Hi FloridaACE meet Jami Lynn Cook the Assistant Director of Employer Relations, Career Liaison to the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering — Florida State University Career Center. As a member of FloridaACE we asked Jami Lynn a few questions to get to know her, her role at FSU, and why she thinks new professionals and employers should join FloridaACE. Check out her response below!
Where are you originally from? Lebanon, Missouri (small town!)
What did you major in, in college? Undergrad: Public Relations (Major), Marketing (Minor), Journalism (Minor) | Masters: Student Affairs in Higher Education
What is your career journey? (How did you get into the role you are currently in?) I started working as a part-time employee at the Campus Book Store at Missouri State University. This is where I landed a role as a Presentation Team Member for the University Orientation program educating parents, families, and in-coming students on the role of the Book Store at the University. From there, I found a passion for helping students navigate their personal and professional development while in college, and pursued a master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. While in graduate school, I worked part-time as a Graduate Assistant of Student Affairs in Higher Education, serving our program through advising, new-student recruitment, instructional design, and faculty and staff support. In addition to my role as a Graduate Assistant, I worked part-time as an Academic Advisor at Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC). Working full-time, through two part-time jobs, at two different types of universities and colleges, allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the college/university structure and the student populations each serves. After graduation, I continued to work at the OTC and pursued a job in Alumni Relations at Drury University. While academic advising was/is a distinct passion of mine, I was looking to challenge my skill set and knowledge base, and that is when I found Florida State University and the Career Center. Assisting students through their navigation of educational and professional development is both a blessing and a honor—I look forward to what the future may bring!
Tell us a little bit about your position? I serve as the Assistant Director on our Employer Relations (ER) team helping employers/organizations connect with and seek top-talent at Florida State University. I plan our bi-annual STEM Career & Internship Fair serving 200+ employers and 2000+ students each year. In addition to my role on the ER team, I serve as the Career Liaison and Advisor to the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering where I advise 2,600+ students and run the satellite Career Center at the College.
Why Career Services? Career Services has allowed me to combine my passion of student advisement and student development into one career pathway. I love to be a small part in helping students find their passions, pursue their interests, and pave a pathway to their futures. In addition, I enjoy helping employers/organizations build their campus brand and find creative ways to connect with students and find talent.
One piece of advice for someone looking to enter into a position like yours? Lean into the notion that one day may look very different from the next; some months are crazier than others, and sometimes you are running from advising, to teaching, to internship program building, to mentoring, to running a major career fair, but remember, there is so much to learn from wearing many hats and so much growth that can come of it.
What motivates you every day, to do what you do? The students! I love being an advocate, mentor, and champion for students. If I can be the person that motivates students to believe in their self, their talent, and their dreams, then to me, that is a success.
When is your birthday? June 13th
What are your hobbies outside of work? I love to travel and to exercise! I am a huge foodie, and my friends and family are my world. Also, I have the cutest little pup named Nash.
What do you wish you knew more about? The world –cultures, people, history, traditions, etc. I could never learn enough about the world around me.
Why do you think it’s important for new professionals and institutions within the state of Florida to join FloridaACE? A community and network of professional is so vastly important. One person cannot experience or know it all; however, you can build a network, like FloridaACE, that provides you with the opportunity to cultivate a networking of professionals who have diverse and similar experiences to help challenge you, teach you, and support you.
Thank you Jami for submitting her Member Spotlight to the FloridaACE Blog! If you too are interested please email Carmen Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org