Career Services Expands Resources, Opportunities

Do you know about all the career resources offered at Oglethorpe’s Career Center? The Center helps both students and alumni with career development and planning through self-evaluation, the exploration  and pursuit of career interests, and by offering opportunities like one-on-one appointments, job seminars, educational programs and recruitment events.  Now, Career Services has its sights set on expanding internships opportunities for current students.

Director of Career Services Caroline Weimar was recently joined by Robin Brandt, who assumed the brand new position of Director of Experiential Learning. Robin is focusing on developing and expanding opportunities for OU students to participate in internships, with the goal to significantly increase the overall number of students who benefit from the practical, hands-on experience that internships offer. She recently convened a steering committee of OU students who will help support and advise the Career Center in its ongoing efforts to increase OU students’ participating in internships.

“Internships can be a beneficial experience for students of any major,” said Brandt. “They help formulate career goals, gain valuable work experience and enhance marketable skills. Internships also help establish reference and networking contacts and can possibly open doors to full-time employment. Some positions even qualify for academic credit.”

When it comes to finding internship positions, Brandt advises students to do research on their own, along with using the resources available through the Career Center, such as Career Connect. Center staff offer professional advice on writing resumes and cover letters and holds mock practice interviews. OU students also are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to meet face-to-face with potential employers during on-campus Career Fairs.  The recent Nonprofit Career Fair brought more than 35 potential nonprofit employers to campus. View photos from the event here.  Throughout the year, students also can look forward to guest speakers and panel discussion series with professionals from various fields, as well as another career fair scheduled for spring 2012.

For more information about Career Services or internship opportunities visit the Career Center office in Emerson Student Center or email careerservices@oglethorpe.edu.

Photos: (top) Robin Brandt meets with an OU student in the Career Center; (middle) Caroline Weimar consults on career planning; (bottom) Snapshots from the recent Nonprofit Career Fair.

Alumni Return to Prep Petrels

Students compare resumes at a recent Career Services event.

Last week, I had the opportunity to return to campus along with Richard Bakare ’03, Mike Lyons ’05, Kim Williams Leung ’03 and Ashish Thakur ’99  to assist the Office of Career Services in conducting mock interviews for current students.  The event was a great success and highly rewarding for both students and alumni.  Students were able to practice their interviewing skills and receive direct feedback from our alumni.  

Current Petrels commented on their experience,  saying, “I learned how to play up my strengths and re-work my resume” and “it helped me to watch my uncertainty and be more confident.” Chelsea MacDonald ’11, one of the students who participated in the mock interviews, received a job offer from Soliant Healthcare only one day later. 

Several alumni commented about how impressive the students were in their interviews, and talked afterward about whom to contact about placing certain students. Caroline Weimar, Interim Director of Career Services, is planning to hold the event again in both the fall and the spring semesters.  So, alumni, consider this your first opportunity to sign-up to meet these amazing students.  Not only is it a great opportunity to give back to the university, but it might just supply you with the young talent your company or organization needs.