Coming up with the right attire for an important job interview or a fancy night out can be difficult – mainly because it can carry a high price tag and, for college students, it’s often not something that's just lying around in your closet.
Jeff Frie, a career services advisor at Rasmussen College in St. Cloud, sympathized with college students, and created a solution.
“One day, I was going through my closet and thought, ‘I have a million ties,’ said Frie. “Students come through our Career Services Center and we talk about upcoming interviews, and a lot of them don’t have a sports coat or more than one tie. I know when I was in college I had one crumpled up tie…So, I decided to bring in some ties and ask others on campus to donate some as well.”
The ties are hanging conveniently in the Career Services Center in the St. Cloud campus waiting to be taken home and worn. Frie said he’s been collecting ties there for the past couple of weeks and hopes it really takes off.
“Once you’ve borrowed the tie, bring it back for the next guy or keep it…it’s totally up to you,” he said.
The idea spawned after the campus' big remodel this past winter, and bringing in a steady flow of students to the career center is now Frie's focus.
“We have a huge room now since the remodel at our campus and I really started thinking about how we can drive some traffic to this space and help others out,” Frie said. “For me it was really about building a culture; I wanted others to know this center is a place to learn and feel energized about their career search.”
On the flip side, Frie is also encouraging people to donate ties. If you have more than enough ties, or have realized there are quite a few you don’t wear anymore, consider donating them to the Rasmussen College St. Cloud campus. In addition, Frie also hopes to eventually have sports coats available for students to borrow as well.
“I’d like to encourage people to bring anything they’d like,” he said. “I’m open to things for women, too.”
So, what are you waiting for? Consider donating ties or visiting the Career Services Center if you are in need of a tie – and spread the word!