SCSU Today

More help in less time

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Experienced professionals willing to give St. Cloud State students a head start on their job searches made good use of their time during new events held on campus in January and February.

Speed Mentoring (think speed-dating) is a fast-paced networking program to help students connect with experienced, knowledgeable alumni, while giving alumni a meaningful way to give back to the university without undue demands on their time.

During the two-hour event, students could participate in any of eight 10-minute rounds. Students also were invited to attend sessions at the university’s Leadership Development Institute, held at the same time in Atwood Memorial Center.

Mentors who gave of their time came from such companies as Health East Foundation, KSTP-TV, Weber Shandwick, Flaherty & Hood, P.A., and the MN Department of Natural Resources.

Feedback Fridays, also new this year, brings employers to campus to answer students’ employment questions, to provide feedback on resumes and job searching and to help students network. Students quickly signed up for every time slot to meet with Walgreen’s Jan. 30, General Mills Feb. 6 and Cargill Feb. 13; more such events are planned.

The employers provided feedback and answered questions regardless of the fields in which students majored or planned to build their careers.

“At a time when the job market is particularly tough,” said Addie Habstritt Turkowski, director of the university’s Career Services Center, “this is a way to give our students the benefit of these employers’ expertise without undue demands on the employers’ time.”

Job shadowing _ also new and designed to save employers’ time are “a day in the life” videos shot at employer locations, which give more students job shadowing experiences while saving staff time for employers.

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