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Career Fair Impressions

Posted on Feb 19, 2014
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Distance Learning Center recruiters/advisors Beth Christopherson and Dan Kuzlik at the Head of the Lakes Job and Internship Fair Feb. 12 at UW-Superior.

Distance Learning Center recruiters/advisors Beth Christopherson and Dan Kuzlik at the Head of the Lakes Job and Internship Fair Feb. 12 at UW-Superior.

Dan Kuzlik, a Distance Learning Center outreach specialist and academic advisor based in Rhinelander, WI, recently attended the Head of the Lakes Job and Internship Fair hosted at UW-Superior. He shares some thoughts about what he learned talking with recruiters at the fair.

As an academic advisor assisting distance learning students in planning their semester course schedules, I feel a responsibility to keep up with employment options so I can also advise students regarding career choices. For that reason, I attend career fairs like the one held recently on the UW-Superior campus. As I spoke with recruiters at several of the 90+ booths, I asked them what skills and degrees they look for as they recruit talent to their businesses and organizations. I had the following impressions:

First, I certainly had a sense that our economy is getting back on track, as many of the recruiters I spoke with did not come just to expose their business to the students who attended the fair. Many were there to actually fill specific jobs that they currently have available.

Second, many of the company representatives I encountered said that they do hire graduates with bachelor's degrees - even with no specific experience. What they do look for on resumes of recent graduates, however, are examples of how students became involved in co-curricular activities while completing their degree requirements.

For on-campus students, that might mean involvement in student government or other on-campus organizations. However, distance learning students can bolster their resumes too by getting involved in co-curricular activities in their own communities. Examples could include volunteering at local food banks, mentoring or tutoring grade school students, getting involved in local leadership groups or young professional organizations, or joining a local civic group and taking on a leadership role.

Third, a great route to obtaining a good position with a company, or in a particular industry, is to check out summer internship opportunities. Companies typically offer internships to students during the summer just prior to or just after their final year of study.

Successfully completing an 8-10 week summer internship usually guarantees graduates a position with the company where they interned and usually at a higher level and with higher compensation than graduates hired without the internship experience.

At the fair, three companies that were touting their internship programs were Walgreens, Target Corporation, and Canadian National Railway Company. Their summer internships are offered in a variety of fields and typically pay around $600 per week. So, not only are these great ways to earn money for your final year at college, but most pave the way for a job with the company.

For details on student internships, visit UW-Superior's 'Jacket Jobs website or attend a career fair near you. Learn first-hand how you can increase your chances of quickly moving into an interesting and well-paying career directly after graduation.

News Contact: Dan Kuzlik | dkuzlik{atuws}
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