Friday, September 14, 2012

Website streamlines career services

Career Connections helps students find jobs, internships, work study

By Taylor Lunka, Guest Writer

The new Career Connections website, launched in June,  is one site for jobs on and off campus, academic internships, volunteer opportunities and work study.

The previous career website  linked to several other websites. 

While these offices have been a part of PLU for a long time, Career Connections is a new resource online, as well as on campus, in Ramstad 112.

Bobbi Hughes, executive director of Career Connections, describes the new website as a better way to help serve PLU students. “What’s new is the way we have organized [student employment opportunities]   so we are better able to serve students. This includes personal and professional growth in launching a career,” Hughes said. “The ultimate goal [of Career Connections] is to help students make a seamless transition from PLU to a life after PLU. Student employment is an important part. Career Connections is more than just student employment.”

Besides student employment, Career Connections assists PLU students with academic advising, career planning, internships, volunteer opportunities, mentoring and offers information for students who are planning on going to graduate school. 

The most important change to the website is the Career Connections opportunity board. On the board, students can find on-campus jobs, off-campus jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities at PLU and within the Parkland community.

Now that all of this information is in one place, students find the new website easy to navigate.

 “It was very user-friendly and it didn’t take much effort to find my way around the website,” first-year Lauren Leyba said. “All of the job openings are clearly listed and will take you straight to the application. Career Connections gives you a good description of what you’re going to be doing for the position you applied for.”

Coordinator of Student Employment and Technology for Career Connections Thomas Skaggs assures students their services are not limited to campus employment. “We provide a list of current openings in the community. All of these off-campus positions specifically want to hire PLU students. It is also available for the alumni as well to find positions after graduation,” Skaggs said. “In Career Connections we have the center for community engagement and service. We have academic internships. We also offer career counseling and résumé help.”

Students can schedule an appointment with academic advising, a career counselor or student employment through Career Connections.

“The fact you can go to one location [] for so many different items is great,” Skaggs said.

Career Connections offers two sessions to assist students with building their résumé. They are every Tuesday from 5 p.m-6 p.m. in Ramstad 112 or Wednesday from 2 p.m-3 p.m. in the Anderson University Center, room 212.

To sign up, go to the Career Connections calendar online.

The résumé workshop is recommended for students to complete before attaching a résumé to an account.

Although students can apply for most on campus jobs without a résumé, Skaggs said having one attached to an application “gives you an edge.”