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Career Counselor Robert Ellis Wins SoACE New Professional Award

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Career Counselor Robert Ellis, College of Education and Health Professions

Robert Ellis, career advisor for the College of Education and Health Professions, recently received the “New Career Award” for the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers.

Recipients are selected on the basis of “significant contributions to professional services and/or employment” and “the unique quality of future leadership.”

Ellis is a Certified Professional Professional Coach and experienced university level coach who has presented at regional conferences on career development topics. He is currently president of the Arkansas Association of Colleges and Employers, where he has created monthly coffee talks, connecting career service professionals across the state. Ellis has also developed and implemented an Advisory Committee on Diversity and Comprehensive Equality Outreach to unite professional services and hiring professionals from across the state in advancing the organization’s DEI initiatives. He is planning an initiative that will provide free vocational training services to CLP clients. His nomination letter noted that Ellis had made significant contributions to the field of professional services in just three years, demonstrating leadership and initiative.

Ellis was promoted to his current position at the University of Arkansas Career Development Center in the fall of 2021. As a career counselor, he helps students develop core competencies to manage their future careers. This includes reviewing resumes and cover letters, facilitating mock interviews, and helping students build a consistent professional brand.

Ellis said there is a high demand for graduates of the College of Education and Health Professions. With employment rates already high, he hopes to “steer students into more desirable positions and higher salaries through targeted comprehensive career counseling services.”

Students seeking career advice may email Ellis at rce002@uark.edu or call 479-575-2933. They can also make an appointment with him by shaking hands.

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