Navigating the Career Services Office

By Samantha Martens

Now that the Career Services Office has moved to the Compass: Sweet Success Center, we want to make sure that you are completely comfortable utilizing our office and the opportunities we provide! When you get to Thomas Library, head over towards the Compass: Sweet Success Center. If you’ve made an appointment, please proceed to Teresa Cantrell’s office (room 210) on the right side of the Compass: Sweet Success Center area, and sign in. From there, Wendy Smiseck will be with you shortly, and you can continue to discuss your résumé, cover letter, grad school and job possibilities, or any other career thoughts that you’ve got on your mind.

For the most part, our Walk-Ins work in the same way. We ask that during Walk-In hours, you make sure to sign in with Teresa, but if there are multiple students also here for Walk-Ins, please feel free to take a seat in the chairs outside of Teresa’s office! While you are waiting, you can browse our job, internship, and grad school pamphlets that are in the red organizers sitting on the table under the window. Who knows, maybe you’ll find an internship that really speaks to your interests, and you can ask Wendy for more information during your meeting! The same thing goes for any job or grad school that you would like to learn more about as well.

The most important thing is that you sign in with Teresa Cantrell, our Administrative Assistant, in room 210! Teresa will be able to guide you in the right direction, no matter your questions or concerns. If she happens to be busy, don’t be afraid to talk to the Career Services student workers! We’ll all do the best we can to help answer any basic questions and we always love to tell students more about the Career Services Office and what we can do for you!

Please know that we are still waiting for our student computers to be installed, but once they are, the student workers, Teresa, and Wendy will all be able to help you get started on using our Job Board, taking a career assessment, or whatever you need assistance with. We hope to see you all soon, and we look forward to getting to know you and helping you find the best path to achieve your career goals!

Settling In

By Samantha Martens

In case you missed it, the Career Services Office has MOVED! Our previous office was in Shouvlin 210, and we are NOW in Thomas Library’s Compass: Sweet Success Center, room 210. Although we are waiting for some final things to settle in (you know how moving goes), the office is still open for business! We are not quite ready for our Walk-In hours yet, but once we are, they will be on Mondays from 1:30pm-4:15pm and Thursdays from 1:30pm-4:15pm. Walk-Ins are typically short 10-15 minute meetings with Wendy Smiseck, the Career Services Director, to tweak and perfect your resumes, personal statements, and cover letters.

Since we are not quite set up for Walk-Ins, PLEASE feel free to call the office at 937-327-7521 to schedule an appointment! We take appointments in half-hour increments, so be ready to dive into your questions/concerns with Wendy or Teresa Cantrell, our Administrative Assistant. And just as a friendly reminder… You don’t need to be a senior to take advantage of what our office has to offer!! We can help you decide on your major, find internships, find jobs, search for grad schools, build your resume, create your cover letter, work on your four-year-plan (even if you start it as, say, a junior, we’ll help you work it out), transition from Wittenberg into the world of grad schools or work, learn how to network, learn about your interests and skills, and so much more! You’d be crazy NOT to come in and talk with us!

We also suggest that you take advantage of the programs that we have to offer. For example, on November 9th from 11:50am-2:00pm in the lower level of the Student Center (go mark your calendars), we will be having our second Internship and Job Fair of the semester! Local employers come to campus so that you have an opportunity to talk to different businesses and potentially find a job or internship for next semester, next summer, or whenever they need you. Just make sure that if you go, you sign in with us at the W Tables located at the top of the stairs that go down to the mailroom area!

I hope this has helped to give you an idea of everything we can do for you here in Career Services, and don’t be afraid to call or stop by and make an appointment – I promise we don’t bite! Also, to stay up to date with our programs and job/internship opportunities, follow us at:

https://www.facebook.com/wittenbergcareerservices ,

https://www.instagram.com/wittcareer/ , and

https://twitter.com/WittCareer

Networking and Etiquette: “How to Adult”

By Samantha Martens

Tomorrow night, Thursday September 21st from 5:30-7:00pm in Shouvlin 105, is the Networking Etiquette Learning Event! At this program, you will have the opportunity to interact with Wittenberg alumni, your fellow students, and Terri Thompson, the queen of etiquette.  Terri is the founder of Etiquette in Action, a business where she travels and teaches others “how to navigate meetings and open houses with potential employers, graduate schools, and other business social occasions.”  Not only does Terri focus on events like this, but she also comes back to campus during the spring semester for an Etiquette Dinner event, where she teaches students the best ways to go about interviews or business meetings that take place during a meal.

To make this even better, the Networking Etiquette Learning Event is completely free! We simply ask that you register online (http://cs.wittenberg.edu/) so that we have an idea of how much food to prepare.  Be sure to wear business casual attire – nothing too fancy, but you want to look presentable and nice to impress Terri and our alumni!  To clarify just a little bit, business casual is crisp, neat, and should look appropriate even for a chance meeting with a CEO. It should not look like cocktail, party or picnic attire. You want to avoid tight or baggy clothing, because business casual is classic rather than trendy (NO JEANS).  If you would like to wear a suit you are welcome to do so.  We would also prefer that you arrive between 5:15 and 5:30pm because the event will start promptly at 5:30!  At this event, you’ll find answers to questions such as:

  • “How do I enter into a conversation?”
  • “How do you shake hands with someone while juggling a plate and drink?”
  • “How do you eat a hot wing and what do you do with the bone?”
  • “What is the correct way to hand out your business card?”
  • “Is it OK to fill my plate?”

This is a great event for students to get practice with networking, and our alumni are here to help you out. Even though they are mainly here to help you practice your etiquette, you never know if you’ll meet someone who has connections with your future interests!  Our primary goals are to help you feel prepared for interviewing with future jobs/grad schools, socializing with employers, and eating food that has the potential to be very messy so that you’re completely ready to tackle any business/food related situation.

Please join us tomorrow evening from 5:30-7:00pm in Shouvlin 105 to practice your networking and etiquette skills and to try some tasty hors d’oeuvres! See you there!

The Local Internship and Part-Time Job Fair

By Samantha Martens

August 24th was this year’s first Career Services Local Internship and Part-Time Job Fair! With 35 employers in attendance, students had an array of employment opportunities available to them, including on- and off-campus possibilities.  Wittenberg’s Student Employment office was at the Fair for students who maybe do not have their own transportation, or for anyone who would simply prefer to work on-campus.  For off-campus jobs or internships, students could choose from options such as

  • AT&T,
  • EF Hutton,
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network of Springfield,
  • Lowes,
  • the National Trails Parks and Recreation District,
  • Project Woman,
  • Security National Bank,
  • Speedway,
  • the Springfield Arts Council,
  • Springfield City School District,
  • Woeber Mustard Manufacturing, and so many more!

Take Speedway, for example.  Everyone knows it’s a gas station, but as they are hiring, they’re not just looking for gas station staff.  They have positions available for people looking to go into Customer Service, Management, and even Marketing with their nearby corporate office.  With the Local Internship and Part-Time Job Fair, you really have to open your mind to the possibilities that are available to you as a student.  The Springfield City School District (SCSD) is another good example.  You do not need to be an education major to work with them!  At this last Fair, the SCSD had a desperate need for interns to hire in their Human Resources department, so it’s never a bad idea to ask the employers about what they’re offering. There are also a lot more paid internships than what you may think!

I think the biggest thing to take away from the Local Internship and Part-Time Job Fair would be that your major does not limit you to the type of opportunities you can find.  Marketing majors, Communication majors, and Art majors might be a really good fit to intern at Woeber Mustard Manufacturing since they are looking for help with Label Development, but if mustard is just something that you’re really passionate about, go for it!  Don’t let anything hold you back from finding the job or internship that you’ve been dreaming of.

Also, tomorrow (Thursday, September 7th from 11:50am-2:00pm in the lower level of the Student Center) is the Career Services Graduate/Professional School Fair!! Similar to our Local Internship and Part-Time Job Fair, the Graduate/Professional School Fair will have 35 schools available for you to interact with and learn more about. You do not have to be an upperclassman to start looking into grad schools! Be sure to stop by, and we look forward to seeing you there!

 

Career Services 101

By Samantha Martens

For those of you who have not had a chance to visit the Career Services center yet, let me tell you a little bit about the office…

Wittenberg University’s Career Services office is a place for students of all ages.  You do not need to be a junior or senior to start building your resume, or designing business cards, or searching for jobs and internships!  Personally, I visited the office for the first time as a freshman – mostly because I was doing a project for my English 101 class – but I’m so glad that I got the opportunity to know Wendy Smiseck (the director) and Teresa Cantrell (the administrative assistant).  I have utilized the office a couple of different times to perfect my resume for specific jobs I was applying for, or to take a personality test before I had decided on my English major.  Career Services really has a lot to offer, and if you are looking for assistance with any of these topics, it’s definitely the office for you:

  • Bridge the gap between the classroom and the real world
  • Learn about your interests, skills, abilities, and values
  • Synthesize your experience into a strong resume
  • Broaden your network of contacts
  • Investigate further educational options
  • Change the way you look at the world – and how you see your place in it

The Career Services website (https://www.wittenberg.edu/administration/careers) has links to all sorts of resources you may need, so don’t hesitate to check it out! If you are interested in making an appointment to get help choosing a major/career path, bettering your resume, or finding a summer job/internship, you can call the office at 937-327-7521, or you can make an appointment online.

Career Services also hosts Job/Internship Fairs, Alumni Networking events, an etiquette dinner, Grad School Fairs, and so much more.  Be sure to watch your emails for information, and we have an Events Calendar tab off of this blog page, as well.  We hope you are all having an amazing start to your school year, and make sure you stop by the office to get any sort of career help, or just to say “hello!”

Don’t forget to add us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Meet These Interesting Cincinnati Startups

Cincinnati’s entrepreneurial community has drastically grown since 2010. These companies are innovative, have fresh outlooks on the workplace, and seek to disrupt their given industries. Here are some of the interesting companies in Cincinnati’s startup scene.

Astronomer (Founded 2015)Astronomer_phcwqy

Astronomer’s main goal and motto, is to “Connect and centralize data, from any source to any destination, in real-time.” Astronomer’s founders recognized that a key part of any sustainable business in today’s world is using data and analytics to more accurately and efficiently discover trends to gain success.

 

Cerkl (Founded 2014)CERKL_omhelg

Cerkl is an online platform that allows an organization to digitally engage with each member of their audience, based on their specific interests. Audience members select specified interests, the desired timing of receiving newsletters and the style of newsletter they prefer. With all of these factors combined, they receive personalized newsletters tailored to each of their interests, at a time that works best for them.

 

OCEAN Accelerator (Founded 2014)154e0655-4d17-4db6-8666-d99c4f42f4e4_h3qtfl

OCEAN is an exciting accelerator located in the Oakley part of Cincinnati. As an accelerator, it works with chosen startups and sends them through a program that helps “accelerate” their growth. Their mission is to “Increase Gods presence in the marketplace by building into entrepreneurs.” OCEAN fills the niche of a faith-based startup accelerator.

 

LISNR (Founded 2012)Image result for lisnr logo

LISNR is a company that provides a data transmission protocol that utilizes ultrasonic, inaudible technology that sends data over audio. LISNR is a graduate of the Techstars and R/GA accelerator and has won numerous industry awards for its technology.

 

Differential (Founded 2013)Image result for differential cincinnati

Differential uses a startup-like approach to enable partners to invent, prototype, test and build digital products that drive growth and keep them ahead of the innovation curve. Their primary services include digital innovation consulting and digital product development.

 

Top School Districts in Cincinnati

By: Brandon Sayers

This one is for our future teachers. Finding highly ranked school districts with solid resources is among the top factors when teachers look for employment. These are some of the best in Cincinnati.

*Info from Niche.com and District Websites*

Indian Hill Exempted Village SchoolsImage result for indian hill school  logo

-13:1 student to teacher ratio

-Students: 1,884

-95% graduation rate

 

Mason City SchoolsImage result for mason city schools logo

-21:1 student to teaher ratio

-Students: 10,603

-97% Graduation rate

 

Wyoming City SchoolsImage result for wyoming city schools logo

-15:1 student teacher ratio

-Students: 1,894

-95% graduation rate

 

 

Sycamore Community SchoolsImage result for sycamore schools logo

-17:1 student teacher ratio

-Students: 5,229

-94% graduation rate

 

Mariemont City SchoolsImage result for mariemont logo

-18:1 student teacher ratio

-Students: 1,701

-95% graduation rate

 

 

Other Excellent Cincinnati School Districts: Madeira, Forest Hills, Kings

Excellent Cincinnati Private Schools: Cincinnati Country Day, Seven Hills, Summit Country Day, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (CHCA)