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Working For the Future: Spring Career Fair

To start off, I would like to apologize for not posting last week. I had a bit of a slip up in the midst of the amazing Winter Carnival, but I assure you it will not happen again. With that, please enjoy this week’s article!

With the fun and festivities of Winter Carnival 2013 in the rearview mirror, students at Michigan Tech are getting back to the old grind this week. In fact, another major campus event has already stolen the buzz from Winter Carnival. You may be wondering, what could possibly compete with thirty foot snow statues and a beard competition? The answer is the Spring Career Fair, and it’s only one week away! On Tuesday, February 19 from noon to 6 p.m., the Student Development Complex will be teeming with representatives from over 200 companies. All of these recruiters are here specifically to hire the talented students of Michigan Tech, which means great opportunities for students in all majors to find a co-op, internship, or full-time job with a great company. Check out the list of registered companies to learn more!

An event this big takes a lot of planning, and Michigan Tech Career Services has been working hard to connect with as many companies as possible and prepare students for the big day. Over the past couple of weeks, Career Services has held résumé blitzes where students can have their résumés critiqued by the pros. This week, they are offering mock interviews for students to practice answering those tough questions and get feedback about how to improve. They also provide professional development events throughout the year, such as a dining etiquette dinner, information sessions about networking, and other career focused sessions.

I hope your student is thinking about attending the Career Fair. “Companies don’t hire first-year students” is a myth that many students hear, but it is far from the truth. Many companies like to recruit students who are early in their college careers. Even if students aren’t looking for a position at the moment, it’s a good idea to just check out the fair so that they know what to expect when they are actually looking to get hired. Students can find more information about the fair and how to prepare by looking over the students section of the Career Services site. There is also a section for parents, where you can learn about some of the other things that Career Services does to help students land that dream job.


Money Management Tips!

Money Management Tips for Students

Hiking to Quincy Falls. Searching for waterfalls can be a fun and inexpensive way to spend an afternoon.

When you’re in college, managing money can be a very challenging thing to do. Students attending college may not be used to buying things for themselves, having a job, or managing a bank account. It can be challenging to save money and prioritize purchases. For this reason, I would like to offer five tips for students.

1. Open a bank account

I strongly encourage students to open a bank account at one of the banks in the Houghton area. Having an account is a great way to keep track of your money without it burning a hole in your pocket. You don’t have to worry about losing money or having it stolen. Also, if you have your money in a bank account, you are more likely to know how much you have available to you and you can save your money for special purchases. There are several banks in the local area; check out the Keweenaw Local Resource Guide for a complete listing.

2. Be cautious with credit cards

An important part of becoming an adult is effectively managing your credit. College students must be very cautious applying for credit cards and making charges on credit. You should limit yourselves to one credit card and should limit the purchases you make on credit. It is a good idea to not buy something on credit that you couldn’t buy with cash the same day. It is also important that you keep track of your credit card bills and are never late on payments. Late fees and increased interest rates can take even more money out of a college student’s small income. Some students find it helpful to have their credit card payments automatically pull out of their bank account; if you choose to do this, you should make sure you always have enough money in your account to cover your bills and make sure you are still reviewing your credit card statement carefully for any errors or incorrect charges.

3. Get involved in campus activities

A great way to have fun for free or low cost is to get involved in campus activities. As a student, part of being in college is taking advantage of all the great performances and events that take place on campus. At Michigan Tech there is always something going on. Whether it’s a performance in the Rozsa Center, a comedian in the Memorial Union Building, an athletic event, or a student organization meeting, there is something for everyone to get involved in. If you’re a college student looking for something fun to do, check out the Student Organization List, the University Calendar of Events, the Student Activities Comedy Series schedule, the Rozsa Center Shows, and the Athletic Calendar.

4. Go on an adventure

The options are really endless when it comes to local adventure. You could go to the beach; drive along the Keweenaw; go kayaking, hiking, birdwatching, or mountain climbing; or take part in a local community event. There are several activities that students can do for free within walking distance of campus. For a listing of local community events, go to the Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce website. The Michigan Tech’s Outdoor Adventure Program also helps students out who would like to go on an adventure by providing opportunities to participate in various trips and rent equipment at a very low cost. It’s amazing the money you can save by making a conscious effort to stay active and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

5. Get a Job

Some of the 2011 Orientation Team Leaders!

Getting a job in college can be a great way to earn money, save money, and get valuable work experience. Having a job can help you be independent and learn important life skills. There are several opportunities for employment at Michigan Tech and in the local community. Michigan Tech’s Career Services is a great resource for students searching for employment. Career Services has a listing of local jobs that are available for Michigan Tech students. Career Services also hosts several interview skills workshops and resumé review sessions throughout the year to help students be successful in finding employment. In addition, each semester there is a Student Employment Expo held in the Memorial Union Building where students can learn more about on-campus jobs and the departments that hire students. Follow this link for a partial listing of the University departments that hire students.

These are just a few helpful tips of things students can do to effectively manage their money. College can be expensive but in many ways it doesn’t have to be. There’s plenty of ways to have fun while saving money!

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have!

-Samantha Allen, seallen@mtu.edu


Spring Career Fair 2012

Co-ops, Internships, Jobs, and More!

Build Your Resume Event

Come one, come all—come to the Career Fair! The spring semester Career Fair will be held at the Student Development Complex on Tuesday, February 21 from noon to 6 p.m. Currently, there are 172 companies registered for the Career Fair. With the event approximately two weeks away, more companies are registering every day. Companies registered for the Career Fair are looking to hire students for co-ops, internships, or full-time positions, and they are looking for Michigan Tech students from almost every degree program. To view information about the companies currently registered for the Career Fair, check out this registered employers link.

Prepare for the Spring Career Fair

Michigan Tech Career Services has been very busy planning the Career Fair, as well as helping students prepare for the big day. During the last two weeks, Career Services held a Résumé Blitz in the Memorial Union Building and in the residence halls during which students could bring their résumés to Career Services staff who would look them over and provide helpful tips. On February 13-17, Career Services is hosting Interview Skills Week. Students will be able to schedule an appointment with Career Services Staff and practice interviewing. This is a great opportunity for students to get familiar with what the interview process will be like and also to get vital feedback. Students may participate in Interview Skills Week by registering for a one-on-one appointment with Career Services staff on the Career Services website, or by visiting the Harold Meese Center.

2011 Fall Career Fair

Michigan Tech Career Services hosts several events throughout the year to help students with career development and job placement. Events range from the Résumé Blitz and Interview Skills Week mentioned above, to a Dining Etiquette Dinner, Networking Skills session, and Negotiating Job Offers meeting. A complete list of events offered by Career Services can be found on the Career Services Calendar.

As students are preparing for the Career Fair, I would strongly encourage them to check out the students tab of the Career Services website. This web page has lots of information on résumé writing, cover letters, interviewing, and much more. I also would like to encourage you to check out the parents tab of the Careers Services website to learn more about the various services that your student can use.

As always, please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have.

-Samantha Allen, seallen@mtu.edu


Parent and Family Orientation

Parent and Family Orientation

Michigan Tech’s Parent and Family Orientation beings on Saturday, August 20 to Monday, August 22. There are many different events included in this schedule ranging from campus tours, information sessions, a reading discussion, the family picnic, and the University Expo.  The events and activities are both fun and informative for parents. Please visit www.mtu.edu/compass/orientation/parent/schedule to get a detailed schedule.

Saturday, August 20

When you arrive on Saturday, you and you students will check in at the Rosza Center. After checking into the Rosza Center, you your first-year student can then continue to the Resident Halls where you can begin moving in.

11:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. Dining Services will be offering  Parent and Family R&R in the Memorial Union Building room 109. This will be a great place for you to take a break from moving and unpacking to rest, relax, and enjoy some great refreshments!

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Join some of our very knowledgeable Orientation Team Leaders who will guide you through Michigan Tech’s campus. The tours begin at 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. rain or shine.

Sunday, August 21

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Parent & Family Orientation Welcome and Opening Session

Our Vice President of Student Affairs and Assistant Director of COMPASS welcome you to Michigan Tech for this session, entitled Parents as Partners: Together in Transition!  Parents and family members will learn more about common first-year transitional issues, the many resources available on campus, how to help their student from a distance, and will get some insight about the changing relationship with their college student. You will also get a feel for some real life scenarios that might happen in your family, portrayed by our Orientation Team Leaders (OTLs).

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Across campus many of the student services office will be open. This is a great time to get any brief questions that you may have answered!

11:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. Join some of our very knowledgeable Orientation Team Leaders who will guide you through Michigan Tech’s campus. The tours begin at 11:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. rain or shine.

Family Picnic 2010

1:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Many Parent and Family Orientation Sessions will be offered. These sessions will help answer nearly any questions you may have about Michigan Tech and life for your student here on campus. Each session runs for 45 minutes and the Parent and Family Orientation website has the list of each session that will be taking place!

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Take a break and enjoy the Family Picnic for new students and their families. Tickets are required for family members. Several Michigan Tech staff members will also be present at the picnic and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

6:30 p.m.– 7:30 p.m. Join your student and many others at the University Welcome. Here, you will meet the people who will help your student discover their journey to success. This will be the official kick off of Orientation Week and hear an awesome welcome from University President Dr. Glenn Mroz and President of Student Affairs Dr. Les Cook.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. After the University Welcome, you may join fellow Michigan Tech Parents, local alumni, and University faculty and staff for an information gathering and light refreshments at the Keweenaw Brewing Company.

Monday, August 22

On Monday, August 22, Parent and Family Orientation concludes with the Academic Department Introductions and University Expo. The Academic Department Introductions, which take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., will allow you and your student to learn more about the department and the faculty. Parents may also attend the University Expo from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. where they can learn helpful information about the various resources and services that the university and local community provide.

Above is only a short overview of what is being offered for Parents and  Families! Please be sure to check out the website for a complete schedule.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have! I hope you and your student enjoy Orientation!


Money Management Tips for Students

Hiking to Quincy Falls.  Searching for waterfalls can be a fun and inexpensive way to spend an afternoon.
Hiking to Quincy Falls. Searching for waterfalls can be a fun and inexpensive way to spend an afternoon.

When you’re in college managing money can be a very challenging thing to do. Students attending college may not be used to buying things for themselves, having a job, or managing a bank account. As a student it can be challenging to save money and prioritize purchases. For this reason, I would like to offer five money management tips for students.

Open a Bank Account

I would strongly encourage students to open a bank account at one of the banks in the Houghton area. Having a bank account is a great way to keep track of your money without it burning a hole in your pocket. As a student you don’t have to worry about losing money or having it stolen if you deposit it in your bank account. Also, if you have your money in a bank account you are more likely to know how much money you have available to you and you can save your money for special purchases. There are several banks in the local area. Check out the Keweenaw Local Resource Guide for a complete listing of banks in the Houghton area.

Be Cautious with Credit Cards

An important part of becoming an adult is effectively managing your credit. College students must be very cautious applying for credit cards and making charges on credit. College students should limit themselves to one credit card and should limit the purchases they make on credit. It is a good idea to not buy something on credit that you couldn’t buy with cash the same day. It is also important to keep track of your credit card bills and make sure that you are never late on a payment. Late fees and increased interest rates can take even more money out of a college students small income. Some students find it helpful to have their credit card payments automatically pull out of their bank account. If you choose to do this just make sure you always have enough money in your bank account to cover your bills and make sure you are still reviewing your credit card statement carefully for any errors or incorrect charges.

Get Involved in Campus Activities

A great way to have fun for free or at a very low cost is to get involved in campus activities. As a student, part of being in college is taking advantage of all the great performances and events that take place on campus. At Michigan Tech there is always something going on. Whether it’s a performance in the Rozsa Center, a comedian in the Memorial Union Building, an athletic event, or a student organization meeting, there is something for everyone to get involved in. If you’re a college student looking for something fun to do check out the Student Organization List, the University Calendar of Events, the Student Activities Comedy Series schedule, the Rozsa Center Shows, and the Athletic Calendar.

Go on an Adventure

As a student at Michigan Tech the options are really endless when it comes to going on an adventure. You could go to the beach, drive along the Keweenaw, go kayaking, hiking, birdwatching, mountain climbing, or take part in a local community event. There are several activities that students can do for free within walking distance of campus. For a listing of local community events go to the Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce website. The Michigan Tech’s Outdoor Adventure Program also helps students out who would like to go on an adventure by offering students the opportunity to participate in various trips and rent equipment at a very low cost. It’s amazing the money you can save by making a conscious effort to stay active and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

Haing a job in college can be fun!  In picture: 2009 Orientation Team Leaders.
Having a job in college can be fun! In picture: 2009 Orientation Team Leaders.

Get a Job

Getting a job in college can be a great way to earn money, save money, and get valuable work experience. Having a job can help you as a college student be independent and learn important life skills. There are several opportunities for employment at Michigan Tech and in the local community. Michigan Tech’s Career Services is a great resource for students searching for employment. Career Services has a listing of Local Jobs that are available for Michigan Tech students. Career Services also hosts several interview skills workshops and resume review sessions throughout the year to help students be successful in finding employment. In addition, each semester there is a Student Employment Expo held in the Memorial Union Building where students can learn more about on campus jobs and the departments that hire students. Follow this link for a partial listing of the University departments that hire students.

These are just a few helpful tips of things students can do to effectively manage their money. College can be expensive but in many ways it doesn’t have to be. There’s plenty of ways to have fun while saving money!

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have! Check back for next week’s article, I will be writing about Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs.


Find Your Fit

Past Weekend’s Events

Friends dancing the night away at Fall Ball.
Friends dancing the night away at Fall Ball.

This past weekend the Michigan Tech Hockey team traveled to Duluth, MN for a pair of games against the University of Minnesota Duluth. The Michigan Tech Huskies won Friday night’s game against Duluth 3-2. After a victorious win on Friday, the Huskies were defeated at Saturday night’s game 8-1. Also taking place this weekend was the McNair Hall Association’s Fall Ball. The Fall Ball was held in the West McNair Lounge on Saturday, November 14 from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. The dance provided students with the opportunity to dress up for the evening and dance the night away.

Find Your Fit in Student Life

After going through Orientation or living in the Residence Halls many students may be wondering how they can be employed through Student Life with a job as a Resident Assistant, Program Coordinator, Learning Community Mentor, Management Assistant, Orientation Team Leader, Commuter Mentor, or Reception Desk Staff. Housing and Residential Life and COMPASS (the Center for Orientation, Mentoring, and Academic Student Success) are currently beginning the hiring process for the above positions. Students interested in a position with Student Life need to attend one of the five information sessions for their application to be considered. The information session will give an overview of the various positions available with Student Life and students will also get to hear from students currently working for Student Life about some of their experiences. After attending one of the information sessions students will be emailed the application form. Upon filling out the application and finalizing their resume students will need to go to NACElink to upload their documents and choose their first position choice. Applications are due no later than January 21, 2010. Once applications are submitted the interview process will begin. Their are two sections to the interview process. The first interview is a group process interview which is an interactive group interview. There are three group process interviews scheduled so students can choose the one that fits their schedule the best. The second interview is an individual interview that will last approximately 30 minutes. On Monday, February 22 decision letters will be available for students to pick up informing them whether or not they have been selected as a member of the 2010-2011 Student Life Staff. For detailed job descriptions and more information about the dates and times of information sessions and group process interviews please check out the Find Your Fit in Student Life link.

From my personal experience as an Orientation Team Leader and as the Coordinator at the Wadsworth Hall Reception Desk I can tell you that a position with Student Life both through Housing and Residential Life and through COMPASS is a very rewarding experience. A position with Student Life is a great opportunity to showcase and further develop your leadership skills all while helping fellow students have a great experience here at Michigan Tech. If you like helping students, working as a team, and being in a leadership role I strongly recommend you “find your fit” with Student Life!

If you have any questions about the Student Life hiring process please feel free to email me or joinstudentlife@mtu.edu.

Have a wonderful time with your student over Fall Break!