Career Services holds open house to showcase resources
February 21, 2011 —
Preparing for a career after graduation can be difficult for college students, but Career Services can help with that transition.
The Career Services office held an open house for students to showcase the services it offers to students and alumni Wednesday, Feb. 16. Megan Biskup, assistant director of Career Services, said that the open house was meant to get out information about what the office can provide for those who walk in the door.
“We’re basically just trying to get students into the office for them to see what different services we offer and basically just let them know that we’re here,” she said.
Career Services offers résumé workshops, mock interviews, job shadowing and personal career advising for students and alumni. They also host employment fairs that allow students to meet with potential future employers. The next employment fair hosted by the office is Friday, April 15, in the Ryder Center.
The directors of Career Services aim to bring new ideas and opportunities to SVSU students with the help of employers and organizations that approach the office. One of these new opportunities is the State of Michigan Focus Group on Wednesday, March 2 where a select number of students will attend.
“This was actually something that the state of Michigan wanted us to do, and they wanted originally five students,” Biskup said. “We’ve already upped that to 10 students because I’ve had 60 e-mails from students that were interested, but that’s really the most that they can handle at one time.”
According to her, the state of Michigan wants to “pick the brains of our students.” Students will be asked about their thoughts and perceptions on the situation in Michigan. Students’ knowledge about working for the state will also be gauged. Biskup said that this information will influence the way the state will try to keep students working in Michigan.
“From there, they’re going to take that information back to the state of Michigan and they’re going to work on some different advertising, how they can advertise the different positions they have available to our students and different ways they can really start changing the perceptions of the state of Michigan,” she said.
Career Services also created a Career Pathways workshop. Biskup said that the workshop is designed for students who are undecided in a major and will provide information about the future associated with each major, which includes career paths and salaries.
“We really go into what types of careers fit what personalities and what you’d be good at given your strengths or weaknesses,” she said.
The next Career Pathways workshop is Thursday, March 24. and student RSVP is required.
Samuel Tilmon, an assistant director of Career Services, said that student interest in using resources provided by the office has grown.
“There has been an enormous increase in interest in our students,” he said. “Employers now know the quality of students that Saginaw Valley produces.”