Career closet prepares students for jobs

Georgette Breen-Naylor

A new ASNMU program is helping students dress for success.The Seconds to Success Career Closet, will be opening its doors later this month to prepare students for professional interviews.

The career closet is supported by Northern Michigan University Alumni foundation and is developed by Associated Students of Northern Michigan University (ASNMU). The program will help provide students with the proper clothing to look professional for any circumstance.

The students will be able to go to Seconds to Success Career Closet, present their current ID and at no cost be able to receive an entire professional outfit.ASNMU President Amber Lopota said the program depends on donations and also both men and women’s appropriate career outfits.

“Having access to a suit or a professional level outfit can provide a boost of confidence,” Lopota said. “Confidence can go far.”Vice President Martha Haynes said she thinks it will demonstrate that Northern will be going beyond the classroom to teach life skills.

“When our students do go out to interview they are going to look professional,” Haynes said. “They will have some sense of what is appropriate to interview in and what isn’t appropriate to interview in.” Lopota brought the idea to Haynes last summer and Haynes said she thought the idea was great. Haynes said Lopota’s idea could help a lot of Northern students.

“We took it to the Alumni Association Board of Directors and asked them if they would be interested in funding that project,” Haynes said.The board decided to help start up the program by providing funds. Haynes said the Alumni saw potential in the program and they thought it would have been helpful it they would have had a similar program.

Lopota said it’s fair to say not every student has the financial funds to purchase this type of clothing. With this program the clothing resource will be available to all students. Junior Katerina Klawes, secondary education English and theatre major, said she thinks that it is an excellent way for students to obtain dress clothes for interviews. Klawes is also the Arts and Sciences Representative of ASNMU. “I think that the students will get a set of dress clothes,” Klawes said. “But more importantly the knowledge that their university is helping them get an edge in the professional sector.”

Certain departments at NMU require students to dress accordingly for classes or presentations. The idea of making this type of clothing available to all students can be a great resource for everyone. “Seconds to Success is a program that will be available to all currently enrolled NMU students,” Lopota said. “Hours will be established when the doors open and we see what kind of daily demand the students have for the service.”

Katerina Klawes is also a writer for The North Wind.