Careerists in Aging Share Insights with Health and Human Development Students

College of Health and Human Development students majoring in human development and family studies; nutritional sciences; health policy and administration; and/or the School of Nursing recently were introduced to a panel of professionals whose careers focus on aging and issues that affect seniors.

In recognition of Penn State Careers in Aging Week 2013, the panel discussion allowed speakers to share information about their jobs, as well as “celebrate their expertise and knowledge to allow students the opportunity to learn from those whose daily work directly impacts our aging communities,” said Diane Spokus, instructor of health policy and administration and one of the event organizers.

Panelists share insights with students

Nearly 100 students attended the panel discussion and later broke off into rotating groups for more detailed discussions and planned activities. The panelists provided students with information regarding:

  • Tips for building a successful career path in the aging field
  • Best practices for beginning to work in an aging-related career
  • Advice on where to look for aging-related jobs
  • Interview/application techniques
  • Competencies to develop to successfully work with and for older adults

Panelists invited to take part in the discussion included: Sarah Benton, executive director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Penn State; Joy Bodnar, director of health services, Foxdale Village; Kimberly Brown, bereavement and volunteer coordinator, Horizons Hospice; Ellen Corbin, executive director, The Village at Penn State; Bridget Donnelly, owner, Donnelly’s Estate Liquidation and Appraisal Services; Tracy Ewing, director of marketing, HealthSouth, Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital; Anissa Ilie, director of marketing, Brookline Village; Ken Pendleton, director of community outreach, Home Instead Senior Care; and Jane Taylor, director, Centre County Office of Aging.