Posts Tagged ‘career services’

Driving for the Job Fair

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Every year, Career Services organizes a shuttle going from St. Scholastica to wherever the annual job fair in the area is taking place. Last year it was at the University of Wisconsin, Superior, and this year it was at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. As per usual, recruiters from all over the state came to hire freshly minted undergraduates in all sorts of fields. As last year, this year I drove the shuttle going to and from the job fair. It was interesting to drive people to the fair as I heard about their hopes and aspirations, and then see how it went for them on the way back!

Career Services Training

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

This year, I quit my job at career services. One of my summer internships turned into a part time, online volunteer job, which meant that I could no longer afford to work there anymore. However, because I gave a relatively short notice, I offered to volunteer for a couple of weeks while the new student employee gets comfortable with the work. To be honest, she is far more driven than I was, and I am confident that once she gains some more experience, she will be a better fit than me in the long run. For now I am simply enjoying the fun of working in the warm, welcoming environment career services has always offered, without the pressure of getting the work done myself!

First time filling taxes!

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

Today I filled taxes for the first time! I must admit that if it wasn’t because the college organized a tax-workshop specifically aimed at international students, this would have been a daunting task. Because this is my fifth year in the U.S. (I lived in California for two years prior to coming to CSS), I was able to fill in my taxes with turbotax. However, if it wasn’t for the guidance of the professional in charge of the workshop, or the trained assistants touring the room and answering questions, I would’ve not known I had to use turbotax instead of the usual site international students use to begin with! Would I have gotten a fine (or at the very least, a reprimand letter asking me to immediately file my taxes properly) instead of a welcome tax return if it wasn’t because of them? Probably–but thankfully, we’ll never find out!

Hello, Handshake!

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

This morning, career services held a training session for its employees. Being one of them, I got to enjoy breakfast while being instructed on how to use Handshake: an online platform that could be defined as the college student version of LinkedIn. As a graduating student who is looking for jobs, it is difficult to compete in a market flooded with overqualified veterans (i.e. LinkedIn). Handshake, however, is specifically aimed at students; most Handshake recruiters expect applicants to be newly minted college graduates who are looking for entry-level jobs, which makes the application process much more practical. Best part is that in addition to having a platform designed to fit your needs, you now have job skills assistants equipped to advise you on how to have the most competitive Handshake profile! What is your excuse to not get the job you want?

Resume Workshop

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Earlier this week, Mary Anderson led a resume workshop for School of Business and Technology club members. One of the best resources I have ever used at CSS is the Career Services! Since freshman year, I have participated in various professional development workshops organized by Career Services’ amazing team: Mary Anderson, Andrea Chartier and Carrie Taylor Kemp. I remember my first resume review sessions with a Job Assistant intern in Career Services in 2015. I learned a great deal about improving my resume and went on to land internship opportunities and interviews afterwards.