Introducing Michael Sciola

Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Director of Career Services, Colgate University

We’re a mission-based company that is entirely focused on helping college students find amazing job opportunities. And we’ve found that by far the best way to do this is by working closely with our partners in career services. In this section, Liane talks to career services professionals to learn more about their backgrounds, their hopes for their students and their words of wisdom for students and other career services professionals.

We were so lucky to have the opportunity to speak to Michael Sciola, Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Director of Career Services at Colgate University. Liz Wessel, WayUp’s Co-founder and CEO, recommended Michael as one of our first Career Services Spotlights, because, “I was so thoroughly impressed by the relationship he has managed to build with Colgate’s student body. It’s clear that the students at Colgate have a deep amount of respect for Michael, and have really built both a mentor-mentee relationship and a bond based on mutual respect with him – I witnessed them debate everything from Donald Trump to Snapchat with him while chatting over a cookie pie dessert!.”

Educational background: BS in HSS/Gerontology and MS in Human Development, Counseling, and Family Studies

What is your favorite part about working in career services?

I studied gerontology and family counseling but never worked in those fields. Instead, I took those experiences and skills – understanding how individuals transition through life stages and how to develop a helping relationship with people – and assist students to discover their passions and direction.  

What is your favorite piece of advice to give to students?

Your task isn’t to decide what job you’ll retire from – it hasn’t been invented yet! Instead, focus on your passions, talents, and skills and look for your next adventure.

What is the best advice you’ve given to or received from another career services pro?

Get to know a lot of alumni from all industries and class years. They are the best resource we have to understand where a degree from your institution leads.

What industry trend are you most excited about?

The opportunity for students to launch their own ventures or join a startup is incredibly exciting – our graduates are changing the world!

When you’re not helping students find jobs, how do you like to spend your free time?

I’ve always been a passionate cook – lately, I’ve been teaching a group of students culinary basics. They’re doing great – we started with spaghetti from a box and are now making pasta from scratch!

Here’s a question we love to ask everyone who visits the WayUp office – what was your favorite job in college?

I worked at a spinal cord injury rehabilitation center for a few year – our clients were inspiring. I learned a lot about courage and perseverance. I also learned the power of laughter – we had many crazy-fun nights.  

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