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Julia Johnson, a senior at University of Wisconsin-Superior, recently got a position at Woodland Hills as a Youth Care Counselor for the women's correctional unit. Woodland Hills is a non-profit organization that provides help for at-risk children. Julia got started when she decided to create her own individually designed major. When she was a junior, she talked with Kathy Pykkonen, the Career Services director, about possible career opportunities that she could have if she were to major in Gender and Society. With the help and encouragement from the Career Services office, Julia focused on networking and organizing cover letters, resumes, and references. She learned of her current employment through her roommate, who directed her to their website.
Julia feels that Career Services, and especially Kathy Pykkonen's coaching, helped contribute to her current success. Throughout the process of creating and pursuing her own degree, Julia says that Kathy made sure that she was set up for success in finding a career. Career Resource Assistant Kara Tudor helped Julia start her job hunt, helping review her resume and cover letters, mock interviews for practice, and referring her to the Career Fair. "The Career Fair is where I got practice interacting with employers," Julia says. With the help of Jean setting up meetings and Stacy Seminara conducting mock interviews in preparation for the interview process, Julia says she felt nothing but encouragement along the way. "I'd like to thank the Career Services staff for making my job hunt a success."
The advice Julia says other students should have lies in utilizing resources on campus that are provided by Career Services, stating that "Career Services exists for YOU." She explains that the staff helps prepare you to implement your knowledge to become part of the work force, either when you graduate or while you're still attending school. "Also, get started early! Kathy told me that starting earlier before you graduate will help you take the time needed in order to be successful in finding a job."
The University of Wisconsin-Superior gave Julia a liberal arts approach to education that helped her create more opportunities in the careers available to her. "My professors helped me design my major with my career in mind, and pushed me to reach my goals," Julia thanks, also adding how the University of Wisconsin-Superior provided her with the opportunities needed to gain valuable experience in making her more desirable as a potential employee. "Starting early and knowing what you're looking for helps in finding a job that you're really invested in." By becoming more involved on campus, Julia has not only landed a job, but reached success.
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