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: 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.
Student Success Story: Meghan Mieras
Written by: Michelle McChesney
Meghan Mieras, a sophomore here at UW Oshkosh comes to us all the way from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Meghan began her career as a student at UW Oshkosh as a communications major but recently transferred into the College of Business to pursue an education in Human Resource Management. Outside of academics, Meghan is very involved on campus. She is a Community Advisor through the Department of Residence Life, member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), member of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), and also served as the CA Liaison for Hall Government. Meghan is proud of her involvement on campus and believes it is helping her build skills she needs to be successful after college.
As a freshman, Meghan was very driven to take advance of every opportunity to she was given to help enhance her education. One of the opportunities Meghan took advantage of was working in the office of Career and Professional Development as a Career Resource Specialist. Through this position she was exposed to many opportunities. One opportunity that had a significant impact on Meghan’s future was attending the Creating Connections event last spring. This event is a networking event designed to allow students an opportunity to connect with employers. Through attending Creating Connections, Meghan obtained a summer internship as a FRESHMAN. Meghan was hired as the Corporate HR Intern with Alliance Laundry Systems.
Through this internship, Meghan gained many valuable skills. She was able to engage in sourcing and recruiting, help with phone interviews, and was responsible for building interview schedules. Meghan loved her experience with Alliance Laundry Systems. This internship ultimately lead her to change her major to Human Resource Management and allowed her to connect with individuals to secure a new internship for the summer after her sophomore year. If you think you might be interested in working for Alliance Laundry Systems, they will be attending our upcoming Career & Internship Fair on Wednesday, May 1st. Stop by and network!
When asked to share some advice for fellow students, Meghan said “Take advantage of professional development opportunities, really opportunities in general! Make connections and get involved! Have a positive attitude and don’t be afraid to take risk. And last but not least, believe in yourself!”
Congratulations Meghan on all of your success and best of luck in your future endeavors.
Student Success Story: Amy Lanzendorf
Written by: Jenna Maki
Amy Lanzendorf is a senior graduating in May of 2019 with two Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Amy says that when she decided to double major, she was most inspired by helping other people.
Recently, Amy was offered an intern position after attending the Criminal Justice Mock Interview and Career Fair on The Fox, hosted by Career & Professional Development. Amy admits that getting hands on experiences working with offenders and attending presentence investigations were the most memorable aspects of her internship. On a daily basis, Amy’s internship position required her to shadow senior agents who supervise 80+ offenders and supervise a few of her own.When asked the thing she learned and valued most during the internship she said, “I have valued getting to know coworkers and their style of working, watching home and office visits and getting my own offenders to supervise. The hands on experience and advice senior agents have given me are two of my favorite things about having an internship.”
Amy advises and suggests that students should strongly consider taking an internship because it provides students with extremely valuable opportunities not only during college but in their future professional career. While completing her internship over the 2017 winter interim with Dane County Juvenile Detention Center Amy was able to gain academic credit through Career & Professional Development by enrolling in the Interdisciplinary Studies 399: L&S Career Internship course. While participating in her internship she set goals with her supervisor, reflected on her personal development and growth and was able to get professional supervision during her experience.
Amy’s current internship recruiter, Ryan Braun works for the Department of Corrections. He first met Amy during the Mock Interview she attended on campus and then again at the Career Fair on The Fox. Ryan shares that there are many aspects of having an internship with the DOC that are valuable to students. He explains, “as an intern, you’re able to do many of the same job duties as someone actually employed as a Probation Agent. Community Corrections offers a lot of opportunities and exposure to the criminal justice system, various community partners, and exposure to evidence based practices. The most valuable thing is being able to get students real world experience outside of the classroom and get exposure to various correctional practices. This experience allows students to experience specialized supervision models which include Domestic Violence Intervention Programs and Drug and Alcohol Treatment Courts.”
Ryan also shared how memorable Amy was as an intern, “it’s been enjoyable to see her educational growth and then to be able to help give her some her initial experiences in Corrections.”
Ryan advises that students take advantage of the opportunity in front of them and utilize the internship experiences to help them gain relevant experience and job skills for their future career paths.
If you are interested in building your success story like Amy’s consider attending one of our upcoming career fairs:
- Healthcare Career Fair | Monday, April 15th | 10:30 – 12:15 am | Reeve Union Ballroom
- Education Career Fair | Tuesday, April 16th | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm | Reeve Union Ballroom
- Career & Internship Fair | Wednesday, May 1st | 10:30 am – 1:30 pm | Reeve Union Ballroom
If you are one of the majors in the College of Letters & Science and want more information about how you can get credit for your internship, contact Chrissy Lambie, L&S Internship Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Career & Professional Development to schedule an appointment.
Student Success Story: Brianna Colebourne
Brianna (Bri) Colebourne is an outstanding senior majoring in Public Relations and Journalism and is also emphasizing in Advertising. She chose her majors because of her love for leadership, communication and creative thinking which allows for endless opportunities. After she graduates in May, Bri wants to work as an event planner in Milwaukee to gain real world experience in the field before she opens her own event planning company.
Currently, Bri has an internship at the House of Flowers and Couture Events as an Event and Floral Intern. She spends her time helping to creating floral arrangements for events and customers, pulling decorations, planning logistics for events or setting up at the venue. This is a great experience for her because of the many different components and responsibilities associated with her position.
Aside from her internship, Bri stays very involved on campus as she is the President of PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) and spends a lot of time planning and managing the chapter for its many members. She has attended conferences all over the United States because of her presidency and truly has a passion for learning and teaching PRSSA’s members her knowledge.
Bri’s advice for other students is to use the services that the Career & Professional Development Office provides including resume appointments and the Career Closet. By utilizing these services she took a huge step forward in successfully creating her professional brand.
If you’re interested in adding to your professional wardrobe consider visiting the Career Closet in the Career & Professional Development office. Also, to learn more about PRSSA, email email@example.com
Sgt. Joseph Pavelsek
Student Success Story: Sgt. Joseph Pavelsek
By: Lydia Westedt
Sergeant Joseph Pavelsek, born and raised in Burlington, Wisconsin, is a non-traditional student here at UW Oshkosh with a success story worth reading. Next spring, Sgt. Pavelsek will be graduating with a BA in History, International Studies, and a minor in Criminal Justice. His life so far has been an interesting journey, full of experiences and accomplishments. For Sgt. Pavelsek, the path to pursuing his goals has always been clear, and it started with joining the military.
Now a US Army Military Police officer, Sgt. Pavelsek described his decision to join the military as an easy one, as he was “always the kid playing soldier” when he was growing up. Pavelsek explained by saying, “[joining the military] was the easiest way for someone like me who was born kind of poor to make an impact on history.” Pavelsek describes himself as a “huge history nerd.” He is especially well-versed on the history of France during the Napoleonic wars, Imperial Rome, and WWII Germany, as military history is his favorite history subject.
Post high school graduation, Pavelsek joined the Army after 1 semester at Gateway Technical College, and was immediately deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While deployed, he worked for one year as a guard at the detention camp in Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. During his deployment he studied online through Gateway Technical College, taking courses in Criminal Justice. He graduated from Gateway after his return, and began continuing his education at UW Oshkosh. After one year at Oshkosh, he was deployed again to Cuba. Pavelsek remembers getting off the plane in Cuba the second time and realizing that Cuba had a distinctive and rather unpleasantly familiar smell; a smell that he would be inhaling for one more year while he served out his deployment. He recalled his service with a dutiful attitude, saying “I was doing what I joined the military to do.”
This past March, Pavelsek returned from Guantanamo Bay. Since then he has been working hard to finish his degrees, and has also been putting time into his on-campus job in the Veterans Resource Center. In the Veterans Resource Center, Pavelsek works to help military students like himself receive their benefits for school. Sergeant Pavelsek will be spending this summer in the Army Reserves.
This semester, Pavelesk recalled utilizing the Career Closet on campus in the Career & Professional Development office. He was able to pick up a pair of name brand dress shoes to add to his wardrobe. The Career Closet it run on a donation basis, and is a free resource for all UW Oshkosh students. It is a great place to drop off unwanted clothing items, or take home other items free of cost. All the Career Closet items are considered proper for professional dress, making it easy to expand your professional wardrobe without draining your wallet.
Pavelesk’s urges students to “figure out what you want to do before you go to college,” and understand that college shouldn’t be a “huge rush.” His advice for other college students is to just “do what you love, or work to be able to do what you love.”
Thank you for your service, Joseph, the amazing story, and best of luck to you in the future!
If you’d like to visit the Career Closet to add to your wardrobe, make plans to stop by Career & Professional Development in the Student Success Center 125 anytime during business hours. Monday – Thursday 08:00 – 17:00 and Friday 08:00 – 15:00.
Student Success Story — Trevon Prescott
Written by: Menickalay Yancey
Trevon Prescott is a senior here at UWO, majoring in Human Services Leadership. As a Human Services Leadership major, he looks forward to playing a very important role in society by helping individuals, families, and communities successfully cope with developmental problems or issues related to personal, social and/or environmental problems. For fun, Trevon likes to go out to eat, go to the movie theater, hang out with friends, and play basketball in UWO’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
Trevon currently works for Aurora Health Care Medical Center, a position he obtained through the Career Fair on the Fox, as a food service assistant. His role is to prepare food trays and deliver them to the requested rooms and towards the end of his shift, he cleans up and gets ready for another great day. Trevon says he loves his job because he gets to serve food to those we need it and he is able to give that extra caregiver support that each patient needs. He said it brings a smile to both him and the patient.
Trevon has completed several internships. At the Lighted School House, he helped with the after-school program that provides enrichment and homework help for elementary and middle school students. His duties were to tutor, mentor, and ensure safety on school grounds. Trevon’s second internship was at UWO’s Career & Professional Development office. His time was spent working in the Career Closet, with a goal of providing business attire for college students who needed it. His duties in the Career Closet were to make sure the closet was filled and organized with clothes for everyone and to promote the closet around the campus.
Trevon says his future plans are to start his own non-profit organization or to work for one, such as a summer program or College Possible center. His wise advice to students is, “Be positive no matter what and work through all of the distractions and let downs college may bring…time management and planning is everything…there is no exact time that you must graduate from college, just as long as you do.”
If you are considering an internship, check out Handshake for updated postings. Many organizations are already hiring for summer 2019. Don’t forget there are also many opportunities to earn academic credit for your internship. L&S students can earn academic credit through many departments or through the Interdisciplinary Studies 399: L&S Internship course. You can find more details about that course here.
Student Success Story – Austin Lee
Written by: Austin Lee
My name is Austin Lee; I am a Communications major with a Minor in Political Science. I enjoy playing sports, hanging out with my friends and meeting new people. I am currently a Career Resource Specialist (CRS) at the front desk in the Career and Professional Development office. As a CRS, I provide assistance for any visitor who comes into our office. I help students set up their handshake accounts, set appointments for Students and Alumni if they need career advising and, I can review and help with students resumes. I obtained my CRS position through Handshake as a work study-job. Work-study awards on your FAFSA is definitely a benefit to have as a student because many campus jobs require it. With that being said, having work-study can give you an advantage. Handshake has also given me other opportunities as well. I am also a Promotions and Script intern through the UW Oshkosh Athletic department. For my Promotions and Script Internship, I assist with the graphic board, sounds, and promotions on Titan game days. I am also a Peer Mentor for incoming Freshman on campus. As a Peer Mentor, I assist Freshman with the transition from high school to college by sitting in their Quest 1 class and making them feel comfortable and welcomed.
These jobs give me transferable professional skills that I can apply to my future in many ways. I am able to conduct myself more appropriately in professional situations. I have also strengthened my communication, listening, computer and time-management skills. My plans for the future are very open. My ultimate goal as a person is to make a change in society one way or another. I love helping others and feeling accomplished. I think that with these characteristics, I can make a difference in my lifetime. Whether the difference be small or large, I want to be able to look back on my career and feel satisfied and live with no regrets. As cliché as it sounds, it’s the way I want to be.
Some advice for incoming students would be to get involved and stay involved. Getting your name out there is essential and could take you to magnificent places and lead to awesome things. My other piece of advice would be to live every single day to the fullest, use your time wisely and stay efficient. Also, if you are a student who is curious about how Handshake works and how you can find a work-study position, come on into the Career and Professional Development office, and we will help you out!
Visit Handshake now to search for and apply for campus jobs, internships or summer jobs!
Student Success Story – Cameron Schneider
Written by: Maggie Smith
Cameron Schneider is a Senior here at UWO, majoring in Business Management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. He chose this path not only for his love of business, but also for future profit and management opportunities. In Cameron’s free time, he enjoys being active and spending time outdoors doing activities like fishing and hiking. He is also very involved in the Marketing and Sales club as an executive board member: VP of Sales. He enjoys the leadership in this position and ability to be creative whilst learning from other student members and speakers.
Throughout college, Cameron has had two internships. His first was at Snap-Tools as a part of the Technology Operations Department, and the other was for Directional Construction Services as an Assistant Project Manager. Cameron was able to secure both internships through his outstanding networking skills and in his attendance of the Career Fair on the Fox here at the University. He emphasizes the importance of constantly being aware of who you’re talking to, because “they could always be a piece to the puzzle of your next professional position. You never know what opportunity could come your way next or who your future employer might be”, Cameron said.
Currently, Cameron is working part time for Pieper Power, again as a Project Manager. He plans to continue his career there in hopes of building a long term relationship post graduation. Additionally, he and his business partner have founded CNM Liquidations, LLC in which they work together in buying used technology and selling it to consumers at an affordable price. Cameron also has another business plan in the works for the near future.
A piece of advice to other students that Cameron offered, is “if you ever feel like you have a good idea for a business or maybe a new invention, don’t be afraid to take the risk and go after it. You truly never know what you can accomplish!”.
Great job, Cameron and good luck!
If you are an undeclared student or interested in learning more about the many different majors offered here at UWO, consider checking out ‘Major Connections’! A chance to meet with upper-class students from over 20 majors, ask questions, and hear experiences! Also, don’t forget to check out the majors in the School of Business to learn more about why Cameron chose his major and emphasis! Learn more about Major Connections on Handshake.
Shannon Gaffney – Student Success Story
Written by: Maggie Smith
Please congratulate Shannon Gaffney as Career Services next student success story! Shannon is a Senior from Sun Prairie, WI who is majoring in Public Relations. Public Relations is a unique field in that it is very versatile, including aspects of journalism, communications, advertising, marketing, and even event planning. This versatility is what attracted Shannon to the major and made her switch from HR to PR so late in the game her junior year!
After attending the Career Fair her sophomore year, Shannon made great connections which allowed her to obtain a ‘Global Strategy and Marketing’ internship position with Oshkosh Corp. On a daily basis, she manages social media, implements photo shoots, creates press kits, does market research, and many more activities. After getting her first taste of Public Relations, Shannon fell in love with her major and can’t imagine doing anything else.
After having so much success after the Career Fair and currently in her internship, Shannon’s advice is, “Don’t be afraid to take risks and shoot for opportunities that may seem outside your comfort or experience level”.
You never know what could happen!
If you’d like to practice your networking skills in hopes of success like Shannon, please consider attending the Career and Internship Fair May 1, from 11:30-2:00. See you there!
Check out the more than 40+ companies and organizations who will be attending the fair here! This fair is a “come as you are” fair and while professional dress is encouraged it is not expected. Stop by between classes and start making connections now for full-time, career ready jobs and internships!