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Career services welcomes new director

When Julie Headley was hired as the new Career Services director, she walked into an understaffed office with a high turnover from the year before.

After working several weeks, she’s the most tenured employee.

Her one plan for September, the busiest month of the year: survival.

“Being so understaffed, new to the Career Services world and becoming familiar with the ORU world, it has been crazy,” Headley said.

Career Services covers three main areas: student employment, external employers trying to connect to ORU students and professional development, which includes resume help, job searching strategies and event planning.

“Right now, I’m doing all of it,” Headley said. “Once we get everyone hired, I’ll be overseeing the supervision of the entire office.”

“We’re kind of busy,” she said. “I’m learning three jobs at once because everyone turned over at the same time.”

Headley is about to start interviewing for a career counselor.

Before coming to ORU, Headley served as an admissions counselor at Evangel University in Missouri.

Three years later, she transferred to director of undergraduate admissions. She then got married and moved to Tulsa where she and her husband serve as youth pastors.

“I intentionally didn’t look for a job,” she said. “I got to know all the kids all summer, got to know the church. I looked for a job for about two days, got two job offers, took the ORU one and here I am.”

This is her first time working in career services.

“It’s been a huge challenge. Luckily, it invigorates me instead of scares me. I’m really excited about Career Services.”

Headley said employers seek ORU students because of their ethics and academic background.

“They can submit their resumes and apply online and actually get interviewed on campus,” she said. “That’s just candy for internships and jobs.”

Students can look for the Fall Career Expo on Wednesday, September 25 where 30 employers will come to meet with students. There will be another career expo in the spring and an education expo later in the year.

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