Students had the opportunity to brush up on interview skills, write resumes and get job tips from counselors and company employers during an open house Wednesday in the University Career Center.
The career open house was the second hosted by the University Career Center in an effort to inform students about the resources available to them, said Erin Lowery, the assistant director of the University Career Center.
“It’s part of our job to help students make the transition from being a student to being a member of the community,” Lowery said. “We help students with all aspects of the job search process and finding a career that’s a good fit for them.”
Shayla Betts, a sophomore social work major and front desk assistant, said many students do not take advantage of the career center’s resources until it is time to graduate, even though they can start their freshman year.
“We have a lot of positive feedback,” Betts said. “A lot of students do come back in appreciation.”
The Recruiter for The Virginia Group of Northwestern Mutual, Adrienne Wright, said when she talks to students a majority of the questions they ask are about their resumes and what employers are looking for. Wright said while these aspects of the job search process are key, she advises students to network above all else.
“You need to network within the areas you want to work,” Wright said.
Wright said she suggests students become familiar with employers and begin corresponding as early as possible. She said students should view themselves as investments for future employers and consider internships as a way to get their foot in the door.
“Be proactive,” Wright said. “No one is going to come searching for you.”