They say you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, but making a good impression can be expensive, especially if it’s a student’s internship or first job.
Internships and even first jobs have costs, which can quickly pile up: transportation, lunches and professional clothes. That’s where the Career Closet at Post University comes in.
“We want to make sure that students make that best impression whether they are going on an interview, starting their jobs or internships. If they feel comfortable and confident in what they are wearing, it will be conveyed to whomever they are speaking to,” explained Camille Dumont, director of the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD).
Inspired by similar programs at other schools, the Career Closet run by CCPD provides students at no cost access to gently used professional attire appropriate for interviews, networking events, and the office. The Closet—housed North Hall—looks like a mini department store: racks of suits, blazers, dress shirts, and skirts in an array of sizes, with accessories like ties, scarfs and bags. Post faculty and staff donated all the items. The Closet is inclusive of all genders and sizes, and no one is asked for financial information or to prove their need.
Interested students can email CCPD to set up an appointment to visit the Closet, where a CCPD team member, will meet them and be on hand to give advice, and answer questions like; ‘Does this tie match this shirt? and ‘what does business casual mean.’
There is no need to return items, although for those looking to pay it forward, the Career Closet would welcome donations from the campus community and alumni on an ongoing basis. To drop off a donation, or for students looking to set up a time to visit browse, please email CCPD.
If you’re spring cleaning, believe in sustainability and keeping clothes out of landfills, or simply trying to make space in too full closet, consider donating some of your outfits for this cause. In addition to clothing, the Career Closet welcomes donations of hangers, and rolling closets.