When growing up, kids are told to respect their elders. When in school, students are told to respect their teachers. When at work, employees are told to respect their boss. How long does this continue? What happens if you do not believe in what your authority is doing? My life rule is to speak your mind – in a respectful manor.
I recently graduated from the University of Denver, a private university. With that being said, you would think that the career center would be a great facility for students and alumni as it should have great connections with the community and alumni. However, this is far from the truth – the University of Denver Career Center absolutely SUCKS.
For years I heard how disappointed students were in the services provided by the career center, but it did not personally affect me until my third year in school. It was then that I decided it would be wise to get an internship, so I ventured over to the career center where my journey of disgust began. They were awful, unable to help with anything.
For the next two years I continued to work with the career center hoping that one day they will be able to help me. This never happened. It has now been six months since I graduated and I am still pondering how it is possible for a university to provide such poor services. As a result, I wrote a letter to the director of the career center explaining my disgust in their services. I spoke up to those who I should have been respected, in hope to change the future for University of Denver graduates and alumni.
I have a meeting in two weeks with the directors of the career center. It is then that I will provide suggestions of ways to alter their program in order to make it more successful. I have collected short quotes from over 30 alumni who also feel the services are substandard. I have also included a previous article I wrote “5 Things I Wish I Knew In College That Would Help Me Network Today” in hope that the career center will make this available for students, or at least share the information provided.
Bellow I have included the letter I sent to the director. Please read it and decide if you believe I disrespected my authories or if I spoke up respectfully in order to make a positive change. What would you have done in this situation. Or more importantly, what would you do in a situation that is close to home for yourself? Use your voice, express how you feel. One day you might sit down with the person you feel is doing something wrong, and be able to change the future for others.