The Pursuit of Personal and Professional Wellness
Published on 15 June 2022
An update on the Center for Career Services and Education
With record-breaking job market trends making headlines across the globe, the Center for Career Services and Education at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis has witnessed tremendous growth since its establishment in 2019. The center was created to support students in landing sought-after jobs, assist alumni looking to explore the breadth of career options within pharmacy and health care, and to foster a place for networking, career coaching and more.
With job openings remaining historically high during The Great Resignation and the demand for health care workers increasing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, students and alumni are navigating an uncharted job market.
“As a center, we provide resources, programming, services, and relationships and partnerships with employers in order to help individuals develop specific skills to be ready to capitalize on career opportunities that present themselves,” said Isaac Butler, Pharm.D., MBA, CDFT, vice president for campus life and chief diversity officer. “Ultimately, we want to help people find jobs that they truly enjoy and that fit within their life’s purpose.”
Since the addition of Jordan Watson, LPC, director for career services and employer relations, the center has expanded its programming and its approach to career support and education for students and alumni. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Watson’s expertise in career counseling provides her with a unique understanding of mental health and career-related needs.
“My biggest philosophy is ‘to be successful professionally, you have to feel successful personally,’” Watson explained. “We want to join students on their academic journey, and the center provides holistic support to students and alumni searching for rewarding and fulfilling careers in health care that align with their personal needs.”
A highlight of the center’s programming is the annual Career Fair and Residency Showcase held each fall, which brings employers and students together to make connections and explore new opportunities.
“Throughout the year, we work with students to help them uncover their career interests and develop career-readiness skills like networking, interviewing, personal branding and professional etiquette so that they feel prepared and empowered when meeting with potential employers,” Watson explained. “The Career Fair is a great opportunity for students to practice their skills while exploring different opportunities available to them.”
Watson notes that the University’s tight-knit, health care network and premier location within the Washington University Medical Campus is valuable for students and alumni searching for employment, as well as organizations on the lookout for talent.
“We are continuing to build relationships with employers to create these networks of opportunity for students and alumni,” Watson said. “We work with employers to uncover their workforce needs so we can connect them with potential candidates from the University. Even just letting them know about the University and the immense talent we have goes a long way in fostering those connections.”
Learn more about services and programming from the Center for Career Services and Education at uhsp.edu/careercenter.
Meet Jordan Watson
Jordan Watson is the director of career services and employer relations at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis. She received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Georgia State University and her Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Watson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She has a background in higher education and clinical mental health counseling and has spent more than six years within higher education providing career services and professional development support to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni.
Watson manages a private practice where she provides career counseling services to adults in the St. Louis community. Helping people find meaningful careers, which can lead to having a satisfying life is truly her passion. Watson is also certified in the Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness Assessment and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, which has strengthened her experience in providing counseling and coaching services.