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Shannon Niedzwicki

Student Career Development KC Chair-Elect

Assistant Director, Internships and Employment Development
University of Toledo

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Candidate Statement

It's with great excitement and humility that I write this letter of interest for the NASPA Student Career Development Knowledge Community (SCDKC) Chair position. With my experience in career services, workforce development, and inclusive programming at both two and four-year institutions, I am committed to building upon the SCDKC in this leadership position. This position aligns perfectly with my professional goals to provide access to resources in which students can gain key career competencies and career self-efficacy through experiences while in college and transitioning to career. Working with the SCDKC, I can help build programs and communication that enhance scholarly research and provide our member institutions' best practices that enhance our students' career success. In the past couple of years, I have presented at the Higher Learning Commission, American Association of Community Colleges, and NASPA Student Success annual conferences on holistically integrating career services into campus culture. When institutions holistically integrate a career culture, we can better serve students, connect with faculty and staff, and work with employer partners to develop opportunities that lead to career success. 

Currently, I am a doctoral student working on my dissertation focusing on career self-efficacy and factors influencing the career development of Division I Mid-American Conference student-athletes.  With my practical experience and scholarly interests, I am fully dedicated to serving this Knowledge Community (KC) in a way that will allow me to thrive as a leader while serving an association that has given so much to me. If I were to get this position, I plan to work with the current SCDKC to build on the current foundation while adding additional initiatives through a member assessment that will provide us with a clear understanding of the gaps and opportunities within this KC.

With the conversation in higher education circling return on investment and the value of higher education, the SCDKC plays a critical role in laying the foundation of the impact student affairs has on our students' development. I am fully aware of the time and commitment this position requires and would be honored to serve NASPA in this role.