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: Margaret Propp
Written by: Alicia Stuedemann
Meet Margaret Propp, a junior majoring in Economics and Spanish with an emphasis in Language. Throughout Margaret’s time here at UWO, she has been involved with NSLS, History Club, the Economic Student Association and is a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. In her sorority she serves as the Finance and Operations VP. In all of these experiences Margaret has gained transferable skills for her future roles.
Margaret is currently applying for internships and has utilized Career & Professional Development as students have transitioned off campus to work and finish course work online. She took advantage of online phone/virtual appointments to complete her resume for submission with job and internship applications. Margaret has also visited C&PD to discuss options for her future career, and learn about job websites to provide tips and tricks on how to meet her career goals.
Margaret can use the resources provided by a career advisor when searching for full time jobs in the next year. When asked “Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years” Margaret said, “ I truly haven’t really decided what field I want to enter into, but I’ve narrowed it down to either financial advising or just specializing in business economics. So, in 5 years I hope to be either a financial advisor or working in HR.” Career advisors have the ability to meet with students virtually and provide job/ internship resources to help narrow down choices if you are also deciding on the right career path for your major.
When asked about the biggest piece of advice Margaret would give a student seeking a job or internship she stated “ When looking for a job/internship think about your future (post-college) goals and what skills you want to get out of the job or internship. Also, you only get out what you put into it.” You gain valuable skills from volunteer work, part-time jobs, and campus involvement. Continue to apply for jobs and internships though Handshake and if you have questions about your job/internship search make an appointment today!
If you’d like to schedule an appointment with a career advisor to discuss job & internship search, what you can do with your major, or to get feedback on your resume as you apply for positions call Career & Professional Development at 920-424-2181 or self-schedule an appointment on Handshake for a time that is convenient for you. Advisors are available remotely by phone or via video chat for appointments.
Congratulations Margaret, on all your success so far here at UW Oshkosh! We wish you the best of luck moving forward!
Written by: Sam Mergl
Meet Alaina Riedel, she is majoring in Human Services Leadership with a minor in Psychology and is currently in her 6th year and will be graduating in May with her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services. Throughout Alaina’s time here at UWO, she held two on-campus jobs. One job was working at the Student Involvement Desk in Reeve Union for over 3 years. The other position she held on-campus was also at Reeve Union being a Volunteerism Assistant for over 2 years. With that position, she was responsible for Hands On Oshkosh events, Alternative Break Trivia Night and much more! Alaina also held a job as CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant for the last 6 years where she worked in many nursing homes and assisted livings, as well as home health care. Additionally, Alaina’s first started working at a grocery store in her hometown as a cashier and dairy clerk while attending high school.
Throughout her time at UWO, Alaina has taken a variety of different courses. When asked which classes were her favorite she said that “ my first initial favorite class was when I was a pre-nursing major, Nursing 215 – Health Practices with Diverse Populations. It was my first realization that I enjoyed learning the cultures of different populations. I had the opportunity during my college experience to travel to Honduras with Reeve Union Alternative Break, three different times to learn about their culture in Honduras as well as establishing friendships that lasted a lifetime there.” Currently, Alaina is working as the Disaster Workforce Engagement Manager that she started in the beginning of May 2020 with the American Red Cross. Before she landed this position she also held two different internships that helped her land the job. Alaina was a Disaster Services intern and a volunteer with the American Red Cross in Oshkosh, WI from September 2019 to May 2020. For the Human Services degree at UWO, she was required to have two internships. One internship was 120 hours, and the other internship was 280 hours. Alaina completed both of my internships at the American Red Cross and volunteered between the two internships.
After speaking to Alaina about how she utilized the Career and Professional Development Office, she said that “First off, I can not thank Alicia Stuedemann enough for everything she has done for me and my professional life this last year. From tearing apart my resume to preparing me for interviews, Alicia has been there for me through it all. I definitely used the Career and Professional Development more in my last year as an undergraduate than I did my whole college experience. I think that seniors should utilize this service on campus before they graduate as so many services are provided for students!”
When asked where Alaina sees herself in the next five years, she hopes to be someone who is established in their career. Alaina wants to have gained tremendous experiences that build herself as a professional as well as someone who remains an avid traveler. She would love to travel back to Honduras again as she has been a couple times previously. One piece of advice that Alaina would give to students is, “Don’t give up. Life takes time, and it’s okay to pause once in a while. I came into college as a pre-nursing major and I’m leaving as a Human Services Leadership major, did I ever think that would happen? Not in a million years! But I did not give up, through the many challenges that college threw my way I found passion out of it. College is not easy, and it will challenge you like you’ve never been challenged before, but it’s important to have a great support system and establish goals along the journey. My last piece of advice is to get involved! Whether it be a student organization, club, intramural sports, or even an on-campus job! They will all have such a positive impact on any college experience and bring so many new opportunities that were not available before!”
If you’d like to schedule an appointment with a career advisor, call Career & Professional Development at 920-424-2181 or self-schedule an appointment on Handshake for a time that is convenient for you. Advisors are available remotely by phone or via video chat for appointments if you prefer face-to-face option. We are still here to serve you!
Student Success Story: Eva Penick
Written by: Sam Mergle
Meet Eva Penick, a junior here at UW Oshkosh. Eva is currently majoring in Human Resource Management and plans on graduating next May with her bachelors degree. Previously, Eva has worked at a local Indian restaurant called Sai Ram in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she was able to gain skills in customer service through being a waitress, server’s assistant, busser and host. Having been able to work there for 4 years, she was able to have many experiences working with customers as well as demonstrating great problem solving skills. Eva also currently works in the UW Oshkosh’s Chancellor’s office as a student assistant.
The Career Fair on the Fox is a great event that UW Oshkosh Career & Professional Development hosts every year which allows students to connect with hundreds of different employers to potentially land a job/internship. This past fall Eva took advantage of going and connecting with professionals. Eva landed herself a human resource summer internship position with Grande Cheese Company after talking with the internship coordinator. She said one thing she really liked was how she could ask more questions and get to know more about the company and the people that she would be working with from speaking with the coordinator and representatives face-to-face. Eva said that one thing that really helped her get ready for the career fair was using the Career and Professional Development Office’s resume drop-in. She was able to get great feedback on what stood out on her resume, but also got feedback on what she needed to fix in order to stand out to employers.Eva also said that having done the mock interviews through the office was a big help because it made her go into her internship interview more confident.
When asked where Eva sees herself in the next five years, she said that she hopes to gain a lot more human resource experience with Grande Cheese, and if that goes well she hopes to continue her career with them. One piece of advice Eva wants to give to other students is to go to the career fair. She said she was so nervous to go but so glad she went because she would not have gotten her summer internship if she had not met and connected with the coordinator of her program.
Congratulations Eva, on all your success so far here at UW Oshkosh! We wish you the best of luck moving forward!
Student Success Story: Kat Aasen
Written by: Sam Mergl
Kat Aasen is a junior here at UW Oshkosh, double majoring in human resources and interactive web management. Kat is also a part of the sorority Zeta Tau Alpha and holds the position of Vice President of Recruitment and Retention. Previously, Kat has worked at Buffalo Wild Wings as a server which has given her great customer service experience on top of working at a boutique back in her hometown of Oconomowoc. Kat was also able to gain some office management experience.
Kat recently landed an internship with Schneider National up in Green Bay as the Campus Recruiting Intern in Corporate Recruiting. She is currently working on Schneider’s Intern Program, which has recently been named one of the country’s 100 Best Internships, hiring on 90 students. Kat’s main role is to be a direct line of communication with intern candidates across the United States, supporting them through a positive recruiting experience. She coordinates the scheduling of all intern candidates, utilizes an applicant tracking system to transition and communicate with candidates, as well as validates new hire background checks.
Throughout her time at UW Oshkosh, Kat has utilized the Career and Professional Development office to her advantage to help her land her current internship. In her Business 284 class, students had to come into the Career and Professional Development office and do a mock interview. Gina, a recruiter from Schneider, ended up interviewing Kat and after she did some research on the company, Kat realized she really liked the culture of Schneider and eventually went on to land the position. When asked what the next five years looks like for Kat’s future she said that she hopes to come out of college with a full time job offer in the Fox Valley area or the greater Milwaukee area. With three years of college experience under her belt, Kat’s advice to any student looking for a job or internship position would be to build your resume because that’s the first thing of your personal brand a recruiter sees of you. She also said that practicing your interviewing skills is essential as well as coming into any room confident.
Congratulations, Kat on all your accomplishments thus far! We are excited to see what the future holds for you.
If you are looking to add to your summer or fall schedule, consider enrolling in one of our Professional Skills courses.
Professional skills courses will prepare you for internship or work after college. Topics covered in these courses include: resumes, cover letters, networking, personal branding, strengths, job/internship search, graduate school and much more! If you are interested you can enroll on Titan Web now!
*PRF CNSL 202 – Career Planning & Implementation – 1 credit online offered both summer and fall (all majors)
*INTRDSCP 208 – Professional Skills in Math & Natural Science
*HUMAN SVC – 204 – Professional Skills in Human Services
*BUSINESS 284 – Professional Skills in Business
Why you should consider taking a Professional Skills course:
- 98% of students who took the Pro Skills course – were able to articulate how their education & experiences connected to their career goals
- 98% of students who took the Pro Skills course – were able to articulate the value of their strengths in a professional setting
- 95% of students who took the Pro Skills course – were able to implement four effective strategies to find a job/internship
- 95% of students who took the Pro Skills course – were able to identify strategies for creating a positive, professional personal brand
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!