Humans of Career Services – Melissa Michaelson, Assistant Director of Career Development Education

Today’s Humans of Career Services Spotlight is Melissa Michaelson. Melissa is the Assistant Director of Career Development Education, and she supervises the amazing team that organizes the Career Events, Workshops and the one-on-one career advising appointments that are available to students.

Melissa obtained her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Michigan Tech in 2016; during her time as a student, she worked for the university, and found that she loved working with students. She knows first-hand the stress of finding work post-graduation. Because of this, she loves to work in Career Services as it allows her to help students find work that is satisfying and meaningful!

When asking Melissa what her favorite memory is while working for Career Services, she said, “Everytime a student emails me or comes to visit me in our office to tell me that they got the job/internship/co-op/interview/salary they worked so hard to get! It’s especially rewarding when they say thank you for all your help!”

Looking towards the future, Melissa is excited to expand the reach of Career Services, and implement more tools, like videos, so that more resources can be available to all students across campus.

We would like to thank Melissa for all she does, and we are excited to see what she’ll do in the future.


Humans Of Career Services – Beth Williams, Director of Career Services

 

Beth Williams – Director of Career Services

This year, Career Services was excited to announce that they had a new Director of Career Services, Beth Williams.

As the Director of Career Services, Beth works with the rest of the amazing staff to connect students with their dream companies, create and execute all of the career focused events, and negotiate the needs of industries and of the campus.

Beth originally went into higher education as she loved to help people find their way in college, and wanted to help students gain the tools that they need for their post graduation life. Originally from Houghton, Beth said that she came back, because “after 15 years of living in different states, I wanted to return to my roots. I am so proud to be a part of an institution that is full of amazingly driven and incredibly smart students.”

One of Beth’s favorite memories while working in Career Services has been the creation of the escape room that is put on every year. It proved to be a major creative outlet for her and she loves how it teaches lessons of communication and teamwork in a fun and relaxed setting.

When asking Beth what she looks most forward to, she said, “I am really looking forward to seeing the new and creative ideas our team comes up with. As industry changes and a new generation of students enters Tech, we have to adapt the services we provide, which keeps us all on our toes.”

We’re excited to see what Beth does with Career Services and we know that she’ll do great things!


Chasing Dreams Together

 

Amanda Moya and Karsyn VanLannen met on co-op in 2018 while working at Georgia-Pacific in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  

As they both prepare to graduate from Michigan Technological University in May 2020, they plan to chase their dreams together with full-time positions at Georgia-Pacific (GP) and will continue their truly amazing friendship. 

Amanda, a mechanical engineering major, had this to say about their story,  “We met during my second term with GP and Karsyn’s first. I was an intern in corporate engineering and Karsyn was in mill engineering.”

Karsyn, a chemical engineering major, was working in the paper mill as a process engineer.  

“When we met,” Amanda says, “We hit it off right away. We were enjoying our time with GP doing intern events for engineering interns like conferences and tours.”

When Amanda and Karsyn came back from co-op they decided to set up weekly lunches at Michigan Tech to catch up and see each other. “Since I’m mechanical engineering and Karsyn is chemical engineer, we don’t have any classes together.”

This summer Amanda and Karsyn returned to Georgia-Pacific as interns. Karsyn returned to Green Bay to work in corporate engineering and Amanda worked on paper machines in Port Hudson, Louisiana. They kept in contact over the summer and consulted with each other when they both received full-time job offers from GP.

After graduation, Karsyn will be working as a process engineer in the Green Bay Mill and Amanda will be working as a process engineer in Wauna, OR. “Together we’ll be in the same Engineering Development Program cohort and will continue working together at specialized trainings several times a year. We are very excited to be working for this company and to be able to start our full time careers together!” 

It is clear that the Michigan Tech bond doesn’t end at graduation. We wish Amanda and Karsyn the best in their future, and we know that they’ll be successful in their endeavors.

Story by Scott Sviland


Across the Atlantic: Nils’ Co-op at Audi Germany

Have you ever considered pursuing a job opportunity in a different country? A local to Minnesota, Nils Justen took a huge leap – approximately 4,346 miles across the Atlantic Ocean –  and completed a co-op in Ingolstadt, Germany at Audi’s headquarters.

Working at headquarters broadened the learning experience for Nils through the chance to interact with all operations of the company – engineering, design and testing, marketing, and upper management were all in the same place.

“I gained insight into many exciting areas of the company. My role definitely wasn’t just copies and coffee,” Nils explained, “I was in chassis engineering. My position revolved around working with different departments to compile function-based test procedures for prototype vehicles in order to ensure a more uniform and transparent development process between various divisions. I was also involved in project planning for future models.”

The decision to work abroad was a daunting thought for Nils, but the benefits far outweighed the risk and greatly impacted his trajectory and goals. Not knowing what to expect when he arrived in Germany, Nils flew out of Minnesota with two suits in his bag and more ties than he’d like to admit.

“There’s a few aspects of living in Germany that I’m not sure I will ever get used to: the lack of free refills, paying to use a public restroom, and the confused looks I got when I assumed water at a restaurant was free. I was surprised at how quickly I transitioned to my new surroundings and found my place in the company and my community in Ingolstadt. Of course, I was also pleasantly surprised at how few people wore a suit and tie. The six months I spent in Ingolstadt made me realize that the idea of pursuing graduate studies in Europe wasn’t so far fetched.”

Nils encourages all students to pursue internships and co-ops. They are a risk-free way to explore a field you think you might be passionate about. The more experience you have, the better you’re able to find a job that you’ll look forward to every day. Also encouraging students to go out of their comfort zones and pursue international opportunities, Nils explains, “There are more opportunities like this out there than people think. Sure, you might not be able to live at home and you’ll be away from friends and family, but it’ll certainly challenge you to broaden your perspective. There’s something to be said for taking that leap of faith. There’s tremendous potential for growth in those experiences.”


Making Connections at Michigan Tech

Haley Hall, a student in the School of Business and Economics

Picture this: you apply for a job and get called in for an interview. A few days later, you receive a call saying, “We’re sorry, but you’re just not the right fit for our company.” What’s next? Do you get upset and discouraged, give up, and decide that you don’t want to change anything? Or do you thank them for their time, learn from your mistakes, and try again?

Haley Hall is a engineering management and marketing student in the School of Business and Economics. In a family of entrepreneurs, Haley chose two degrees that would allow her to own a business someday. Engineering management offers flexibility and a multitude of career options and marketing allows her to utilize her creativity and gain skills on building and maintaining a brand.

After interviewing for a digital marketing internship in Career Services with Jennifer Wall, Career Services Communications Manager, Haley was not selected for the position. However, that connection led her to an entirely different opportunity.

Haley’s passion and enthusiasm left a good impression with Jennifer, and when  Jennifer attended Grand Traverse Day in October, she spoke to Katie Horvath, CEO of Naveego, who was looking for a digital marketing intern to work remotely. Jennifer recommended Haley for the position. Haley received a phone interview with the vice president of sales and marketing and was offered the job shortly after.

“The funny this is,” Haley said, “I never even spoke directly to Katie. Jennifer’s recommendation must have been very good! Making connections with people at Michigan Tech can be very beneficial in obtaining job opportunities. If I never applied for the job with Career Services, I would not know Jennifer, she would not have recommended me to Katie, and I definitely would not have a job at Naveego right now.”

After completing her internship with Naveego, Haley will explore her other major: engineering management. Haley has been offered an internship with Permasteelisa as an assistant project manager and will work there during summer 2019.


My Career Win: Summer Job Leads to Spring Co-op

Darian Reed is headed to Phoenix, Arizona on a co-op with Kiewit!

Darian, a civil engineering major at Michigan Tech, worked for Kiewit in Washington, D.C. last summer on a rail job. As his summer position ended, Darian was offered a co-op, thanks to an endorsement and recommendation from his mentor. Darian is looking forward to spending time in Phoenix and learning how to estimate a job first hand.

Darian’s advice to other students is, “You never know who you may know and how they can help you.”

Congratulations, Darian! Soak up some Arizona sun for the rest of us.


Hunter’s Career Win: Heading to Kohler on Co-op

Hunter Linzmeier, Electrical Engineering student at Michigan Technological University, is heading to Kohler on a co-op!

Here’s his story:

“Ever since I came to Michigan Tech, I was interested in Kohler. Being a huge company so close to home, I’ve heard nothing but great opportunities that they have to offer. I went to the Fall Career Fair with my resume and cover letter in hand and I connected well with the Kohler recruiters. I had a phone interview a few days following Career Fair. The interview went well and I was offered a co-op position immediately. I was so shocked that I got it! I also got offers from a few other companies, so that made my decision difficult. Ultimately, Kohler opened my eyes to their endless options and ability to open my mind with new experiences. I look forward to working with Kohler to brighten my horizon towards my future.

If I could give other students advice, I would tell them to research the company they’re interested in; Connect with every opportunity because networking is important; Don’t worry or stress; Be confident, be cool, calm and collected; Most importantly, be yourself.

I’m really looking forward to being part of such a great company and being able to learn while on the job. I value that aspect of my education. I will never forget the moment when I received my first offer letter. I finally knew that I achieved everything I was looking for.”

Congratulations Hunter!


My Career Win: an internship at Faraday Future

Sai Rajeev Devaragudi

“Once I got the telephone interview, it was all on me. I had to rely on my own capabilities to convert this opportunity into an offer,” says Sai Rajeeve Davaragudi after landing a summer internship at Faraday Future in Los Angeles, California.

Sai Rajeeve Devaragudi is a tenacious graduate student at Michigan Technological University studying mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics.

Before attending Michigan Tech, Sia completed a mechanical engineering degree at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, formerly known as Manipal University, in India in 2017.

As an undergrad, Sia gained design, powertrain, and structural engineering experience through a Formula SAE vehicle project and a summer internship at Mahindra Susten.

Sai developed increased career readiness and job search skills at Michigan Tech by attending Career Services’ events and meeting individually with a career advisor. “I worked on my resume a lot. I had several meetings with a career advisor at career services to polish my resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile.”

Sai credits his updated LinkedIn profile for helping him attract recruiters and for finding relevant job postings.

Sai is currently working as an intern at Faraday Future, an American company based in Southern California that focuses on the development of intelligent electric vehicles.  “It was all on me, and I knew I could do it.”


How to Identify a Fraudulent Employer

fraud-prevention-3188092_1920An email was recently sent to countless Michigan Tech students titled “Personal Assistant for Busy Executive.”

The email reads, “My name is Mary, I found you through Michigan Tech Career Services.” Then it describes a summer job opportunity with an hourly wage and potential job responsibilities.

We believe the email was sent from a fraudulent employer, and Michigan Tech’s IT department has blocked all future emails coming from the sender’s Gmail address.

A few students responded to the initial email to inquire about the job. However, warning signs in subsequent emails prompted these students to contact our department, and we are so glad they did!

Career Services did not give “Mary” your information.

Please be cautious when sharing personal information with employers that you don’t know and be mindful that employment scams do occur, occasionally.  

Here are a few ideas to help you identify fraudulent employers:

  • Does the email come from a legitimate company email address?  
    • Free accounts like Gmail can be a red flag for fraudulence and phishing schemes.
  • Do they have a legitimate company website? Does it look professional?
    • Check the web address and make sure the website has multiple layers.
    • Check for a physical address associated with the company.
  • Does the company or individual claim to be overseas or international?
    • We extensively vet international job opportunities. You should, too! You can also come to Career Services and we’ll help you do some research.

Other examples of warning signs in “Mary’s” subsequent emails

  • “I don’t have a LinkedIn account at this time, I will set one up on Monday.”
  • “You will be working independently on your own from home.”
  • “How should your name be written on the Check?”
  • “I am physically in Brazil right now conducting a research in the Amazon forest.”

Please be on the lookout for new versions of this email and report them to IT-help@mtu.edu. When in doubt about an employment opportunity, contact Career Services! (Phone: 906-487-2313 | Email: career@mtu.edu)

 


VPA Student Stories: Curiosity leads to a Career in Entertainment for Zep

PZep 3icture a state-of-the art, outdoor theater situated in the picturesque mountains of Sante Fe, New Mexico, which seats more than 2,000 people.

“The sun sets. The orchestra starts the overture. The show begins,” explains Zep Elkerton, a visual and performing arts students at Michigan Tech, as he vividly remembers his AV apprenticeship at The Sante Fe Opera in 2016.

Zep Elkerton is a third-year student majoring in theater and entertainment technology with a mechanical and electrical emphasis. Zep says, “Interdisciplinary studies between these departments helps me to learn the skills that other universities don’t teach their theater technology students until graduate school.”

Zep has always been curious about audio equipment and the way it works. When he was only eight years old, he wondered about the audio console at his church. He was determined to learn what all of the buttons did and to figure out how to operate it. He continued his study of audio and entertainment equipment throughout high school and college.

As a first-year student at Michigan Tech, Zep met with his professors, Kent Cyr, to discuss internship options. Thanks to Cyr’s council, Zep was hired at the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico and describes his summer work experience as “magical.” Zep was responsible for moving sets, lighting, sound, and props.

Last summer, Zep worked at the Spoleto Festival USA an apprentice carpenter. He worked on 53 performances over the course of 17 days. After the festival ended, he did freelance work in the Minneapolis area. He worked for the union and built stages for some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Billy Joel, the Backstreet Boys, and Florida Georgia Line.

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Zep’s experiences and opportunities have given him industry connections that will last a lifetime. He explains, ” In the entertainment industry, who you know gets you hired more often than what you know.”

Written by Morgan Laajala, Communications Intern, Career Services 

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Left image: Zep (center) and the AV apprentice group enjoying the sunset on opening night at The Santa Fe Opera.

Bottom image: The production team for the world class Santa Fe Opera in 2016.

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