University of West Florida Career Services Engages Students through “On the Go” Services

 

The University of West Florida (UWF) Career Services Department partnered with the Department of Housing and Residence Life and several academic buildings to offer “On the Go” services during the 2014-2015 academic year. On the Go involves Career Services staff setting up a table in various locations throughout campus to answer student’s career-related questions, conduct on-the-spot resume and cover letter reviews, and provide interview tips. UWF Career Services has worked to become well informed about the populations in each location in an effort to better support these students in their career endeavors.

In an effort to make On the Go more interactive, themes which included engaging activities were established for each month. For example, in September, the theme was “Professional Dress” and the activity was “What Not to Wear.” Students drew an occupation from an envelope and then sorted through dozens of shirts, pants, and shoes to determine the most appropriate outfit for their candidate to wear to an interview. At a separate On the Go event, students answered career-related questions to receive up to three chances in a beanbag toss. If they successfully tossed at least one beanbag in the hole, they received a Career Services prize. These activities assisted in creating interest in our table allowing Career Services staff to engage with a larger number of students.

For 2014-2015, On the Go was conducted across the UWF campus 85 times with an average of two hours spent in each location. Career Services staff members engaged with 1,802 students and 120 follow-up appointments were made on the spot with the office. Based on an analysis of these results, adjustments have been made for the 2015-2016 academic year. We will be eliminating or cutting back the time spent in some locations due to low student engagement and adding new locations we believe may be more heavily utilized. Our monthly On the Go themes will also be aligned with our office newsletter and blog beginning this year.  Finally, we will be using sign in sheets instead of a tally system this year in an effort to keep track of students who do not make an on the spot appointment with our office, but choose to make one at a later date. Meeting students where they are continues to be critical to the marketing of our services and On the Go is one of the ways we meet this need.

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Broward College Student Success Story

The Broward College, South Campus Career Center sponsored a Poetry and Poster Contest for students as part of National Career Development Month in November 2014.  The theme was “Re-Imaging Life’s Possibilities: Celebrating First Jobs Through Encore Careers”.  Fourteen poems were submitted and twenty-four posters were submitted.    First, second, and third place winners were to the state-wide competition.  First place winners received a 3-credit scholarship for Spring 2015, provided by Student Financial Services.  Second place winners received a Kindle, provided by Student Life.  Third place winners received a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card, provided by The Orange Island Arts Foundation.  In 2013, one of our students won first place in the national competition.  In 2014, Rachel Mane won third place in the Adult Poster division of the National Career Development Association’s Poetry and Poster Contest.

 

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If you are interested in hosting a contest at your school, go to http://www.ncda.org/aws/NCDA/pt/sp/ncdmonth.

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President’s Message: Greetings from Sunny South Florida!

Adam DeRosa, Florida Association of Colleges and Employers

8dU7zmEQI know many of you are still recovering from the start of the semester.  It is my pleasure to send you an update on behalf of the FloridaACE Board of Directors.  Since the conference in June, your board has been working diligently to prepare for the upcoming year, including the 2016 annual conference in Miami!

On July 31, 2015, the FloridaACE board met in Miami at the 2016 conference hotel.  The hotel is gorgeous, sitting directly on Biscayne Bay, looking out towards South Beach.  The meeting rooms are vibrantly colorful and the hotel rooms are comfortably trendy.  Stay tuned for more conference related announcements from our Vice President, Alicia Smyth.

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Major: Bachelor of Science in Dietetics; Minor in Psychology, Class of 2014

Internship Experience: Nestlé Department of Nutrition, Health and Wellness, Panama City, Panama

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Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Anabella has experienced both studying and working on a global scale. After completing a multicultural exchange course in Indiana, she moved to Panama City, Panama and began studying dietetics through Florida State University. Anabella then transferred to FSU’s main campus in 2012 to finish her degree.

During the summer of 2014, she obtained a full-time internship at Nestlé’s Department of Nutrition, Health and Wellness and was able to return to Panama City for the experience. According to Anabella, the internship gave her the opportunity to put into practice what she learned through her dietetics program. She discovered new topics, themes, and global and regional concerns about nutrition that challenged and enriched her.

What were some Career Center services you used or events you attended? How did these help you in landing the internship?

During my internship, I applied for the Experiential Certificate Program (ECP) offered by The Career Center. It motivated me to reflect on my internship and share with both my advisors from Nestlé and FSU all the experiences I gained.

What is one thing you learned from your internship experience?

Since Nestlé’s Panama City location is in charge of all Central America locations, we had something new to create, solve, or accomplish each day. In the Communications Department, I learned how to properly share health and nutrition facts with the public. Writing articles related to child nutrition for mothers required not only information about diet and health, but also short, concise, and simple words that would capture their attention.

Working with the Dairy Department, I had the opportunity to learn how important it is to not only follow the country’s Ministry of Health standards, but also to abide by consumer communication norms.

What are your future goals?

After graduating in fall 2014, I will be applying to jobs in order to gain more professional experience. Through my internship at Nestlé, I realized my interest in becoming a part of a team and having new challenges every day.

After working for a few years, I hope to decide which area I would like to specialize in, and then I would like to pursue a master’s degree.

What advice do you have for current students?

Students should take advantage of the internship opportunities that exist both domestically and worldwide. On-the-job action is one of the best ways to learn and gain experience. Also, Florida State University prepares students to successfully represent the University globally and achieve their goals. Don’t be scared; we all are capable of going where we want to go. Think it, visualize it, prepare for it, and go for it!

Congratulations are in order!

Montalvo_BrianBrian Montalvo, the Director for Career Advising, Counseling & Education at the Career Development Center at Florida Atlantic University, has been elected (2015-2017) onto the Board of Directors for the National Career Development Association (NCDA) as an Interim-Trustee. NCDA was established in 1913.  Thus it is the first, longest running and preeminent career development association in the world. There are four constituency groups within this professional association. Brian’s assignment will be Higher Education Career Counselors and Specialists. In this capacity Brian will not only represent FAU but will have influence on the ever-evolving standards and management for the career development profession on a national level.

How Did I End Up Here?

Anne Marie Van Casteren, Coordinator for Programing and Student Engagement, Lynn University

stacyNever in a million years did I think that I would be working in Career Services. Beginning my senior year of college, I made the difficult decision to end my softball career in order to concentrate on my studies, majoring in Multimedia Journalism and minoring in Public Relations, and ultimately do what I had gone to college to do; find a job. Through working with the Office of Admission, participating in organizations on campus and putting full effort into my position as Managing Editor for the school newspaper, I began to network with faculty, staff and the Lynn Community. Through that, I met my mentor (and now supervisor) Barbara Cambia. Barbara was a shark in the corporate world brought into the University to fundraise for the Presidential Debate hosted here in October 2012. As soon as I met Barbara, I knew I had to keep myself around her. I visited her office every single day just to say hello or to pick her brain about my future and how to go about finding a career, whatever it may have been at that time. With her huge network of connections, Barbara had set me up with The Buzz Agency, a boutique Public Relations firm where I was hired as Public Relations Assistant. In time, I grew to love the field of Public Relations and knew this is what I wanted to do with my life. However, Barbara had different plans for me.

As graduation approached, Barbara kept dropping hints about a great position that would be available for me upon graduation but she couldn’t exactly tell me what it was just yet. Being that she was the Director of Corporate Relations at Lynn, my excited mind kept coming up with different positions that it could possibly be. Boy, was I wrong. Barbara was appointed the new Executive Director of the Hannifan Center for Career Connections and brought me on as the Coordinator for Programming and Student Engagement. Even though this position is housed in a Career Center, my job responsibilities encompass that of a Public Relations position. My duties include running all social media platforms, coordinating all on campus events such as job fairs and professional development programs, engaging the student body via social media, in person and through numerous marketing materials, and acting as the Marketing liaison for the department. Even though I had envisioned my career out of college to be in the corporate world as Public Relations Specialist, I would not give up this opportunity to work in the place that I am now today.

Palm Beach State College Career Center Welcomes New Staff

Johnny Maloney joined the Palm Beach Gardens campus Career Center staff as a career advisor this past March.  His background includes experience as an academic advisor and expertise in vocational rehabilitation counseling.  He attended the University of South Florida for undergraduate studies, and then Florida Atlantic University for a master’s degree in education counseling.  While at FAU, Johnny worked in various Student Affairs offices and joined the Board of Directors for Independence Works, an organization that contracts with Vocational Rehabilitation to assist people with disabilities in obtaining employment, where he continues to serve on the Board.

We are very happy to welcome Johnny to the Career Center because he brings an additional skill set to add to an already strong team.  In addition to meeting with students one-on-one, he does outreach for the department and manages social media for all the campus Career Centers.  Considering there is no mistaking he’s the department’s strong extrovert, it’s the perfect fit.  If you ask him for a quote that sums things up, he will reply with, “All our dreams can come true — if we have the courage to pursue them.” which he says is one of his favorite Walt Disney quotes.

Johnny is looking forward to meeting career services colleagues from around the State at the 2016 FloridaACE conference.