By Devin Fitzgerald, Staff Writer
The University of Maine at Farmington’s (UMF) Career Services department launched a series of workshops to help students successfully maneuver through the job search and hiring process. The College to Career Series is a series of workshops that are being offered to UMF students throughout the Spring semester to help students make connections, and develop the skills and experience necessary to pursue a career after graduation.
“The idea of the College to Career Series is just what it’s name says,” said Peter Osborne, a Career Counselor and Employment Specialist at UMF. “It is designed to have students take their college experiences and apply them to an employment situation.”
This is not the first time that Career Services has offered similar workshops, however it is the first time these workshops have been spread out over a semester. In the past, the department would put on workshops every night for a week, this was referred to as, “Senior Week,” said Osborne. The department hopes that by spreading them out, students will be able to attend more workshops.
Also for the first time, this series and other programs offered by Career Services are free to all students.
“I am happy about this because I do think these services are services that should be available to all students” said Osborne. By making the programs and workshops free, Career Services is hoping to see more students take advantage of them.
“Use your resources,” said Osborne. “That includes Career Services but also any faculty members or bosses that you have on campus…never again will this many services be available to you for so cheap.” The workshops are scheduled for every other Monday, besides for breaks and holidays, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in North Dinning Hall A. Each offering is focused on a different aspect of the job search process. Workshops will include guest speakers from other departments at UMF, employers, and alumni.
“I would love to see students come to every workshop because you don’t know what you don’t know,” said Osborne. “If you don’t know certain things about the job search and you don’t educate yourself, you won’t be able to apply those skills when searching for a job.”
The first workshop, on resumes and cover letters, took place January 27th and covered the standard ‘do’s and don’ts’ of writing a cover letter and resume as well as personal suggestions to make students stand out in their field of study.
Jennifer Gravrok, a junior exchange student from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, was in attendance to revise her resume and to learn how to better construct a cover letter for a summer internship she was applying for.
“I was reading the Farmington Events e-mail the night before and needed help for a resume and cover letter I was writing,” said Gravrok. “It was defiantly informative and I received good help without having to make an appointment with anyone in Career Services”.
Up coming workshops include LinkedIn and Social Networking on February 24th and Interviewing on March 10th. Students can find out about the rest of the workshops through Farmington Events on their MyCampus account. There will also be a Career Fair on Wednesday March 5th in the Student Center from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm.
Osborne invites students to make an appointment for help with their job search or graduate school plans or, “simply to have a check up and run your plan by someone.”