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Success Story | Said Ali, Business and Marketing Education, Human Resource Development

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Said Ali, Business and Marketing Education, Human Resource Development and Leadership Minor
Executive Team Leader | Target

How did you learn about your current position?
I learned about my current position by going to the employer recruitment event that came to STSS which was on campus. I knew that Target was going to be there and I have been preparing for Target for a long while so I knew that this was my chance to get to know more about them and see if they had any positions open. They had a Position open which is Executive Team Leader. So I applied for the position and did a round of 5 interviews and got the job.
Describe your position.
I will be working at Target as the Executive Team Leader. This position is kind of assistant manager and manager at the same time. I will act as the manager in different roles and will be the assistant managers at other roles as well. I will be out in the store helping out customers, working in a team with team members, and doing different task at a daily level.
What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I really like the idea that I will come every day doing something new and challenging at the same time. Coming to work and knowing that you will be doing the same thing over and over again can get boring at times but at the current position I will be doing something new daily which is something I enjoy. There are many challenges some of them are making decisions on the spot, trying to get the best quality to meet guests exceptions, and making sure everything is going fine at work with team members.
How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
It does fit with aspects of HRD. Recruiting is one industry in the HRD field and it is a different and intriguing in my opinion. I am grateful I can have an experience like this so young in my career.
During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I try and be as honest as possible. I want them to know that I am still inexperienced and I am looking for new opportunities to help expand my professional outlook. I am always up front and I know how to sell my human capital. I have great emotional intelligence and I use that angle to help my employers get to know me in a different way.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
I had the help of family and friends that have had similar experience in this field. I also had their support which is always a plus! I also was prepared because I have gone on interviews in the past and using my past experiences always helps me be better prepared. It was also very helpful that the U of M set up a HRD recruitment event in which great organizations attended!
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
I would give this advice: don’t pass up opportunities that are presented to you just because you think you don’t have the experience or job prerequisites. Everyone has to start somewhere, and building your resume starts with experience! Do as much as you can while you’re in college, it will benefit you in the long run. You don’t want to look back and think ‘oh I wish I would have done that’! I went to the recruitment fair kind of on a last minute whim. I saw it in an email and thought “hey maybe I find something, maybe I don’t”. Always try and go into those kinds of things with an open mind and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! You will be glad you did.

Career Services Open House for OLPD Students

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Join us for the Career Services Open House for OLPD Students!
Visit the Career Services Center to connect with career counselors and learn about internship and job search resources. Tours of the resource center and the on-campus interview suite will be given throughout the event. Stop-by anytime!
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
411 Science Teaching and Student Services Building

There will also be two hands-on sessions designed to help you navigate GoldPASS (the U of M’s on-line job and internship database) and LinkedIn (a professional networking site).

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm | GoldPASS and LinkedIn Session
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm | GoldPASS and LinkedIn Session

Please RSVP here!
Check in at 411 STSS at least 5 minutes before the session. You are welcome to attend either session. These sessions will be interactive, so please bring your iPad or laptop if you have one. For students who don’t have a portable device, we will have iPads available for use during the sessions.
Advisers from CEHD as well as the OLPD Department will also be on hand to help answer questions.
This event is sponsored by the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), CEHD Student Services, and CEHD Career Services.

Success Story | Asja Karic, Family Social Science

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Asja Karic, Family Social Science
Advocate | Lewis House Domestic Violence Shelter

How did you learn about your current position?
I learned about my current position through the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits website. I saw a position I was interested in and sent in my resume. I received a call a week later saying that the position was already filled and asking if I would be interested in interviewing for a part-time Advocate position that has not even been posted yet. I agreed, as I really wanted to be a part of this organization. A few weeks into my work as a part-time Advocate, my supervisor called me saying I have been doing an excellent job and offered me a full time position. I accepted!
Describe your current position.
I am currently an Advocate for Lewis House domestic violence shelter. I provide direct care, advocacy and crisis intervention to families experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault. A big part of my position is to ensure that the women and children at Lewis House receive all the resources and assistance they need in order to be self-sufficient and stay out of abusive relationships when they leave the shelter. I also provide crisis counseling in person and over the phone and facilitate a support group for women who have experienced domestic violence.
What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
Every day when I drive home from work I feel accomplished and I know that I made even a small impact in ending the cycle of violence that so many women are stuck in. The most satisfying part of my work is interacting one-on-one with families and serving as a support for women who don’t have that elsewhere.
The most challenging part of my position is turning someone down for shelter. We have been packed over the limit almost every day since I have started. When we’re full, we have to refer people to other shelters and sometimes homeless shelters that don’t have the resources to support a woman experiencing domestic violence. It is certainly difficult to come to terms with the idea that I can’t help everyone.
During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I was told by a career adviser from CEHD Career Services that having a portfolio of my past work relevant to the position would be a great asset. I really believe that this set me apart from many applicants. Even if I didn’t get a position, interviewers were impressed and enjoyed looking through the portfolio during the interview. In the interview for my current position, the person interviewing me actually asked to have a copy of some of my work in the portfolio to show other staff!
What did you find to be the most helpful during your job search process?
I really took advantage of Career Services at the U of M. As soon as I graduated, I made an appointment and improved my resume with a lot of help. I also gathered all of the information on interview questions and practiced my answers many times.
I joined LinkedIn and that opened many doors and connections. Throughout my job search, it was extremely helpful that I had built good relationships with my volunteer and internship supervisors in order to get great letters of recommendation of my work.

CEHD Strengths Spotlight | Sara Georgeson, Academic Advisor

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At the University of Minnesota and in CEHD we feel every student has what they need to be successful. We believe in taking a strengths based approach and work with students to learn to use their talents so they can be developed into strengths.
What are your top 5 talent themes?
Relator, Connectedness, Learner, Achiever, Responsibility
In what ways do you use your talents each day?
As an academic advisor, I strive to get to know my students in an in-depth genuine way over time. This is my Relator at work. I often find that my best work with students occurs after we have gotten to know each other. That’s one reason I love working in CEHD and getting to know my students better each year as they move from orientation to graduation.
Connectedness has an impact on how I work with students and colleagues. In meetings and on committees, I often see the themes and connections that can bring together different viewpoints. With students, my connectedness helps uncover connections between past, present and potential future experiences. It also helps me effectively support students through difficult times because I deeply believe that things will work out. This intertwines with my Learner which is always looking for life lessons in everything. When my team or a student is facing a challenge, I am compelled to search for the meaning in what is happening and try to turn it into a learning experience. I never feel like I’ve learned all I need to and have a drive to constantly improve.
In my day-to-day work Achiever and Responsibility help me focus and use time productively. I make lists, prioritize, and am always looking ahead to what I can do next. Another advantage of these strengths is that others see me as dependable and able to follow through and meet deadlines.
Which of your talent themes fit you best and why?
Relator and Connectedness are the talent themes that describe me best and influence me on a regular basis. My work centers around getting to know people and helping them discover and work toward their goals and dreams. I also love getting to know so many different people and helping them over time. I learn so much from my students and feel lucky to watch them change and grow.
Connectedness is something I feel is always giving me a fresh perspective on life. Working with people, I get to constantly see how we experience life differently and what I can learn from others. At the same time, I have a strong belief that our lives are all connected on some level. The better we can relate to each other and be good stewards of our world and our communities, the better life will be for all of us.
Anything else you would like to share?
It took me a long time to feel comfortable talking about and embracing my talent themes, but it is really paying off. At first I was resistant to being limited by the themes and feared being misunderstood. What I have come to see is that the talent themes are expressed differently for different people and it’s important to put them in your own words. I also noticed that I feel most comfortable sharing my themes with those who I know well (Relator) and am more confident talking about them after doing some research and reflection (Learner). In the end, I can see how working on developing my talent themes is helping me to better understand the unique strengths I have to offer.
If you are a CEHD student, staff or faculty interested in being featured in the CEHD Strengths Spotlight e-mail Jeannie Stumne at stumn001@umn.edu.
Visit Strengths at the U to learn more!

CEHD Career Services Drop-in Hours

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Drop-ins are quick 15 minute appointments to:

  • Receive feedback on your resume and/or cover
  • Get hands-on assistance with GoldPASS
  • Learn about CEHD Career Services resources and services

Drop-in Hours
Monday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location
411 Science Teaching and Student Services Building (STSS)
We hope to see you soon!

Going Global

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Going Global database contains country-specific career and employment resources for more than 80 locations.
Researched by in-country career experts and updated annually.
Topic areas include:

  • Job search resources
  • Work permit/visa regulations
  • County-specific resume/CV guidelines and examples
  • Interview and cultural advice
  • Employment outlook/industry trends
  • Professional and social networking groups

H1B Plus database (developed by Going Global) provides a customized sort of all Department of Labor H1B visa applications by job title, occupation, company, location and wage.
Features 34 Country Career Guides — 85-100 pages in length.
Contains 44 USA City Career Guides and 6 Canada City Career Guides — 65-85 pages in length.
Includes more than 16 millions worldwide job/internship listings (updated daily)
Includes more than 450,000 corporate profiles (updated quarterly).

To access Going Global – sign into GoldPASS and click on the Going Global logo.

CEHD Strengths Spotlight | Jamie Nichols, Kinesiology Student

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At the University of Minnesota and in CEHD we feel every student has what they need to be successful. We believe in taking a strengths based approach and work with students to learn to use their talents so they can be developed into strengths.
What are your top 5 talent themes?
Discipline, Focus, Responsibility, Learner, and Relator
In what ways do you use your talents each day?
My top three strengths are all in the Executing domain, so they nicely compliment one another. My Discipline is evident when I need to get a lot done. I can organize everything into a list and get gratification from checking items off. My Gopher Guide is a necessity!
I use my Focus to be able to concentrate on one thing for a long time. I usually prefer to focus on one thing until I get it done, then I can move onto the next task. Also if I decide I am going to do something, I am good at focusing on the steps I need to take to accomplish that goal.
It is very important for me to hold myself accountable for what I say I will do. I especially use Responsibility when working in groups to build trust with my teammates. If I say I will do something for someone else, that is my top priority.
Learner is one of my favorite strengths and I see it both in and out of the classroom. I have always loved school, but I also love trying new activities and learning new skills. For example, I am taking a swing dancing class right now, but I also love taking yoga and zumba classes and trying new sports.
Relator is my only Relationship Building theme, but I definitely see it fit since I prefer close relationships. I also use it when meeting new people. I like learning what is different about people, but I also find things in common or empathize with others to build strong relationships.
How have you worked to develop your talent themes?
I have read about my strengths in StrengthsFinder books and figured out where I use my top 5 strengths the most. Being more aware of what comes more naturally to me, helps me use those strengths as a go-to especially in new or stressful situations. It has also been helpful talking to other people about how they use their strengths and how sometimes people use the same strength in different ways.
Which of your talent themes fit you best and why?
I think Discipline fits me the best because I am a very organized person and like to have things planned out. I set goals far in advance and work hard using my other executing themes to help accomplish them. I love using Grad Planner and tools like that to make sure I stay on track.
What surprises you about your talent themes?
I was surprised at how well they fit me and also how they describe tendencies I’ve had since I’ve been really young whether it was sorting Halloween candy right when I got home from trick-or-treating or playing school with my little sisters.
Anything else you would like to share?
Knowing other people’s strengths has really helped me to work better with others as well. I have noticed that things that maybe bother you at first can be qualities that you appreciate once you learn a person’s top 5 strengths and realize the strengths that you have are not in everyone’s top 5.
If you are a CEHD student, staff or faculty interested in being featured in the CEHD Strengths Spotlight e-mail Jeannie Stumne at stumn001@umn.edu.
Visit Strengths at the U to learn more!

Success Story | Chris Xiong, Kinesiology

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Chris Xiong, Kinesiology
Health Fitness Professional | Health Fitness

How did you learn about your current position?
I was looking for supervised practical experience credits and was not sure where to begin. My advisor pointed me in the direction of the U of M’s GoldPASS website and informed me that it is a great website to find internships and career opportunities. After exploring GoldPASS, I found an internship opportunity with a company called Health Fitness and I am now about to begin a career in corporate fitness with them.
Describe your position.
Currently I am working for a company called Health Fitness as a Health Fitness Professional. A few of my duties include personal training, designing and teaching group fitness classes, conducting fitness assessments, and developing programs to improve the wellness of fitness center participants. This is all done for employees of a multinational Fortune 500 company.
What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
What I enjoy the most about my job is how different each day is from the previous one. I get to be creative designing classes for members, I meet new people every day, and I get to be a part of positive change in people’s lives. I also would like to mention that I get paid to exercise!
I enjoy the variety of projects that I’m assigned within my role. The internship provides me with flexibility and gives me creative license to develop within my position. We also have a very collaborative team that has a wealth of knowledge in different areas.
A good challenge within my position is the opportunity that I have to sell our leadership program to MBA institutions. I possess some level of expertise in sales through my course work in my second major-Business and Marketing Education, but its time to apply all of the concepts and take it out of the classroom. It’s an exciting challenge because I’m using a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system for this project, which is a great learning opportunity.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your job search process?
I found that having other people, including career counselors look at my resume was very helpful. They pointed out mistakes that I would not have caught myself and helped tailor my resume for its intended audience.
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
First of all, I would like to mention that I would not be in my current position without first taking on an internship. My internship gave me the skills and flexibility I needed to grow as a professional. At the same time, I came every day ready to go above and beyond what was necessary in order to stand out. I took notes when new information was presented to me, I volunteered to take on extra tasks, and I was willing to learn from anyone at any time.
Anything else you woud like to share?
Apply for more than one internship/job opportunity because chances are you are not going to get your first choice. There are a lot of great internships/jobs out there and you may accidentally stumble upon something you love by chance. When you find that something, give it your all because you will get in return what you give.

CEHD Strengths Spotlight | Jaime Gearhart, Academic Advisor

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At the University of Minnesota and in CEHD we feel every student has what they need to be successful. We believe in taking a strengths based approach and work with students to learn to use their talents so they can be developed into strengths.
What are your top 5 talent themes?
My top 5 themes are Communication, Strategic, Positivity, Individualization, and Achiever
In what ways do you use your talents each day?
Although I typically dislike inventories that try and categorize people, I was pleasantly surprised when I got my results from the Strengths assessment. I feel it is very accurate and the definitions of each of my talents really clicked. Although I knew on some level that the talents were there, it is fabulous to now have a clearer understanding (and language to back it up) of how I approach tasks or situations. It has helped me appreciate my work style and thought process, and by combining different talents on a team we can create something even more awesome!
How have you worked to develop your talent themes?
I’m still new to the strengths philosophy, so just coming to an understanding of my talents and how they can be both positive and negative has been a big learning experience for me. I try and be more mindful about how I’m feeling when I’m working on projects to identify which strengths are shining or what I may need to adjust to put things back in my “wheelhouse” so I can feel good about the outcome. The fact that I just noted an “outcome” is my Achiever coming through!
What surprises you about your talent themes?
I was most surprised about the Positivity and Individualization themes appearing in my top 5. I’m not sure they would have been there a few years ago. I think this shows how we grow and change over time if we’re open to it! I would bet that both Context and Responsibility are pretty high on my list as well, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they show up in my top 5 at some point.
Which of your talent themes fit you best and why?
Communication and Achiever. Hands down. I worked in the public relations field before becoming an adviser, and that was also my major in college, so clearly I’ve had a long-standing affinity for all aspects of communication and have been working on that skill for a long time. I also need to feel a sense of accomplishment when I’m working on things, which can be good and bad. I’ve had to practice being comfortable with ambiguity and learn to sometimes set smaller goals for myself. I make a lot of lists.
If you are a CEHD student, staff or faculty interested in being featured in the CEHD Strengths Spotlight e-mail Jeannie Stumne at stumn001@umn.edu.
Visit Strengths at the U to learn more!

Success Story | Pa Lee, Business and Marketing Education & Human Resource Development

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Pa Lee
Business and Marketing Education & Human Resource Development, Human Resources and Industrial Relations Minor
Coordinator of Community-Based Learning | Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, University of Minnesota

How did you learn about your current position?
I interned as the Assistant Coordinator in Spring 2011 and I was offered the interim-coordinator position after I graduated. While being the interim, I was notified when the permanent position opened and was encouraged to apply.
Describe your position.
I am the Coordinator of Community-Based Learning in the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence at the University of Minnesota. I coordinate the Multicultural Family Literacy Program, where I hire university students to become literacy mentors to tutor and mentor K-8 students with literacy and homework tutoring in the Minneapolis and St. Paul community. I provide trainings and have reflective meetings with tutors about the impact of their work in the community.
What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I enjoy working with students and sharing my college experiences with them. I share resources and opportunities with students, encourage them to get involve on and off campus, to take leadership opportunities, and to study abroad. I also enjoy work collaborations with colleagues and working in an intellectual team.
Time management is a challenge working at a large university with so many students to meet, committee projects to complete, and taking care of myself.
How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
This position fits well with my long term career goal of working in a higher education institution. It is the beginning of my long term career goal in working with students and intellectual teams across campus.
During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I worked closely with the CEHD Career Services and my professional mentors to help detailed and perfect my resume and cover letter. I did a lot of research online about job search strategies and possible interview questions. On interview days, I dress appropriately and bring a portfolio of past work I have done. Also, I provide information on what I have learned with my double major and how I can apply those to the position I am applying for.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your job search process?
Networking and informing my professional mentors that I am job searching: they were able to keep an eye for positions and forward them onto me. I also visit the career service center and stay connected to a career counselor for mock interviews and making a decision between going to graduate school or taking a couple of years off to work.
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Get involve early in college with organizations/employers that you are interested in working for; volunteer or intern with them. Attend job fairs and networking events to see who are the employers out the in workforce.
Anything else you woud like to share?
“Stay positive and proactive while job searching. Also, stay in contact with motivating mentors and friends who will support and encourage you to not give up. Visit career services often and early and get to know the career counselors like Angie Soderberg and Jeannie Stumne; they will provide you with strategies throughout your job searching process.