Career Center – The Citadel Today Tue, 07 Jul 2020 14:57:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Career Center – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 A Career You Love Wed, 05 Feb 2020 16:11:28 +0000 Page Tisdale, Director of The Citadel Career CenterPage Tisdale, Director of The Citadel Career CenterPage Tisdale, the director of The Citadel Career Center, is on a mission to make sure every cadet walks across the stage on graduation day ready to step into a career.]]> Page Tisdale, Director of The Citadel Career CenterPage Tisdale, Director of The Citadel Career Center

When Page Tisdale and her daughter went on college visits last year, they always visited the institution’s career center first. For Tisdale, who serves as director of The Citadel Career Center, workforce preparation is ultimately the point of a college education.    

Tisdale began her career in human resources and corporate recruiting. After 11 years in the corporate world, she landed at The Citadel in 2009 where she earned a master’s in counselor education and began working in the career center. Now, she’s on a mission to impact every student—a goal she takes personally.

“Because we’re a small college, we can really get to know each of our students and their interests,” says Tisdale. “When we learn their goals and passions early, we can help make more meaningful connections, whether it’s shadowing an alum in a certain industry or making connections with informational interviews.”

Engaging with the career center early is Tisdale’s greatest advice to cadets.  Preparation for successful early career outcomes starts freshman year.

“Freshmen come into the career center a blank canvas, not knowing what they want to do with their lives or why they’re in our office—just that they were told by their TAC and academic officers to come here,” says Tisdale. “Each year gives them a little more confidence, and by senior year they know who they are and what they want, they are polished interviewers, and they have plans and back-up plans.”

Like most college career centers, the career center provides job search assistance and teaches salary negotiation, interview skills and writing resume preparation.But, while many college career centers are there for students who seek them out, The Citadel takes a more involved approach. Career services are integrated into the culture of the college: career preparation is embedded into the curriculum, and career counselors proactively drop into classrooms or the barracks to ensure cadets are active participants in preparing for future success.

Employers can see the difference.

“They see our leadership model, they see that our cadets are outperforming their peers at other colleges in interviews and in networking. I get constant feedback from employment partners and mentors that our cadets are dignified,” says Tisdale. “It’s not uncommon for our intern supervisors to tell me our cadets show up early, take extra shifts, and step up. Their work ethic and dependability are obvious.”

The reason?  Tisdale says The Citadel is an attractive college choice for conscientious students.

“It’s a tough choice for kids to come here—it’s not an easy place to be. That choice alone is something that sets them up for success in job placement.”

The college’s rigorous values-based education instills attributes employers value. Average starting salary and job placement rates for Citadel graduates exceed national statistics. Pair this with an above-average, four-year graduation rate, and it’s obvious why so many families are attracted to the benefits of a Citadel education.   

In fact, The Citadel has the highest return on investment in the state of South Carolina among other four-year colleges, according to a study by the Georgetown University Center on Education in the Workforce. And, according to the U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard, among comprehensive colleges in the state of South Carolina, The Citadel has the highest post-graduation salaries.

The job placement rate for cadets at graduation is above the national average at 76%—a statistic that is credited in part to the strength of the alumni network.

“It comes full circle,” says Tisdale. “Time again I’ve seen our alumni come to help. And the cadets we help place are coming back to recruit cadets. I have 10-15 conversations a week with alumni who want to give back—through advice, mentorship, internship opportunities, and even job placement.”

Tisdale’s passion for her work is infectious.

 “There’s never a day that I’m not excited about educating students about opportunities. I love what I do, and I want to empower every student to find the same.” 

The Academic Landscape of Washington Mon, 13 May 2019 21:30:29 +0000 The Citadel in DC David Days 1The Citadel in DC David Days 1Citadel in D.C. summer internship program As seen in The President’s Report 2018 Gone are the days of chalk boards and dry lectures. The modern-day academic landscape is energetic, technological and]]> The Citadel in DC David Days 1The Citadel in DC David Days 1

Citadel in D.C. summer internship program

As seen in The President’s Report 2018

Gone are the days of chalk boards and dry lectures. The modern-day academic landscape is energetic, technological and experiential. Hands-on learning experiences as well as exposure to diverse locales and cultures challenge cadets and veteran students to rethink what they know and to actively participate in learning.

The Citadel in DC David Days
David Days, ’19

In a 10-week summer program in Washington, D.C., students intern during the week with various organizations throughout the city. Weekends find them in lectures or educational outings for a course on visual perception, an interdisciplinary class that combines art appreciation with intelligence studies to teach problem-solving skills. The students visit museums and government institutions where they learn to sharpen their intelligence-gathering and communication skills.

“Instead of going to a class, we explored the city,” said Cadet Grayson Cooper, a criminal justice major. “We learned how important listening and observing are to intelligence gathering.”

Fifteen cadets and one veteran student participated in The Citadel in D.C. program in the summer of 2018. They earned nine hours of academic credit, lived in dormitories at Catholic University in the northeastern part of the city, and for a short time, got to experience life as traditional college students.

“The Citadel in D.C. program had a profound impact on me, and I am grateful for the opportunity,” said Regimental Executive Officer Cadet David Days, who interned for South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott. “It was a busy time with the border conflict in the news, and Senator Scott himself was helping us answer phones. I liked that we were working for people.”

Students live, learn, and intern in Washington, DC Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:05:18 +0000 Citadel in DC participantsCitadel in DC participantsThe Citadel in DC is a summer program where students live, learn, and intern using Washington, DC as an active classroom. Students earn nine credit hours–six hours for their internship, and three for a visual and intelligence course.]]> Citadel in DC participantsCitadel in DC participants

The Citadel in DC is a 10-week summer program where students live, learn, and intern using Washington, DC as an active classroom. The program earns students nine credit hours–six hours for their internship, and three for a visual perception course they participate in throughout the summer.

“Internships in DC are very competitive, so students have to start networking pretty aggressively during fall semester, and working with the career center and The Citadel Club of Greater Washington,” says Page Tisdale, Director of The Citadel Career Center. “Most students leave with a number of opportunities, whether to continue interning or a full time offer.”

“Getting the first thing on your resume is very difficult, but once it’s there you’re off and running.”

Darrell Smith, ’86
President and CEO of the National Waste & Recycling Association
Hosts interns for The Citadel in DC program every year

On weekends students participate in lectures and formal classes for an interdisciplinary course that focuses on how they analyze, articulate, and act upon visual information.  As part of this course, students visit museums and government institutions around the DC metro, and sharpen visual perception, intelligence gathering, and communication skills from both the fine arts and criminal justice perspectives.

The course begins with a creative and art appreciation component. Students learn to look carefully at a piece of art and interpret the information.  Then they use the same observation techniques for a situational awareness and security aspect.

“It’s the environment in and of itself,” says Ed Lugo, professor of criminal justice and former secret service agent. “We take in this city and make it into a living classroom. Listen to what is going on around you. Take that information and develop it into intelligence. The way people look, the way they smile, how wide their eyes are, whether they’re using only one half of their face to exhibit emotions–all of these things are critical in giving us information.”

Students spend the summer living in the dorms at Catholic University, experiencing life as a traditional college student and all that it entails. Social highlights included group outings to the Washington Nationals, attending the Marines Corps 8th and I parade, and more.

“It’s amazing to see studentssome from very small townscome to the city and grow,” says Tisdale.  “They grow professionally, learn how to network, and learn how to see things from a different perspective. It matures them.“

David Days, History and Spanish Major, Senator Tim Scott Office Internship

David Days
Intern for the Office of Senator Tim Scott on Capitol Hill
Class of 2019
History and Spanish major

“There are a lot of cool people in this city and that’s one thing I’m really emphasizing–the people. It really makes the internship, being able to interact with all these people from different walks of life. Pursuing a law career, being here, and interacting and developing relationships with a lot of different types of people is definitely a useful skill, and not just for law–really any career.”

Ryan Adkins, National Waste and Recycling Association internship

Ryan Adkins
Intern for the National Waste & Recycling Association
Class of 2020
Political science major

“My favorite part of this program has been getting to meet and connect with a lot of the alumni. There’s a strong alumni network here, about 1,400.  It’s been really nice, we go to meet and greets, and work with them to recruit high school students to attend The Citadel. We’ve gone to see their work spaces and are introduced to more connections.  And I got to meet the incoming Citadel president, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, at the 8th and I parade. That was really cool.”

Roshan Joseph, Veteran Student, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) internship

Roshan Joseph
Intern for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Veteran day student
Intelligence and security studies major

“As a part of the Air Force Reserves, I was tasked to come in during the 2017 hurricane season to help with evacuation and relief efforts.  Charleston was the hub sending out a lot of disaster relief supplies to support Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. I saw the smaller scale of sending cargo out, and saw all these airplanes leaving with cargo and coming back empty.  And then I got to come here to FEMA and see the bigger picture; the decision making and all the things that go on behind the scenes.  It helped me fully understand what really goes on, and brought things full circle.”

Cadet Tierra Price, Pyschology Major, TSA and Senator Tim Scott Internships

Tierra Price
Intern for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Office of Senator Tim Scott
Class of 2020
Psychology Major

“I’ve always been interested in different cultures other than mine, so one of my favorite museums in Washington DC has been the Freer|Sackler Museum, which is based on Asian culture. One thing that really stood out to me was Buddhism, meditation and the art of healing.”

Cadet Richard Greve, History Major, National Archives Internship

Richard Greve
Intern for the National Archives
Class of 2020
History Major

“As an archivist you can’t rush filing documents, so this internship has taught me patience.  I’m currently working with Vietnam War documents, and one of my greatest memories this summer was getting the opportunity to see the Vietnam War Memorial in person.  My grandfather fought in Vietnam in the United States Marine Corps and it was great to get a more open perspective and an idea of how he may have felt. Maybe in time I’ll convince him to come out here and see the monument himself.”

Where are they working?

National Waste & Recycling Association
Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs
Department of Homeland Security
Office of Senator Tim Scott
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
National Archives
Institute of World Politics
…and more!

South Pointe grad talks about the ‘terrifying’ injury that ended his college football career Fri, 10 Aug 2018 17:18:20 +0000 Josh Massey at StadiumJosh Massey at StadiumThe Herald caught up with Massey recently to talk about the injuries that forced him to stop playing football, and what’s happened since.]]> Josh Massey at StadiumJosh Massey at Stadium

As seen in The Herald, by Bret McCormick

Josh Massey can’t let that one “B” go.

The Rock Hill native and former South Pointe football and baseball standout graduated from The Citadel with a 3.99 grade point average. He received an “A” grade in every college class he took. Except one.

Massey dominated his academics despite a scary end to his football two years into college. He was named The Citadel’s 2018 Undergraduate of the Year and Baker School of Business Student of the Year, while making the Dean’s List every semester. Massey was also named to the President’s List, an elite achievement at The Citadel that honors cadets that contributed to cadet life, while excelling academically.

He lives in Charlotte now, working as a risk analyst at Ernst and Young. The Herald caught up with Massey recently to talk about the injuries that forced him to stop playing football, and what’s happened since.

Tell me about what ended your football career:

It really started that first year in camp, my freshman year, I started getting concussions. I got my first one in camp, made it all the way through that season and got a couple of starts and playing a lot. Then roll around to the next year of camp, I got another concussion, then beginning of the season I got another concussion. Protocol at The Citadel is if you get two concussions in a season you have non-contact for six months. So while I was going through that protocol and trying to rest up, I started going to the neurologist because I started getting migraines, multiple times a week. I just couldn’t focus, had a lot of complications with light bothering me, bunch of things. My neurologist told me basically, once you get one you’re more susceptible to get others. There is not enough research to tell us what exactly is going on, what will happen. So he pretty much laid it out on the table that if I kept playing there was a high possibility it would keep happening. I called home and talked to my parents a lot and just got more comfortable that there is a lot more to life after football, and decided it was probably best for me to stop.

Do you remember how you got the concussions?

I remember the most about the one in camp in my sophomore year. That one was the worst of all of them. It was during camp, we were doing a stump drill, DBs versus wide receivers, and you come up and fight off a block and make a tackle. I ran up and I got off the block and my chinstrap kind of came up, but I was already engaged going to make a tackle at that point, so by the time I made contact with the ball carrier my helmet and everything crashed back into my face. I tried to walk it off and the next thing I know, I just collapsed over on the sideline. That was pretty bad. I woke up, or came to, in the training room and they were just trying to help me get it together.

How scary is that? It’s much different than breaking your leg or something more cut and dry…

That was actually terrifying. When I came to I didn’t realize where I was, I didn’t know who the people around me were. It scared me. At that point I wasn’t coherent enough to call my parents and let them know what happened. It was like being a complete stranger in a completely new place.

How hard was it to let football go? Was it easier because you had a brain injury?

It was actually a lot harder than you might think, even though I had people telling me “we don’t know what could happen to you,” and I had already seen with forgetting things and being lost that it could be terrible. But it became a part of me and that became a part of who I saw myself as, “Josh Massey, student-athlete.” I went through an identity crisis, thinking, ‘oh my goodness, I don’t know what’s next. I didn’t plan on this.” Getting it cut short so early made it even more difficult to let it go.

If, and when, you have kids, would you let them play football?

You know, my girlfriend asks me that all the time. I always want to say I would let my kids do whatever they want to do, but seeing the road it’s taken me down, I pray to God that they don’t want to play football. At the end of the day, I’d probably let them but it would be the last sport I’d actually want them to play. It opened up doors I thought I would never have and I definitely appreciate it, but at the end of the day, it’s not worth giving up your health for.

If she’s asking, I think we know what her opinion is…

(Laughs) Yeah.

I know you were a super strong student, so what grade point average did you graduate with?

I graduated with a 3.99.

Wow! Josh, that’s really good…

I made one B my freshman year and that was it.

How mad were you about that B?

I was furious. Whatever.

What class did you get a B in?


No bueno. So you’re with Ernst and Young. What are you doing with them and how did you end up there?

I’m in the risk advisory practice. I’m an auditor of sorts. A lot of what I do is acting as an internal audit function at some companies. It’s more about risk management and putting controls around that risk. For our specific practice, what we really want to focus on is making the corporate world a safer place though security, protecting investors basically. Right after I got those concussions I had a teammate who went through the same thing and he was like, “hey, let’s go down to the career center.” That was the best place. I lived in that place. They got me linked up with a couple of people in that office and I was working on my resume and just put all my effort into that. I did a couple of internships, I interned down at Santee Cooper, I applied to some stuff at the FBI, and through a series of internships, I landed with (Ernst and Young) last summer and on the way out, during my exit interview, I actually got the offer.

So you’re dealing with financial sectors?

We do a little bit of everything, data security, fiber security.

Where are you based?


Your parents happy about that?

They won’t say it, but yeah. (Laughs)

Your high school alma mater has had a pretty cool four years. How fun has that been to watch and brag about?

I actually played with a couple of guys at The Citadel that I played against at South Pointe, and we would always go at it about who was better. My senior year we were one of the lower seeds in the playoffs and we beat Goose Creek, and I actually played with that running back at The Citadel. So I just get to talk a lot of smack to people. I’ve actually made it to every one of those state championship games. It’s been great to watch.

I’m sure you’re busy with your life and work, but would you ever be interested in mentoring or coaching young people in Rock Hill, or at South Pointe?

I do try to get back as much as I can to do some mentoring there. There is a coach, the d-line coach, coach (Gerald) Peake, who stays in the kids’ ears. Whenever I come home on breaks I always link up with him and try to talk to a couple of guys and maybe take some guys to lunch. After my concussions, I got really involved with FCA, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and one day I’d love to get involved with the FCA at South Pointe and be around, and be involved in that capacity.

8 great internships Mon, 23 Jul 2018 17:49:56 +0000 Niko Jones internshipNiko Jones internshipThe Citadel is celebrating interns and the employers who provide who the opportunities with a look at 8 great student and cadet internships.]]> Niko Jones internshipNiko Jones internship

Cadet Niko Jones is interning at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. He is one of more than 75 Citadel cadets participating in summer internships for academic credit. There are others who are interning for the experience, but not for credit. Either way, internships continue to play a crucial role in the development of future professionals.

There are five key skills employers look for when recruiting students who are about to graduate from college, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. They are:

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Problem solving (critical thinking)
  • Work ethic
  • Teamwork

“One of the best ways to develop skills is to complement academics by gaining experience in in your field of study through internships,” said the Director of The Citadel Career Center, Page Tisdale. “Most employers use their internship program as a bridge to employment. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable, applied experience, make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths and potentially come away with a job offer well before graduation.”

On National Intern Day, July 26, 2018, employers are encouraged to celebrate, empower and recognize interns.

The Citadel is celebrating interns, and the employers who provide who the opportunities (in no particular order, because they are all great) with a look at 8 great cadet and student internships:

1. Cadet Parker Hoffman at IOMAX USA

Cadet Parker Hoffman, Mooresville, North Carolina
Cadet Parker Hoffman, Mooresville, North Carolina

Cadet Parker Hoffman is interning with IOMAX USA, at its Mooresville, North Carolina headquarters. IOMAX is a global provider of aerospace, surveillance and weapons system design, manufacturing and integration.

2. William Wilson at TSW Global Solutions in the Philippines

Cadet Will Wilson, Pasig City, Philippines
Cadet Will Wilson (center) in Pasig City, Philippines

William Wilson is a business administration major interning with TSW Global Solutions in Pasig City, Philippines. TSW Global Solutions is a U.S. registered growing Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company with an offshore call center and back office operations.

3. Zach Spotts at SCANA

Zach Spotts internship SCANA
Cadet Zach Spotts learning about the natural gas facility and the installation of new lines in Charleston, South Carolina

Zach Spotts, a mechanical engineering major, is an intern with SCANA in Charleston, South Carolina. SCANA is an energy-based holding company that has brought power and fuel to homes in the Carolinas and Georgia for 170 years.

4. Jaelyn Neely at Digital-Ignite

Cadet Jaelyn Neely, Charleston, South Carolina
Cadet Jaelyn Neely, Charleston, South Carolina

Jaelyn Neely is a business administration major who is interning at Digital-Ignite, which is located in Charleston’s booming digital corridor and has offices in the UK as well. Digital-Ignite is a data-driven digital marketing and advertising agency.

5. Grady Edwards at the New York Supreme Court’s Appellate Division

Grady Edwards internship pic summer 2018
Grady Edwards (left), New York, NY

Grady Edwards is majoring in political science. He is interning with the New York Supreme Court’s Appellate Division in New York, N. Y.

6. Jonathan King at Big rock Natural Stone & Hardscapes

John King internship
Cadet John King, Greenville, South Carolina

Jonathan King is a biology major. He is interning with Big Rock Natural Stone & Hardscapes in Greenville, South Carolina. The company’s motto is “We sell stone. But relationships are our cornerstone.”

7. Patrick Camatcho at Hanger Clinic

Patrick Camatcho internship
Cadet Patrick Camatcho, Charlotte, North Carolina

Patrick Camatcho is a biology major who is interning with Hanger Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hanger Clinic, a business unit of Hanger, Inc., specializes in orthotic and prosthetic services and products with one goal in mind: Empowering Human Potential.

8. Cadet Niko Jones at the Institute of World Politics

Niko Jones internship

You’ve already met Cadet Jones, but he wanted to share more about his internship:

Dear Citadel Career Center Team,

Thank you very much for the wonderful opportunity of being selected to represent The Citadel as a cadet interning in D.C. I am working directly with the Institute of World Politics on Eastern European (especially Polish) affairs and current events.

Here at the Institute of World Politics I have a few responsibilities. The first is working in the “Skybox” where I am a part of an event planning and coordination team. I was also selected to be a part of a research team for the “Kosciuszko Chair” which is an organization led by Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz. He is highly respected in the political community. I am researching the past events held by the Kosciuszko Chair, and writing summaries and analyses on over 30 different lectures.

Another part of my job includes pulling documents and articles from the National Archives and additional readings about the Balkan region of Europe. I am beyond thankful for the Balkan research as I am hoping to work in that region after graduation.

Additionally, the free graduate-level course has been amazing so far as well (all of interns were able to choose a National Security and International Affairs course from the program here!)

Thank you again,

Cadet Niko Jones