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Top Tips to Prepare for a Career Fair

Feeling hesitant about attending the Career Fair because you don’t know what to expect or how to present yourself? No problem! The Career Services Staff has you covered. Here are some tips straight from the office on how to prep, present yourself with confidence, and make the most of your Career Fair experience.

Go outside your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to talk to companies and explore opportunities that you may not have been considering.

-Aleah Van-Gheem, Career Resource Specialist

Research and Identify Employers you may want to connect with prior to the Fair to avoid getting overwhelmed at the event.

-Rich Marshall, College of Letters and Science and CNL Career Advisor

Make sure to wear professional dress and bring several (5-10) copies of your resume.                                                                                                      

-Justin Lyons, Career Resource Specialist

Bring a business card. You can order them online or if you’re short on time make your own by going to a local supplies store such as Office Max or Staples and they can print them up on cardstock.

-Sarah Kriha, Career Event & On-Campus Interview Coordinator

Prepare and practice your pitch, a 30 second “elevator speech” which is a brief introduction you can give to employers which includes your name, major, academic year, and job positions you’re interested in.

-Chelsey Cegielski, Career Service Staff

Career Fairs are filled with opportunity and information, so don’t be afraid to polish your presentation, put yourself out there and make connections.

Take a look at last spring’s Career Fair on the Fox!

 

 

 

Federal Internships



By Emily Colon 

The webinar “Go Government: Landing your Dream Internship” took place on Feb. 8, 2012. The facilitator was career adviser Cassie Curry from Career Services. There were a decent number of attendees for an auditory webinar.

The two panel members, Chris Hogan and Jessica Wahl, were featured. Chris works for Homeland Security and Jessica works for the Department of the Interior. They talked about a variety of topics including how there are many different opportunities within federal jobs. Websites where you can go to find federal internships are USA.gov, makingthedifference.org and usajobs.gov.

There are also many third party internship providers such as agency websites, career development centers, career fairs, social media and personal networks.

Some facts about federal jobs are that they offer excellent pay and benefits, high levels of responsibility, valuable work experience, flexible schedules, training and professional development and great travel opportunities.

The panelists talked about the different bureaus and how there are internships for every major. Jessica said that the breadth of experience you get is great. Chris added that you get unique opportunities.

Some advice the panelists gave was to tailor your resume by using the job announcement, expand your experiences and make a master resume. Something interesting they mentioned was that federal agencies prefer if you wait until they contact you with a job opportunity rather than you contact them because they get many applications.

If you are interested in a federal internship, check out Titan Jobs, an online database with job postings and much more. And if you need help with tailoring your resume, make sure to make an appointment here at with a resource specialist at Career Services Ph: (920)424-2181

Movers and Shakers: Meet Journalism Student Lindsey Noack

UW Oshkosh senior Lindsey Noack talks about her college career as a Journalism major with an emphasis in Public Relations.

Brewers Career Fair at Miller Park

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!

UWO Career Services V-Blog: Taking Advantage of your Work Study

Minnesota Employment

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.

 

On-Campus Interviewing Kickoff

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.

Student Benefits:

  • Identify careers that match your interests, values and skills.
  • Apply and interview and job offers may be presented.
  • Learn about top local employers. Interview for full-time, part-time, internship & co-op.
  • Interact in face-to-face interviews.
  • Gain interview experience throughout your academic career.
  • Accommodate your busy school schedule.

Employer Benefits:

  • Free service for all organizations.
  • Gives you a competitive edge on hiring.
  • Hire faster and smarter at no cost.
  • Identify and screen qualified candidates.
  • Face-to-face interviews.
  • Opportunity to meet with multiple students the same day.
  • Allow opportunities to recruit students for full-time, part-time, internship and co-op positions.
  • Provide awareness of your company to students and alumni at UW Oshkosh.
  • Announce your recruiting schedule to the entire student body.

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)

West Business Services – 1 Position:  Inside Sales Associate (All Majors)
Menards – 1 position:  Manager Trainee Position (Business Majors)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Oshkosh Corp. – 3 positions:  Web Development Intern, IT Technology Intern, and IT Intern (Computer Science & Info System Majors)

 

Career Adviser Intern Stephanie Levine Unpacks Her Study Abroad Experience

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!

Unpacking your study abroad experience

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:

  • Interacting with people who hold different interests, values, perspectives
  • Understanding cultural differences in the workplace
  • Adapting to situations of change
  • Gaining new knowledge from experiences
  • Ability to work independently
  • Undertaking tasks that are unfamiliar
  • Applying information in a new or broader contexts
  • Identifying new problem/alternatives solutions
  • Working effectively with co-workers

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)

 

Movers and Shakers: UWO Journalism student Sheng Lee talks about her STEP position

 


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