Career Services focuses on job readiness

The Office of Career Services at Stevenson University has announced some important updates for spring 2019.

According to the Stevenson Now portal site, Career Services is offering new opportunities for students this spring along with its annual Spring Career and Internship Fair on April 2 in the Rockland Banquet Room from noon-2 p.m.

Jeannine Morber, internship director for the School of Business and lecturer in marketing, acted as moderator for the professional minors and entrepreneurship career panel on Feb. 13. The professional minors career panel events are a chance for students to learn more about the minors offered at Stevenson University. (Photo by Wornden Ly)

Career Services will also host a Psychology and Human Services Career Fair on March 28 from 4-6 p.m., and a Healthcare Management and Nursing Career Fair on April 23 from 6-8 p.m. Both career fairs will be located at the Rockland Banquet Room.

Along with career and internship fairs, the office is hosting two professional minor career panels throughout the spring. These career panels will help students learn more about the new professional minors the university has to offer. The next panel will be open for anyone interested in human resources on April 16 from 5-6:30 p.m. in Rockland Conference Room A. To reserve a spot for any of the career fairs or panels, visit the Handshake portal site.

HANDSHAKE

An important initiative for Career Services is getting students to use Handshake to find job or internship opportunities. According to the Handshake website, Handshake is a career management software tool designed for college students to help them find jobs and internships. Handshake can also be used to schedule appointments with career advisors and reserve spots for events or workshops the department offers.

“Starting in March, we are starting a huge campaign to have students upload their resume on Handshake, which will allow students to have their profiles viewed more by employers,” said Matt Seiler, assistant director and employer relations and communications.

DROP-IN ADVISING

Career Services also introduced drop-in advising for all schools last semester. According to a flyer from Career Services, drop-in advising allows advisors from Career Services to meet students in spaces outside of Wooded Way and offer assistance, from a quick resume review to having a career question answered by a Career Advisor. The schedule is targeted to students in the Brown School of Business and Leadership (BSBL), the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS), the School of Design (SOD), the School of Education (SOE), the School of the Sciences (SOS), and the School of Health Professions (SHP).

“We know that our office is far from the students and it can be frustrating to make an appointment to see a career advisor,” said Seiler. “Therefore, we believe by offering drop-in advising, we can be more connected with students, meeting them where they are.”

Hours and locations of drop-in advising are listed below.

School of Business and Leadership:

Tuesdays: 1-2:30 p.m. in the School of Business and Leadership, room 400

School of Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Design:

Thursdays: 10-11:30 a.m. in the Manning Academic Center, room S124B

School of the Sciences and School of Health Professions:

Thursdays: 1-2:30 p.m. in the Manning Academic Center, room S124A

NEW STAFF

Three new career advisors have joined the department as well. Kelly Fewster is the new career advisor for the HASS, SOD, and SOE. Gabrielle Styles joined around the same time with Fewster and is the career advisor for BSBL, SHP, SOS, and Stevenson University Online (SUO). Career Services also hired Shelby Walker, a graduate assistant who oversees the deciding and interdisciplinary majors at the university.

Along with three new career advisors, the department also has three Executives in Residence, Gary Anderson, Michael Feldman, and Jean Turner. These mentors are retired from their respective professional industry and come in to help students with career insights and mock interviews. Students interested in doing a mock interview with an Executive in Residence must contact the office of Career Services for an appointment. Contact information can be found on the university’s website or the Stevenson Now portal site.

For more information about the services offered or to schedule to meeting with a career advisor, visit the Office of Career Services located at Wooded Way Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 p.m. or through campus email.

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