Students can dress for success thanks to Troy University’s Career Closet.
The Career Closet, which opened this week, offers students an array of professional clothes they can wear to job interviews or to work.
“We have a lot of students who don’t own their own suits yet because they either haven’t been in a professional environment or it’s just a financial crunch for them,” said Lauren Cole, TROY’s career coordinator. “It’s an opportunity for a student to come in and check out a suit. For this initial launch, we’re letting each student take up to three items and keep them, while supplies last.”
The clothes, which were donated by faculty and staff members, are free to students.
The long-term goal is for new suits to be available in a variety of sizes for students to rent and return free of charge.
“We think it’s important to have this Career Closet, where they can check something out and they can find some items that might fit them to help get them started,” Cole said. “If they’re interviewing for a job, then they’ve got to be dressed professionally. That first impression lasts. If they’re then hired, they need to represent Troy University and their employer in a professional manner.”
Students can find the closet on the third floor of Bibb Graves Hall.
Cole said students will receive emails letting them know when the closet is staffed. They can also set up appointments by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 334-670-3217.
The closet will continue taking donations, which can be made by emailing Office of Civic Engagement Coordinator Avery Livingston at email@example.com.