New Year, New Horizon for WW Career Services
Although each new year brings new challenges in higher education, WW Career Services embraces them as new potential to create tremendous career opportunities for Embry-Riddle Worldwide students and alumni! We are very excited about the many new industry partnerships established in 2018 in support of our four Worldwide Industry/Career Expo events hosted in Ft. Walton Beach (FL), San Diego (CA), Seattle (WA), and Dallas (TX). As a result of Embry-Riddle’s transition to Handshake, a premier career services platform, and multiple Industry/Career Expo events hosted by Daytona Beach, Prescott and Worldwide campuses, Worldwide students and alumni have responded to share many success stories regarding full-time and internship career opportunities received. They include stories like the Worldwide student who was laid off from his job, but drove from North Carolina to Florida on the morning of the Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expo and received an immediate job offer. Another example was the success of the Seattle Industry/Career Expo which resulted in at least nine job interviews and offers during the event and additional job hires reported by employers in the following month. In addition, significant industry networking opportunities continues to materialize from Worldwide career events which benefit all three Embry-Riddle campus locations including Info Sessions, internship and full-time opportunities with industry leaders SpaceX, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Blue Origin and Gulfstream.
In 2019, Worldwide campus will welcome an increasing new group of “First Time in College” students directly from high school attending various WW campuses. We are excited that they will join our non-traditional student population of military veterans, civilians with work experience, international and online students in remote locations across the United States. Subsequently, Worldwide leadership continues to ensure that appropriate resources (including career resources) are available to support and provide an exceptional student experience for over 23,000 students. As Director, it is a pleasure and rewarding for the WW Career Services team to work with our Daytona Beach and Prescott Career Services colleagues to strengthen industry relationships and provide greater access to quality employment opportunities. We are delighted to share that WW Career Services will very shortly introduce an additional staff member to our team to assist in providing exceptional career assistance to Worldwide students and alumni.
In summary, the challenge of providing a “bridge which connects students with quality employers” on a global basis is one that we hope to accomplish one connection or relationship at a time. We appreciate the unparalleled support of WW Career Services by Dr. John Watret, Worldwide Chancellor and Dr. P. Barry Butler, President, as well as Alicia Smyth, Executive Director of Career Services (Daytona Beach). We continually strive to ensure that each student maximize their career potential and invite you to reach out to us.
– Arnold James, Director, Worldwide Career Services
From Prescott Career Services:
As we start the new year and look forward to making new goals for ourselves, I would like to invite students on the Prescott campus to make a new year’s resolution to seek out your career services manager. Act upon your thoughts and wants and work to obtain that internship, study abroad experience or an acceptance to a tremendous job offer for after graduation. It all starts with you and we are here to help. If you haven’t discovered what Handshake or CareerShift are, you need to visit the career services office. Don’t be left scrambling and having to play catch up.
Thought for the Day: “ Really happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination, those who find satisfaction in doing the job at hand. They’re full of eagerness, zest, productivity. You can be, too.” – Norma Vincent Peale
Make it a great winter semester for yourself and do those things necessary to achieve your goals.
– Kevin Hewerdine, Executive Director, Prescott Career Services
From Daytona Beach Career Services:
Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you had a relaxing break and that you are excited for the semester ahead.
You may start to hear Career Services and other departments around campus talking about career readiness competencies. This is part of a Division of Student Affairs initiative to embed development of the soft skills that employers are seeking into your college experience. It is our goal to help you attain and demonstrate skills that will prepare you for a successful transition from college to career. You can learn more about each competency by watching our Career Ready CareerSpots videos. More to come on this!
The spring semester begins with a number of sessions to help prepare you for the Spring Industry/Career Expo. Topics include resume writing, interviewing prep and practice (which includes a mock interview day), expo preparation and elevator pitches. We will also be setting up Handshake Genius Bars leading up to the Expo to assist you with this amazing job search resource. We are bringing back lunch and learn sessions throughout the semester and hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to learn something new and connect with our team. We are also bringing back employer resume reviews the day before the Expo, and will host a number of companies for on-campus information sessions, tech talks, and recruiting activities as well.
Dress to impress at the Expo by attending our JCPenney SUIT UP Event on Tuesday, February 5th at the Volusia Mall. We will have vans running back and forth between the residence halls to transport students. Attendees will receive 40% off select items and there will be deals throughout the store. Our JCPenney SUIT UP Event in the Fall yielded over $70,000 in savings for the 500 Embry-Riddle students, alumni, faculty, and staff who attended!
We hope you will join us for the Spring Industry/Career Expo on Thursday, February 28th in the ICI Center. So far, we have over 60 companies registered and expect many more to sign up in the coming weeks. You can view more information on our website, download the Career Fair Plus app on iTunes or the Google Play store, and check out the list of registered companies in Handshake. Fast Pass pick-up begins on February 19th. Be sure to stop by and pick up your new Collins Aerospace lanyard and avoid having to check-in at the Expo. Classes will be held that day so every minute matters.
We are very active on social media and encourage you to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook. You will find a Handshake Job of the Day and Internship of the Day on Twitter, a multitude of spotlights and events on Facebook and Instagram (including our Instagram #EaglesHired campaign, which features December grads and where they are heading), Student Ambassador shenanigans on Instagram Stories, and more. It’s a great way to stay in the know and get to know us.
If you are interested in an internship or co-op, need help with your job search, or want to get career-ready, we are here for you. You can can log into your Handshake account (must be logged in to ERNIE to access) and make an appointment to meet with your assigned Program Manager, or stop by and visit us in the Mori Hosseini Student Union, Room 313. We can’t wait to see you!
– Alicia Smyth, Executive Director, Daytona Beach Career Services