All posts by Carroll Crowson

Need Some Motivation?

It’s the last full week of class at Baylor.  Many of you have tests, papers, projects and other assignments due this week and finals exams up ahead.  Sometimes in the midst of the busy, it can be a challenge to stay motivated.  Here is an article that offers 20 tips for motivation.  Hopefully, they will be a valuable resource.

Also, sometimes what we eat can play a powerful role in our stress levels, so instead of reaching for your nearest junk food snack, read this article about the top 5 foods that can reduce stress:

I’m glad to see that chocolate made the list!

As always, if your stress is on the rise and you need a resource to help you work through it, please do not hesitate to reach out to the counseling center for additional support:

We want you to finish strong and be successful!!

Financial Security and Your First Job

As we get closer to graduation day, some of you will be walking across the stage at the Ferrell Center and heading off to “fling your green and gold afar”.  Something that is helpful to remember as you begin those first jobs is the importance of incorporating savings into your lifestyle.  For many students and young professionals, financial security is a major value.  One way to work towards that value is savings.  Take a minute and read this article from the Levo League about how much to save and ways to begin saving: If we incorporate savings into our financial picture at the beginning of our career, it will be easier to continue the trend throughout our working life.

Articles of Note

Are you concerned about finding a job?  Maybe you’re afraid there won’t be any job availability when you graduate.  Well, if these are concerns you have, I have good news!

The following article talks about career fields that are difficult to fill and demonstrates these needs through an infographic from Career Builder:

And for specific companies that are hiring this week, take a look at this article about the “Top Ten Companies Hiring This Week”:

Another field area that seems to be in high demand is Human Resources, according to a gentleman I spoke with at the Work in Waco Job Fair.  In fact, the job fair yesterday was a great way to make connections and learn about available positions.  Did you go?

In Their Own Words

Today we have the great privilege of hearing from Susan Luke, BA ’66, as she shares her journey following her time at Baylor.  Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us!

What led you to consider pursuing your current field of work?


  • I have always been interested in working with people and to making a difference in whatever way I can.  I started my career as a teacher, moved to the credit union movement/industry which is based on “people helping people”, and finally morphed into an entrepreneur/ conference-convention speaker/trainer/consultant.


  • Having my own business has afforded me the opportunity to work around the world with a variety of clients and colleagues, across industry lines, and each step in the evolution of building my reputation and business has been part of my original focus – working with people and making a difference.



What is your educational background?


  • I majored in Social Science (History, Political Science, Economics) and had a double minor in English and Secondary Education.  (Baylor 1966)


  • Over the years I have accumulated 40+ post-graduate hours in a variety of subjects from anthropology to linguistics to education. (San Diego State University, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Pacific University, University of Hawaii 1967-1981)


  • Additionally I have participated in industry specific educational programs and have been certified as a Strategic Planner, Credit Union Development Educator in the USA (CUDE), Australia (DUDE), EU (DEEU) and Internationally (I-CUDE), Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).




What do you feel has best prepared your for your work?


  • Growing up as a ‘preacher’s kid’, I often pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable in some folks’ minds.  However, I was always supported and encouraged by my parents, especially my mom (a career woman before it was fashionable), who believed I could do whatever I wanted to and be successful – hence my rather ‘checkered past’ and variety of careers.  During my journey I have learned by dong, accepted challenges, learned (most of the time) 🙂 from a variety of mistakes and missteps along the way, met incredible people around the planet who have contributed to my learning and professional development over the years.  The importance of establishing and maintaining professional relationships with colleagues via professional associations and activities has been key to growing my business over the years.


  • The Credit Union Development Education training and subsequent workshops and professional relationships continues to be key and very important to my business and my business philosophy.  Additionally, the Global Speakers Federation (GSF) and it’s Global Speakers Network (GSN), the National Speakers Association (USA), and the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) all continue to play an important role in my continuing professional growth and development.  All of these organizations are built on sharing – information, lessons learned, best practices, opportunities!


Please take us through a typical day.


  • If only there was a typical day.  I travel most of the time and so every day is different.  When I have the opportunity to spend time in my (home) office it is generally spent ‘catching up’ on paperwork, administrivia of all varieties (phone calls, emails, bill paying, prep for the next trip, etc.), and of course, laundry and other domestic chores.  I am a one-woman shop and that works well for me as a professional.


  • When traveling, I generally try to fly early in the day (which often makes for very long days).  I never change my watch, I never check bags, I try to ‘hit the ground running’ and work appropriately in whatever time zone to which I travel.  This sometimes means an early bedtime that first night 🙂


  • When speaking or training, I arrive early (at the least the day before I’m to be ‘on stage smiling’ and I stay late whenever possible.  This is especially important when participating as a keynote speaker or concurrent session facilitator – being around for the entire conference/ convention provides additional opportunities for leaning and networking.  It doesn’t always work out to be able to do that, but I always try.


  • In terms of consulting and/or training with a corporate client, it actually depends on the travel arrangements, the rest of the itinerary, etc.  I currently am doing work with an international hotel chain.  My most recent trip (last week) was to work with 6 different properties in 4 different countries in Latin America, and 6 different cities – all in a 2 week time frame.  Spending 1 or 2 nights at each property and flying to the next stop made for a hectic schedule.  I am now home for 8 days before the next trip – international but only for 2 days – all in the same city and country.


  • It sounds glamorous to many of my family and friends.  The truth is that can be grueling with a variety of variables – weather, flight issues, last minute client requests/changes, etc.  If I didn’t love what I do, it wouldn’t be FUN.  I am also fortunate that my husband (also a speaker and consultant) and I have found ways to work and travel together, which is a bonus for traveling and our marriage!




What is your advice to students interested in pursuing this world of work?


  • Experience, experience, experience!!  I would not be as successful today, if I had not had early experiences as an educator and a professional in the financial services industry.  I value those early careers and the training and preparation I received through my formal education, as well as through other professional development opportunities, travel opportunities, and the amazing and diverse network of friends and colleagues I am privileged to know and learn from.


  • I have always worked.  I have one son.  I did not travel extensively until he was in the last year or two of high school – we all make choices (some of them are necessary; some of them work well).


  • I remember wanting to be successful from the outset – in many ways I was.  Cherish the journey, the ups, the downs, the learning, the growth.  My mom was right – you can do whatever you want – be open to the experience and understand that everything comes in time!


“Give Me the Bright Lights”

Have you ever thought it would be fun to plan major events like concerts or release parties?  If so, you may be interested in exploring the Brand Engagement and Promotion [BEaP] track in the Business School’s Marketing department.  Part of this track works directly with Uproar Records to promote artists and plan concerts.  Even if you are interested in planning other types of events, this pathway would give you some great hands on experience in the event planning process and may lead to valuable networking opportunities.  Please visit: for more details about this exciting program and other career pathways it can provide.

Articles of Note: Helpful Job/Internship Search Tools!!

Today, we are linking up with three articles found this week that we hope will help with your job and internship search process.  Now that Spring Break is behind us, finding what you will do after you walk across the stage if you are graduating and waht you are doing this summer if you have some more time at Baylor may be more at the front of your mind.  Here are this week’s articles:

This first articles provides an awesome overview of how to plan out your job search strategy in an organized way.  The author shares her personal experience and systems that worked for her.

We have recruiters on Baylor’s campus throughout the year, meeting and interviewing with students.  The article offers an on-campus recruiter’s perspective on how best to shine and it doesn’t start your senior year.  She definitely advocates networking with campus reps early in your college career.

This week’s third article navigates the sometimes unknown world of informational interviews and how best to navigate LinkedIn to discover people you can network with in your field of interest.  Informational interviews are very useful in the career exploration process as well to help you determine what paths might be best fits with your interests, personality, skills, and values.

If you would like to visit with someone further about job/internship search strategies, on-campus recruiting at Baylor or informational interviewing strategies, please stop by the Career and Professional Development office in the west wing of Sid Richardson.  We’d love to help you find that place that is right for you!

In Their Own Words

We hope you all enjoyed your Spring Break and are returning to classes well rested and ready to take on the rest of the semester.  Today, we hope to encourage you with another alumni success story from Pat Combs.  Thanks so much for your help today, Pat!

1.    What led you to consider pursuing your current field of work?

When I came to Baylor after my freshman year at Rice, I was not sure which specific direction in business that I wanted to pursue.  I also played baseball and my dream was to play professionally.  When I arrived at Baylor, I remember sitting down with a counselor in the business school and asking questions about which degree program I should pursue.  The counselor and I came to the same conclusion that based upon my interests, I should choose finance.  My thinking was that if I made it as a pro baseball player, I better be able to handle the money, and if I didn’t I could use the financial knowledge to go into the financial planning and investment field to help other ballplayers.
2.    What is your educational background?

Bachelor degree in business management.  Professional licenses in the financial advisory business…Series 7, 65, 63, 31 and insurance license
3.    What do you feel has best prepared your for your work?

Life experiences, hard work ethic I learned in athletics, mentors during my career, prayer, college education, business experiences, working with a team, and Jesus changing my heart towards people when he rescued me in 1989.
4.    Please take us through a typical day.

I am part of a 9 member financial advisory team at Morgan Stanley, named the Live Oak Group.  I am an equity partner, along with two other men from Houston.  I run the North Texas Branch of our operation.  My main role on the team is the business development officer, or Chief Relationship Officer.  My typical day includes anywhere from 1-3 in person meetings with prospective clients, as well as clients of our team.  I will also make calls and answer emails, mostly to set up meetings, meet client needs, and planning.  A successful day for me is when I am out of the office most, if not all of the day in meetings.  As the CRO, my goal is to develop new relationships, work with clients on plans and investments, and bring in new assets from prospective clients.  I am also responsible for training and mentoring our junior advisors.  I also speak at various events about 2-3 times per month, and I plan and execute projects and seminars for the team.
5.    What is your advice to students interested in pursuing this world of work?

The financial services business is a very competitive industry.  One has to possess a unique skill set that includes technical, as well as relational talents and skills.  Most needed is a passion to help others in financial planning, investments, and the psychology of navigating through various markets.  This business is full of ups, downs, joy, frustration, celebration, sadness, and hopefully in the end a smile from God, as a “faithful servant” to His people.  We also feel that because of the complexities involved in this business that it is best done with a team.  My advice is to students is to really investigate this industry and if led to pursue, gain an internship to see where the best fit would be for their particular skill sets.  This business has everything to do with people, service, and also includes the technical aspects of planning and investments.  But, you don’t have to be an expert and “wear multiple hats.”  You can figure out which part and the best role that fits you and find a great team that shares your worldview and partner with them.

Happy Spring Break!

Whether you are soaking up the sun,

hitting the slopes,

or plan to spend time curled up in a comfy place catching up on naps and Netflix,

take advantage of this break from school to think a little about your future plans.  Maybe that will include talking to the people around you about your goals and dreams and seeing if they know of people in the fields you are interested in.  Who knows, while standing in line for the ski lift, you may strike up a conversation with someone who could have valuable information about a field of study that interests you.  If you are spending time in your hometown, this break could be a perfect opportunity to put some feet to your ideas about what you will do this summer.  Explore internship and summer job experiences that will help you develop skills in areas of work you find appealing.  Spending time in those work environments is a great way to really see if that line of work is a good fit.

Enjoy your break and get good rest, so you’ll be ready to take on the rest of the semester.

In Their Own Words

Today, for our alumni profile series, we are hearing from Rachel Goodlad, BA ’06.  Thank you Rachel for providing such valuable insight into post-college life!

1.  What led you to consider pursuing this field of work?

I was a Community Leader for two years while at Baylor. I had a few situations during those years that were life-changing for me. Some of them were extremely positive, like helping students find their passion in life and pursue it with a related major, or having a discussion about what the Bible says about interracial relationships or LGBT issues. Some of them were the kinds of incidents you hope you never have to deal with, including an attempted rape off-campus, and suicidal thoughts by two of my residents. These were the moments that made me really think about the CL position, and how impactful it can be on myself and others. There were multiple conversations I can remember when students were scared to speak with others about personal issues, and sought me out first. I thought, “Who would they speak with if they didn’t have an invested CL?” I used this thought to be even more intentional in my interactions with students at Baylor and other institutions.


As I became more invested, I also had the opportunity to spend more time with professional staff members at Baylor, including Campus Living & Learning administrators and the VP of Student Life, Dub Oliver. One of these relationships in particular I carry with me to this day, and is responsible for getting me in the door for one of the positions I accepted after graduation. I remember having lunch with Dr. Oliver and him asking me if I had considered staying in student affairs after graduation. I wanted the opportunity to impact other students, and started looking into programs and open positions at other institutions. This was a hard decision, as I was a Pre-Law track student with the intention of attending law school after graduation. The impact I saw staff members have at Baylor was undeniable and something I felt I had to pursue myself.


2.       What is your educational background?

I received my B.A. at Baylor in 2006 with a Journalism-Public Relations major and a minor in Political Science. I also received my Master’s in Higher Education with an emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 2009. This Fall, I will begin law school at the University of Houston Law Center.


3.       What do you feel has best prepared your for your work?

Life is always the best preparation. Being open to relationships, and empathizing with others has also helped. There have been so many times that I wasn’t sure why I was going through a particular situation in my own life. I end up being thankful for that situation when I can teach others about my experiences or mistakes. Each university I have been part of has given me additional skills in planning, mentoring, counseling, and professionalism.


4.       Please take us through a typical day.

The great thing about Student Affairs, is that there is no such thing as a typical day. As an area coordinator, I spent most days hanging out with students, and letting the day take me wherever it might. I would walk around campus with students having conversations about their personal lives, academics, and future goals. At night, I would attend athletic events or other programs on campus with students. My job was to give students additional responsibilities, skills, and opportunities to help them reach those goals. I would plan events for the residents, and attend to incidents when necessary. I have recently transitioned to the administration side of Student Affairs at the University of Houston, and have less student contact as a result. My work now focuses on making processes more efficient for students, and increasing our customer service levels for all of our students, staff, and guests. My day starts with reviewing any incidents or issues that happened the night before at our 24-hour information desks, following up, and forming necessary training as issues arise. I spend most of my time now with full-time staff members to continually improve our services, and putting out fires on a daily basis. I still spend time with students when I can, but it usually comes in the form of solving problems rather than mentoring or having “life conversations” as I have in the past.


5.       What is your advice to students interested in pursuing this world of work?

Take full advantage of your time at Baylor! Be open to change and opportunities around you. I came to Baylor knowing I wanted to go to law school, and looking for preparation for that. Instead, I found life changing relationships with students and staff members that changed my life course. I found a career path I didn’t even know existed.  I became really close with my one of my faculty members in the Journalism department, Maxey Parrish. Through conversations with him, I was able to work with the Sports Information Department in Baylor Athletics. Through my relationships with that office, I was able to volunteer for the Big 12 Conference at Championship Events. Through that opportunity, I found out about the Master’s program that balanced both of my interests in college athletics administration and student affairs. None of this would’ve been possible without starting that relationship with Maxey. Many staff and faculty members are more than willing to spend time with you if you would only ask. Step outside your comfort zone; it just might change your life!

Articles of Note

Today, we continue a list of article links we’ve noticed this week.  We hope they are helpful.  Please let us know if there is a particular topic you would like to see more articles about.

  • Do you tweet?  The following article details the value of social media in recruiting in a unique and readable graphic format.  Aerotek also lists ways that you can make your various social media platforms work for you.

“Using Social Media to Optimize the Job Search”

  • Are you wondering what your skills are?  Spend time exploring this great resource through Career Key that allows you to process through and consider the skills you have.

  • Considering the essential pieces necessary for a well-prepared job search?  Read this article from U.S. News detailing specific items needed when on the job hunt.

Baylor University Office of Career and Professional Development does not specifically endorse or support all articles and website links that may be found within these websites.