Caroline Ray

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Caroline Ray
Career Development Specialist
(269) 387-2717
(269) 387-2760
3040 Schneider Hall, Mail Stop 5470
Mailing address: 
Zhang Career Center
Haworth College of Business
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5470 USA
  • M.A., Counseling Education, Clinical Mental Health, Western Michigan University
  • B.B.A., Management and Human Resources, Davenport University
  • A.A., Business Administration, Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Caroline Ray is a career development specialist in Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business. She has served students, employers, staff and faculty since the Zhang Career Center was established in 2008 and was promoted to her current position in 2013.

Ray provides advising and educational services to assist students with:

  • Self-exploration for professional development, research and selection of academic business programs and careers.
  • Preparation for internship and professional job search and interviewing processes.

She teaches two courses—pre-business career development and first year seminar—and serves as the faculty advisor for the international professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, Gamma Tau Chapter.

In her original role in the college of business, she was the primary contact for employers, serving as a consultant for internship program development and enhancing equitable recruitment practices on campus. Ray directed the on-campus interviewing program and coordinated business career fairs and recruiting events both on and off campus. Additionally, she designed and facilitated professional development programs for students and served as a support to the career advising team.

Ray is passionate about education and personal development and truly enjoys working with students. Her own academic and professional journey was full of detours and sporadic pauses, totaling 11 years to the completion of her undergraduate degree. As a first generation and biracial—Korean and African-American—student, this was a monumental accomplishment for her and her family. Ray openly shares her experiences with the intent to empower and motivate others towards their personal success.

Ray is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Michigan and is certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory assessments. She has also acquired the Global Career Development Facilitator certification.