Centre News

Getting to know…Career Service’s Deb Jones


January 27, 2011
Jones Director of Career Services Deb Jones and her horse Sindarin at
the Kentucky Horse Park

Jones “The better we know you in Career Services, the better we can
help,” Jones says. ”Employers like to see candidates who show
initiative, as do graduate schools.”
1. Position at Centre?
Director of Career Services

2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
Morgantown, WV, and Bloomington, Ind. I’m a “college brat.”

3. What are your hobbies?
Horses, all animals, whitewater rafting, reading. Most of my time is spent working on the farm.

4. What is your dream vacation?
Any vacation. It’s hard to get away from the farm for a vacation. If I could take one, I think either Vienna to visit the Spanish Riding School or horseback riding in New Zealand would be amazing.

5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
I’m a fan of Leroy Metcalf—love the scenery he did.

6. Favorite novel or poem?
I have to admit to being a Lord of the Rings fan. Not of the movies particularly but definitely of the books.

7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
Love to watch any equestrian sports. Love to ride dressage.

8. Favorite TV show?
Dr. Who

9. Favorite album?
Right now, anything by Straight No Chaser

10. Favorite holiday?
Christmas—actually get to see family then

11. Favorite food?
Cheesecake

12. Most prized possession?
The horses, particularly since I bred and raised two of them

13. Three people, living or deceased, who you’d invite to the same dinner party?
My parents are both gone and I’d love to catch up with them over dinner.

14. Favorite aspect of your job?
Working individually with students!

15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
The day I got my first horse. I rode him home along a very busy road while my dad followed in the car. Great memory. Probably the most memorable experience period was delivering my first homebred horse. It was just the mare, myself and the baby. Amazing! The second homebred was a difficult delivery, and I had to call neighbors for help.

16. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre?
I’d still be doing career counseling with students. Don’t want to give that up. Perhaps part-time, though, so I’d have more time for the farm and animals.

17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
I had a required class as a senior in college on the job search. It’s what got me interested in doing what I’ve been doing since 1990.

18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
Hmmm, can’t think of a fictional character. Would love to spend a day in the boots of a Grand Prix dressage rider though!

19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
My office—great view of campus and lots of student traffic

20. Advice you'd give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Don’t put off thinking about your future. Four years go very quickly. The better we know you in Career Services, the better we can help. Employers like to see candidates who show initiative, as do graduate schools.

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