Lawrencine Mason loved being a University of Mobile student. Now she loves helping UM students prepare for the careers awaiting them after graduation. The coordinator for career services in the Student Success Center at University of Mobile graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in biblical and theological studies, and in 2013 with a Master of Arts in marriage and family counseling. She uses both degrees every day, guiding college students in their journey to pursue their professional calling.
We caught up with Lawrencine to talk about what she does and why she does it.
Q: What goes into helping college students find a career?
A: I assist students with writing cover letters and resumes, interviewing and networking skills, and selecting and building a professional wardrobe. In addition, I aid students in selecting a major area of study and career options based on their interests and results from their Myers-Briggs Type Inventory and the Clifton’s StrengthsFinder Inventory.
I am committed to providing our students with information regarding part-time job opportunities and internships while in school, and full-time jobs when they graduate. Through our many networking activities, we have been afforded the opportunity to partner with many businesses and organizations on behalf of our students. We are always posting information on jobs, internships, career labs and tips for success on social media – look for University of Mobile Student Success Center. Our department offers many more services that can be found at umobile.edu/studentsuccesscenter.
Q: You are passionate about finding purpose and following your calling. Why is that important for college students?
A: When students come to us, their family of origin has, for the most part, shaped the foundation of their aspirations to receive a college degree, their beliefs, moral code and values. It is then our turn to come alongside them, accept them for who God has uniquely created them to be, and help them on their journey to discovering their passions that can translate into a professional calling.
Calling and purpose have been my passions for nearly 25 years. Many years ago, when I stepped onto a college campus right out of high school, I had no idea who I was or who I wanted to be, and I had never before heard of career services at a university. However, I knew I was supposed to do something special with my life. Now, here I am at University of Mobile, assisting students in the very area I so desperately needed at one time in my life.
Q: You mention that it’s important to know yourself, and the Student Success Center has resources to help, like the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory and Clifton’s StrengthFinder. What do they say about you?
A: My Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory is ENFJ. My top 5 strengths with Clifton’s StrengthFinder are: Connectedness, Discipline, Relator, Learner and Achiever.
Q: Your faith is central to who you are and how you work with students. You are also active in ministry in the community.
A: I am the Alabama – Florida Episcopal director of the Family Empowerment Ministry of the AME Zion Church. Other work includes the Christian education director of young adults for the Mobile District, local director of evangelism and new members’ class teacher, Bible study teacher, and speaker at women’s conferences, marriage conferences, and serving with outreach ministries.