Name: Cory Werkheiser
Education: B.A. in history and master of education from Freed-Hardeman University.
Job title: Associate Director of Experiential Learning and Career Development, School of Business Student Success Center
How long have you worked at the College? 5 years (August 2017)
What are your job responsibilities? Providing career and professional development programs and support for our School of Business students, classes and organizations across campus, as well as coordinating SB internships and working with employers.
What do you like most about your job? Working with students – I was a high school history teacher for 14 years and thoroughly enjoyed that, but I especially like working with college students because they are so close to the professional world. It’s all opportunity and high aspirations for them, and that is something I feel very blessed to help with.
What question do you get asked most in your job and what’s your typical answer? “How can I stand out to an employer?” The answer varies from student to student, but generally, we focus on building a solid network of connections, crafting a strong resume and cover letter, making sure the online presence through LinkedIn is presenting the most professional image and practicing/preparing for the interview.
What’s your favorite location on campus and why? Cistern Yard: It’s an oasis in the heart of the city, a thoroughly peaceful and quiet spot that always helps me focus.
What are your hobbies? Spending time with my wife Rachel (and our dog Teddy) enjoying all that Charleston offers, watching the tide at Pitt Street Bridge, reading historical fiction and nonfiction, building scale models and doing puzzles.
What personal and/or professional accomplishment are you most proud of? I’m very honored to be a member of the SB SSC staff – it’s a fantastic team of dedicated professionals.
Name a creative work (book, movie, performance, etc.) you enjoyed recently – why? Performance: Blithe Spirit at Dock Street Theatre. I’ve always loved live theater, and that is a classic show – great to see the local performance in such a unique venue.
What was your favorite TV show growing up? M*A*S*H* (It’s still my favorite TV show.)
What’s next on your bucket list? Don’t have one. Each day has something unique and that’s always been enough for me.
What is something your campus colleagues would be surprised to know about you? I give Charleston tours (very informal), and I have a podcast called Biz-eWerk that includes interviews with business leaders, career and professional advice, and discussions of current events in the business world.
What was your first job? My friend’s parents were florists, so, starting at age 14, I worked as a delivery runner during the holidays.
What’s your favorite Lowcountry restaurant? Tough call – I have several – Harken, Neon Tiger, Basic Kitchen, Sorghum and Salt.
Describe your perfect day: Any day in Charleston – I can’t imagine being anywhere else.