Here at the Hope College Career Development Center (CDC), we have a wonderful staff compiled of qualified individuals who are ready and willing to help you with any and all of your career exploration needs!
This year, we have welcomed two new staff members to our CDC team. Their names are Megan Fisher and Shannon Schans, and they each have a lot to offer in helping students with their career development and exploration processes.
Megan Fisher is a graduate of Saint Vincent College, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Megan loved her time at Saint Vincent, which is located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and happens to be the oldest monastery in the United States, headed by Benedictine monks. An east coast native, Megan has always been passionate about women’s lacrosse, and was captain of the Saint Vincent’s women’s lacrosse team. Megan says that the monks of Saint Vincent encouraged the idea of serving others, which developed Megan’s love of community service.
After attending Saint Vincent, Megan went on to graduate school at Lourdes University, a small Catholic school headed by nuns and located in Sylvania, Ohio. She became the graduate assistant of the women’s lacrosse program, which she actually helped form and create. During her time at Lourdes, Megan realized her passion for coaching and mentoring the girls on her team; she loved helping these girls find their strengths, acting as a guiding figure in their lives during their transitional college years. This was one factor that encouraged her to receive a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.
Soon after graduating from Lourdes University, Megan found her way to Hope College. She is the CDC’s Career Counselor for Networking, mainly helping students connect with alumni for job shadowing and informational interviews, as well as assisting students with their LinkedIn profiles. She also helps organize and plan networking events such as the Gap Year Fair, Seminary Day, and the Arts and Humanities Speed Networking event, just to name a few. Megan loves Holland, and says she is “truly blessed by all means” to work at Hope College and call West Michigan her home.
Shannon Schans is a graduate of Trinity Christian College (located in Palos Heights, Illinois) with a degree in Business and Economics, and holds a master’s degree in Higher Education from Geneva College (located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania). Shannon’s career has always involved working with students in the higher education field. She is passionate about working closely with students, and implements that passion wherever she goes.
Shannon worked at Trinity Christian College for five years as the Coordinator for First Year Experiences before taking the position of Freshmen and Sophomore Program Coordinator at University of Minnesota. At Trinity Christian, her position revolved around students’ satisfaction and retention during their first years at the college. At Minnesota, Shannon helped create different mentoring relationships, as she worked with students and faculty to help first-year students get plugged in and involved in their new home. She also helped students who were going through key transitional periods in their lives, and also worked with at risk students, which included anyone from first generation students to students who were at risk academically.
Shannon is a Career Counselor at the CDC who mainly focuses on the StrengthsQuest assessment. She administers and interprets career and personality assessments and tools, and also evaluates and develops students’ resumes and and cover letters. She cooperatively supports StrengthsQuest programming on Hope’s campus, and facilitates career modules for First Year Seminar Classes.
After moving all over the country with her family for several years, Shannon is so happy to be working in Holland. She says that Hope feels like “a dream school to work at” and says she feels like she “won the job lottery!” She believes Hope really celebrates people, and that any and every student has the ability to thrive and succeed in this environment. Needless to say, Shannon is excited to be working at the Career Development Center!
We are overjoyed to have Megan and Shannon join our CDC team! They are great, experienced staff members who can offer so much valuable assistance to students. Visit the CDC today and introduce yourself to these two amazing and helpful individuals!