I love coming to work every day knowing that I work for an organization that is creating opportunities for people in my community to better their lives. The best thing about this job is being able to see the proud, confident smiles that students have after accomplishing their goals and knowing that they have taken steps toward a more fulfilling life.
Any advice that you would offer students?
Like my dad always said, “What comes around, goes around.” What you put out into the world will eventually come back to you. Give without expecting anything back, be kind when others are mean, and keep your integrity.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
If you’re an AA or HST student and we haven’t met yet, please don’t be shy and stop by my office to introduce yourself. I don’t bite! I’m here to help and only to help.