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Work & School…At the Same Time?!?!

By Faraz Haq

As students, we all know the value of obtaining career-related experiences throughout our undergraduate educations in order to better prepare us for our careers after graduation and help boost our professional profiles to recruiters. Students typically look for such experiences during the summer months. Summer internships generally require students to work full-time schedules (40 hour weeks) through the summer months of May – August. Internships are extremely beneficial; however they are not the only way you can go about gaining experience!

If you are seeking career related opportunities throughout the Fall and Winter semesters to complement your education (and have an income while you are in school), searching for co-op opportunities is definitely a great option. A co-op role is similar to that of an internship in the fact that you are gaining valuable career related experience from an employer. You will be given the same type of assignments/projects that an intern would be given. The differences lie mainly in the time commitment required in your work schedule. Employers understand that our education comes first and foremost in terms of priorities. Therefore, students employed in co-op positions typically work around 20 to 25 hours per week on average. This gives them the flexibility to maintain a full time school schedule while working. Students in co-op employment situations also maintain employment for longer periods of time as compared to internships which typically end after 2-3 months.

Recruiters place a lot of value on co-op employment experiences when reviewing resumes of candidates. A student who has maintained a strong GPA while maintaining co-op employment has successfully demonstrated time management skills, the ability to multitask, and the ability to prioritize. In a career related experience, it is expected that the work you perform has a correlation with classes you are enrolled in. Working in a co-op role can help you identify this correlation quickly since you are enrolled in related classes at the same time.

There are many employers in the surrounding community who offer co-op employment for students. A great place to look is Oakland University’s internal job posting website, Oakland University Career Link (www.oucareerlink.com). You can apply advanced filters to seek out co-op positions. Make sure to check regularly as employers are constantly posting new opportunities every day. If you need any help with the job search, preparing documents (cover letter, resume), and interviewing tips, you can always stop by Career Services in 154 North Foundation Hall. Best of luck!


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Health and Fitness for Busy Young Professionals

By Sarah Young

As students and working professionals, we are all busy. School, careers, and extracurricular activities consume our lives, often leaving minimal time for us to take care of ourselves! Regardless of our schedules, it is necessary to take the time to maintain optimal wellness. Below are tips and tricks that you can take to make healthy options simple, easy, and time efficient.

Super Quick Food!

Eating healthy foods on the go is difficult sometimes. But packing small nutritious snacks can help, especially when they are packed with protein; foods such as nuts, pumpkin seeds, and cheese are portable, and will keep you full for a long period of time. Other lunch items such as a simple turkey sandwich, or Greek yogurt, are also loaded with vitamins and minerals, and have fewer calories than that cheeseburger! Further, eating 6-8 small meals or snacks instead of 3 large meals per day can help your body digest more efficiently, and can increase your metabolism.

Quick Tip: Refrain from pre-packaged “100 Calorie” snack packs! Although they are a better option than potato chips, these packs are full of “empty calories” that have minimal nutritious value.

Exercise

So, the Department of Health and Human Services suggest that individuals get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (That’s a 30 minute workout, 5 days a week!) or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity.  In actuality, this is incredibly unrealistic for the average student or working professional. What is most important is to take small steps towards incorporating exercise into your day. This includes taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or leaving your desk to take a five minute walk or stretch between meetings. If you can fit a more rigorous exercise routine into your schedule, that is great! But even the smallest activities, such as walking, is considered weight bearing exercise, and can improve your overall circulation and strength.


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Get to know Career Ambassador, Jake Stewart!

By Jake Stewart

As we all know school can get pretty stressful and draining at times. It also seems like we never have time to do anything besides go to school and do homework day in and day out.  I have found making an excel spreadsheet of my calendar with classes, labs, study times, work & breakfast/lunch/dinner breaks that I still have time to go out and do the things I enjoy as long as I stick to my schedule.

I really enjoy the outdoors and doing activities that help with the stress from going to school for Mechanical Engineering. In the summer time I enjoy running, riding my road bike, working out, fishing, being on my boat, hunting, and playing both golf and disk golf. One of my biggest passions in life has always been cars/trucks and I would refer to myself as a gear head. So I always like working on my vehicles in my barn and taking them out on nice days in the summer. During the winter months I love snowboarding and usually make at least one trip to Colorado as well as ice fishing, bowling, & working out/running in the rec center.

By sticking to my spreadsheet I have found time to enjoy life and do the activities that I love to do. Since I started doing making my spreadsheet 2 years ago, I have had a lot less stress during the school semesters and being busy everyday with my school stuff as well as the activities I enjoy, the semesters fly by and our over before you know it.


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Evolution of Job Searching

By Christina Busquaert

From faxing to social media, the way we conduct our job search over the past hundred years has changed drastically. An advance in modern services such as the Post Office to technological advancements such as LinkedIn has given recruiters and candidates a more direct route and availability to information.

Here is a brief over view of the fascinating evolution of the job application:

1800s people were born into their jobs.  You became a grocer if your family owned a store or a farmer if you owned a farm. There was no job hunting and career development was nonexistent.  In the 1830s, the U.S. railroad finally gave people the opportunity to apply via mail to apply for interstate jobs since Post Offices started in 1636.  This is also the era when women began to attend college more regularly.

Add a telephone in 1876 and people could start doing their first job interviews.  Or did they? In the 1990s we saw the cell phone industry take off, revolutionizing the digital availability of workers everywhere. The Post War boom in the 1950s created an increase in white collar jobs.

As for the internet and it’s evolution of the job application process, in 2000 it was estimated that 50% of people used online resources to find a job.  What else did the internet change in the job application history?

People were able to email references, research companies and create video resumes.  Further, recruiters could look at applicants in a whole new light by verifying their experience.

Social media, then, took the entire process one step further.  In the 2010s more and more companies are spending to recruit candidates via platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook.  Applicants will often provide international video interviews and even hire based on virtual communications alone.

If you’ve been considering the evolution of your hiring process, you’d be surprised to note how much the internet revolutionized what people are capable of.  Just think about it: In today’s day and age, we don’t even bring resumes to our interviews. People are finding jobs on smart phones, too.

The evolution isn’t just really cool.  It allows recruiters to identify misinformation presented by candidates quickly and easily.  Imagine if you had to write 6 letters every time you had a question about someone’s skill set instead?  All of a sudden, it’s pretty obvious why the internet beats working on the farm with ma and pa, isn’t it? The internet allows you to personalize you job hunt and show off skills like communication and charisma.

Staying updated on the ways and routes that recruiters are looking for candidates is essential to your job search. What will the next step be in the progress of job searching? Could we telepathically interview? Will there be a job posting site for Mars? The future will tell!

Source: Nolan, JobScience

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