New ‘Career Closet’ makes professional attire available to BU students in need
Baylor’s Office of Career & Professional Development (CPD) is one of the most valuable resources on campus for students, offering services such as mock interviews and resume assistance to prepare students for success in their professional pursuits. Over the summer, Baylor CPD rolled out a new service for students: The Career Closet, which provides new or gently used business attire to currently enrolled Baylor students, free of charge, for use at interviews, career fairs and similar events.
“As we looked at students who were attending the Career Fair we found, overwhelmingly, that there was a large body of students who could not afford appropriate interview attire,” says Marjorie Ellis, CPD’s executive director. “We decided that if students were having trouble affording the clothes, we would like to be able to give them their first interview suit or outfit.”
Baylor enlisted the Home Depot Interiors team in Austin to help create the program — but the team went above and beyond on the project. Partnering with Rubbermaid, Home Depot donated an entire closet system (much more than the wire racks or portable rods that were expected) and then used the budget Baylor supplied to purchase a full suite of interview clothes for students.
Want to help? You can contact the CPD office directly to make a clothing and/or monetary donation. Specific needs include professional suits, slacks, jackets, shirts, belts, shoes, ties and socks for both men and women of all sizes.
The Career Closet is located in Sid Richardson and is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sic ’em, Baylor CPD!
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