Career Services Manager – Colorado Springs Campus
“I have a passion for helping people meet their own goals – whether it is gaining employment in a career they love or negotiating the best salary. My goal is to guide graduates into the job that fits who they are, because employers hire people and their attitude, not just their degree or even skills.” – Joanie Johnston
Get to know Joanie…
How do you motivate struggling students (i.e. academics, personal issues, career guidance)?
“Encourage them to ASK FOR HELP. No one can understand what you’re going through or what your needs are unless you ask. In the seven and a half years I’ve been at IntelliTec I’ve learned that when you ask someone, they’ll help you deal with a problem directly, or do their best to guide you toward resources to solve the problem.”
Have you faced a difficult / challenging time in your life? If yes, how did you resolve the issue?
“Sheesh, who hasn’t? I took some time to prioritize what mattered most, determined what steps to take next, and then tackled them one at a time – with the intention of getting out of the mess and onto a more manageable path.”
If you had to share a single piece of advice for students, what would it be?
“’Do your research.’ Research your career options with your prospective degree; see if you really want to do that day in and day out. Ensure that you’re making the most knowledgeable decision in order to make the best investment into yourself. When the going gets rough – and it will – you will know you made the best decision as long as you did all your research before enrolling.”
What would you tell a student who was on the fence about a particular program of study?
“Talk to the career service advisor that works with that specific program or do a career search online. Review all the different job descriptions and potential earnings. Read every bulleted description and if it interests you and you want to learn more about it, then definitely enroll and acquire the skills and education to be successful!”