Career Development Services offers much-needed help to students
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 15:06
Supporting yourself through college can be difficult. Fortunately, Career Development Services at FGCU offers assistance for students seeking work. Using their services, students can learn valuable information about applying for work in today’s job market.
Career Development Services recommends StudentCentral.com as the first option for students looking for work. Students can upload their resumes and send the resumes to potential employers. The site displayes various jobs, from retail to law and accounting firms, and is updated daily.
Amy Scott, training and development cordinator at Career Deveolpement Services, advises students to conduct more thorough research when they are offered an interview.
“Students sometimes have a lack of understanding for what they’re interviewing for. Employeers want applicants to know when the company was founded. The company mission, their organization’s mission, the number of employees, their current buisness situation, who are their clients,” Scott said. “There are five to ten classic interview questions. For instance, ‘Tell me about your self?’ Students may go, ‘I have three brothers...’ They will go into not relevent information rather than say, ‘I’ve done this. And this is how it relates to this job.’”
Scott also advises students to network with friends to find employment. Charles Duffee, a sophmore majoring in athletic training, is a part-time aviation technican for Future Aviation, Inc.
“One of my friends saw their ad and said, ‘Hey, there’s a job opening and I’ve done this work before with my dad.’ I called them and set up an interview and they instantly hired me based upon my credientials,” Dufee said.
While happy to be receving a paycheck to support his college lifestyle, Dufee finds himself exhausted putting in 25 to 30 hours a week at work, tending to his college courses, and maintaining an active social life. Wynter Rose, a freshman majoring in marketing, understands this predicament.
Rose is a professional figure skater who has participated in the SunValley Ice Show for the last three years. While competing in shows with notable figures such as Oprah and Warren Buffet in the audence, Rose finds it hard to juggle everything too. She currently works part-time at Banana Republic and for a non-profitorganization that collects donations for military veterans.
“I work for my meals, extra curricular activities and sorority bills. I’m used to skating two to three hours a day,” Rose said. “I haven’t skated in two weeks because of work and school. I want to own my own clothing line, so I find it stimulating to be in that kind of environment. ”