Student Success Stories
On a regular basis, Career Services aims to share some of our student successes in a variety of experiences.
We celebrate the success of our current students who:
- are completing/have completed internship
- completed one of our professional skills courses
- made successful networking connections through our Career Services events
- and so much more.
Student Success Story: Mikayla Sullivan
Written by: Sam Mergl
Mikayla Sullivan is a junior here at UW Oshkosh who is majoring in International Business with a certificate in supply chain as well as marketing. In the future, she really wants to work for a company that does business with other foreign companies. She has plans to learn and be fluent in Spanish on top of traveling to Granada, Spain next fall to study abroad. Currently, Mikayla works as a purchasing intern at Pierce Manufacturing where she has twenty eight of her own accounts in which she places and expedites orders. Mikayla also analyzes data to get cost savings for the company on top of having to communicate with her buyers on a daily basis to make sure the correct orders are being fulfilled.
Throughout her time at UW Oshkosh, Mikalya has utilized the Career and Professional Development office to help her prepare and land the spot at her current internship. One important factor that helped her was signing up for a resume review session with one of our Career Advisors, as well as coming into the Career Closet to get some business staples she could confidently wear to her interview. Mikayla started her internship with Pierce Manufacturing back in January and once she completes it she would like to stay within the company after she graduates in May 2021. Mikalya has learned a lot from her internship from ordering commodities such as dipsticks, graphics and fire research corp lights for fire trucks to working cross functionally with the engineering department, human resources and the receiving department. One fun fact that Mikayla learned while interning at Pierce was that the gold lettering on the fire trucks is actually real gold.
When asked the biggest piece of advice you could give to students Mikayla said “ Utilize your resources to the best of your abilities, like the career fairs and to not be afraid to reach out to companies if you are interested in them”.
Congratulations Mikayla on all of your success so far and we wish you the best of luck moving forward!!
If you’d like to visit the Career Closet, stop by Career & Professional Development anytime that we are open! Remember you can get 4 FREE items each semester! Save some $ and build a nice wardrobe!
Student Success Story: McKenna Fassbinder
Written by: Chelsea Breyer
Mckenna Fassbinder is a senior here at UW Oshkosh who will be graduating this December 2019 with a Marketing major and Retail Management emphasis. Mckenna started her college journey as a freshman at UW Stevens Point, where she played basketball. After her first semester Mckenna decided to move closer to home and attend UW Oshkosh with the intention of pursuing a degree in business.
During her time at UW Oshkosh, Mckenna experienced great opportunities that helped her develop her interest in Marketing and become a more accomplished professional. Initially, Marketing was not the obvious path for Mckenna, and she credits several different experiences with helping her to discover her passion for Marketing. Initially drawn to the creative components of Marketing, as a part-time sales manager at the clothing store Carter’s, Mckenna became interested in consumer behavior and determining what the customer wants. Mckenna also took classes in Marketing Research and Global Marketing, in which she found that she enjoyed the numbers side of Marketing. Additionally, Mckenna enrolled in the Business 284 Professional Skills class. Through this class Mckenna participated in multiple networking events hosted by Career & Professional Development, such as informational interviews, dining with professionals, and mock interviews. Mckenna believes that these events greatly influenced her decision to pursue Marketing, as she was able to interact with a variety of professionals within the field. As a result of participating in mock interviews, Mckenna was offered an internship with Target in 2017.
Another great opportunity Mckenna had the benefit of participating in was the Disney College Program. The Disney College Program presents an in-house learning experience where students live, work, and learn more about business at one of the Disney resorts. In Fall of 2018 Mckenna interned as a Front of House Specialist for the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, in addition to supporting merchandise operations. Mckenna has always had a personal connection to Disney and would visit the parks at least once a year when she was young. Mckenna learned about the Disney College Program from a cast member at Disney and took the initiative to reach out to Career & Professional Development for more information. She met with Chrissy Lambie, the UW Oshkosh Disney College Program Faculty rep, who helped her with the interview and application process, as well as helping her to enroll in the Letters and Science internship class. In addition to learning more about Disney and their business, Mckenna was able to focus on her individual development. Through this internship Mckenna met new people and made a lot of connections. Originally a shy person, Mckenna worked on building her confidence and opening up more. Additionally, she even got to meet her favorite Disney character Donald Duck!
This development paid off when Mckenna used her connections from the program to gain a professional internship with the Disney Hospitality Leadership Program following graduation. This year-long program is a people-based leadership experience where Mckenna will be a management intern overseeing merchandise operations and coordination of cast members in Animal Kingdom. Mckenna is not yet sure what she will pursue after her program is over, however, she is open to opportunities the future presents.
When asked about what advice she would give to future students pursuing a career in business, Mckenna stressed the importance of being proactive and putting yourself out there. She highly recommended attending networking events and treating them as an opportunity to make others notice you, rather than waiting for others to reach out. Having figured this out later in her college education, Mckenna wants to give this advice to help others be more aware earlier on in their path.
Thank you for the advice Mckenna, and congratulations on your graduation! We wish you all the best with your upcoming program, and success in the future to come!
Student Success Story: Olivia Anderson
Written by: Whitney Karau
Olivia Anderson is a senior, Economics major with an international emphasis here at UW Oshkosh and will be graduating in May 2020. Additionally, she has two minors that include math and business management. Her international emphasis is something she is very passionate about. Currently, her favorite classes include, International Capital Markets and Economies of Less Developed Countries, because they focus on trading and economies of countries outside the United States. Olivia is from the Oshkosh area and indicated that she would like to stay in the area for at least a year after graduating. However, she would eventually love to move and travel or work internationally.
After graduation she is excited for what lies ahead of her but is also sad to leave the UW Oshkosh campus and to leave her Sorority Gamma Phi Beta. She has been a member of Gamma Phi Beta since 2017 and currently hold the position of Financial Vice President. As the Financial VP Olivia oversees the sororities checking and savings accounts, creates and manages their budget, bills members with dues and fines, manages the funds raised for their philanthropic partner Girls on the Run, and assists in completing the sorority’s taxes. Olivia feels that her position at the Financial VP of her sororities helped to give her an edge when she recently attended the Fall 2019 Career Fair on the Fox and secured an internship with Northwestern Mutual.
During the Career Fair on the Fox she was able to network and connect with employers. Her skills and experiences impressed employers and landed her the opportunity to participate in on campus interviews in the Career & Professional Development office later in the week with Northwestern Mutual. After her interview she was offered an internship as the College Financial Representative for Northwestern Mutual. This internship allows her the opportunity to be licensed in both Life and Health Insurance. Olivia is very excited about these opportunities and feels this internship is her first real step into the business world.
When asked how she felt about the career fair Olivia shared that she greatly enjoyed and valued the experience. Her favorite part was the opportunity to stop by and visit all businesses from the area. She feels that applying online doesn’t give the applicant a real feel for the company or the ability to really see the whole picture like the career fair does. She would 100% recommend that other students take advantage of the opportunities that career fairs provides.
Thanks for the advice Olivia and Congratulations on landing that internship! We wish you well in all that lies ahead for you!
Anyone interested in learning more about the Career Fair on the Fox or other Career Fairs put on by Career & Professional Development can find more information listed on Handshake under Events tab by clicking on “Find Career Fairs.”
Student Success Story: Shyanna Brickson
Written By: Kaitlyn Harbort
Shyanna, currently a senior graduating this December, chose to purse a major in Biology Healthcare Business, and has had the opportunity to participate in a few extraordinary internships. Her decision to study biology and explore a career in that industry came from her passion for science and love for animals. Currently, Shyanna is exploring the position as a veterinary assistant, however, upon graduation will be transferring to the lab operations to assist in diagnosing visiting patients.
Throughout her collegiate career, Shyanna has participated in multiple internships allowing her to experience a variety of professional positions. Through her internship at the Wildwood Wildlife Park in Minocqua she was able to gain hands on experience caring for animals by learning to assess potential health or behavioral problems and how to treat accordingly. Shyanna’s second internship was through Career & Professional Development where she acted as the Database Assistant Intern and gained hands on experience in providing database and record keeping for several hundred employers affiliating with UWO. Her final internship experience was held this summer as she participated in a customer service based position for Alliant Energy in Madison.
Shyanna has utilized the services of Career & Professional Development in various ways. Not only has she been employed with the department for over two years, but she has also participated in almost every type of professional networking event we offer. As a student Shyanna, has completed various resume review sessions with her Career Advisor, and has participated in workshops that emphasize Clifton Strengths. From the resources available, Shyanna felt she was much more adequately prepared when entering into the interview process, and being offered her internships. By participating in events such as Dining with Professionals, mock interviews, Career Fair on the Fox, and the Taste of Oshkosh, Shyanna felt she was able to really strengthen her professional networking abilities and develop connections that she has been able to keep throughout her collegiate years.
Shyanna’s advice to students is “although college is important and helpful don’t forget to enjoy your life while living it.” Your four years at UWO will go so fast so while you’re planning for the next classes to sign up for, or the future job you want just remember to enjoy the moments you’re currently experiencing. This is the youngest you will ever be!
If you’d like to schedule an appointment with your Career Advisor you can self-schedule through Handshake or call Career & Professional Development at 920-424-2181. If you’d like to participate in any of our events check out our upcoming opportunities in Handshake!
Student Success Story – Johnathan Bovee
Written by Dulce Lopez
Johnathan Bovee is a Junior here at UW Oshkosh, majoring in Finance. He chose this career path because he always had a passion for mathematics. At a very young age he knew he had a talent with numbers. Johnathan began to explore the finance industry and realized it was a very competitive field. His love for numbers and his competitive leadership skills gave him reassurance that he was on the right path. In Johnathan’s free time, he enjoys outdoor activities like hunting and fishing as well as playing football and baseball. He is also part of the UWO Honors College and Alpha Lambda Delta honors society. He enjoys the leadership, networking, and volunteering opportunities that are offered in both organizations.
Throughout college, Johnathan has volunteered around the community at our local animal shelter and at the EAA Aviation Museum. He currently has an internship at Oshkosh Corporation. He secured his internship with his excellent networking skills and with the help of our Career & Professional Development office. He utilized our Career Closet and met with Industry Advisor, Chelsy Cegielski. She gave constructive feedback on his resume and cover letter. With the help of our staff, Johnathan was able to connect with a variety of corporations and organizations. He stressed the importance of outreach, there are so many resources and tools that are given to our students. It’s just a matter of going the extra mile to ask for guidance.
Johnathan plans to continue his career path at Oshkosh Corporation. He would like to move up within the corporation and look at different departments. Understanding all parts of the organization will give him a first-hand exposure on opportunities within finance. A piece of advice that Johnathan has for students is, “utilize the resources that are provided for you, they’re there for a reason. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help because you only get back what you put in!”.
Awesome job, Johnathan and good luck on your Junior year!
If you’d like to learn more about industry advising or meet with your career advisor to go over your resume or career plans call Career & Professional Development at 920-424-2181 to schedule an appointment.
Student Success Story: Dan Pomeroy
Written by: Maggie Smith
Daniel (Dan) Pomery is a Junior here at UWO from Jackson, WI, majoring in Applied Physics with a minor in Business Administration. Dan chose his major because, “In addition to his passion for learning, Dan is a member of the UW-Oshkosh Titan Football Team, playing the safety position on the defensive side of the ball.
After attending the Career Fairs this year, Dan was offered a full-time internship position this summer in the quality department of Alliance Laundry Systems. His title is a Quality Intern and he is responsible for data collection, efficiency analysis, and solution implementation pertaining to the manufacturing process. In addition to attending the Career Fair, Dan has utilized our office in many other ways including resume appointments, career exploration, interview prep, internship/grad school questions and exploration, and has even visited the Career Closet.
In seeing Dan’s success from utilizing the Career & Professional Development office, he offers some advice to his fellow UWO students. He says, “My advice to other students is to use the Career & Professional Development office to build your resume and continue to visit to make improvements. My second piece of advice is, apply for jobs that you are interested in using the qualifications as a guideline. You never know what opportunities will present themselves”.
Dan is also entrepreneurial as he and three friends have started their own company called OmniSpeakers! He says, “We are developing the first Bluetooth 4-in-1 speaker that can create a full surround sound experience. You and 3 other friends can pair with a single OmniSpeaker from our 4 speaker set or pair the 4 speaker units together using the OmniSpeaker Hub. Placing these speakers where you choose with fill the room with the music of your choice that you can take anywhere”. Dan continues to gain experience as he is the Lead Engineer and is responsible for creating, developing and testing all aspects of the product. Stay tuned for the final product! Recently, Dan & friends took 3rd place in the Warhawk Business Plan Competition hosted by the CEO organization at UW Whitewater and took home $500 for their business plan/pitch.
No matter where you are in your college career, make a plan to visit Career & Professional Development early and often!
Student Success Story: Gaby Newman
Written by: Lucas Meixner
Gabrielle (Gaby) Newman is a Junior here at UW Oshkosh who is majoring in Communications and has a minor in Business. Gaby plans to graduate in December 2020 and would like to work within the Fox Valley after her graduation. To gain more experience in her field, this last year, Gaby interned with the now current Mayor of Oshkosh, Lori Palmeri.
During her time with Mayor Palmeri, she worked directly with her on the campaign. After gaining experience, Gaby is now assisting the Mayor as one of her speech editors. Gaby gives a ton of credit for gaining this internship to the advisors at the office of Career and Professional Development. She says the appointment she made had assisted her in gaining the internship with the Mayor.
After learning how beneficial our office is, Gaby recommends frequent visits to Career & Professional Development, “I think that students should plan a visit at least once a year to help with their resumes and any other questions that they have about their careers”. She also says, “students should not be afraid to come in and ask questions! The office has a counseling atmosphere, and the advisors are here to help you. They are your confidant if you’re stressed about career and professional help”.
In addition to making a one-on-one industry advising appointment, Gaby suggests that students take a Professional Skills course before they graduate. She specifically advises that anyone who is planning on having an internship to take a professional skills course to assist them in finding an internship. She says the class will provide the skills that are necessary to be successful within your future role. Since she started her new position, Gaby has gained a new found respect for the skills learned during her time with the course that helped her secure the position.
Overall, Gaby said that she has benefitted completely from all the help she was given through the office of Career and Professional Development. Congratulations on your success Gaby, and good luck within your future endeavors!
If you are interest in scheduling an appointment with a career advisor call Career & Professional Development at 920-424-2181 or self-schedule an appointment through Handshake. If you are interested in take a professional skills class, register on Titan Web for any of the courses listed below.