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Success Story | Sergio Molina, Kinesiology

Sergio Molina | Kinesiology
Administrative Assistant Intern | Mayo Clinic

Describe your current position (employment/internship). 

I am an administrative assistant intern for Mayo Clinic. My job is to help assess and record medical equipment for the Healthcare Technology Management department.

How does your position fit with your long term career goals?

Even though this position is not directly related to my career goal which is physical therapy. I believe that it’s a step forward in the medical field. During my time in this internship I’ve had the opportunity to meet many professionals in the field and expand my networking.

During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?

I would say a strong resume and cover letter really set me apart from the rest of the candidates. I worked very hard in making my resume appeal to the employers and put skills that were pertinent to the position I was applying for. I also reached out to career counselors to looks over my documents before applying.

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?

I found a lot of support in the career services office which alleviated the job search process a lot. Everyone that works there is very sympathetic and supportive. They offered various resources for a better development of my resume and cover letter. I was pleased with the guidance that the career counselors provided. I found myself coming back to the office every time I could, and someone would always be there to assist me.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?

Do not be afraid to use your resources. I was very surprised to see that the career services office empty most of the times I went there. I would also encourage networking and keeping in touch with professors and staff members to help you expand your contacts within the University.

Anything else you would like to share?

This quote inspired me to pursue all my dreams and goals without having any hesitation on myself and despite any negative comments that people surrounding me might say- “The biggest risk is not taking any risk… in a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed  to fail is not taking any risks”- Mark Zuckerberg.

 

 

Success Story | Hayley Chartier, Family Social Science

Hayley Chartier

Hayley Chartier | Family Social Science
Special Education Teacher | Teach for America

Describe your position.
I am a Special Education Teacher with Teach for America. My job is to work with local schools in the Denver area to successfully teach and guide my students over the next two years. I will be teaching 9th and 10th grade with a focus on math.

How did you learn about your current position?
I learned about my position through the company’s website.

What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I enjoy the opportunity to get to know the students. They all have something great to offer and I have a lot to learn from them as well.  It can be challenging when each day looks so different, but this also provides me energy to keep working each day!

How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
I have always had a passion for education. When I decided to major in FSoS, it was with the idea in mind that I would be a high school guidance counselor. This position with Teach for America will help me be prepared to work with students both in and out of a classroom.

During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I worked really hard on my resume and cover letter. These are the two things that I was able to give potential employers as a first impression of me. I did this by constantly asking for help from the career counselors and professionals in the field that knew what my employers were looking for.

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
I found working with the career counselors to be the most helpful. I was able to get feedback on my resume that really helped me improve and better market myself. They had a lot of tips and tricks that I do not think I would have otherwise thought about. The counselors work really hard to know these things so make sure to make the most of them!

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Don’t be afraid to network. Meeting people in my field was so helpful when it came to the actual interview process. I was able to ask for help on my interview prep work and have people to serve as my references as well.

Anything else you would like to share?
Have fun with all of it. Interviewers and recruiters will be able to tell when you are not being yourself. If you are pursuing a position that you really want, that will shine through.

 

 

Success Story | Mykenna Yesnes & Whitney Zahn, Elementary Education

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Answered By: Mykenna Yesnes (Right in picture) and Whitney Zahn (Left in picture)

What are your positions? What school is it for?
We are currently practicum students in Clara Barton Open School in Minneapolis.

How did you learn about this opportunity?
Three practicum blocks are required for the undergraduate Elementary Education program. Next year as seniors, we will finish the other two practicum blocks (reading and special education). For placements this semester, we ranked schools we preferred to work at. Mykenna knew the principal of Barton and really wanted to work in his school.

Describe your positions.
As an introductory practicum, we don’t teach in front of the class yet, but rather act as a cooperating teacher when there is work time. Students see us as another instructor in the class and ask similar questions that they ask their teacher, Penny. Much of the introductory practicum is about observing the main instructor and getting a feel for classroom.

What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
The kids are hands down the most enjoyable part of this position. Being able to help students find the answer to a difficult math problem or work through a paragraph they’ve been slaving away on is the most rewarding feeling…cliché, I know! But, it’s so true! Often times, students forget my role as a teacher and treat me more as a friend. When I come in the morning and when I leave in the afternoon, many of my girls will race over to hug me, which is not how they would treat their teacher. It’s difficult to maintain a professional role in the classroom while creating relationships with the students we have come to know over the past couple months.

How does your position fit with your long-term career goals?
Mykenna: This position directly reflects what I imagine myself doing down the road. I’m currently placed in a mixed 3rd and 4th grade classroom, which is my ideal grade to teach in the future. I absolutely love the school I’m placed in. Barton is one of the best elementary schools in Minneapolis and I’d be extremely lucky to work in a school of its caliber in the future.
Whitney: My experience at Clara Barton elementary school has been rewarding in a variety of ways. I have become more aware of the variety of schools I have the potential to teach in and the different goals each school has set for their students. Working in a combined third and fourth grade classroom was quite daunting at first but I have become accustomed to the classroom environment and could not imagine helping out anywhere else. In my future classroom, I hope to work with 3rd or 4th graders because of my experience at Clara Barton. I have gained a great deal of confidence from this semester in the classroom and I look forward to the experiences and challenges that lie ahead for me.

During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
Fortunately, when being placed at a school site for each practicum, there isn’t much competition between other undergraduate students. Generally speaking, students are able to work at their 1st or 2nd preferred school site. However, in the future when applying for jobs, it will be extremely beneficial having the amount of experience the University of Minnesota has provided their undergraduates. After graduating from the masters program, University of Minnesota students are somewhere between 5-7 times more qualified than others due to the rigorous and integrated program.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Bring a notepad to school and take notes! It is a great gift to be able to observe teachers who’ve been teaching for 20+ years and you’ll want to document it. Ask for their advice and insight, as they’re the best resource for your future. Create great relationships with your cooperating teachers, so you can revisit their classroom in the future or gain more knowledge from them!

Success Story | Austin Kennedy, Park and Leisure Studies

IMG_0137.JPGWhat was your position? What organization is it for?
Craft Immersion Internship Position, at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

How did you learn about this position?
I found out by word of mouth. I had previously been to the school and heard they were offering new internships opportunities.

Describe your position.
North House Folk School’s Internship program is dedicated to preserving the future of traditional craft by nurturing an interest in craft education & hands-on learning. Interns increase their awareness of and exposure to various responsibilities involved with non-profit education and program management. Interns play an active role in the day-to-day campus coordination, public outreach, administrative support, and the developing of traditional craft skills.

What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I greatly enjoyed the connections I made with the students. As an intern I support and participate in the mission/vision of the North House Folk School: “enriching lives and building community by teaching traditional northern crafts in a student-centered learning environment that inspires the hands, the heart and the mind.” The ideals of teamwork, dedication, responsibility, efficiency and creativity are central to the success of the organization.
The internship’s work schedule and time commitments are divided among various roles, each of which is directly connected to the daily affairs and educational vision of campus. It is a long dedicated commitment but the reward of doing such wonderful work in unhindered by its challenges.

How does your position fit with your long-term career goals?
I plan to continue down the road of Outdoor Education, and this hands-on experience gave me the skills that will prepare me for the work in my field. I believe in the connection of nature and preservation, whether it’s crafts, skills, relationships, or the natural world.

During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I took great strides to ensure that my personality resonated through my entire resume and cover letter. I dutifully went through the job description and the history of the organization to entice my interviewers to understand my passion and desire for the intern position.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Do your homework, prepare for interview questions based on the job descriptions. Rework your resume with help from Career Services, use the tools and resources you have available to you while at University. Above all, be yourself, show your personality and be confident.

Success Story | Nathan Jobe, Sport Management

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How did you learn about this position?
Each year, the Minnesota Twins provides a career fair for individuals who aspire to have a career in the sports industry. During my senior year, I attended the career fair in the fall of 2012 to learn more about current positions with the Minnesota Twins. I also reach out to my teachers from the Sport Management program, which they informed me the Twins were hiring.

Describe your position.
I help assist with the management and execution of core programs within the Twins Community Fund (TCF), a 501c3 nonprofit organization that benefits children and their families in the surrounding Twin-Cities. To be more specific, coordinate community and cause-related events that align the Minnesota Twins’ focus areas, such as health, education, ballpark renovations, and player appearances to create awareness and involvement of the TCF.

If you have ever celebrated your birthday/anniversary at a Twins game, I manage the scoreboard message requests and ensure they are displayed correctly and promptly. Also, I assist with game-day duties, including military recognitions, check presentations, and national anthem performances.

What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
Working for the Twins in the Community Relations department; it’s such a rewarding job each day. From sending an in-kind donation to a charity, displaying a scoreboard message to inviting kids to Target Field to meet the players, it never gets old. Choosing to have a profession in sports, plan on working long hours. There are days where you work 12 hour days if not longer.

How does your position fit with your long-term career goals?
Landing this position right out of college, I’m motivated to become a better professional and leader within the sports industry.

During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
While filling out the application, I used key words from the job description and placed them in my resume and cover letter. I also reached out to individuals – professors, faculty, coaches, peers – who have current relationships with the Twins Staff.

What are you doing today to further your career?
Do not wait until you are a senior in undergrad to start your professional development. During your undergrad, set up informational interviews, research organizations, type your resume, practice interview questions-all very helpful. You have plenty of resources and faculty that want to help you grow professionally at the University of Minnesota – use them!

Success Story | Hayley Freeman, Human Resource Development

Human Resource Development Intern at Coenen Bros.
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I attended the Human Resource Development recruitment event that took place October 2012. I made an effort to meet with the Coenen Bros. partners at the recruitment event.

Describe your position.
I worked with pro-active people with public accounting backgrounds to explore other great options within Finance and Accounting. Most of the people the company represents are not actively pursuing a new position, but are open to hearing about great roles in industry. Coenen Bros. specializes in working with Top Talented professionals from the larger public accounting firms, Deloitte, PWC, EY, KPMG, McGladrey, Grant and Larson Allen. Coenen Bros. find jobs within Tax, Tax Managers, Audit, Audit Directors, IT Audit, SEC reporting, SEC reporting Directors, Financial analysis, Finance Directors, staff, senior, mgr, senior mgr and director levels for mid to large sized companies interested in people with public accounting backgrounds.

What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I really love recruiting! Coenen Bros. helps people find that work-life balance and enriches their lives by assisting them in the search for that perfect opportunity in their professional career. I love working with people and this is a different way of interacting. I am excited for this experience! It is challenging getting the hang of talking on my feet and asking continuous questions. I often get anxious to talk to someone on the phone, but I know my nerves will only last so long- I need to experience all types of situations to feel more comfortable. I like feeling prepared before I go into situations!

How does your position fit with your long-term career goals?
This position falls under the realm of Human Resource Development, which is my major. Recruiting is one industry in the HRD field that I find very intriguing. I am grateful I had an experience like this so young in my career.

During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I try to be as honest as possible. I wanted employers to know that I even though I am young, I am looking for new opportunities to help expand my professional outlook. I am always up front and I know how to sell my brand. 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 came prepared this gave me confidence to success in interviews and my internship search. It was also very helpful that the U of M set up a HRD recruitment event!

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
I would advise other to not pass up opportunities that are presented to you just because you think you do not fulfill the 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 do not 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.

Success Story | Ingrid Bergquist, Business and Marketing Education, Human Resource Development

Marketing Intern at North American Sports Group
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How did you learn about this position?
I learned about this summer internship opportunity when two representatives from North American Sports Group came to my Teaching Marketing Promotion class. I learned about and then went to a walk-in interview they were hosting that same day. After the initial in person interview, I had an interview over the phone and a final interview via Skype.

Describe your position.
The other marketing interns and I were in charge of managing of all social media platforms for the company’s various sports entities. This included running the company’s Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Instagram, and Pinterest efforts. I got the chance to create Google Ads and monitor the analytics. At the events, I took photos and videos then edited and posted to them social media platforms. I also conducted surveys, tabulated the results which were then used in a variety of ways.

What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I greatly enjoyed getting the chance to help run the Kick It 3v3 soccer tournaments. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to improve my customer services skills. It was challenging, yet thrilling, to move to a different part of the country for the summer.

How does your position fit with your long-term career goals?
Long term I want to focus on marketing, product development, management as well as communications. I aim to become a multi-faceted marketing professional; North American Sports Group helped me gain experience and confidence in communications, marketing, branding, sales, public relations and project management.

During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
After I was hired, my employer mentioned that I was one of the few students who had demonstrated great positivity and enthusiasm throughout the interviews. My advice to other students is to show the employer that you are interested and have a desire to be in the position they are offering. Let the employer know why and how you could be an asset to their organization.

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
GoldPASS is a great resource for students to utilize. GoldPASS is the U’s online database to help connect students and alumni with employers, volunteer organizations, and internships across the country. My employer contacted GoldPASS to set up walk-in interviews. After the brief interview, I went on GoldPASS to learn more about the company and finish my application process.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Make the most out of every interview, internship and job experience you get. Sometimes it takes learning what you do not want to do career wise in order to find what truly interests you.

Barnes Kiven | Job & Internship Fair

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Barnes Kiven (pictured on right) is a freshmen at the University of Minnesota in the College of Education and Human Development. On Friday February, 20th he attended the UMN Job and Internship Fair. He shared with us his experience at the fair!

What inspired you to attend the UMN Job and Internship Fair as a Freshman?                  

I am currently pursuing a career in the business world. Knowing how competitive it will be, I know that I have get a head-start. I have to find a way to distinguish myself from all other students. Hence, I attended the job fair because I want to get my name out there to different employers in Minnesota. I wanted to start building a steady network.

How did CEHD Career Services help to prepare you for the fair?
CEHD Career services offered various events that helped me prepare for this fair. Two weeks prior, they hosted a Kinesiology and Sports Management fair. This was a smaller event and it helped me assess what to expect on the bigger career fair. CEHD Career Services also held a resume critique workshop which helped me shape my resume into an accurate reflection of my abilities.
What were challenges you faced at the fair?
What challenged me most was the fact that being a freshman, most employers were not interested in me. They were mostly looking for juniors and seniors who are soon to be graduates in the workforce. I struggled to point out reasons why I was equally a considerable candidate for internships or summer jobs.
Overall, how was your experience at Fair?
Overall, I was satisfied with my experience. Not only was I able to distribute my resume to employers, I was also able to built my network with employers and added a few LinkedIn connections.
What tips and advice do you have for other students planning on attend a job fair?
Do a little research prior to the fair on the employers that you are interested in. This will help you to easily open up a dialogue with an employer as you already know what they are looking for. Even if you are not familiar with the company, still walk up to them. There were some employers that I was reluctant to visit, but eventually greatly benefited from our conversation. Be professional!

Success Story | Erin Klimek, Business Marketing Education and Human Resource Development

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Erin Klimek, Business Marketing Education and Human Resource Development
Financial Recruiter | Coenen Bros


How did you learn about your current position?
At the Human Resource Development (HRD) recruiting fair held in STSS.

Describe your position.
I am a financial recruiter for Coenen Bros. My job is to recruit public accountants from the Big 4 accounting firms and place them in new positions within our client companies. Throughout the process I provide a wider professional network for my recruits, offer them career counseling and resume tips as well as create the opportunity for a more satisfying professional life.

What do you enjoy most about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I really enjoy that every day isn’t the same. I get to talk to a handful of different people each day, go to coffee with recruits and get to know them, and talk to different clients and showcase the strengths of the recruits I am working with. The variety of things I get to do helps me to stay really interested in my job and look forward to each work day!

How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
Recruiting is an area of HRD that I explored in the course Professions and Practices of HRD (OLPD 3696) and really took an interest in. I have always wanted to work with people and be able to help them in some way, so recruiting helps me to tie my interest in the business world into my desire to help people and make a difference in their lives. I enjoy seeing people make positive advances in their careers to make for a better work-life balance overall, and I’m happy that I can be the one to help make that happen.

During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I constantly updated my resume and sought out advice from other professionals in my network. I made sure to be outgoing at career events such as the HRD fair put on by CEHD Career Services because making yourself stand out from the crowd is sure to help in landing the perfect position!

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
I found attending the HRD fair put on by CEHD Career Services to be the most helpfuI. An event catered to my field of study was the perfect way to find an internship within my interests and it offered a really good way to get my name and resume out to multiple employers at once.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Take your internship day by day and really focus on all the different things you are learning! Internships are the perfect way to really decide what you want to do later in life. I would suggest doing as many internships as you can and getting a feel for multiple types of jobs so you can make sure you are following the right career path.

Success Story | Jiayin (Julia) Qian, Family Social Science

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Jiayin (Julia) Qian, Family Social Science
Internship | The Hoarding Project

How did you learn about your current position?
I got the chance to learn about this position from my major advisor’s (Jessie Rudi) information list. She usually forwards lots of useful email about internship position that relevant to our major. After read the email, I started to search more about my passion position from their organization’s website.
Describe your position.
My position is a hybrid internship working both with individuals, couples, and families in the community addressing a variety of needs and concerns related to hoarding disorder, as well as conducting research. And the organization I am working for is called The Hoarding Project.
How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
My passion is about the interactions between couples and parents- children communication; it drives me to explore more about family therapy counseling work in community. And this position is definitely a great chance for me to learn more about the clinical work, research and education to individuals who hoard and their communities, as well as to mental health and other professionals who work with hoarding, and the media. So it could provide me a chance to connect our textbook knowledge to the practical life.
During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I think the most important part is to be well prepared in both resume and interview. Before handed in my resume and cover letter to my employers, I have gone through all the materials with career service’s advisor several times. It really helped me to show my strength in the paper work. In addition, I have looked through the online interview training from career service website. It helped me to build up confidence and be flexible with the answer I prepared.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
Our CEHD Career Service is the most helpful resource that helped me to search and be prepared for the internship.
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Show your confidence to employers during the interview. It is a good way to leave a positive impression to the employers. Also, don’t forget to send a ‘thanks letter’ for follow-up with employers after interview.