New Career Planning Director at Work

September 25, 2012

NewCareerPlanningDirectoratWorkYoung undergraduates often have to explore several fields before deciding which career best suits them, and adult learners sometimes become university students to change careers. Fortunately, Saint Leo University’s Career Planning Department can help students all along the spectrum, advises Robert (Rob) Liddell, who recently joined the university as director of career planning. In fact, Liddell encourages students at all levels of study to become familiar with the many tools the Career Planning Department offers them––and to visit often. 

 “As the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites, one in two recent college graduates report that they are either unemployed or underemployed—therefore, the importance of effective career planning cannot go understated,” Liddell said.  “The clear advantages accrue to the students and alumni who have consistently invested their time and attention to career exploration, to experiential career learning such as internships, part-time or seasonal employment and volunteer opportunities, and to job search skills such as conducting industry and occupational research, developing a personal branding strategy, and practicing productive networking.”

To provide broad and deep guidance in such areas, Liddell is working to identify resources and student needs with a variety of offices and programs across the university. These include the Division of Academic Affairs; the Center for Values, Service, and Leadership; the First Year Experience program; Multicultural and International Services; the Center for Veteran Student Services; the Alumni Association; and others. The Career Planning Department is part of the Division of Student Services at Saint Leo.

“Since Rob’s arrival, we have strategically planned a departmental vision for the next several years, including a distinctive four-year program designed to meet the specific needs of each class status: freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors,” said Ana T. DiDonato, assistant vice president for student services. “Additionally, he will focus on improvements to our internship program as well as on the execution and implementation of our new CareerBeam software, which will provide services to all of our students: center students, online learners, undergraduates, graduate students and alumni. I am very excited to have such a passionate, dedicated, committed individual to lead the Career Planning area,” she said.

Liddell joined Saint Leo from the University of South Florida, where he is pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration. He is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the Florida Career Professional Association (FL-CPA) and NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Additionally, he is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society for business students and leaders.

Rob brings a wealth of transferable skills to the position, but more importantly he is a student-centered professional who believes in collaboration and exemplifies the Saint Leo core values. Under his purposeful and intentional leadership, the Career Planning area will quickly become one of the premier programs in the country,” said Kenneth J. Posner, associate vice president for student services.

  • For More Information:

    The Career Planning Department is located in Saint Edward Hall, Suite 102. Rob Liddell can be reached directly at robert.liddell@saintleo.edu.