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Welcome to UND Career Services’ success stories! Inspiring testimonies on how Career Services has helped students soar to new heights!
First Name: Ryan
Area of Study: Applied Economics
Expected Graduation Date: December 2017
After graduating from UND with an Airport Management degree in 2010, and then a Master of Business Administration degree in 2012, I decided to take a break from education. After continuing to focus on my career, which took some twists and turns, I wanted to explore the next steps in my educational journey. So with that thought process I began the Master of Applied Economics program in Fall semester of 2014. As I continued through the program I began to see the application between my education and work, which prompted me to take a serious look at how I wanted to progress in my career. What did I actually want to do?
In the summer of 2016 I contacted Career Services, and was immediately greeted with a culture of professionalism and genuine care for my personal well-being. Through a six month process I was guided by a Success Coach to not only revamp my resume, cover letter, and job hunting skills, but to help with my work/life balance. The process and interaction with my Success Coach has resulted in a promotion and the creation of healthier work/life boundaries, but most importantly I feel for the first time I have a direction in my career where I can align my education an experience into a marketable package for future employers.
I strongly encourage students to take advantage of what Career Services has to offer early in their educational career. They can help you understand your educational passions and how that translates to a career, and it is never too early (or late) to discover what your passions are in life.
First Name: Jen
Area of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
Ever since I was a little girl I loved math and science and always knew that I was meant to do something with these subjects. I decided on engineering when I was in high school. I have followed this goal since I decided on it, worked hard in school, and joined just about every club imaginable. However, like a lot of engineering majors I’m socially awkward and terrible at talking myself up. I started going to career services to gain practice for interviews and career fairs. I had a few interviews with different companies and continued to work with career services to further improve my people skills. A few weeks ago I got an offer from Rockwell Collins to come work for them as a Co-op over the summer and into next fall. Career Services helped me not only with my professional and career goals but also with my personal goals.
First Name: Danielle
Area of Study: Communications and Leadership
Expected Graduation Date: May 2017
Lindsey Cernik, of Career Services, has helped me land the job I could have only dreamed of.
About a year ago I was a panicking junior at UND. With the realization I needed a summer internship; it dawned on me, I was not prepared to showcase my accomplishments and my learned skills.
So as soon as I got back to school from Christmas break, I knew it was time to make an appointment with Career Services. I simply needed guidance.
And that is exactly what I got. Lindsey not only helped me reconstruct my resume and prepare for interviews, but she also helped calm my nerves.
With her help, I landed the internship I wanted most. That internship eventually turned into a job offer. Post graduation I will be working for an extraordinary company called Aerotek.
I owe Lindsey and Career Services a big thanks!
First Name: Amanda
Area of Study: Master's in Social Work
Graduated: August 2016
I began job hunting with my shiny new degree in mind the week before graduation from UND (yes, my summer internship and ISP were that difficult). I had a strong resume with 15 years of social work experience, including a Bachelor's degree in Social Work as well so get about a 75% or more call back rate for interviews. I was not getting job offers or 2nd interviews so this concerned so I scheduled at time to meet with Mary Feller from the UND Career Services office in late October.
I told Mary about the types of jobs for which I was applying and emailed her copies of my cover letter, resume, and reference list. I came to the interview dressed in my "typical" interview outfit and was happy that Mary also was treating our meeting like a real interview. She asked me interview questions "typical" for the type of jobs I was seeking. After the interview, she critiqued my responses and shared her thoughts on my cover letter, resume, and reference list.
At home, I made immediate changes to my cover letter, resume, and reference list. She again provided feedback and game me a big "thumbs up". I purchased a few interchangeable interview outfit pieces as well. Finally, I spent time considering and rehearsing answers to those "typical" interview questions as well.
I applied for a new batch of jobs the next week using the new cover letter, resume, and reference list and received three calls for interviews. One employer sought me seriously over the phone in several conversations as well as gathering and sending me emails. I interviewed for that position and negotiated a good salary with benefits and nice perks that Mary helped me to consider related to the job.
I am so happy I decided to reach out to the UND Career Center for help. I am grateful to Mary for the tailored help she provided me within my special career scope at the management level. I only regret not seeking help earlier from the UND Career Center as I feel their direction and critique could have landed me my dream job much earlier in my search.
First Name: Tim
Area of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Graduated: December 2016
My roots began in a small town in western Minnesota. Working on the family farm, I learned how to listen to multiple managers-my dad and uncle. I also learned hard work ethic, especially during labor intensive times working with pigs. The family farm experience and UND Career Services’ Career Connect, helped me land my first opportunity. This first opportunity was a Co-op, which was an eight-month internship at Dakota Gasification Company, located in Beulah, ND. This Co-op provided an invaluable experience that no class replicates, and I’d recommend a co-op to all students.
Returning to UND after my Co-op, Ralph Engelstad’s words started becoming a reality, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” The ability to network at the UND Career Fair provided my next internship at Tesoro Logistics, located in Bismarck, ND. This internship allowed me to be a team player and foster powerful collaboration within multi-disciplinary teams. During my summer with Tesoro, I discovered that Project Engineering is what I’m meant to do with my degree.
My last semester at UND, Career Services helped me in three core ways: First, with the help of Career Services, I finalized my resume. Second, at UND’s Fall Career Fair, I networked with prospective employers and obtained multiple interviews. Third, Career Services offered great practice interview experience! In my practice interview, Mary Feller’s feedback helped me soar in future interviews. After months of interviews, the hard work paid off and I accepted my dream career as a Project Engineer at 3M.
I thank UND and Career Services for helping me soar to heights that I never thought possible.
First Name: Jake
Company Name: Northwestern Mutual, Grand Forks
Title: Director of Recruitment
The job/career search upon graduation is an exciting time. Students have put in hours of work and should enjoy this period of their lives.
Before that day comes, search for opportunities to be an intern, work part-time or even volunteer in fields that interest you. Put yourself out there, accept challenges, be confident, meet new people, work hard, listen and have the patience necessary to find an opportunity that you find fulfilling.
There will be ups and downs, without a doubt. However, you can always control your energy and outlook. Your passion and desire to succeed will be contagious in the workplace and will make you very desirable for any employer.
At Northwestern Mutual, we have absolutely loved working with UND graduates. Whether they join our team as an intern or a full-time Financial Advisor our UND grads come to us well prepared, work with integrity and own an optimistic mindset which has allowed us to build a wonderful culture. Without the talented UND grads on our team we would not be doing such great work in our communities helping individuals reach their financial goals. We look forward to a continued partnership with UND and their students as we grow regionally.
First Name: Haley
Company Name: City of Grand Forks
Title: Human Resource Generalist Senior
Major: Human Resource Management
While attending the University of North Dakota, my engagement with Career Services became an essential part in my ability to jump start my career in HR. The experienced professionals at Career Services assisted me with all aspects of entering the professional workforce, with tools such as: assisting with the creation of a competitive resume and cover letter as well as refining my interview skill to reflect the valuable education received through the university. As an alumnus, Career Services has helped tremendously in keeping me connected with the University and has allowed for my organization to network with talented University of North Dakota students. The City of Grand Forks hires up to fifteen interns each year and this would not be possible without the incredible staff at Career Services. Career Services has facilitated the connection between UND and the City of Grand Forks’ internship program and offers guidance throughout the City of Grand Forks’ processes to create a valuable and lasting experience for the students. I look forward to continuing to work with Career Services to provide opportunities to future UND students. Go Fighting Hawks!
First Name: Patrick, Ph.D
Area of Study: Medicine
I am thankful to the University of North Dakota on offering me the opportunity to travel to the United States to study and now, UNDSMHS on offering me this unique opportunity to train as an M.D. Spending the rest of my life both as an M.D. and a seasoned researcher would be most exciting and rewarding. I am thankful to the wonderful professors at UND and NDSU who have made substantial input into my life up to this point. Most of these professors are never tired of writing recommendation letters for me (especially Prof. Mark R. Hoffmann, Prof. Kathryn Thomasson, Prof. Ju Kim all at UND; and Dr. Kilina Svetlana at NDSU). May God bless each of them.
I especially wish to thank the UND Career Services on helping prepare me for interview at the UNDSMHS. Being selected for interview into a Med School is exciting but coming out successful is far from easy. The UNDSMHS receives over 1500 applications each year, ends up interviewing some 150 applicants out of which some 78 are admitted (not sure how many were accepted into my class of 2021). Thank you Mary Feller, on the time you took at the UND Career Services to prepare me for interview. You taught me how to bring every point I raised during my interview home. This meant relating everything I would say to how that applies to medicine and how I would function as an M.D. This is exactly what I did and sure enough, it paid off. To UND students reading this, one office you should visit before you leave UND is the UND Career Services.
First Name: Vanya
Area of Study: Aviation Management
Graduated: May 2016
I'm very blessed to work for a major airline right out of college. The best part: I didn’t find the job, but was recruited for it. Starting my freshman year, I visited every career fair. Semesterly visits with Career Services proved successful as we reviewed my resume and practiced formalities. I made sure to speak to every airline that visited, we traded business cards for resumes. Each contact would receive a thank you email from me, and my favorite contacts would get a handwritten card. Through networking, I was able to do a “Day in the Field” with several carriers shadowing positions including a Dispatcher, Safety Analyst, Crew Scheduler, Customer Service Representative and more. Each time I shook someone’s hand, I tried to leave a memorable mark. By the time I was ready to graduate, I had a job lined up with another carrier. From leftfield, I was reached by several contacts pointing me to a position with Southwest Airlines. Within a week, I was offered a full time position. Through my experience with the “Days in the Field” that I instigated, as well as one-on-one discussions, I was able to identify what motivated me and what work I wanted to do. Within the few hours of visiting Southwest Airlines, I recognized that they were a good fit for me. My interview spent proving how I was a good fit for them. My advice? Network, be grateful, be genuine, and do what you love to do, not what you’re offered.
First Name: Alyana
Area of Study: Occupational Therapy
Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
It took me a while to find what major was right for me. I eventually found Occupational Therapy after doing various job shadowing and working at a camp that was specifically for kids teens and adults with special needs. Through these different experiences I eventually found that Occupational Therapy was the right career path for me. When it was the year for me to apply to the OT program I was referred by older students in the OT program to check out Career Services. I heard from students that were admitted in the program to have them check out my resume and do practice interviews. I went in and I met with Ilene during my first appointment. Ilene was very helpful with giving me advice on my resume and feeling comfortable about what was to come with my OT interview as well. I did a couple of meetings with Ilene and had a practice interview with her. Then I met with Mary Feller and Lindsey Cernik as well to do a practice interview to get a different perspective. After having various practices the day of my Occupational Therapy interview came and the practice definitely helped. I heard back about two weeks later and was later accepted into the program. I will be starting in the Occupational Therapy program this summer. I can't thank enough of the help from Career Services for their passion to help students achieve their career goals!
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