By Savanna Yelling
Central’s Career Development Office has inaugurated the "Central Career Closet" in Carrol Hall, offering complimentary professional "career-ready" clothing to all students.
"When students look good, they feel good, leading to more opportunities,” says Madison Maske, social media and communications specialist for the Career Center and Career Closet coordinator.
The closet has been accepting donations for about a year according to Maske. So, far, the Career Closet has assisted more than 20 students during career fairs, equipping them with business attire to wear at work, internships, or interviews. The closet also provided blazers for students to wear at the recent professional headshot workshop at the First Gen Fair.
The closet is available to all students on a by-appointment basis with bookings on the CDO web page. Appointments give students a one-hour window to pick out and try on clothing. Students are given a reusable shopping bag and can take home all the clothes that fit into it and can visit the closet up to once per week.
"Proper business attire is essential for conveying professionalism, fostering positive first impressions, and boosting self-confidence,” Maske says.
Donations are accepted on Fridays at the Career Development Office in DiLoreto 101 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The closet accepts clean and gently used blazers, shirts, blouses, sweaters, pants, skirts, dress shoes, and jewelry appropriate for an interview.