Economic Climate No Match for Wayne State Graduates
Published: 4-27-2010 10:20 amWhile most college seniors are busy job searching and sending out resumes, Wayne State College senior Jamie Tworek, of Columbus, Neb., is already hard at work at her first job, a month before graduation. Tworek, a Speech Communication, Organizational Leadership and Public Relations major, found that the right internship means a gloomy job market doesn't mean dark clouds for her job search.
Last summer, Tworek, secured an internship with the Life Enrichment Department at Heritage Ridge Retirement Community, a new facility located in Bellevue and home to independent, assisted and memory support senior citizens. As an intern, she was given the kind of hands-on experiences that allowed her to express her creativity and compassion for senior citizens. She landed the internship through Wayne State's office of Career Services.
After the summer - and her internship - was over, Tworek was offered full-time employment at Heritage Ridge Retirement Community as the Life Enrichment Director. She is in charge of activities appropriate for the residents' levels of care, which includes organizing outings and arranging transportation. All of this before she had even earned her degree.
Tworek credits her internship with helping her gain employment so quickly. "This experience is something that cannot be learned in the classroom," she says.
Her experience has made her realize the importance of gaining an internship early in college, since having real-world experience can often determine if your chosen career path is the right choice. She says, "You should jump on an opportunity whenever an internship seems appropriate. You can never practice too early or be prepared too much."
Another bit of advice she shells out gladly? Use the resources Wayne State's Career Services office has to offer.
"Career Services helps you to build your resume and make you feel as though you will be a perfect candidate for a position," Tworek explains. "The positive attitude that this reassurance gives you will make you all the better at the internship or job you obtain."
Each year, the Career Services office helps current students look for internships and future graduates look for full-time employment. They offer a variety of services, like assistance with writing resumes, job interviewing tips, on campus job interviews and even fashion advice.
Recently, the office held an on-campus fashion show to help illustrate appropriate work attire, including everything from business casual to formal business attire.
This kind of free assistance helps Wayne State students and graduates secure full-time employment in their chosen field. In fact, 91% of Wayne State graduates are either working in their chosen field or attending graduate school within six months of graduation.
Tworek also credits the excellent education she received on campus with helping her land a job after graduation.
"Not only did Career Services assist me during the internship process, but so did my professors and the education I received here at Wayne State," she says. "The Communication department provides awesome opportunities which allow students to get involved and be a part of leadership opportunities on campus. I feel that I was able to learn so many valuable lessons about the real world through the experiences I had within the classroom as well through my internship."
Tworek will graduate in May with her bachelor's degree. She hopes to continue working at Heritage Ridge Retirement Community, where she has already begun to form lasting friendships with both her co-workers as well as the residents.