Welcome to the Career Development Center!

This blog is set up to help you understand the different facets of the Career Development Center (CDC) and all the different events and opportunities it has to offer. From figuring out your major, to conducting a mock interview, and everything in between and beyond, the CDC has you covered!

Let’s Meet the Staff!


Dale Austin is the CDC director. You would want to meet with him if you need assistance in searching for a job, if you want to set up a mock interview or have other interview prep work. Furthermore he can help you with graduate planning. Something Dale would like you to know is that he enjoys spending his free time reading nonfiction books and spending time with his wife, three children and their families. When possible, Dale also likes to listen to classical music – one of his favorite composers is Giovanni Gabrieli.

 Portfolio imageJena Szatkowski is the Assistant Director of the CDC. Her main area of expertise is helping students set up internships, whether they are local, international, or a domestic semester program such as the Philadelphia Center. In addition, she can also help with resumes and cover letters. Jena would like you to know that she loves fall and summers at Lake Michigan.

Picture2Sarah McCoy (Program Director) helps with employer engagement, as well as coordinating events that are discipline specific, such as Management 222 sessions. She recently welcomed her second child Quinn Annalise!



Amy Freehafer is a Career Counselor for the CDC. ShePortfolio image helps students with major and career decisions, as well as four year planning. She is also the one to come to when you have no idea what you need!! Amy also co-supervises the Career Advisor team. Something Amy would like you to know is that she has two adorable Shih Tzus, one raised as a puppy and one rescue, who wait for “mama” to come home every day now that her kids are grown. She also has beautiful twin 5 year old granddaughters she loves to take over night regularly and has her first grandson on the way in December!

Portfolio imageShannon Schans is a Career Counselor who also specializes in StrengthQuest assessments. Shannon gives and interprets career and personality assessments, while also helping with the on-campus StrengthQuest programming. Additionally, she can also help you with your resume and cover letter. Something she would like you to know about her is that she loves her coffee and she has an army of children at home.


Megan Fisher is a Career Counselor in which she is especially skilled inPortfolio image networking. If you need help with networking strategies, connecting to Hope alumni or would like to work on professional social media outlets such as LinkedIn, she would be a great resource to use. In addition, Megan assists students with resumes and cover letters during the job search process. Megan would like you to know that she played lacrosse in college and she loves Tuesdays at Lemonjello’s because she can double punch her card for her coffee.

EPortfolio imagelizabeth Bocks  is the office manager for the Career Development Center. She helps coordinate on-campus recruiting and career fairs and is in charge of all office tasks. The office would not run smoothly without her! Something Libby would like you to know is that she has a beautiful Alaskan malamute and she also loves coffee.


Meet the Writers

Sarah Jane Carpenter is a senior from Kalamazoo, Michigan, studying English Literature and minoring in Spanish, with plans to pursue secondary English education. She enjoys singing, dancing *badly*, playing outside, reading and writing, doing anything and everything with friends, and all things High School Musical. Her top five strengths are Developer, Positivity, Belief, Connectedness, and Includer. This is her second year as a Career Advisor.

Nicole Mutua is a sophomore from Nairobi, Kenya. She is still undecided which she knows is a popular option. She loves binge watching shows, reading, listening to music, hanging out with her friends and family and she is currently obsessed with her 9 month old niece. Her top five strengths are: Adaptability, Developer, Empathy, Includer and Restorative. This is her first year as a Career Advisor.

Mikaila Bisson is a senior from Sterling Heights, Michigan, studying English while minoring in Management. She enjoys playing soccer, reading and writing, getting coffee with friends at LJ’s, traveling, and Golden Retrievers. Her top five strengths are: Adaptability, Positivity, Empathy, Developer, and Futuristic. This is her first year as a Career Advisor.

Getting started with the Career Development Office

No matter where you are at in you college career, the CDC’s helpful resources will of no doubt be useful to you. Schedule an appointment today! For more information, please call us at (616) 395-7950 or visit the Hope College Career Development Website . The CDC office is open from 8:00AM – 12:00PM and 1:00PM – 5:00PM Monday through Friday.

The CDC also provides Drop-In Hours for any short, last minute questions you might have. Resume and cover letter review, networking, interview prep and any other questions you might have can be answered from 3:00PM-4:30PM any weekday. Career Advisors, as well as a staff member are always on hand to help you, so don’t hesitate to stop by!

Whether this is your first interaction with the CDC or you have been here a million times, the CDC has something for you. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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