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How a UWO Grad Turned His Love of Sports Into a Career

Can’t run a 40-yard dash under 5 seconds or throw a 95-mile an hour a fastball, but still want a career in sports? There is still hope.  Find out what a recent grad of UWO did to reach goal of working in sports.

Wade Vincent graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh in 2012 with a Communication degree.  Wade began his career in sports journey by interning with the Intramural Sports Department at UWO.  The Intramural Sports program provides an opportunity for participation in sports in an organized, competitive environment for students, faculty and staff.

To further his experience in the sports  industry, Wade received an internship with the Madison Mallards after graduation. The Madison Mallards are a collegiate summer baseball team located in Madison, Wisconsin that plays in the Northwoods League. The Mallards offer internships every summer to students who are interested in working directly with team management. After gaining experience with the Mallards, Wade moved on to accept a full-time position with Lids.   Following his job with Lids, the Madison Mallards offered Wade the Corporate Service Manager position.

At the end of the day, it’s your contributions and your persistence that will help you get to where you want to be. Along with having a severe interest in sports, follow these steps to help you achieve your goal of working in the sports industry.

  1. Get an Internship. Now.
  2. Get another internship, then start thinking about getting a paid job in sports.
  3. Pick a specific sport you would prefer to work with.
  4. Check job openings frequently.
  5. Find somebody that knows somebody that can hook you up with your dream job.
  6. Join any sports network organization in your university (Intramurals) or community.
  7. Connect someone who is currently doing the job you would like to have.
  8. Be persistent and be polite.

 

For more advice from Wade, watch the YouTube video linked below.

http://bit.ly/1qpygSA

Getting to Know UWO Accomplished Alumni: Jeff Griffith

This past week, I had the honor of speaking with a fellow UW Oshkosh Alumni, Jeff Griffith. Currently working as Creative Director of Advertising and Marketing at Men’s Health magazine in New York City, Griffith formerly worked at a variety of advertising agencies around the country, and helped save the Gettysburg National Military Park and Battlefield from a proposed casino in his spare time.

Career Services: What is your current job title and some of your responsibilities?

Griffith: I’m currently Creative Director of Advertising/Marketing at Men’s Health magazine.

My job is to provide creative and strategic thinking and executions for our advertisers as well as any Men’s Health-sponsored events or activities. That includes ads, advertorials, videos, tablet enhancements, banners, rich media units, and any graphics needed for our numerous triathlons, the Men’s Health Cooking School, summer socials, and our signature event, the Men’s Health Urbanathlon in three cities nationwide.

My team also provides carefully-designed sales materials for our marketing managers and sales team within the Men’s Health brand.

Career Services: What was your career plan when you graduated UWO? Did you always want to work for Rodale-Men’s Health, or a specific company?

Griffith: My major at UWO was Journalism with an advertising emphasis. And a TV/Radio/Film minor. My goal all along was to work in an advertising agency. My first job was at an agency in Honolulu, then moved to Atlanta, then New York City. I worked at ad agencies my entire career and even had my own agency for three years called Jugular. In 2011, I jumped over to the publishing side and absolutely love it.

To answer your question, no, I had no plans to work for a magazine. But you never know what opportunities arise. I create more 360 degrees of design/advertising here than I ever would in a major ad agency. In an agency, you’d hand things off to a specific department. Here, we ARE the department.

Career Services: What is one of your greatest achievements that you are most proud of?

Griffith: In 2010, after I left my ad agency Jugular, I became passionately involved with a grassroots group out of Gettysburg, PA that was trying to stop a proposed casino a half-mile from the Gettysburg National Military Park and Battlefield. I found the group on Facebook.

Over the course of a year, I donated my spare time in creating all of their print advertising, billboards, bus shelters, T-shirts, brochures, and website to fight a local millionaire and his quest for a casino near hallowed ground. I produced/directed a collection of videos and personally enlisted several celebrities to present at the statewide hearing to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Filmmaker Ken Burns, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Stephen Lang, Matthew Broderick, international strategist Susan Eisenhower and Medal of Honor recipient Paul Bucha were videotaped telling their personal connections to Gettysburg and why it should be saved. Famed composer John Williams provided the music for all my videos. ALL whom donated their time and talent to the cause. Even Steven Spielberg himself gave us approvals to use music from “Saving Private Ryan” for some of the smaller videos.

Long story short, the videos and advertising campaign made the casino proposal a national issue instead of a local issue and the casino proposal was soundly defeated.

As a lifelong history buff, I can proudly say that I personally played a role in saving Gettysburg from urban growth. Wonderfully, as a result, I began working with the Civil War Trust who helps preserves ALL the Civil War battlefields in the US. So now I design their quarterly magazine called “Hallowed Ground” which goes to all their membership.

Career Services: What advice would you give to young UWO students who will be graduating this week, as they prepare to take their next steps in life and pursue careers?

Griffith: Your learning is just starting. No, you don’t know everything yet (sorry). And you never will. Be confident in yourself but pay attention to others who have done it before.

Have a goal of what you’re looking for. Don’t look to potential employers to provide that answer for you.

Turn your cell phone off now and then…listen to conversations, shake hands, meet people even if it’s just to be nice or for reference or possible friendships. And keep in touch!! You NEVER know whom you will meet down the road or where your world’s will connect again. The world is very small.

And one more thing, never ever forget where you came from no matter how successful you become. Come back to UWO and visit. Everybody’s story is different and it’s all interesting. Share your experiences. Give back and pay forward. 

Career Advice from Jeff GriffithCareer Advice from UWO alumnus and Men’s Health Creative Director, Jeff Griffith

 

Griffith has an impressive creative portfolio that displays a wide variety of the work he has done in the past, including his achievements with the Gettysburg Park preservation. Through his campaign contribution, including multiple videos and ads made the local issue something of national importance and the idea of the casino construction was dropped.

Make the Most of Each Post

Social media is becoming more and more important for networking and connecting with potential employers. The purpose of these posts are to share information and connect with our intended online community. So why do some posts go viral while others are swept under the rug?

An essential part of posting in order to build your online presence is the time that you choose to post! Pay attention as we unveil the ultimate guide to getting the most traffic out of each post and how to be heard.

  • LinkedIn: Let’s start with your most professional profile. 7-9 AM and 5-6 PM Tuesday through Thursday is the optimal opportunity for networking and getting noticed among potential employers. Leave LinkedIn alone between 10 PM and 6 AM, especially on Mondays and Fridays.
  • Facebook: The best time to post to Facebook is on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM, with the worst time being after 4:00PM and on the weekends.
  • Twitter: Tweeting between 1-3 PM on Mondays is optimal Twitter traffic time, but any time between 9 AM and 3 PM Monday through Thursday will get noticed by your fellow tweeters. Twitter traffic jams occur after 3 PM, meaning those posts aren’t going to be getting very far with your intended audience.
  • Pinterest: The newest queen on the social media scene is Pinterest. So how do we make sure our pins receive royal attention? Pin between 2-4 PM or after 8 PM-1 AM when all the online night owls congregate. Saturday mornings are peak pinning time. Avoid those Pinterest boards between 5-7 PM.

We observe excellent audience interaction on Mondays for our UW Oshkosh Career Services’ social media sites. What works best for you?

This infographic from Mediabistro sums up the prime times for posting to all your different social media sites!

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From College To Career

You’ve just come back from spring break and the realization that only a few weeks stand between you and graduation is suddenly a terrifying thought because… that means you have to get a grown-up job! The fact that you can no longer roll out of bed and rush to class in the comfort of your sweatpants is bearing down on you HARD. You find yourself staring at a blank computer screen unable to absorb that it’s actually happening. The time to take the next step towards finding employment is upon you. You might even panic at the realization that you have procrastinated in your attempt to take the preparatory steps of post-college career life. Here are a few suggestions to help you get the ball rolling as you dive into the professional world and seek out your career path.

  • Check your school resources! Your university wants you to get employed upon graduation, because it reflects the ability of the school to help you reach your future goals as a result of the education you have been provided. Most schools have a Career Services office to help you prepare your resume, cover letter and even guide you in your job search.
  • They also may offer opportunities directly from employers that are looking to hire for open positions by utilizing Career Services access to an abundant student database. Here at UW Oshkosh, these open job and internship opportunities can be found on Titan Jobs.
  • Talk to your professors and advisers for advice or networking connections that they may have developed with previous students. These days, networking is absolutely essential to building a reputation that may help you get your foot in the door.

Career Services Creating Connections in Reeve Ballroom on March 2nd, 2013.

Don’t leave it at that! The most important part of the job search is being persistent. Apply, apply, apply. Make sure to research the companies you are applying to, and always include a cover letter as well as a follow up inquiry pertaining to the receipt of your application (generally the Monday following a full two weeks after your original application date). This shows employers you are genuinely interested in working with their company.

There are an infinite number of job search sites out there and many of them are tailored directly to recent college grads. For more opportunities check out: AfterCollege.com

Career Fair Do’s and Definitely Do not’s

Career Fairs and networking can be nerve-wracking, but we’ve got you covered as long as you present yourself professionally and have done your research. Take a look at our entertaining elevator pitch examples: 7 Tips For Career Fair Success where we demonstrate some of our recommended do’s…

Clip from: Seven Tips For Success

And our definitely do not’s:

It's good to be confident and personal but probably best not to act like this around an employer

It’s good to be confident and personal but probably best not to act like this around an employer

(Click on the screen shots or the 7 Tips for Career Fair Success above the picture to check out this fun video)

Career Fairs only come around once in awhile so take advantage of having hundreds of options all in one place. Make sure to dress for success, come practiced and prepared and ready to make a professional impression. These events often lead to employment or internship positions and provide ample networking time.

Tweet to Connect, Master Twitter Networking With These Tips

Twitter is the latest form of networking that is blowing up social-media using a form known as micro-blogging. Twitter limits users to 140 characters per post and allows linking to websites, connecting to other people or organizations by mentioning their Twitter handle (which is what we call the username with an @ symbol in front of it), and also hash tagging.

Users are free to use their Twitter account however they choose, whether it’s for personal expression, business, humor, social networking or information sharing. However, employers do take Twitter and social networking sites into consideration when getting to know prospective employees. For example, your drunken tweet from Saturday night with a picture of you doing a beer bong may have just cost you the job opportunity.

Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube are several sites that are changing the field of PR, new media and traditional media. It’s much more than a rolling news feed of status updates. It’s a source for advertising, talking with consumers, engaging other groups, promoting products or events, providing customer service and demonstrating service with pictures.

So how can you use Twitter professionally?

By using @ you can connect to specific users and create a relationship with them.

The hash tag # symbol makes your tweets searchable and allows you to join in chats. It allows you to follow certain news and connect with other tweeters.

Make your Twitter you personal brand. Remember: Be interesting. Avoid toilet tweets. No one wants to know about your bodily functions. It’s also best to avoid sexual, religious, political and obscene tweets. Connect with professionals by sharing useful and intelligent or informational links. You can shrink the links to save space for descriptions or ideas by using link-shortening sites like bitly.com.

Check out this info-graphic from Mediabistro.com pertaining to social websites and employment. http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/twitter-posts-job_b27156

Social media affects employment opportunities.

Social media affects employment opportunities.

 

Career Services Intern Chai Lee Explores What Can Career Services Do For You?

Career Services Human Resources Intern Chai Lee

Hi Everyone,

Why come to Career Services?

Career Services can help you find jobs and internships, work on resumes, cover letters, and networking.  There also events that are held by Career Services such as, Career Fairs, Mock Interview, and Dining with Professionals and many more.  All students can use Career Services for free up until one year after graduation.  So use the opportunity to use Career Services because you also paid for all of these services so why not use the service.

All Students can use the services during Walk-In hours from 11:00AM to 1:00PM on Tuesday through Thursday or call to make appointment with the choice of advisor by majors.

Here is the website to see which advisor would best fit your needs.

http://www.uwosh.edu/career/about-us/professional-staff

My Internship Experience:

I want to share a little bit of my experience while I am an intern here at Career Services.  My name is Chai Lee, a Human Services Major.  Being an intern at Career Services, I had a lot of fun and also did a lot of exploration.  First of all, I worked on my resume and cover letter of a choice of employers that I want to work with.  I participated in the Career Fair; I got to meet many of employers and student from different majors.  During the Career Fair, I met with three different employers and gave my resume to them to look at.  Next, I attended class presentations with different advisers on topics of interviewing, portfolio, and general ideas of what is Career Services is.  Attending class presentations helped develop my professional skills and allowed me to find helpful resources.  My next step was the networking part, which I participated in Dining with Professionals and did the Mock Interview.  I did Dining with Professionals, where I met employers such as J.J. Keller, Alta Resources, Sherwin Williams and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  I had a choice of where I could sit, so I decided to sit at the table of Big Brothers Big Sisters and our host was Ellen Evensen.  During the dining, it is more of follow the leader or the host who talked about what to eat and drink with professional people.  At the end of the dining, I had some extra time to talk to Ellen and then she offered for me to send in my resume and cover letter for an internship opportunity.  I was so happy that I participated in Dining with Professionals and met employers from different companies.  I also attended Mock Interviews which was also with Ellen of Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Before hand, I did research about the agency and the person who interviewed me, so I had an idea of what the agency’s main role is.  The Mock Interview went really well and I liked it because it built my confidence and learned what I should say and not say to the employer.  Overall, being at Career Services, help me to get out of my comfort zone and explore the world.

~Chai Lee

My mentor, my big sister

 

By Emily Colon

Four years ago I met one of my biggest role models, Adria Maddaleni, a UWO alumna. It was the evening of my fifteenth birthday. She was probably the best birthday present I have ever received. I met Adria through a pre-college program called Sponsor-A-Scholar that is run through the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee. Although it is called a pre-college program, it actually continues throughout your college career.

As a part of this program, I got assigned a mentor based on my personality and interests. I could not have asked for a better mentor. One of the reasons Adria and I got matched was because she is an attorney and that is one of the things I inspire to be in the future. She is currently an attorney for Milwaukee Public Schools.

During my high school career, Adria was there for me from day one. She has taught me so much and everything I have learned has been valuable. She has taken me to many places that I would have never gotten the opportunity to visit if it wasn’t for her. Throughout the years we have gone to movies, restaurants, museums, exhibits, college visits and so much more. Through those outings Adria helped me become the young woman I am today.

She always was there for me and gave me advice and support. During my senior year in high school Adria gave me lots of guidance in where I wanted to go with my future. We spent countless hours at her house just working on my college applications and all those essays. She has been there for me both academically and personally.

Having a mentor has been truly beneficial. Adria is mainly one of the reasons that I am a student at UWO today. When I was still in high school, she brought me up to visit the UWO campus and I fell completely in love with all it had to offer. Even though she would have supported me with any decision, I know that she is happy that I chose her alma mater for my undergraduate education. I love it here just as I know she loved it here.

Adria is more than just a mentor to me; she is the big sister I never had and I know I will be able to count on her for the rest of my life.

UWO Human Resource graduates give advice via webinar

By Emily Colon

When you hear HR Webinar what probably comes to your mind is an exclusive event for human resources majors. Well let me start by telling you that you are completely wrong. This webinar was useful to any major or person. This webinar was basically structured as question and answer. I was the only live audience member so that was a pretty cool experience. I got to meet the two gentlemen after the webinar and they were both very nice.

The two employers who participated in the webinar were Andrew Ingebrigtson and Carlos Rodriguez. They were asked questions from many different aspects of the work field. The first question they were asked was what challenges they face when trying to hire applicants. Carlos said a problem he faces is that applicants limit themselves. Andrew stated that what he struggles with is qualifications, especially in his field where there is a skills shortage in engineering.

Andrew Ingebrigtson

Carlos Rodriguez 

Next they gave advice on cross-transitioning. Carlos said moving from one job to another can help you develop skills not already in your expertise. A word of advice from Carlos was to stay positive with your previous employer. Andrew agreed with Carlos and added that you should be willing to volunteer for experience or go back to school for the skills you need. He also said that you should show your skills, especially things that might not be conveyed in your resume. When going from industry to industry, Carlos said to show your new employer that you have the skills necessary for that new position, and to sell yourself not your title. He also mentioned that a great thing to have is references.

The next topic was interviewing. Here are some tips that Carlos and Andrew gave:

  • Maintain good eye contact
  • Have a good pitch
  • Show your self-confidence
  • Be prepared and comfortable speaking about yourself
  • Sell yourself

They also talked about appropriate attire for an interview. A great piece of advice Andrew gave was to research the company and dress to what is expected for that position. Some people wonder what to bring to an interview. Carlos said that a resume and questions tend to be enough. A portfolio or project you have done that shows your skills for that position is more appropriate in a second interview. Andrew said it never hurts to ask what they would like you to bring beforehand.

 

Creating Connections Recap

By Emily Marie Colón

Creating Connections was held on April 25 in the Reeve Memorial Union Ballroom. It was from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., but many people stayed for a while after that. The event was hosted by Career Services in partnership with the Student Organization of Latinos (SOL).

This event was a total success. Being part of the behind-the-scenes action, I had many expectations for this event. With all the planning and marketing we had done, I was hoping for the best. In preparation for the event, the Career Services marketing team worked to spread the word all throughout campus, and reached out to many organizations such as the Asian Student Association, Hmong Student Union and the LGBTQ Resource Center.

As the event was beginning, I began to get nervous. I knew that we had done all we could to market the event successful, but attendance worried me. Everything else was in place; all that was left was for students to arrive. As the time got closer to the beginning of the event, my nerves kept rising. Then all of a sudden students started showing up and things were under way. Before the event began, I got the opportunity to mingle and I got the chance to meet Amanda Betts, one of the alumni speakers.

The alumni panel was new this year at Creating Connections. We had four wonderful alumni speakers: Adria Maddaleni, Amanda Betts, Jacob Griesbach and Jes Berndt. Prior to the event as I was speaking to Amanda, I learned a lot about her. It was pretty awesome because she was journalism major and Spanish minor just like me, so I thought that was really cool. All four alumni shared stories of their time here at UW Oshkosh, of their networking experiences and of where they are now.

After the alumni speakers, employers and students got the chance to network. There were two sessions with two different questions, one for each round. The first one was: what would you do with a million dollars? This question was a good question to start off with because it eased the tension and started conversations between students and employers. The second round was open networking where students could talk to employers of their choice and had the chance to enjoy refreshments. During the open networking round, I saw the room filled with students and employers and they all looked happy and seemed to be enjoying their selves. That made me very happy.

At the end of the day, Creating Connections was a total success. My nerves eventually calmed down as I saw that the room began to get filled with students. Everyone seemed to be having a good time and employers looked happy to be there. I felt all the hard work that we all put in paid off. I had a wonderful time at the 2nd annual Creating Connections: Empowered through Networking event.

 


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