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Betsy Hill is using her Communications major from UW-Superior to aid others through her job at the Duluth Workforce Center. Graduating in 2005, her emphasis within her major was on journalism, and she obtained a minor in English as well. As a UW-Superior student, Hill was involved with The Promethean, a campus newspaper, which is the equivalent to what is now The Stinger. Her contributions to this group were good practice for her in interacting with people, and they allowed her to develop more confidence in her communication abilities. Combining her skills and experiences, Hill acquired her current job as an Employment Technician Job Counselor in Duluth, MN.
As a Job Counselor, Hill assists various people in finding jobs on a daily basis. She also helps to aid them through the application and interview processes. She conducts classes that allow others to learn more about job seeking and the proper way to handle searching for employment. Another important facet of her job is networking with other employers. All of these roles drive her to demonstrate her strength in communication, a challenge which she confidently accepts. As a team player with a friendly, helpful personality, Hill thrives in this type of work setting.
Although her job routinely entails the task of assisting people, Hill likes that every day is a little bit different for her. Some days she works directly with her clients, guiding them in writing resumes or finding interview opportunities, while other days she may be found conducting classes or managing employer wage subsidies. She is pulled towards this type of job since she enjoys mixing things up and not having constant repetition. However, one of the aspects of her job that is not so alluring to her is working with clients who fail to follow through and take responsibility on their end. While she tries her best to help others succeed, it is ultimately up to them to make sure the work is getting done.
Graduating with a four-year degree in Communications and gaining work experience with her first job as an Express Employment Professional, Hill was well suited for employment in her current job. She stood out within the field of applicants due to her strong interview, solid demonstration of her communication skills, and the completion of a civil service test. Although her major was preferred for her line of work, Hill believes that any person with a degree could attain the job if they are able to market themselves properly.
Hill has held her current job as a Job Counselor since June of 2009 and is eager to continue working in this position. She would, however, enjoy the opportunity to get to work with more students who have recently completed college but may be struggling to find work still.
Hill believes that an important piece of advice for success in a student's career is to get out and network. She encourages students to get involved on campus and throughout the community in order to gain both work experience and networking opportunities. Making connections with people is a good way for students to get their foot in the door with an employer. Hill believes in this power of social interaction and explains that "even though you may not get your 'dream career' right out of college, it will still help you towards your goal career." She personally put her own advice into action and was able to work her way into a career she loves.
Betsy Hill was interviewed as a part of the Career Services Day in the Life project. Her full interview and those of other UW-Superior alumni can be found on the Day in the Life website, http://www.uwsuper.edu/career/students/a-day-in-the-life.cfm.
Interview conducted by Tashina Martinson on February 9, 2012. Article written by Kristen Jasperson.
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