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Meet the Career Coaches – Joey

Joey – Career Coach

Today’s Career Coach Spotlight is Joey. Joey is a Third Year Accounting and Finance Major from Superior Wisconsin. He likes helping students with Resumes and Job Searching. 

He says, “It is so rewarding when you get to see people smile after their appointment because they now have a direction to go. It makes my day. My favorite memory of Career Services was getting to lead the first timers tours at Career Fair.”

In his off time, Joey is also in the KSI Accounting club, the Finance club, and on the MTU Cheer team.

We are excited to have Joey on the team and we know he’ll do great things!

Humans of Career Services – Chris, Associate Director of Career Services

Chris Honholt (Assistant Director of Career Services | Coordinator of Career Development Programming | Career Advisor)
Chris Hohnholt (Assistant Director of Career Services | Coordinator of Career Development Programming | Career Advisor)

This week’s Humans of Career Services is our new Associate Director of Career Services,  Career Advisor and Coordinator of Career Development Programming, Chris Hohnholt!

As a Career Advisor, Chris helps students by providing best practices and tailored recommendations for resumes, CVs, and LinkedIn profiles. He advises students on majors and careers, offers opportunities for mock interviews, and insight on the best practices for salary and job negotiations.

As the Coordinator of Career Development Programming, Chris offers life design and career focused outreach to Michigan Tech students through classroom discussions here at the Career Services office, as well as guest presentations for courses, professional society meetings, and student leadership and involvement functions. 

Chris came back to Houghton after three and a half years of working for the Department of the Navy. He wants to be a part of the professional development of the amazing students here; helping to bridge their academic and professional lives.

His favorite memories involve all of the career events that lead up to Fall Career Fair as it was “fast paced and we were able to assist a lot of students,” says Hohnholt.

We are very happy to have Chris on the team as we are excited to see what he does as he helps students with their journey into their professional lives!

Humans of Career Services – Nathan, Assistant Director of Career Services

Today for the Humans of Career Services, we will be featuring one of our new Assistant Director of Career Services and Career Advisor, Nathan Axdorff.

Photo of Nathan
Photo of Nathan

As a Career Advisor, Nathan advises students on their future career plans and presents to organizations and classes about career based topics. In addition to this, he also works with Career Services’ student coaches, social media intern, and Escape Room.

Nathan chose to work at Michigan Tech because it reminded him of his service in the Peace Corps. He lived in Ecuador from 2017-2019 serving as an English teacher in Machala, Ecuador. When Nathan first visited Houghton for his interview, he was charmed by the slower pace, the intentionality of the community, and the raw beauty of the Keweenaw. Before Nathan served in the Peace Corps, he was a Career Coach for Grand Rapids Community College. He completed his master of education at Grand Valley State University while working as a graduate assistant in their Career Center. His background and experience in career development and higher education make this position a perfect fit. 

Nathan has multiple favorite memories at Career Services. They usually involve students landing Co-ops, internships, and jobs. Nathan really enjoys working with the team at Career Services. As one of the newest members on the team, he has really appreciated the support and guidance that his co-workers have given him. 

Nathan looks forward to working with students of all majors, backgrounds, identities, and vocations. He hopes to provide better ways for students to connect with Career Services. 

We are very excited to have Nathan on the team and we know he’ll do great things.

Humans of Career Services – Melissa Michaelson, Assistant Director of Career Development Education

Today’s Humans of Career Services Spotlight is Melissa Michaelson. Melissa is the Assistant Director of Career Development Education, and she supervises the amazing team that organizes the Career Events, Workshops and the one-on-one career advising appointments that are available to students.

Melissa obtained her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Michigan Tech in 2016; during her time as a student, she worked for the university, and found that she loved working with students. She knows first-hand the stress of finding work post-graduation. Because of this, she loves to work in Career Services as it allows her to help students find work that is satisfying and meaningful!

When asking Melissa what her favorite memory is while working for Career Services, she said, “Everytime a student emails me or comes to visit me in our office to tell me that they got the job/internship/co-op/interview/salary they worked so hard to get! It’s especially rewarding when they say thank you for all your help!”

Looking towards the future, Melissa is excited to expand the reach of Career Services, and implement more tools, like videos, so that more resources can be available to all students across campus.

We would like to thank Melissa for all she does, and we are excited to see what she’ll do in the future.

Humans Of Career Services – Beth Williams, Director of Career Services


Beth Williams – Director of Career Services

This year, Career Services was excited to announce that they had a new Director of Career Services, Beth Williams.

As the Director of Career Services, Beth works with the rest of the amazing staff to connect students with their dream companies, create and execute all of the career focused events, and negotiate the needs of industries and of the campus.

Beth originally went into higher education as she loved to help people find their way in college, and wanted to help students gain the tools that they need for their post graduation life. Originally from Houghton, Beth said that she came back, because “after 15 years of living in different states, I wanted to return to my roots. I am so proud to be a part of an institution that is full of amazingly driven and incredibly smart students.”

One of Beth’s favorite memories while working in Career Services has been the creation of the escape room that is put on every year. It proved to be a major creative outlet for her and she loves how it teaches lessons of communication and teamwork in a fun and relaxed setting.

When asking Beth what she looks most forward to, she said, “I am really looking forward to seeing the new and creative ideas our team comes up with. As industry changes and a new generation of students enters Tech, we have to adapt the services we provide, which keeps us all on our toes.”

We’re excited to see what Beth does with Career Services and we know that she’ll do great things!