Alrighty Tigers! I know you haven’t heard much from us here on the blog, but we’ve been trying our best to keep you all updated through our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages! Be sure to check out our video explaining how to do pre-recorded interviews, as well as some of our student success stories. We’ve interviewed students from freshmen to seniors, so be sure to watch them talk about the exciting internships and jobs that they’ve had or will have in the future!
As a senior, this is my last blog post for Career Services before I graduate in a couple weeks. But be sure to check out the blogs again next year, though, because we’ll have another awesome student employee keeping campus up to date on our events and opportunities!
If there’s one piece of advice that I had to leave you with, it would be to network. NETWORK WITH EVERYONE!! I have had so many incredible experiences on and off campus because I’ve visited Career Services and networked. I visited Wendy, our Director, during the Fall semester of my freshman year, and because of her connections I met a Wittenberg alumni who now works at Clark State Community College’s Foundation Office. After a brief interview, I created a self-designed community service proposal and completed my 27 required hours at Clark State and started to learn more about grant writing, which is ultimately my career goal.
Then, during the Fall of my junior year, I was at the Job and Internship Fair working, and I didn’t even speak to the recruiter from 91.3 WYSO, but he also happened to be an Wittenberg alum, and when he spoke with Wendy and Dr. Waggoner (in the Communication Department) about the type of internship he was looking to fill, both of them gave him my name! He works for WYSO’s Development Office, which also deals with a lot of grant writing, and I was given his contact information to schedule an interview for a summer internship! I helped out at the office from May to August, and not only was it a great learning experience, but I gained a lot more confidence as a grant writer during my time there as well.
When school started back up this past Fall, I participated in the mock-interview week sponsored by Career Services and local job and internship recruiters! I had one face-to-face interview, and then one phone interview, which was a definitely a new experience for me. But the phone interview actually resulted in a new connection for me! It turns out that my interviewer has a friend in town who is a grant writer, so she got me in touch with him, and I met him over winter break to discuss grant writing, how to get involved in the field as a recent graduate, and all kinds of great stuff!
Anyway, the point of this is not to brag about the opportunities I’ve had through Wittenberg over the past 4 years, or to convince anyone to become a grant writer. My point is that if you reach out to your professors or the faculty and staff here on campus, you’ll be opened up to a whole new world of connections that could provide you with some really amazing experiences! If you’re trying to figure out what you want to do with your life, do your community service hours or find an internship in the field that you think you’re interested in. From there, you can decide whether or not you enjoy what you’re doing or if you think something else might be a better fit for your future.
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! Networking can get you pretty far, and you’ll meet some truly incredible people along the way.
It’s been an honor writing the blogs for Career Services, and I hope that you all continue to take advantage of the opportunities that the Office has to offer! Go to the job and internship fairs, go to the networking events, be at the grad school fairs, improve your etiquette skills at our annual dinner, and just take advantage of all the ways that Wittenberg helps you to prepare for your future.
Thank you. 🙂