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Keli Wojciechowski
Director, Career Development
708-524-6827
 
Professional/personal biography:  I received a BA from Dominican University and then worked 3 years retail management for Limited Corporation after graduating.  After that, I spent 6 years working in retail management & human resources with Neiman Marcus while I pursued an MBA from Dominican with a concentration in Information Technology.     I came to Dominican in 2001 as director of internships, was named acting director for career development in October 2007 and most recently named director for career development in January 2009.
 
Most memorable college experience: I spent the fall semester of my senior year in the London program.  It was the first time I’d ever traveled outside the United States and I think that experience developed my love for travel and exploring other cultures.
 
What I like most about DU:  The collegiality.  People are willing to work together to make our students successful.  I also love that it’s a small enough campus that we really get to know people: the students, faculty and other staff members. 
 
Favorite activity to do in Oak Park:  My husband and I love to go to the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market.  It has great produce, fresh flowers – and you never know who’ll you run into.
 

Best advice you would give to someone entering college:  Don’t try to map out everything in your future according to a “master plan.”  Although it is a good thing to have goals, don’t let them prevent you from exploring new ideas and adventures.


 
José Garcia
Assistant Director, Career Advising
708-524-6567
AIM: JoseDOMCareers
 
Professional/personal biography: After graduating with my BA from Western Michigan University, I went on to Northern Michigan University to being my professional career as a Residence Hall Director. After being in that position for 3 years, I went on to be the On-Campus Apartment Coordinator, Assistant Director of the Summer Orientation Program for two summers, and an Admissions Counselor at NMU, while completing my Master’s Degree in School Guidance Counseling. I finally left the Upper Peninsula of Michigan two years ago, and I’ve been at DU and in the Chicago area since August, 2008.
 
Most memorable college experience: It’s a toss up between my time on the Residence Life staff and being a part of the 300+ member WMU marching band and getting to travel with the sports teams to away games and conference tournaments. Both experiences created many life-long friendships and taught me a lot.  

What I like most about DU:
I really love the small college campus atmosphere. You really get to know many of the students, faculty and other staff. It’s like having a really large extended family that’s willing to lend a hand when you need it!
 
Favorite activity to do in Chicago: Other than going to Cubs games in the summer and spending time in the city with my wife Kari, we really enjoy biking around the Oak Park & River Forest area checking out the many cool shops and restaurants.
 

Best advice to give to someone entering college: Get involved! Don’t just go to class and go back home or to your room. Join at least one club or organization and try to get out of your comfort zone once in a while. The skills, friendships, and experiences you will gain will more than likely help you out down the road!


Erica Rideaux
Office Manager - Academic Enrichment Center
708-524-6783
erideaux@dom.edu

Professional/personal biography: After receiving my BA from Benedictine University, I spent almost 3 years doing advertising research at NSA Media. After that, I totally switched gears and spent almost 2 years working in litigation with Kirkland & Ellis LLP. I just recently joined DU and the Academic Enrichment Center team. I’m a Trinity High School alum and it is good to be back in the neighborhood!

 

Most memorable college experience: I spent a summer abroad in Spain and it was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. It was my first trip out of the country and I learned so much about myself as well as made some lasting friendships and connections. 


What I like most about DU:
The small school setting. Everyone here is so welcoming and helpful.  You never feel as though you don’t belong and most people make it a point to remember your name.

  

Favorite activity to do in Chicago: Shop. Chicago has an excellent selection of stores for good shopping! 

Best advice to give to someone entering college:  EXPLORE! Although it is good to have a general plan, it is a good idea to try new things. Get involved in different activities, step outside of your ordinary boxes and meet new people! This is one of those few times in life where you have the opportunity to go in several different directions at once and you never know where they may take you or what you may learn.


Cynthia
Career Assistant

What’s your major and what do you hope to be doing after you graduate?
I am majoring in Pastoral Ministry and I hope to work with different Youth Groups from many parishes.
 
What do you like most about DU? I love the relationships that you can build with the faculty, staff, and the student body.
 
What advice would you share with students who are in their 1st or 2nd year of college? I would have to say to be involved and get well connected with the community. Also, to always go to the resources offered if you need help.
 
Why should all DU students visit the Career Development office? Well, for one the staff are extremely friendly and you can find a lot of get resources there.

                       

Karla

Career Assistant

What’s your major and what do you hope to be doing after you graduate? I am hoping to major in International Business with a minor in Spanish. I hope that this degree will take me to unexpected places all around the world.

 

What do you like most about DU? I love the great atmosphere that is felt here at Dominican as well as the great people that I came to meet. The school itself is small which makes it easy to get to know others.

 

What advice would you share with students who are in their 1st or 2nd year of college? To keep up with their homework and to not procrastinate on schoolwork because it will hurt later on in the semester especially finals week.

 

Why should all DU students visit the Career Development office? Everything is well organized and the people are very friendly. All the help that is needed will be taken care of by the best.