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The National Association of Colleges and Employers has published an article by Rachel Moeller ’88, director of internships and externships at Lafayette’s Office of Career Services, in the summer 2005 issue of its NACE Journal.

“Celebrating Successes: The Marriage of Fun and Work” discusses techniques used by career centers at Lafayette and other institutions to recognize achievements and bring fun into the workday.

“In an era when everyone is asked to do more with less, there is little time devoted to brainstorming ways to celebrate work,” Moeller writes. “Just as new mothers are told to take care of themselves so they can care for their infants, we need to nurture ourselves so we can effectively service our students, colleagues, and employers.”

Moeller has presented at numerous conferences on various issues related to major and career choice and wrote the lead story on the Wall Street Journal‘s online site for career information directed to college students. She also was part of a team of researchers from across the country that had a white paper about the impact of electronic recruiting on college students’ job searches published on the NACE web site. She is a member of the NACE Technology Committee.

An economics and business graduate, Moeller has worked in college career services and academic advising for more than 12 years. She joined Lafayette’s Office of Career Services in August 2003, with her primary focus to help students research and engage in experiential learning opportunities. She received an M.S. in education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and a post-master’s certificate in career development from John F. Kennedy University.

“The college years offer the unique opportunity to dedicate all one’s energy to exploring interests and honing skills, without distraction,” she says. “Lafayette provided me with the opportunity to take a variety of courses in the liberal arts and to learn that major and career do not always have a linear relationship. The writing demands of my courses in the English and history departments helped me develop a clear and concise style that is now a great asset in my career.

“My Lafayette experience was the key factor that led me to pursue a career in higher education. It had always been my goal to return to Lafayette to work with students in some capacity and I’m thrilled that my training as a career counselor led me back to College Hill. My four years at Lafayette continue to have a profound positive effect on my personal and professional lives.”

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