Who's Who at GSU? Darcie Campos
Phoenix Newspaper, Governors State University, University Park, IL
Darcie Campos is the Director of Career Services at GSU. Originally from a small town outside of Western Illinois University, Bushnell, Illinois, Campos has moved throughout the state working in higher education institutions including Monmouth College, Concordia University Chicago, and her alma mater Eastern Illinois University. Though, her BA is in Speech Communications, she was drawn to a career in higher education working with college students. She realized her “best memories were spent on a college campus” and she returned to EIU to work in Admissions and to pursue a Masters in College Student Affairs. After working in private universities, she “wanted to get back to her roots in the public sector, and was attracted to GSU because it served an underserved population.” “Education shouldn’t be reserved for some; rather it should be available for everyone. Everyone should be able to get a good education,” she said.
Outside of academic life, Campos enjoys spending time with family, the theater, and listening to music. A new addition will arrive to the Campos family soon, a little girl due in September. When asked where she would travel
if she could go anywhere, Campos replied, “someplace tropical with a variety of cultural offerings’.”
Campos’ advice for those earning their degrees is to “take advantage of all the resources offered within career services, and take the time to build relationships with faculty and administrators to increase your social network.”
The office of career services not only helps students write resumes, and look for internships and jobs, but is also helpful to students exploring career options or transitioning into a new career. “We have a variety of interest inventories and assessments that can assist students in exploring their options, and we can connect students with professionals in their field of interest for job shadowing and informational interview opportunities. We can also help students to hone the skills necessary to negotiate new salaries or apply for promotions.”
Since becoming the director, Campos has phased out the all majors’ career fairs and has introduced new career fairs, each focused on a specific major/department. GSU will host the Criminal Justice and Public Administration Career Fair in October and the Health and Human Services Career Fair in December. Other department fairs will run through spring including a new Business and Communications Career Fair and a Teacher Education Career Fair.