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Success Story | Megan Braun, Physical Education ILP

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Licensure program: Physical Education
Completed the ILP program: August 2012
Employer: Minneapolis Public Schools
Position: SPAN/SPEN Physical Education and Health Teacher
1. How did you learn about your current position?
My former professor in the Physical Education and DAPE ILP program and fellow teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools, Kathleen Healy, informed me of the position and provided me with a name to contact if I was interested in potentially getting an interview.
2. Describe the application and interview process.
My job search and application process began in the winter when I was still completing my program. I used websites recommended by the University (EdPost, K12jobspot…), and searched and applied, and searched and applied. I also attended the Minnesota Education Fair where I had one interview. I continued the application process throughout the spring, and aside from a few leads here and there began to get a bit discouraged and by summertime decided I would subsitute teach in the 2012-2013 school year. Toward the end of August, job postings in the Minneapolis-St.Paul and surrounding area picked up. I ended up having three interviews in one week for various Physical Education and Health teaching positions – including the interview for my current job. From the five total interviews that I had for a teaching position throughout the year, I can summarize and say they were all extremely different. It is important to go in relaxed and confident, use examples from your student-teaching experiences, and put in a little bit of research for the district you are interviewing for. Be aware that the application, interview, and job search process can be frustrating, time consuming, and discouraging at times, but do not give up – many teachers, like myself, get hired the week before the start of the school year! Use your connections, use your education, and have a back up plan; opportunities come when you least expect them, and sometimes all at once.
3. How did you make yourself stand out during the job search?
There are a few ways to help you land an interview: First, a solid resume with lots of extra-curriculuar experiences, for example, volunteering. My personal experiences included my experiences as a student-athlete in college, and also as a current high school coach. I used the experiences to diffierientiate myself from others, and essentially to help myself “stand-out”. Second, forming good relationships with colleagues, coaches, peers, and professors helps you network and gain connections in the field – this is huge and an extremely important tool. Form good relationships with the people in the districts where you student-teach as well as your professors at Minnesota; all will help support you and hopefully help you get your foot in the door for an interview. Third, apply for everything. I applied and was willing to take a position that wasn’t necessarily my “dream job”, and it has been one of, if not the best, experiences and learning opportunities of my life. Lastly, having a Master’s Degree from the Univeristy of Minnesota already helps you stand out within the state and elsewhere as it is a nationally-accredited institution for it’s teaching prepartion programs.
4. Looking back, what did you find to be the most helpful during job search process?
Not stressing out, having back-ups plans, and taking opportunities as they arose. Utilizing my resources as well both at my student-teaching locations and here at the U was also helpful; this includes the networking, mock-interviews, and conversations we participated in throughout the ILP program.
5. What advice would you like to share with others about your experience finding a teaching position?
Apply for everything, use your resources, connections and education, and be patient. Opportunities arise when you least expect them, and many times come all at once.

Success Story | Jodi Schmitz, Physical Education ILP

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Licensure program: Physical Education/DAPE
Completed the ILP program: June, 2012
Employer: Internationella Engelska Skolan Eskilstuna, Sweden
Position: 7-9th Grade Physical Education teacher, 7A Mentor
1. How did you learn about your current position?
Last October my supervisor sent out the information to my cohort that he had received from CEHD (Career Services) who had received it from IES. I didn’t even think about interviewing at first, but when the time got closer to the interviews I went for it and signed up.
2. Describe the application and interview process.
After deciding I wanted to interview, I just emailed the correspondent my interest along with my cover letter and resume. I later received an email asking me to sign up for an interview time slot. It was a very easy process. In January, I then met with two recruiters from IES at the Science Teaching and Student Services Building (CEHD Career Services Interview Center). We talked for about 15 minutes and then I was put into their computer system. The recruiters told me that they were heading back to Sweden the next day and were then going to speak with their principals about everyone they interviewed. I interviewed on a Friday and received a job offer on Monday morning.
3. How did you make yourself stand out during the job search?
My supervisor prepared my cohort very well for interviews throughout the year. My cooperating teachers were also very helpful in looking at my cover letter and resume and giving me practice questions. This made me feel more relaxed and comfortable going into the interview. I also showed a lot of enthusiasm for the job and was honest about the fact that I am a first year teacher and I am still learning every day. I believe they were really pleased and excited that I was willing to move to another country that I’ve never been to before and start a job I haven’t officially ever done before. Lastly, teaching here now I have noticed that being a female physical education teacher is an idea that is not very common in Sweden. I think that gave me an edge as well.
4. Looking back, what did you find to be the most helpful during job search process?
Receiving information and the preparation from CEHD, my supervisor, and GoldPASS was extremely helpful. With these resources, the research and searching is already done for you. I think what was most helpful was everything we did in my seminar class with my cohort and supervisor. We really worked on preparing ourselves for interviews, we received advice from current teachers and administration in schools, and we learned how to navigate through employment websites.
5. Did you utilize career services? If so, what was your experience like?
Yes, I utilized many of the career services. I first learned about my current position through career services and interviewed on-campus through that outlet as well. Informational meetings, career events, and the job fairs were all very beneficial in learning how to apply to employment websites and how to stand out during interviews. Everything is very helpful and is right on campus to make things even easier for you. I really appreciated everything they do for you to help you get a job.
6. What advice would you like to share with others about your experience finding a teaching position?
Definitely use all of the resources that are out there for you. They are all very beneficial and each one gives you more advice, tips, knowledge, and experiences with the job search process and interviews. Keep any open mind and apply for anything and everything; nonetheless, you will get interview and resume writing experience. Don’t be afraid to apply for overseas positions. It is a great learning experience and a great way to start your teaching career. Lastly, don’t get discouraged!

Jenny Marshall, Math & Science Education ILP, shares her success

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Licensure program: Math and Science
Completed the ILP program: June 2012
Employer: Internationella Engelska Skolan
Position: 6th grade science and 7th grade math
Job Search
What interested in you teaching abroad? How did you learn about your current position?
Previously, I interned and studied abroad in New Zealand and Finland. I really enjoyed these experiences because I got to interact with people from different cultures, and learn about the education systems of other countries. So, when the opportunity arose to teach abroad, I was quite interested because it was another chance for me to experience something different and learn new things.
I first learned about this school from an e-mail that was forwarded to me by my professor. The e-mail informed me that the school was conducting on-campus interviews.
Describe the application and interview process.
In order to apply for the position, I submitted a résumé and cover letter via GoldPass. The first round of interviews took place at the U of M with the Head of Academics for the schools. This person brought my information back to his principals in Sweden. After several weeks, I heard back from one of the principals who had a math and science opening at her school. I had a second interview with her over the phone. This interview seemed to be more informal, and the principal spent quite a bit of time telling me about her school and surrounding town. After the interview, the principal sent me contact information for several teachers at her school. I was encouraged to ask these individuals any questions I had about teaching abroad and working at the school.
How did you make yourself stand out during the job search?
In my résumé and cover letter, I tried to highlight past experiences I have had living abroad. The year-long study program I did in Finland seemed especially relevant because Finland is a Nordic country like Sweden.
Looking back, what did you find to be the most helpful during job search process?
I am very appreciative that the initial interviews for this position were on-campus. It was nice to be able to meet some people from the school in person so I could get a better sense of the culture of the school. Furthermore, after the interviews, the school held an information session so applicants could learn more about the school and ask questions.

Did you utilize career services? If so, what was your experience like?

I used career services on several occasions during my job search process. Initially, I asked Sarah to read my résumé and cover letter, and offer suggestions on how to improve it. At this time, I also asked her several questions about interviewing and teaching abroad. I found this initial meeting to be very helpful because I learned what to expect from the job search process. Career services was also responsible for setting up the on-campus interviews and information session. I would likely not have applied for this position if the interviews had not been on-campus, so I am thankful that career services arranged for the school to come.
What advice would you like to share with others about your experience finding a teaching position?
I think any experience aspiring teachers can get with kids prior to the job search process is invaluable. I found that my experiences prior to entering the field not only helped me when I was teaching, but it also gave me a better idea of what type of setting I ultimately wanted to be teaching in. Furthermore, I was able to reflect on these experiences when applying for jobs so I could give specific examples when answering questions posed during the interview.

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.

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.

Success Story | Sheila Yang, Family Social Science Major

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Sheila Yang
Junior | Family Social Science
CEHD Career Services Assistant | Career Services Center

Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m a third year CEHD student majoring in Family Social Science. I come from a Hmong cultural background and I’m the first person to go to college in my family. Some of the things I love are food, photography, and Thailand. I also have an interest in teaching and guiding individuals through personal development. My intent is to help people define and become aware of their areas of talents, strengths, career path, etc. After my Bachelor’s degree, I want to pursue my career as a school or career counselor working with students. One of the things I look forward to is becoming a part of the College Possible (CP) team as a High School College Possible Coach. I’m a CP 2010 alumna and because of their support, my goals and dreams wouldn’t feel this “possible” today. My mission is to be a role model for the younger generation, especially in my Hmong community. I recognize that I can be an agent of change and a positive influence on others by being a support and guidance for students who struggle with overcoming life barriers.
How did you decide on a Family Social Science (FSOS) major?:
It’s funny how I spent most of my time searching for the right major for me when it had been in front of me all along. As a freshman, I expressed interest in the social sciences and was admitted to CEHD as a Family Social Science (FSOS) pre-major. I didn’t think much about FSOS until my second year that I started taking initiative to look more into my future. At the time, I was confused and unsure if FSOS was for me because I was afraid that the helping profession would be too overwhelming for me. This led me wanting to explore other majors but none really grabbed my attention.
My interest in FSOS started to develop after the day I attended a service learning workshop training that was required before I began volunteering. I needed to do this in order to receive extra credit for my math course. I was impressed with the person who led the presentation because of her passion to bring awareness of social barriers that exist in society and how it has a direct impact on a students’ education. This instantly made me think of what I could do to help people fight adversity, make decisions, help them get from where they are to where they want to be, find success within themselves, their career and life. I realized that I was passionate about helping people and getting into a helping profession–and the only reason why I doubted FSOS was because I wasn’t confident enough in my ability to help people. I somehow found the courage to face my fears head on and believing in the possibility of becoming a professional in my field one day.
What do you value about the FSOS major?
Relationships play a big influence in my life and it’s something I truly value. I especially like it how it’s a broad major and there are many careers in FSOS. It’s something I feel passionate about learning and teaching. I also find it very worthwhile because I can apply the knowledge to my own life, by creating stronger relationships with my family and friends. The field is a friendly atmosphere that I really appreciate and enjoy being around the culture of the program.
What made you decide to apply for the position in Career Services?:
I wanted to have a job to keep myself busy over the summer. I was browsing on GoldPASS and knew I had to update my profile along with attaching my resume. I received an email a few days later from someone in Career Services who had reviewed my resume online. She suggested for me to come into Career Services for some additional resume feedback and so that’s what I did. I had a drop-in appointment with Valeria, a Career Services Assistant for CEHD, and unexpectedly, who would have thought that I would learn of a job opening in Career Services? Valeria was graduating which meant that her position would be open. She encouraged me to apply for her spot because the set of skills and experiences I presented on my resume seemed to be a good match. I knew this would be a great advantage to increase my communication, leadership, and people skills, and of course, building a positive impact on CEHD. Furthermore, the surprising yet wonderful thing I found out later was that the person who suggested for me to come into Career Services for a resume review happened to become my Supervisor and she is awesome.

Success Story | Andrew Plovanich, Business and Marketing Education & Human Resource Development

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Andrew Plovanich
Business and Marketing Education, Human Resource Development
HR Representative | Case New Holland

How did you learn about your current position?
I interned with Case New Holland during the summer of 2011 and the winter of 2011/2012. I learned about the position because CNH is one of the largest companies in the area of my hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Describe your position.
I will be a HR Representative for Case New Holland in Burr Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. I will be on the Construction Equipment Product Development team conducting various Generalist duties such as recruiting, employee relations, and performance appraisals.
What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I have not started my full time position yet, but during my internship I enjoyed being a part of a team that was not only concerned about the growth of the company, but also their employees. One of the highlights of being the HR Intern was being involved with the college relations program which included help running the overall internship program and prepare for the next intern season.
One of the challenges was interviewing hundreds of students and choosing which individuals would be the best fit for our highly respected and successful internship program. This was great experience however because it gave me the experience to interview those in search of full time positions.
How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
My long term goal is to become a HR Manager. I was able to accomplish my first goal within CNH when I became the HR Intern. Next, I was able to obtain a HR Representative position that will give me the skills and tools to someday accomplish my long term goal of becoming a HR Manger.
During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I was able to work very closely with CEHD Career Services to perfect my resume as well as interviewing skills through mock interviews. I also interned with Vic Massaglia, a career counselor within the University of Minnesota Law School. During my time with Vic, I was able to not only help other students with Career Development, but also apply the tools to myself. Networking was also a large part of separating myself from other students.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
Visiting Career Services and networking was most helpful during the internship/job search. While visiting Career Services, I was able to become more confident during interviews as well as giving the employeer a well constructed resume. Also, networking gave me an insight of things that I may or may not want to do as I start my professional career.
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Networking is one of the most important thing that students must do to find an internship/job. This will give students a better idea of what they would like to do, but also give them the opportunity to get to know other professionals in their field and may be able to get interviews through them or their connections.
Anything else you woud like to share?
All students should take the time and visit Career Services on a regular basis. I began visiting them during my Sophomore year and it was one of the best career decisions that I have made. While visiting with both Angie Soderberg and Jeannie Stumne, I not only became a better candidate, but a better overall person.

Success Story | Ilan Sinelnikov, Pre-Kinesiology

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Ilan Sinelnikov
First-Year Student | Pre-Kinesiology
Soccer Coach | Seward Middle School

How did you learn about your current position?
As a freshman, during the year I became more aware of the different services that the university offers. In addition to academic resources, I heard from my advisers that the U of M has offices that can help students with finding employment. I learned about the career services in STSS building, and about the websites “employment.umn.edu” and “GoldPASS“. At the beginning of the spring semester, when there still wasn’t a lot of school work assigned, I took the time to search GoldPASS and I found a position that fits my interest and my schedule.
Describe your position.
I am a soccer coach at Seward Middle School in Minneapolis. I coach fifth to eight grade boys and girls for three hours at the end of the school day. During practice I work with the children on the principles of the game, as well as on leadership, responsibility, and morality.
What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
The part that I enjoy the most about my position is that I do something that I love. I’ve been playing soccer since I can remember myself, and two years ago I got my coaching certificate. I love to coach kids because I teach a new generation of athletes, and to be a soccer player is first of all to be a good person. I haven’t had any challenges so far in this job and I hope it will stay like that.
How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
This position fits my long term career goals because I plan on coaching soccer in the future. I currently have my Minnesota Youth Soccer Association “E” and “D” licenses, and I also recently found our that the university offers a minor in coaching, which I want to apply for. This position provides me with more coaching experience, and it also provides me with the opportunity to work with kids from very different backgrounds, which will help me work with diverse communities in the future.
During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out?
I made myself stand out to employers by providing them a good resume that I created in the CEHD career center with the help of career service staff. Then, if there was an email account listed under the employer’s contact information I emailed them a few words saying why I am the right person to work for them, and letting them know that I just applied to the job which they posted. I think that it helped because my current employer responded to my email and asked to contact me for an interview.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your search process?
The most helpful thing during my job search process was to receive help while writing my resume and cover letter. It is not always clear what you are expected to include in those documents, and I received a lot of positive (and well, some negative) feedback that I used later on.
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
My experience of finding a job through GoldPASS was great, and it was probably even easier than applying to many places through separate websites. My tip to students is to use the services that the school provides, because it is nice to know that you have the support of your college and you have someone to answer your questions and guide you through the job searching process. Also, start early! It takes some time to find a job, and the earlier you begin your search the higher your chances are to get a job by the time that you planned on starting it.
Anything else you woud like to share?
The U of M has many services that can help you with finding a job. There is also a great chance that you can find something that fits your major or interest, because the employers who post the jobs are interested in college students and specify the majors that they need. Just take a look at GoldPASS, and check it every week or two because there are always new postings about positions. Also, go to the career center, they have helpful materials to use. If you do all that- you got a good chance to get a job!

Success Story | Leah Martin, Youth Studies

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Leah Martin
Junior | Youth Studies
Student Office Assistant | Career Services Center

How did you learn about your current position?
I learned about my current position through the job postings on the U of M’s Student Employment Website. The Student Office Assistant position appealed to me because I had taken a Career and Major Exploration class with a career counselor my freshman year and had found it very helpful. It was an office that I felt was a positive resource for students, and I wanted to be a part of it.
Describe your position.
I work in the Career Services Center for CLA, CEHD, and CDES as a Student Office Assistant. My job is multifaceted. On the surface, it may look like I simply answer the phone, schedule appointments, and grab resumes from the printer. Though I do all of those things, my main job is to be the first point of contact when a student walks into the Career Center. It is my job to ask good questions so that I can figure out where the student needs help, so I can get them the resources and services that will most benefit them.
What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
Something I enjoy in my work, are the interactions I get to have with the students. There is a great satisfaction that comes with leading students to resources, organizations, and programs that fit their needs. Being a person who is passionate about working with people, it is hard sometimes to sit behind my desk to do some of the more tedious tasks, but the face time I do have with students, makes the boring parts worth it.
Another thing I love about my job is the sense of community at the Career Services Center. My supervisor Juan is a great example of someone who builds community. He and all of the Career Services employees, genuinely want to know the student workers’ hopes and dreams for their future. They value our input and are invested in helping us grow in our position, and more importantly in our lives outside our work there. Coming from other positions where supervisors were disengaged and uninvested, it was wonderful coming to work knowing Juan wouldn’t just let me coast through my job. He pushes me to get the most out of the position.
How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
Youth work is one of my passions. Long term, I see myself developing and enhancing programming for organizations such as camps, non-profits, or schools. The skills I have learned while working for the Career Center are definitely transferable to my future jobs. What this job has taught me about time management, asking thoughtful questions, and always looking for what I can improve will stick with me in whatever job I take. Having worked here, I have also developed a much better understanding of how to form resumes, interview effectively, and actively search for jobs. These are tools that make me confident for the post graduation job search.
During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out?
While forming my resume and preparing for my interview I made sure to think of work and volunteering experiences I had that really fit the job I was applying for. I had a lot of volunteer experience, but I think what made me the best fit for the job was that I really understood the goals of the Career Center and how I fit into what they do. I was able to express that understanding eloquently and passionately, which made me stand out in my interview.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your search process?
Something that helped in my job search and continues to help, is using the resources available to me. I took the connections I had made with professors and past bosses and used them to point me in the direction of jobs. I had friends, professionals, and peer advisors look over my resume before I sent it out. There are so many people who are willing to help you in your job search. All you have to do is ask.
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Look for a job you can be passionate about. Or at least, look for an organization you can be passionate about. I would not be able to do my job as wholeheartedly if I did not believe that the students were really benefitting from the Career Services Center.

Success Story | Addisalem Tesfaye, Human Resource Development and Business and Marketing Education

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Addisalem Tesfaye
Junior | Human Resource Development and Business and Marketing Education
Work Effects | Human Resources Development Intern

How did you learn about your current position?
I received several emails from the department of Organizational Leadership Policy and Development. I also saw the posting in Goldpass.
Describe your position.
Here are some of my responsibilities:
-Developing Leadership Development Curriculum
-Creating Leadership Development advertising video
-Creating Leadership Development guidebook in collaboration with intern team
-Contacting academic institutions to sell Leadership Development program
-Writing articles for our company blog
What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
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.
How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
I have a couple of long-term plans. One of them is to be a consultant preferably combining Human Resources and Business Management. This experience being my 5th internship, 3rd one in HRD, it’s providing me with additional experience that I need to be equipped for the next stage in my life.
During your internship search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
There were a couple of things that I did intentionally during my recruiting process to increase my chance of obtaining the internship. Here are some examples:
-I did a lot of research regarding the company and all of their products and services, so I was able to confidently answer questions about the company during my interview
-I asked a lot of questions at the end of my interview regarding the future of the company inducing expansion, which generally showed my interest in the growth of the company
-In hopes making a great impression, I went to the info session dressed in business professional clothing even though it was an informal event.
-I knew the importance of the question “”Why do you want to work for our company”” This is an interesting question that I feel is tricky to many candidates even though it’s a simple question. Interviewees usually use this question to illustrate their genuine interest of the company and all it has to offer to them. In my opinion, that’s not a great way to answer the question. People need to keep in mind that companies recruit for the purpose of filling a business need; not so they can fulfill the dreams of potential employees. So, the answer needs to encompass not only the benefit you (as the employee) would get from the company, but also exemplify how they (employers) can use your talent and expertise to fill in those business needs.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship search process?
I think what helped me the most was all the different postings on Goldpass and also the emails I received from my academic and departmental advisors regarding the position. There were even some of my professors that encouraged me to apply.
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Here are my tips for all students striving for success:
Know who you are or at least attempt to find out.
– What are your passions?
– What are your strengths?
– What is your long and short-term goal(s)?
– What does success look like to you?
– How do people commonly perceive you? Do you like it? If not, how can you change that?
-Get a business card- even as a student
-Create a LinkedIn account that reflects a professional image
-Make sure all of your social media sites i.e Facebook are appropriate- What you put online is permanent- you may think you have deleted it, but it’s publicly stored
-Attend networking events & make meaningful connections
-Create and compile a list of references- you never know when you will need it next
-Perfect your resume & cover letter
-Google yourself- you & employers may be surprised by what’s out there
-Seek professional help- the career service centers aren’t free- we pay for them as part of our tuition and fees, so utilize them
-Sharpen your interviewing skills– this is a must
-Get feedback from those that know you most (friends, peers, professors, and mentors
Anything else you woud like to share?
“It’s not what you know, but who you know” – Wrong statement in my view.
It’s about what you know, who you know, and most importantly who knows you. Think about it…