Cornerstone University welcomes Jason Clayton as the new dean of career and life calling to serve as a resource for students with intentional career planning.
Clayton most recently served as director of career and life calling at Asbury University in Kentucky, with years of experience at Clemson University and Miami University as well.
He comes with more than 12 years of higher education experience at public and private universities in the areas of career and leadership development, employer relations, workforce and strategic partnership development, academic advising, student success, assessment and experiential education.
Clayton, who holds a master's degree in education from Clemson University and a bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University, believes students need to start exploring their career options as soon as possible.
During their first week on campus, Clayton taught freshmen how to find their unique values and apply them to their academic, career and personal decisions.
He held a 45-minute group discussion for new students, detailing the resources available to them.
Although, it is a national norm for students to change their major several times, Clayton hopes that jump starting the process of having students explore careers and majors will prevent a number of these changes.
The Career and Life Calling Center on campus gives students the opportunity to research internships and construct resumes. They also have free access to interview preparation.
The Center will also assist students in their graduate school decisions and prepare them to further their education.
Integration of these efforts will occur in the Cornerstone curricular and co-curricular experience through partnership with faculty, employers, staff and alumni.
"I look forward to assisting Cornerstone students in finding and developing their unique, God-given potential to become all God has called them to be personally and professionally," said Clayton, who resides in Hudsonville with his wife and daughter.
For more information on the Career and Life Calling Center at Cornerstone, visit www.cornerstone.edu/career-life-calling or call 616.222.1433.