Kelsey’s Internship Wrap-Up

As I look back on this social media internship, I can’t help but think about when I interviewed for this position. I was studying abroad in Ireland in the spring of 2012 when I received an e-mail about the social media position. I utilized social media to its fullest extent when I was abroad. I didn’t have a cell phone, so using social media and blogging was one of the only ways I could keep in contact with my friends and family back home in the states. I wanted to get better at using social media, too, so this internship was a dream come true. I managed a blog that semester when I was studying abroad, called The Book of Kels. I knew I wasn’t a fantastic writer by any means, but I definitely wanted to get better at blogging.

Kelsey Welke

The afternoon that I had my Skype interview with Laura Jacobs, I was so nervous! I even posted notes around my computer screen so I could reference them. Thankfully my Skype interview went smoother than expected, and a few days later, when I was traveling in Poland for the weekend, I received the congrats! e-mail. Little did I know, that spur of the moment decision to apply for a social media internship did me wonders and changed my life for the better.

I always thought that I wanted to travel abroad, to take pictures and write for a magazine, to basically live the dream life. I spent this whole year using Hootsuite and blogging like a madman and I can safely say that being an international reporter isn’t my dream any more. Being a social media specialist is my dream (I know, how dorky does that sound?!).

I know I can speak for Heather and say that her and I had a really great year. We hosted tables in the UC, had fun contests, attended diversity events, and made friendships with other Career & Leadership Development interns. I really enjoyed live tweeting during the Hawk Career Fair in September and during Make a Difference Day.

UWW Career 1

This internship was a dream come true. I now know what I want to do after I graduate, and I have Career & Leadership Development to thank for that.

I will be the career social media intern for the 2013-14 school year, but next year I will be focusing on blogging, so be sure to check out the Career Spotlight Blog for some great posts! I’m ecstatic that I will have this internship again next year and I can’t wait to see what great things will come from it.

UWW Career 2

 Photos by UWW Career.

Social Media Wrap-Up: Heather

Nervous, excited, and a slight bit nauseous – I was about to step into training for the Social Media Intern position for Career and Leadership Development, gulp! I was a new fifth-year senior, and nervousness aside, I was so excited to be a part of what has become the most rewarding internship I ever could have imagined.

Social Media Intern

Close to halfway through my college career I decided I wanted to switch my business major to public relations – no more economics classes sounded awesome to me! And through my journey I was introduced to so many social media platforms I couldn’t even keep them straight. Annoyed and overwhelmed at first, I began to open my mind to social media and really fell in love with it, and I thought – could this be my future career?

I saw the posting for the social media position and almost got butterflies, it was perfect! As you already know, I got the position. I was going to be managing the Facebook page, YouTube channel, and writing blog posts for the Career Spotlight Blog. As the year went on I not only saw progress in my social media skills and strategies, but I saw progress in myself as a person. One of the best parts of working for Career & Leadership Development is the diversity. I got to know people from all different backgrounds and walks of life. And as the year progressed I didn’t just have coworkers anymore, I had some awesome new friends.

After reflecting on this year I am proud that I can honestly say my fellow social intern, Kelsey, and I have taken the UWW Career social media to the next level. Going to work every day and loving what you do is a very special thing. I found myself working outside of the office almost on a daily basis because I could not get enough of it.

Here are some of my proudest and favorite moments of being the Social Media Intern for Career & Leadership Development:

  • Creating the Health & Wellness series for the Career Spotlight Blog
  • Getting to order a Face-In-Hole photo prop for Halloween tabling at Esker Hall
  • Dressing up as Batman for the St. Patty’s Day YouTube video
  • Having a 3,472 person outreach for the Make a Difference Day photo album on Facebook
  • Working with our monthly cover models
  • The excitement of a new Facebook ‘like’ notification on our page (not even exaggerating)
  • Taking the photos for our social media platforms
  • Having the freedom to push myself and my creativity
  • The relationship building for our second semester training
  • The Facebook page to reaching 750 ‘likes’ (and still counting!)
  • Attending networking events – especially the diversity dinner

Willie the Warkhawk
Overall, this internship has been a true blessing for me. Not only have I created some amazing friendships, gained vital career experience, and grown as a professional and a person, I found my dream career. I have learned that in order to succeed you must fail sometimes. And that is okay! One of the quotes I fell in love with after my first “failure” during this internship is by Henry Ford, “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.”

Don’t ever give up on the things you love, Warhawks. Because if you love what you do and who you do it with, you will never work a day in your life.

Internship Wrap up

Photos by Heather Schwartz.

April Cover Model Winner

Congratulations to junior Hannah Jean, our April cover model winner! She had an internship with the Disney College program.

Hannah Jean

What did you love most about your internship?

My internship with Disney provided me many friendships and memories that I will never forget. Every day I went to work was wonderful because I was a part of the Disney magic, and I felt like I was a part of a family. Seeing smiles on kids’ faces because I gave them a birthday pin with their name on it or because I traded a pin with them that they had been looking for all day made each day not only magical for my guests, but for me as well.

One day, I was trading pins at the fruit cart in Tomorrowland. A little girl came up to me who had been looking for a specific pin, and I had it. She was so excited when she saw that I had it. The little girl and her dad thanked me, and left. A few moments later the little girl came back to give me a hug! Moments like this are why I loved my job so much.

Although I am back in Whitewater, the magic from my internship with The Disney College Program is still with me. I have an amazing team of campus representatives for the Disney College Program that make each day I spend with them full of magic!

What did you learn about yourself through this job/internship/career-related experience?

I learned how to live on my own and how to network with professionals. I also learned that you can make people happy even with the smallest actions.

What advice would you give students about the job/internship/career development process?

Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities. They can come from anywhere. I didn’t even know my internship existed until I walked into the University Center and saw that an information session was about to start. The process of finding a job or internship can be difficult, but I promise you it will pay off when you land one! There’s nothing like the feeling of being hired for a position you worked hard to get.

Photo by UWW Career.

Friday Favorites – Seniors Job Search

For this week’s Friday Favorites, I had the chance to interview five UW-Whitewater students who are graduating in May and searching for jobs. They’re all at different points during the job search process and all have very different experiences and advice to give to other seniors. Check out their interviews below!

Murphy Waldhuetter

Nelson Ritthaler, a senior, is majoring in organizational communication and minoring in philosophy.

Are you worried about not finding a job? “Yes, sometimes more than other times but I’m trying to be optimistic. The closer I get to graduation, the more anxious I get.”

What advice would you give students who are going through the same thing you are? “Keep applying and keep getting feedback on your resume. A well written and well formatted resume can open more doors. The more you apply, the higher chances you give yourself to land a job.”

 

Jamie Selck is majoring in management with a human resource emphasis.

What kinds of platforms did you used when searching for a job? “I mostly used Hawk Jobs because it was so precise. The other job boards were very broad. With Hawk Jobs, everything was in one place.”

Were you worried about not finding a job after graduation? “I was worried, but I just got offered a job with Colony Brands. They were on Hawk Jobs and had a bunch of jobs listed so I submitted my resume for one of them, got an interview, got invited back for a second round of interviews at Monroe, which is where their headquarters are, and then they offered me the internship!”

What advice would you give students who are going through the same thing you are? “Start early, make sure you have a Hawk Jobs profile and a LinkedIn profile, so when it comes time to apply, you aren’t overwhelmed. Make sure you have a resume that you always update. Have copies of your resume and copies of your references with you at your interviews. Apply for everything; even if there isn’t an job you might not want, you should do the interview for practice.”

 

Patrick Johnson will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts with Instrumental Music degree and is minoring in advertising.

What kinds of jobs are you looking for? “Music administration, but also anything in public relations/advertising agencies.”

Do you have any worries or concerns about not finding a job? “Very. As far as jobs come, it’s very hard to find a job, so I’ve applied for internships. I’m worried the internship might not pay enough.”

What advice would you give to students who are in the same place you are, graduating soon and haven’t found a job yet? “Be patient. And don’t be afraid to apply for everything.”

 

Britt Asbach, a senior, is majoring in organizational communication with a minor in special education. She will be going to graduate school.

What kinds of platforms have you used when searching for a graduate school or job? “I use a lot of social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, and various career blogs and books) to research potential jobs and schools. Networking is also extremely important when searching for a job and this is a skill I’m always looking to improve upon. Half the battle is learning creative and innovative techniques to tap into the right medium to connect to new networks and interesting people.”

What kind of job would you like to get after you finish grad school? “After grad school, I would like to get a job with a medium size company or nonprofit organization and work in the human resources department as a director of staff training and development. I’m extremely interested in transforming leadership in the workplace and helping people to reach their full potential. I also want to understand the parallels between the family unit and the workplace. I desire to conduct training seminars, conferences, and travel internationally as a motivational speaker. Ultimately, I would like to end up working at an international children’s organization or at a big church in family ministry where I can use my leadership and development training to help children and their families.”

What advice would you give students who are going through the same thing you are? “Start thinking about your plans for post graduation by the end of your sophomore year. Time flies so fast in college and what you do with your time matters. I was lucky because my parents always kept me thinking about my graduation plans years ahead of time. They encouraged me to pursue my passions, but also keep a level head about my professional expectations after college ends. I would also encourage students to stop listening to much of the new stories about job markets today. The fact is that economy is always going to be changing and it is more important for you personally and professionally to continue to foster those “learning relationships” and key networks. You will be much more happier if you learn early on how to communicate your values successfully and live out your passion in the workplace.”

.

Cameron Schultheis is majoring in media arts and game development with a minor in advertising.

What kinds of platforms have you used when searching for a graduate school or job? “The platforms I primarily use in job searching are agency website directories (agencypimp.com), and Big Shoes Network.”

What kinds of jobs are you looking for? “The jobs I’m looking for junior art director or art director intern positions. I’m heavily interested in the creative side of the advertising process.”

What advice would you give students who are going through the same thing you are? “If you work hard enough, and don’t give up, you have nothing to worry about. My advice to other students is to chase your dream and never give up. The moment you give up is the moment you forfeit everything you’ve worked for to get to that point.”
 
Thank you to all the students I interviewed! I know you all will be successful in whatever path you choose to take in life.
 
Photo by UWW Career.

March Cover Model Winner

Congratulations to our UW-W Career Cover Model winner for the month of March, senior Kelsey Ostby!

Kelsey Ostby

Kelsey is double majoring in Public Relations and Journalism. She was an intern with the Wisconsin Farm Report during the summer of 2012. Read all about her experience below!

I had an amazing opportunity to work with one of the most successful female broadcasters in the Midwest over the summer, and have just recently accepted a full-time job with the Wisconsin Farm Report beginning in June 2013. Currently, I am working part-time from Whitewater, doing website and social media updates while completing my final semester.

What did you love most about your internship?

I love giving back to some of the hardest working people in the country: farmers and producers. Whether it’s by attending an event, giving the daily market information on the radio, or recognizing a family for their outstanding work in Wisconsin agriculture, I have discovered my passion.

UW-Whitewater has truly set me up for success, and I love that I am able to use the skills I have acquired. I think it’s a rare occurrence to be a senior preparing to graduate with a double major completed in four years, and have a full-time job secured.

What did you learn about yourself through this internship?

After growing up on a dairy farm and being involved in agriculture throughout my childhood, I thought that I wanted to do something different and explore other options in college. I had hoped that I would end up on television reporting from the sidelines of a football game.

Looking back, I realize that I was lucky enough to find what I loved at a young age, and that it never left. I completed numerous internships in the past few years, including working with the UW-Whitewater Marketing and Media Relations office and the UW-Whitewater Sports Information department. While I’ve had great experiences at both, there was always something missing.

When I took the internship with Pam, I knew right away that it was what I wanted to do, but never thought I could get there. So, in retrospect, I have learned to give myself more credit. I also discovered what I am good at, and what skills I can sharpen during my last semester.

What advice would you give students about the job/internship process?

The best advice I can give other students is to apply for internships and jobs early and often. I took my first internship the summer after my sophomore year, and it was the best decision I made. Most of my classmates thought internships were something you worry about after your junior year, and I think it’s the exact opposite. As a college student, your main priority should be setting yourself up for a great career. The best way to do that is to get as much experience as possible so you know what you like and dislike.

Also, take every opportunity offered if possible, paid or unpaid. I had some of the best experiences from my first, unpaid internship. There is no such thing as a “bad” opportunity.

Would YOU like to be a Cover Model winner? You can fill out the contest application and send it to MediaCLD@uww.edu!

Photo by UWW Career.

Valentines Day Cover Model Winner

Congratulations to our UW-W Career Cover Model winner for the month of February, junior Accounting major Dong Hoon Lee!

Donghoon Lee

After serving in the Air Force for two years, Dong was an English elementary school teacher in Seoul, South Korea. What an awesome experience! Read his interview below.

What did you love most about your job?

The kids! Even though there were times I struggled with teaching and disciplining them, the kids made my experience as a teacher so worthwhile. Everyday interaction with my kids was the best thing about my job. I fell in love with the kids. They were so cute and made me smile even on the toughest days and in situations. Kids are so pure and innocent. If they receive love, they cannot go down the wrong path.

What did you learn about yourself through this job?

One thing I really valued about this experience is that I learned I could be a positive influence to others. Kids looked up to me which made me behave more carefully. They learned from my behaviors. So I had the power to change their lives! It’s just like how I look up to my professors here at UW-W. I have so much respect for the professors or teachers because they are the ones who can impact future generations.

This whole experience gave me a goal to be a professor one day because I also want to impact my students in a positive way in their growth (not only academically, but also personally and in the areas they need help and guidance with).

What advice would you give students about the job/internship process?

My process was a little bit different than what most typical students will go through when they apply for jobs. But one thing I would like to share with my peers is that they should not be afraid of trying things they dream about doing. Dreams can come true! When I have to make a decision, I ask myself this question: “Will I regret it if I didn’t give it a try?” If the answer to the question is “yes”, I go for it without missing a beat. While we are in college, we should go ahead and pursue our dreams. Who knows where it will take you?

Would YOU like to be a Cover Model winner? You can fill out the contest application and send it to MediaCLD@uww.edu!

Photo by UWW Career.

December Graduates – What Comes Next?

For those of you who are graduating in December – this post is for you!

Graduates

First of all, congratulations! The day is almost here. Graduation can’t come soon enough, right?! Your mind might be focused on December 15, your cap and gown, and your graduation party, but… have you thought about what happens afterwards? There are many paths you can take after graduation, such as working at a full-time job, joining a non-profit organization or going to graduate school.

——————————————————————————————————————–

For those of you who have jobs lined up, that’s awesome. You’re ahead of the game! But for those of you who are still looking, it’s okay. Finding a job takes time, and there are a lot of factors that go into it. Take some of these tips below into consideration.

Create a Job-Search Plan

  • Don’t rely on just one method when hunting for a job or internship. Searching online at job boards, such as Hawk Jobs, is a great method, but you can expand this by searching directly on employer’s websites and looking for ’employment’, ‘careers’ or ‘internships’ towards the bottom of the page.
  • Make sure your resume is up to date. You never know when you’ll need to reference it or e-mail it to a potential employer. Going along with these lines, make sure you have a LinkedIn profile as well.
  • Network, network, network! It’s important to talk to people who work in the field you want to get into. If your mom knows a friend of a friend who is the CEO of that company you’ve been dying to work for, ask that person if you can set up a phone call or informal meeting with them. Also, mention to your friends and family that you’re looking for a job. Having that word of mouth factor can definitely help you out in the long run, and being connected will make it easier to find a job.
  • While you’re on the job hunt, keep yourself busy. This may not seem like a big deal, but when you have your interview for X company, I guarantee they will ask you, ‘What have you been doing since graduation?’ Be prepared to answer that question with: I’ve been volunteering at the local hospital/I’ve been working on a new hobby of mine/I’ve been helping my father out at his landscaping business/I went on a mission trip to help build a church in Mexico/I’ve been going to graduate school, or whatever it is you’ve kept yourself busy with.
——————————————————————————————————————–If you’re not ready to settle down with a full-time job right away, joining a non-profit organization may be the perfect option for you.Volunteering

 
——————————————————————————————————————–
 

Graduate school
is another path to take after graduation. Did you know that UW-Whitewater offers a graduate school program?Kristina Stankevich, a senior at UW-Whitewater, is studying accounting. She will be graduating in December and continuing her education at grad school at UW-Whitewater. She used Hawk Jobs as a resource to find her internship.
 
‘After I graduate, I will be attending graduate school at UW-Whitewater. My first semester as a graduate student I will be interning at Schenck, an accounting firm in Milwaukee. The accounting program has an internship program set up through Hawk Jobs that I interviewed through and I was able to be placed at a firm. I haven’t been actively looking for a full-time job. I still have a year and a half left of graduate school, so I have some time to find a full-time job. My goal is to work with taxes for the entirety of my career. Eventually, I would love to work with International Taxes.
 
‘Kristina, we wish you the best of luck at graduate school and your internship. Also, good luck to all the December graduates!

As one last tip, the career counselors at Career & Leadership Development will always be a great resource for you to utilize whenever you need it. The career counselors aid all students and alumni of UW-Whitewater.

Connecticut College graduates

Photos by Tulane Public Relations and manjidesigns.