UW Oshkosh senior Lindsey Noack talks about her college career as a Journalism major with an emphasis in Public Relations.
UW Oshkosh senior Lindsey Noack talks about her college career as a Journalism major with an emphasis in Public Relations.
By Chrissy Lambie (@chrissylambie)
On Monday, April 23, career adviser Erin Rammer and I attended the Brewers Career Fair at Miller Park. Both Erin and I are big Brewers fans and when we saw the opportunity to combine our love of baseball, Brewers and helping students make connections in the sports industry, we had to make the trip!
Erin and I arrived at Miller Park at 4:00 p.m., and to our surprise there were many candidates looking to make connections with the representatives from the organizations in attendance. Both Erin and I are career fair pros and were pretty amazed that there were waits up to half an hour to speak to some of the representatives. We are used to seeing a line of 3 or 4 to talk to a representative, but when you see a line of 40 or 50 it can be pretty overwhelming.
Not to be intimidated, Erin and I talked to representatives from the Chicago Rush, Chicago Sky, Milwaukee Wave, ESPN Radio 540/1510, Wisconsin State Golf Association, Milwaukee Admirals, and Milwaukee Brewers. The few groups that we didn’t get a chance to talk to were the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (where we have established connections already) and the Milwaukee Bucks. Also in attendance were a couple of graduate programs from the Milwaukee area promoting their sports management programs.
It is our hope that by making these connections students at UW Oshkosh interested in breaking into the sports industry will have the opportunity to see internships and other positions posted in Titan Jobs. Also, we hope to help students make connections with the various representatives associated with these organizations.
As a result of this trip, I’ve already made a great connection at ESPN Deportes 1510 that is interested in students that want a radio experience and have Spanish speaking skills.
While this trip was a combination of work and play, Erin and I felt it was successful on both hands. We made some great professional connections that may pay off for UW Oshkosh students in the future!
On a fun note, after the career fair we were able to watch Brewers batting practice where I walked away with a practice ball that was tossed into the stands by third-base coach Ed Sedar. And during the third inning both Erin and I were featured on the jumbotron in the US Cellular fan photo of the day with the player cutout John Axford. We won his t-shirt. Erin was gracious enough to let me take the t-shirt home! Thanks Erin!
As most students were ending the fall semester, Director of Career Services Jaime Page-Stadler was over in Minnesota creating new beginnings with two different employers. There are many different career paths to take, so Page-Stadler decided to visit two exciting organizations; Buffalo Wild Wings and Mayo Clinic.
As Buffalo Wild Wings explodes in the Midwest, they are providing opportunities in management and intern positions. These opportunities have a very competitive salary and many perks like watching football while working. Buffalo Wild Wings is looking for individuals that are passionate, have lots of energy, and demonstrate great customer service.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., showcased their lab opportunities for science majors. Mayo Clinic is the largest employer in Minnesota, and they strive to be the best, not the biggest. Mayo Clinic has a Summer Lab Science Program for juniors who have one year remaining. It is a paid 12-week program. This opportunity is for students who are not perusing graduate school, but want to make a career in lab science.
Look for future posts on employer visits! If interested in visiting employers yourself, sign up in Titan Jobs.
This semester’s On-Campus Interviewing event kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 22 and Thursday, Feb. 23. Employers will be on campus to interview and hire UW Oshkosh students! Not only is this event great for students, but it also benefits employers as well. Through Career Services, employers are able to hire qualified candidates from the University’s pool of students, while the students don’t have to look very far for great job opportunities.
Get a jump-start on your career. Interview for a job or internship without leaving campus! All interviews will be held in Career Services unless otherwise noted. To learn more about employers and to sign up for an on-campus interview, log in to Titan Jobs.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Skipper Buds – 1 position: Sales Professional Position (All Majors)
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Oshkosh Corp. – 3 positions: Web Development Intern, IT Technology Intern, and IT Intern (Computer Science & Info System Majors)
By Stephanie Levine (pictured below wearing black)
Hi, I am Steph Levine, the College of Business Career Advisor Intern in Career Services. In addition to working in Career Services, I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in professional counseling at UW Oshkosh. During January interim I had the opportunity to participate in a two week study abroad to Malaysia. The course, entitled Counseling, Spirituality, and Service in Malaysia, counted for a three credit elective toward my degree. Since completing my undergraduate degree, my one regret was never studying abroad. When I learned about this opportunity from my professor, Dr. Kelli Saginak, I knew it would be the perfect chance for me to gain the study abroad experience that I always felt I had missed.
Our group consisted of twelve students, our professor Dr. Kelli Saginak, and her friend and colleague, Dr. Thana Singarajah from Idaho State University’s Department of Counseling. As well as being a professor and clinical provider of mental health services, Dr. Thana is originally from Malaysia and was a great resource for us on our journey.
Our trip was split between two destinations, one week in the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, and the second week in George Town on the island of Penang. During our time, we participated in a number of service learning experiences including volunteering with toddlers and school aged children as well as children and adults with disabilities. In addition to service learning, we assisted our professor in leading three days of workshops on play therapy. The attendees, who were mental health professionals and graduate students, shared their excitement and passion for learning.
It was wonderful to see so many professionals dedicated to providing excellent care to children and adolescents, especially in a society and culture where counseling is not viewed in a very positive light. Our trip also consisted of cultural experiences, including visiting temples and mosques, attending cultural dance performances, hiking and seeing the waterfalls at Templer Park, visiting an elephant sanctuary (and riding elephants!), and making Chinese “love letters,” a wafer like fortune cookie in celebration of the Chinese New Year. To say that our days were busy is an understatement.
Overall, it was a great learning experience for me both personally and professionally. I feel I am leaving my journey with an increased sense of multicultural awareness and the desire to break down cultural and language barriers to connect with others. Based on my experience and hearing the positive experiences of friends throughout the years, I would highly encourage any student to consider studying abroad. It is a once in the life time opportunity and a great learning experience to add to your resume.
Have you completed a study abroad and are not sure how to include it on your resume? Call or stop by Career Services to schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor. We would be happy to help you showcase your learning and experience!
To learn more about what life is like abroad, check out The BIG Guide to Living and Working Overseas!
By Sheng Lee (@shengdanger)
Winter break is over and the spring semester is in full bloom. For many students, their winter break was spent in another country where they participated in research and various learning experiences.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offers three types of study abroad experiences: faculty-led programs, direct enroll programs and student exchange programs. To learn more about study abroad programs at UW Oshkosh, visit the Office of International Education, or attend the study abroad fair on Thursday, Feb. 9, in Reeve Memorial Union from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
As stated under UWO’s Office of International Education website, study abroad is a transformative experience which leads to personal growth. It allows for active engagement in pursuit of knowledge and skills while offering options for advancing unique and diverse personal and career goals.
According to the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University, you will gain 12 career essentials by choosing a study abroad experience:
1.) Developing professional competencies
2.) Communicating effectively
3.) Solving problems
4.) Balancing work and life
5.) Embracing change
6.) Working effectively in a team
7.) Working in a diverse environment
8.) Managing time and priorities
9.) Navigating across boundaries
10.) Acquiring knowledge
11.) Thinking critically
12.) Performing with integrity
Not only will these skills help you develop personally, these are skills employers value from employees who have studied or interned abroad:
Want to learn more about what life is like in a foreign country? Check out The BIG Guide to Living and Working Overseas.
(Source: Gardner, Gross, and Steglitz 2008, Unpacking your study abroad experience: critical reflection for workplace competencies. CERI Research Brief 1-2008. Collegiate employment research institute, East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University)
By Emily Colon
Last semester, Luis Barrios served as the president of the Student Organization of Latinos. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in December 2011 as a supply chain and operations management major.
Barrios has been the president of SOL for two and half years, taking one year off. He first ran during his sophomore year, and then his junior year. He decided not to run his senior year, but came back in 2011 for his fifth year and decided to run again and won. His motivation to run for president was to include more diversity and involvement into the organization.
He worked closely with the English and Spanish departments as well as admissions. His biggest struggles were recruitment and retention, Barrios said. His favorite part of being president was his personal development and the connections he made.
Barrios said that inclusive excellence is “a hard one” to define. When he thinks of inclusive excellence, he thinks of diversity. Barrios believes SOL represents inclusive excellence.
When asked about his experiences as a diverse student on campus, he said that in the end he “learned how to manage.” Barrios said he was culture shocked when he first arrived at University. He overcame this struggle by joining organizations such as SOL, Omega Delta Phi, and accounting club and by making new friends
As a student in the College of Business, Barrios was required to use the resources offered by Career Services, but he used it for personal reasons as well. Barrios said he drafted his first resume with the help of Career Services. Career Services has been beneficial to him and he will continue to use Career Services in the future, Barrios said.
Barrios especially enjoyed the photo shoot he helped out with for Career Services. He said he would highly recommend Career Services to friends. Barrios believes that some of the information he acquired from Career Services will help him in his future.
While in school, Barrios interned at Miles Kimball. Through his internship, he received a job offer for a management position in Madison, his hometown.
Barrios said that he has used social media, such as LinkedIn, in his job search. A valuable tip Barrios learned in college that will stick with him for the rest of his life is “not to put the napkin on the chair when you get up,” he said.
Innovation, collaboration, and discovery. These tenants are vital to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, located just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. Working side-by-side with individuals from 49 countries on cutting-edge research, students who spend time at the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest science and energy laboratory have the opportunity to be a part of the next generation of scientific discovery. The outreach at ORNL spans the globe, from finding new ways to reprocess spent nuclear fuel in Tennessee, to aiding the former Soviet Union in nuclear non-proliferation. All of this is possible because the facility houses the world’s third most powerful open science supercomputer as well as a $1.4 billion Spallation Neutron Source.
Currently, ORNL is working with students in the scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematical fields to tackle the 10 “big challenges” of critical importance to America’s energy future:
• Lowering the Cost of Solar Power
• Responding to Climate Change
• Closing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
• Designing High-Mileage Cars
• Developing a New Generation of Ethanol
• Storing Alternative Energy
• Reducing Energy Consumption
• Finding an Inexhaustible Source of Energy
• Modernizing the Electric Grid
• Storing Carbon Emissions
The Science Education Programs at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory provide paid opportunities for undergraduates, grad students, recent graduates, and even faculty to participate in world-leading research with well-known scientists from around the world. Whether you are interested in creating new energy options, developing technology to protect America’s borders, or modeling the most complex scientific problems, chances are that Oak Ridge has an internship or full-time position that is right for you. Take a moment to look at the fellowship opportunities posted in Titan Jobs, and find out more about ways to get involved at www.ornl.gov