By Sarah Sattelberg
Deciding on a career and being hired for a job of choice is a daunting task when done alone. UMHB Career Services helps students, graduates and alumni achieve their career goals.
“We have the Disney philosophy. ‘If you can dream it, you can do it,’” director of Career Services Don Owens said. “Our responsibility is to assist students, graduates and alumni to seek opportunities that would be rewarding in their life’s work. The most important assistance a crusader receives at Career Services is confidence building and sharpening of useful skills to show case one’s abilities.”
Every student is encouraged to register with Career Services and submit a resume. When job opportunities arise, students who have registered can be contacted with potential internships or jobs that suit their needs.
Owens thinks internships are an important part of shaping a student’s skills for employment.
Freshman nursing major Stephanie Taylor was looking for a congressional internship but was not sure about how to fi nd one. After making an appointment with Owens, she was given all the tools to make her goal happen. She served one semester as the Bell County intern for Congressman John Carter’s office.
“Career Services is the best place to begin to search for internships or job opportunities,” Taylor said. “All you have to do is make an appointment and come talk about what you are interested in, and Career Services will help you. We are so blessed to have this service on campus.”
With the slow economy and competitive job market, it is important to have an upper hand on competition. Owens said there was a 22 percent drop in the average for new hires by the graduating class of May 2009.
Career Services does not perform job placement, but is a career education and development team.
Real world advice from industry professionals is something students can benefit from when preparing to enter the job market. Majors and Mentors is a program that pairs students and alumni by occupation. This program provides knowledge necessary to be successful in students’ career of choice.
Maria Franco, 2008 business administration graduate, needed
assistance finding a job.
“I wasn’t sure which direction to take my career,” she said.
After taking an aptitude test and getting help with her resume, she was able to land a job at Scott and White as a financial analyst for the Cancer Research Institute. When asked what was the best aspect of Owens’ office she said “they have very good networking.”
Job fairs provide networking opportunities for students. Three Job fairs are planned for February and March.
The Nursing Job Fair will be held Feb. 23 and the Teacher Job Fair March 4.
Career Services is located on the second floor of Mabee Student Center room 230. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.