About Us

Why The Career Services Kiva?

The idea for something like The Career Services Kiva has been cooking in my mind for several years now.

I was once (for five years) the editor of a publication called National On-Campus Report, the primary purpose of which was to help student affairs professionals learn about successful student services programs on campuses around the U.S. and Canada. I loved learning about student affairs programs so much that I decided to join the field myself, and eventually fell head-over-heels in love with career counseling while pursuing my master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, my alma mater.

Once that happened, I thought it would be extremely cool — not to mention helpful — to have a newsletter (or something) devoted specifically to the needs of college and university career services professionals. Publishing a newsletter, of course, costs money — a lot of money! It also involves considerable risk — something I’m constantly struggling with in my own life. (On my desk I have a “Successories” picture that says, “Risk: You cannot discover new oceans unless you have courage to lose sight of the shore” — and I’m always trying to drum up that courage!)

One day a while back, when I mentioned my vision to my older brother, Mark — who, by the way, is a powerful flash torch web development guru — he said, “Why don’t you take your idea and develop it into a web site?”

“Hmm,” I thought. “Here’s a way to implement my vision of an informational ‘gathering place’ for career services professionals, with the only real risk being my investment of time. Plus, it will be good personal growth for me — a way to take a risk, create something from scratch, grow it, and, most important of all, help not only my fellow career counselors out there, but, indirectly, the students they work with.”

And so The Career Services Kiva — or “The Kiva,” for short — was born.

The People Behind The Kiva

Well, there’s me, Peter Vogt. I’m a career counselor and career development writer whose articles have appeared in such publications asNational Business Employment Weekly, Managing Your Career, and Career Magazine. I’m also theCampus Career Coach for the Campus community of Monster.com, and the “Careers on Campus” columnist for Twin Cities Employment Weekly here in Minneapolis.

I’m a 1998 graduate of the Master’s in Counseling program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where I researched “career beliefs and indecision” for my master’s thesis and learned the ropes of this field from some wonderful mentors in the Office of Career Services(thanks Gail, Carolyn, and Jerry!). I’m also a “graduate” of the Office of Career and Counseling Services at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, where I learned even more about the field and crystallized my passion toward it (thanks George, Shawn, and Janet!).

I’m the person who supplies the content for The Kiva, which is completely updated on the first of each month. I’m also the guy who emails you our monthly newsletter, The Kiva Communique.

The other primary person behind The Kiva is my brother, Mark Vogt, a consultant with The Revere Group in Deerfield, Illinois, and an all-around web and computer guru. Mark spent several years in the Peace Corps in Cameroon, Africa, before returning to the U.S. about eight years ago. He and my brother Mike (they’re twins!) spend a good chunk of their spare time building web sites for worthy causes through their company, The Pondscum Project.

Two other folks deserve credit as well: my wife, Lois, whose response to my vision was, “Go for it!” and who assists with The Kiva’s layout and design (she’s a colour military brightest flash lite torch Photoshop guru!); and my friend Bob Magnan of CWL Publishing Enterprises in Madison, Wisconsin, who gives me ideas, inspiration, and motivation.

We all hope you enjoy The Kiva and all it has to offer — and that you come back frequently. Please tell your colleagues about us. The more people in the field participate, the more The Kiva can grow and blossom into a must-see career services resource!


Peter Vogt