Career Services coordinated and hosted a record number of employers (86, with an overflow room and a lengthy waiting list) for its annual Fall Job and Internship Fair last Wednesday in the University Union. Nearly 400 students attended — a 20 percent-plus increase from the spring event. Immediate feedback from employers was overwhelmingly positive, according to Director Linda Peacock-Landrum. “Students were dressed professionally and came prepared to talk with employers, showing both planning and organization skills, with resumes and great questions,” she said. “Numerous organizations left the event with solid candidate leads. The days following the job fair have resulted in over 90 interviews occurring on campus with more to come in the month of October.”
What do you do if a piece of food slides off your plate at a business luncheon? Is alcohol ever acceptable? Is it okay to take home a doggie bag?
The answers to these questions could be found at UW-Green Bay Career Services’ Dine Like a Professional event Monday, March 2 at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The luncheon allowed students, faculty, and community members to network and enjoy a meal together.
The two-hour luncheon was led by “Chef Jeff” Igel, the chair of the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Department at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton. Igel led the luncheon in spring 2013, and was asked to return after rave reviews.
“Etiquette is a set of rules we live by,” Igel said, “Manners are the way we put those rules into effect.”
The professional chef began teaching etiquette out of necessity 16 years ago. According to Igel, his students had no clue how to navigate the complexities of a business luncheon.
Along with providing tips and tricks to help attendees navigate the world of networking luncheons, the approximately 120 attendees, half of which were students, were treated to a delicious meal courtesy of The Marq.
Between the humor and tips was one overarching message: Etiquette is always about others, not yourself.
“It’s all about the perception of your personal choices,” said Igel.
Igel stressed that those in a business luncheon should remain aware that everything they do, from the beverage they drink, to the amount of leftover food on their plate, is on display for the others to judge.
With the meal etiquette, Igel provided etiquette advice for all types of business settings, including at the office, while communicating, and while networking.
But the luncheon wasn’t solely focused on etiquette. Career Services used the opportunity to award the Recruitment Partner of the Year award to ACUITY. Acuity was honored for its exceptional commitment to Career Services’ mission — providing learning opportunities for students in their field of study, supporting professional growth and career development of students, and active recruitment of UW-Green Bay students and graduates. The longtime partner has represented at 35 job fairs since 1997. At present, about 40 UW-Green Bay alumni work at ACUITY, with at least four more students joining the organization after spring graduation. (Pictured below from ACUITY are from left to right: Amanda Gebert, Haley Lindstrom, Tracy Wusterbarth, Jordan Lindstrom and Rebecca Flipse.)
Igel closed the luncheon by stressing the importance of finding something in life that you are passionate about and committing to it.
“You make a living by what you get,” he said, “You make a life by what you give.”
The luncheon was one in a series of events held by Career Services to prepare students, especially graduating seniors, for career experiences. The lunch was followed on Wednesday, March 4 by the Spring Job and Internship Fair, which brought more than 80 employers to campus to recruit students, as well as a LinkedIn Photo Booth. More information on future Career Services events can be found here.
By the way, the answers to the questions posed in paragraph one, above? What do you do if a piece of food slides off your plate at a business luncheon? Discreetly place it back on the plate. Is alcohol ever acceptable? With dinner, in moderation, yes, but it will never hurt you if you don’t consume it. Is it okay to take home a doggie bag? No.
Sophomore Success Day, scheduled for 8:30-3:30 this Thursday (March 5) is a day for sophomores to drop in without appointment to get questions answered about career/major selection, General Education requirements, registration, and more. Sponsored by Academic Advising and Career Services, Student Services 1600. Questions- Mary Simonsen email@example.com or Steven Newton firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Phoenix Room will be packed between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. next Wednesday (March 4) for the spring Job and Internship Fair organized by Career Services. It’s wait-list-only for presenters requesting booth space, with roughly 80 employers and agencies scheduled to participate, many with UW-Green Bay alumni staffing their stations. To get a feel for the event and the range of employers with jobs, internships or long-term interest in the University’s grads, see www.uwgb.edu/careers/connections/2015-SJIF.asp.
It’s a day for sophomores to drop in without appointment to get questions answered about career and major selections, general education requirements, registration, and all things between. Sophomore Success Day takes place Thursday, March 5, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., hosted by Academic Advising and Career Services, Student Services 1600. The goal is to help students continue to feel connected and help them navigate what can be a complex transition from general education to major. “Know a student who could benefit? Send them our way!” Direct questions to Mary Simonsen, email@example.com, or Steven Newton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sophomore Success Day is Thursday, Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It’s a day for sophomores to drop in without appointment to get questions answered about career/major selection, General Education requirements, registration, and all things in between. The purpose of the event is to help students continue to feel connected and help them navigate what can be a complex transition from General Education to Major. Know a student who could benefit? Send them our way! Sponsored by Academic Advising and Career Services, Student Services 1600. Questions- Ashley Vanden Langenberg or Steven Newton.
Wednesday (Sept. 24) has a couple of interesting events that caught our eye, sponsored by Career Services. It’s Mock Interview Day — students had to sign up in advance to book a session with a visiting industry professional — and also LinkedIn Photo Booth Day. There’ll be a booth across from the bookstore, in the Union, for students who’d like a professional photo to post as part of their LinkedIn profile.
The Office of Career Services has released the results of its follow-up survey of Class of 2013 graduates. The office attempted to document the employment and/or education status of 1,292 individuals who completed their degree requirements in January, May or August of last year. They succeeded with 936. The results? Only a couple of percentage points in the category of “still actively seeking employment,” and a very sizeable share of graduates (nearly one-fourth) pursuing further education, about evenly split between those working while in school, and those who said school was their primary activity. See the complete survey results.
The fall Job and Internship Fair organized at UW-Green Bay by the Office of Career Services is at capacity, with 75 employers pre-registered to take part in the event. The fair runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Phoenix Room of the University Union.
UW-Green Bay Career Services is collaborating with 11 other UW campuses to sponsor a Graduate School Virtual Fair for UW System students on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Representatives from more than 60 graduate and professional school programs will be available to answer questions online. Students must register to participate in the fair, and faculty and staff are encouraged to promote the event to students who may be interested in pursuing graduate and professional school. The event website is www.CareerEco.com/events/uw. For more information, contact Steven Newton in Career Services at 465-2163 or email@example.com.