The Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business is preparing students to enter the job market with academic excellence, a robust network, and relevant professional skills. To do this, there needed to be a space where students could seek help and practice with skills companies look for in recent graduates. The C-Suite, located in Powers Hall, is an initiative first launched in September 2023. The goal is to elevate student career engagement by providing opportunities for students to further develop the professional skills needed for a global marketplace.
Since its opening, Lisa Bundrick, Director of Career Engagement, voiced how the C-Suite has impacted students, alumni, and employers. “The Career Suite or C-Suite as we like to call it, was conceived to provide professional and career development as well as foster meaningful connections between students and our alumni and employers,” she stated. “We are excited to continue to grow the initiative and are so thankful for the tremendous interest the C-Suite has received from students and volunteers alike.”
The C-Suite is open daily, from 10 a.m. to 1. p.m., to help with services like resume review, headshots, job search and career advice, and professional development. Leah Bruner, a Senior Business Management major, has used the C-Suite and its tools to her advantage, “In my experience, the C-Suite has been communicative and diligent in helping students whether its resume building, career advice or having some great people to come talk with! Getting a headshot there boosted my confidence for my professional profiles as I went into my senior year!”
In addition to being a centralized location for seeking help with the job searching process, the C-Suite also hosts times for students to meet with alumni and businesses to expand their networks. Carl Cuneo, a representative from the FBI, volunteered his time at the C-Suite to talk with students about his job. “Volunteering in the C-Suite is a great experience,” Cuneo said. “I love having the opportunity to come up to Clemson and talk with students about career pathways into the FBI and support students in every way”. Recently, Dean York and Associate Deans Hollingsworth and Siemens were also involved in a C-Suite event where they had conversations with The Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business students. Having access to these conversations the C-Suite provides will prove invaluable as students continue to grow throughout their time at Clemson.
Dean York is proud of the work the Career Engagement Office is implementing, as it is another way the college can continue to support its students. “The C-Suite stands as a testament to our commitment to bridging the gap between academia and the professional world. It is more than a service; it is a dynamic, dedicated platform that connects our students with experienced alumni and prominent companies, offering invaluable opportunities for growth and learning.”
Contact Lisa Bundrick for information about volunteering to speak with students or for any questions.
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