What we are thankful for

Hello Argos!

Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, we decided that this week’s blog would focus on things we are thankful for as students and Career Peers. So many times in life we get caught up on the mundane routines of life, instead of pausing and reflecting on the incredible opportunities we enjoy each day. As author Melody Beattie says, “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” This is a great reminder of how important it is to stop and be thankful for everything you have in life. Here are some things we are thankful for:

  1. Opportunity to attend college
  2. Doors that have been opened while in college
  3. Life achievements & experiences at UWF
  4. Going home to see family and friends
  5. Taking classes with incredible faculty and professors
  6. Living close to the beach
  7. The nice Florida weather
  8. Chick-fil-A and Starbucks
  9. Seeing incredible success and inspirational peers who are achieving their dreams through co-ops, internships, and full time jobs.
  10. Last but not least, the fact that the semester is quickly coming to an end, and there will be an entire schoolwork-free Winter break filled with extra sleeping and eating holiday food!

What are you thankful for? We would love to hear. Feel free to add a comment about what has impacted you the most or what your favorite part has been attending UWF. Until next time, GO ARGOS!

Sincerely,

Allee Millsap

Make an Impact, Get Involved, Leave Your Mark

Most courses on campus do not require community service as a part of a course. Personally, I believe it is necessary to give back to and interact with your community before being released into it to find a job. You never really know if you will like engaging in the field of choice, unless you actually get out and experience it. On this campus, two professors lead the mission of incorporating volunteer work into their courses. They are Environmental Science Professors Chasidy Hobbs and Christian Wagley.

I asked a Professor Hobbs a series of questions to better understand why community/volunteer work is incorporated into her course.

Professor Hobbs was asked “Why do you view volunteering as important?

Her response was “Nearly all of us learn better by doing. I love to see my students making connections to lessons we have in class, to real world issues and activities happening right in their community. Also, the health of our community is all of our responsibilities. We all breathe the same air, drink from the same water sources, swim and fish from the same favorite watering holes, eat from the same industrial food system. Learning about and protecting these systems which we all require for survival is all of our jobs, not just that of “some scientist over there”.

I then asked Sr. Hobbs, “What benefits do you see this having on your students?

She responded by saying “For most of them it really helps to bring textbook lessons into real world practice. In other words, it helps to answer that, oh so popular, question: “why do I even have to learn this?”

Hands on experience is very important. Leaving your mark on your community and interacting with those surrounding you is vital. Knowing that you have a greater purpose to serve within your community is great. There is seriously no better way to build connections other than making yourself known and available to society.

 

A special thanks to Professor Hobbs for being able to answer these questions.

Best of luck on your finals.

 

Signed,

Kierra Silas, Career Peer

Online Branding

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What is online branding? Why is it important? That’s a great question. Online branding is a strategy used to get more exposure for your brand on all levels of online marketing, especially search and social. Online branding has evolved over time and is continuously becoming more and more of a prominent tool used by many employers and entrepreneurs, hoping to reach out to a larger audience and convey their purpose and mission. Your audience will want to know why they should believe in you, and why they should invest in your services. It’s important that the answers to these questions are communicated and conveyed in your online brand.

Building a brand, especially online helps create awareness of what your company stands for. For example, here at Career Services, we want to be the cornerstone for students who are seeking help in career development, resume creation, and more. We achieve this by informing students and raising awareness of what we have to offer and how we can be of help to them in their career pursuits. We do this through tabling, career events, and social media. In doing so, we can fulfill our mission, which is: to advance UWF’s mission, vision, and priorities by educating and empowering UWF Students/Alumni in the career development process and by providing opportunities for experiential learning, civic engagement, service and employment.

Better said by Graphic Design Intern, Kaleigh Miller: “Branding is a promise. Being consistent in how you present the information makes you more reliable. Social media especially plays a role in branding because it reaches out to people in the ways they find easiest to communicate.”  Our question for you is, how will you use this information to create your brand or invest in the online branding of other organizations or groups you are involved in?

Until Next Time,

Your Career Peer

Judy Cholymay

Mock Interview leads to success

Hello, Argos!

Now that things are settling down from midterms and Homecoming, let’s talk about one thing that many of us dread. Job interviews.

Now I know what you’re thinking, ‘I hate job interviews, I never know what to say’. Well lucky for you, Career Services has just the thing, mock interviews!

What are mock interviews, you ask? Well, mock interviews are a type of appointment you can schedule at Career Services HERE. The idea is to coach you and help you know what to expect from a real interview. One of our staff members will sit down and give you a job interview, as if you were talking to a potential employer. They’ll ask questions, and make notes on what you’ve done well, and what you might need help on.

It’s a great way to get in some practice, and possibly get over that nervous feeling when interviewing. Head over to Career Services now and ask about setting one up!

James

The Benefits of Volunteering for Health Students

Hello Argos!

I hope all of you had a wonderful week and are killing those midterms! Keep working hard. You are doing great! Today’s topic is on the importance of volunteering. Some of you might be asking what are the benefits of volunteering? Specifically, what are the benefits of volunteering in the health profession? Good news, you have come to the right place!

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Benefits to Volunteering:

#1 Helps with Admissions to Graduate school

            Aspiring Medical students can do a multitude of activities to set themselves apart from other applicants. Some will place focus on the entrance exam, MCAT, GPA, or scholarships. At times it is work that cannot be measured through a grade or ranking, but real world experience. More and more research is coming out from Medical Admissions counselors who share that they do not want simply “book-smart” students, but also students who have real word experience and have a heart for the profession.[1] Noreen Kerrigan, associate dean for student admissions at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine said in a U.S. News Report “We want to make sure we’re not accepting brains on stilts. We want people with hearts.”[1] By volunteering at a local hospital, this shows admissions that you are trying to understand the profession and the duties of the job before committing the profession.

#2 Gain experience & Expand Your Network

Volunteering can give you great insight into your career and networking advantages. Although I am not health studies student, my personal experience volunteering has educated me on what it is like in the job field. Through my volunteer experience, I was able to shadow some workers in my career field and gained some valuable insights and advice. By volunteering, you too can gain great mentors and advisers who can give you beneficial career advice. Additionally, through a building of mentors and advisers, this is another way you can expand your network. In a recent survey 85% of jobs were through networking.[2]

# 3 Shapes your Role and Commitment as a Leader

Some of you reading may be concerned that you have to volunteer abroad to set yourself apart. In a recent article in U.S. News, they share that one does not need to volunteer abroad in order to set themselves apart. Graduate schools understand that not all college students can afford to volunteer abroad. At times graduate schools have to see if the international trips were actually aid relief programs or if they were fun vacation trips with some minor hospital visits. Thus, graduate schools will look at your role and commitment to the organization you volunteer at. If you had a leadership volunteer role that can improve your application because it shows you not only volunteered but actively engaged in the organization by empowering others. Medical schools want servant leaders who not only care but help to inspire growth within their communities.

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Be sure to register on Jason Quest for our Health Professions Fair on Friday November 11th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in the Conference Center. Once you log in to your Jason Quest you can view the employers attending!

Can’t wait to see you there!

Allee

References


  1. Delece Smith Barrow, “Bolster a Medical School Application With Volunteer Work,” S. News and World Report, September 2, 2013, Accessed October 14, 2016, http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools/articles/2013/09/04/bolster-a-medical-school-application-with-volunteer-work
  2. Lou Adler, “New Survey Reveals 85% of All Jobs Are Filled Via Networking,” Linked In, February 29, 2016, Accessed October 17, 2016, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/new-survey-reveals-85-all-jobs-filled-via-networking-lou-adler

Have a liberal arts major? Join us for a Careers In Panel on Thursday, October 27th!

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The Career in Liberal Arts Panel is a great way to learn more about career options, make valuable networking connections, and hear from UWF alumni about their success. There will be free food and drinks for everyone who attends. Meet our panelists:

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Joe Angeletti

After receiving his BA in English from UWF in 2006, Joe worked as a technical writer and curriculum developer for defense contractor Raytheon, where he developed courses and training materials as part of a cross-functional engineering team.  In 2012, he transitioned to AppRiver, LLC, a Gulf Breeze software company where he manages the Training &Development department. He received his MA in English in Spring 2016.

 

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Georgia Adams
Georgia is the supervisor of Navy Federal Credit Union’s Social Care Team, in the Contact Center’s Resolution Branch. Georgia joined Navy Federal in 2013, working overnights as an editor for responses to member messages sent through the credit union’s website, and monitoring the company’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. After gaining this experience, she was a natural fit to lead the newly formed Social Care Team. Georgia holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida, where she double-majored in journalism and international relations.

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Nicole Stacey

Nicole Stacey is the President/CEO of the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce.  With a passion for community and building relationships, representing the chamber truly suits her. A local to the Florida Panhandle, Nicole received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Marketing from The University of West Florida and Master of Arts in Strategic Communications and Leadership.

In her free time, Nicole loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, cook, and you can always find her at Cross fit VU working through high intense WODs and lifting some heavy weights! She loves being a part of the Pensacola community and can’t wait to see all the positive change this city is experiencing.

 

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Tim Roberts

Tim received a BA in European Studies and an MA in Historic Preservation from the University of West Florida and joined HRA in 2014. Tim’s job title is Project Historian. He specializes in digital interpretation of cultural resources, interpretive planning, and archival research. Tim is also one of the creators of the Next Exit History™ mobile application and continues to be actively involved in its promotion from the newly opened HRA office in sunny Pensacola, Florida.

In his free time, Tim enjoys travelling with his wife and two children, playing in his folk-rock band, and working at the local nano-brewery he is a part owner of.

See you there Argos!

Connections Exist

Greetings, Argos,

As you all know, homecoming is swiftly approaching us, and so are plenty of volunteer opportunities. Volunteering is a character builder and a relationship starter. During UWF Homecoming Week, lots of unified volunteer opportunities arise. I know from a personal standpoint during my first semester of college, that was my way of meeting new people. Avoiding chances to engage with people could ultimately hinder your success. Devoting small portions of your time can aid in establishing beneficial and professional relationships. After interviewing a few members of this year’s Homecoming Court, they each expressed that volunteering has aided their success in countless ways. An example being the placement of their services impacting the youth in more beneficial, less measurable way. Impacting those who look up to you the most gives you a sense of belonging, kind of like sharing your torch before passing it.

Being that three of this year’s court members are a part of the NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council), service matters.  Giving back to your community leads to you leaving a greater impact on society. Make sure to seek out every opportunity to volunteer. Gaining service hours is important. Building positive relationships in professional establishments is also important. If you need help finding positions that are of interest to you, feel free to contact our office. Gain those connections; be the next success story.

Happy Homecoming,
Kierra S, Career Peer

Stop by the Fall Career Showcase on October 5th and 6th!

 

Argos,

I hope you all are having a great semester thus far. It’s great to see that we’ve all made it halfway through the semester. I encourage you all to keep moving forward and putting your best in all that you do. All of your hard work will pay off.

As an update, we just hosted the UWF Career Services: 2016 Professional and Graduate School Expo.  This event took place on Sept. 28, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the University Commons Auditorium.

For this event, all students and alumni of UWF were welcomed to attend. Schools and institutions throughout the region were in attendance. They came to present answers to any questions students possessed about pursuing graduate or professional education in their future. It was advised that students came accompanied with a copy of their resume and questions. In addition, students were also encouraged to take notes on aspects of institutions they found most interesting.

There were about 30 employers registered for the 2016 Professional & Graduate School Expo. Among those registered and in attendance were Mississippi College School of Law, Auburn University-College of Pharmacy, Columbia Southern University, University of North Florida, Georgia State University School of Public Health and a few of UWF’s grad school departments.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Career Service’s upcoming event: The Fall Career Showcase. The event will span over two days and two locations featuring various employers. Employers will be seeking UWF students and alumni within the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering on Oct. 5 and the College of Business on Oct. 6. Students and alumni of all majors are welcome to join this event. If you are interested in full-time, Co-Op, or internship opportunities, make sure to stop by. For more information about our upcoming events, feel free to stop by career services. We would be glad to help you.

Your friendly Career Peer,

Judy Cholymay

 

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford

Networking with Power

Hey Argos,

Trying to get your name out to employers? Well, it might not be as hard as you think. Here are a few tips to help you network.

1.      Talk to your professors.

Your professors have years of experience in their fields, and likely still have many connections. Ask them, and they may be able to give you some contacts in your chosen field.

2.      Attend the Career Services showcases.

Career Services puts on many events throughout the year that employers from across the county attend. These are great opportunities to get your name out and start networking.

3.      Use JasonQuest

JasonQuest is an amazing resource available to all students at UWF. It has many potential jobs listed for everyone to see. Getting in contact with these employers is a great step towards building your own professional network.

–          James

Grad School, Resumes, and Personal Statements

Hey Argos,

Preparing for graduate school doesn’t have to be hard; there are a few simple tasks that will get you halfway there.

  1. Have your resume reviewed.

Having an up-to-date resume will ensure that institutions will have an outline of the work you do outside of the classroom.

You can have your resumed reviewed by a staff member in person with an appointment or as a drop-in (Monday – Thursday 11AM-4PM).

Resumes can also be reviewed online through JasonQuest and Optimal Resume.

  1. Create a personal statement

Personal statements highlight the important factors that have influenced you to choose a particular institution or field. Whereas your resume shows what you have done, the personal statement shows why you are doing it.

  1. Last but not least, attend our Professional and Grad School Expo  on Sept. 28, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Commons.

This is a great way to learn more about the different types of graduate programs as wells as networking with institutions in attendance. If you’re still unsure about attending grad school, this will be a great opportunity to ask questions and get advice!

-Kabria