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June 28: Career Info Session with Target Retail Group

Target is seeking Metropolitan State students and alumni to hire as leaders within its stores. Company representatives would like to meet students who are naturally comfortable leading others and who want to develop themselves further through Target’s Executive Team Leader program.

Students with desire to motivate a large group of individuals towards a common goal will have the opportunity to excel. Once hired, all new executives will go through a six-week Target welcome that will entail shadowing a successful executive in a training store.

Register, prepare, and attend this info session to meet a panel of recruiters and employees from Target to learn what your career could be like there.

WHEN: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 28
WHERE: Ecolab (Lib 302), Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus

OPEN TO: All Metropolitan State students and alumni
REGISTER: Handshake events Target Retail Group Career Infosession at https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/55734/share_preview

Phone: 651.793.1528 
Email: career.center@metrostate.edu
Visit Career Center at FH 110


Photos: Career Opportunities in Commercial Real Estate

An event hosted by the Commercial Real Estate Diversity Collaborative (CREDC) on May 17, 2017 at Metropolitan State’s Student Center was collaborative effort with the university’s Career Center to bring professionals to campus to talk about the many aspects of commercial real estate.

Stephanie Lee, vice president, Carlson Commercial
Judy Jandro, senior vice president, Bell State Bank and Trust
Anne Kane, community development director, City of White Bear Lake
Charlie Nestor, development and leasing manager, Hillcrest Development
Bob Pounds, senior vice president, Colliers International
Rich Forslund, senior property manager,  Colliers International

Panelists were industry professionals who discussed development, capital markets, lending, management, brokerage, city planning, and economic development.

The two-hour event concluded with a question and answer session and a brief informal meeting for students and alumni present to network with the panelists.

May 31: Resume and job search workshop

Are you currently looking for a new job? Do you need professional advice to spruce up your resume? “Who you gonna call?” Ok, no need to answer that last question. But if you answered any, or all, of the previous two questions with an emphatic ‘YES!’ then Career Center is here to help.

Metropolitan State University’s Career Center is hosting a Resume and Job Search Workshop on the Saint Paul campus.

This event is just in time for graduating seniors and students who are preparing to embark on a job search, or for students who are looking for a professional advice to spruce up their resumes.

The workshop is a great way to learn about the current “best practices” in resume development, and some of the most effective ways to go about looking for a job with a special emphasis on networking. You will leave with a specific action plan and hopefully, renewed energy.

WHEN:   4 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 31
WHERE: Metropolitan State Saint Paul Campus, Science Building, SEC 115
FOR WHOM:  All majors, all minors, grad students and alumni
QUESTIONS: Contact Career Center at 651.793.1528
EMAIL: career.center@metrostate.edu

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT IN HANDSHAKE: https://metrostate.joinhandshake.com/events/52882/share_preview

March 10: Silicon Valley design innovator speaks on “Designing Your Life”

After years as a successful tech executive at Apple and Electronic Arts, Dave Evans came to realize that his real mission in life was to help others find theirs.  Now, he teaches Life Design at Stanford University and is the co-author of Designing Your Life.  Evans’ lectures are transformative for both college students and executives, inspiring them to view life not as a problem that needs to be solved, but as a creative adventure.

For those interested in learning more about life design from one of the country’s leading experts, clear your calendar. Evans will address Metropolitan State students, faculty and staff at 8:30 a.m., Friday, March 10, in the Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus, 700 East 7th St, St. Paul.

Evans will speak about ideas he and co-author Bill Burnett cover in their book Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, and Joyful Life. The event is sponsored by the Career Center at Metropolitan State.

Authors Bill Burnett (left) and Dave Evans (right)

The talk will be followed by a book signing from 10 to 10:30 a.m. We ask everyone to register for a chance to win a signed copy of the book! Students and alumni should register in Handshake while Faculty and Staff should register through Event Brite.

For Students to register in Handshake: Go to metrostate.joinhandshake.com, navigate to “Events” and look for “Designing Your Life.” Click on that to register. Or log in here.

For Faculty and Staff to register through Event Brite: Click here. Or look for the invitation from Bill Baldus with the subject line, “[metro-discuss] Career Ideas Festival: Designing Your Life” in your email and click on the link.

Resume help from the Career Center

Need some feedback on your resume? Not sure what to say or how to say it? Help is here. No appointment or RSVP needed to attend the resume drop-in session, just stop by with your draft between 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.,  Wednesdays, in the Student Center, Fireplace Lounge, Saint Paul Campus.

During the drop-in session, there will be Career Center staff and writing tutors standing by, ready to offer suggestions and ideas on taking your resume to the next level. Please bring your drafted resume on paper, a USB device or in your e-mail. The drop-ins are a wildly successful collaboration between the Career Center and the Center for Academic Excellence.


Photos: 2016 Diversity Job Fair

The Career Center’s signature annual event, the Diversity Networking and Job Fair, showcased more than 30 employers who visited Metropolitan State University to meet with and potentially hire students and alumni.

Photos by Kevin O’Connor

Sept. 28: Diversity Networking and Job Fair

The Career Center’s signature event will showcase more than 30 employers intent on hiring Metropolitan State University students and alumni at the Diversity Networking  and Job Fair,  2 to 5 p.m., Sept. 28 in the Student Center, Saint  Paul Campus.

Register here for the event. The first 200 students will receive a coupon redeemable at Alimama’s Metropolitan Grill in the Student Center. There will also be free professional photography services to snap a photo that could complete your LinkedIn profile.

There is also helpful job fair interview preparation and practice session from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 in the Student Center. Register here.

For more information or questions, contact the Career Center located at Founders Hall (FH) 110 – Saint Paul Campus
e-mail: career.center@metrostate.edu
phone: (651) 793-1528.

Employers that will be attending:
3M Global
Andersen Corporation
Atterro / ProStaff
Award Staffing
CBRE Group, Inc.
City of Minneapolis
City of Minneapolis – Public Works
City of Saint Paul Police Department
Commercial Real Estate Diversity Collaborative
Dakota County
Fairview Health Services
General Mills
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
Hennepin County
Hennepin County Medical Center
Mall of America
Mental Health Resources, Inc.
Minneapolis Financial Group
Minneapolis Public Schools
Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal
Minnesota Department of Corrections
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Minnesota Historical Society
Minnesota State Patrol
NorthMarq Companies
Office of Governor Mark Dayton & Lt. Governor Tina Smith
Office of the Minnesota Attorney General
Panda Restaurant Group
People Incorporated
Pinnacle Services Inc.
Prudential Financial
Reach for Resources, Inc.
Regions Hospital
SciTechsperience Internship Program at the Minnesota High Tech Association
SPS Commerce
TCF Bank
Thomas Allen
U.S. Department of Justice/Federal Bureau of Prisons
Walser Automotive Group
Wayzata Public Schools
Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Xcel Energy


Job Fair Orientation and Prep Workshop

At 5:00pm on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 in the Student Center on the Main Campus, Alumni Relations and Career Center will host a Job Fair Orientation and Prep Workshop. 

This session will be a great opportunity for students to network with alumni and polish up their first impression skills, learn what questions to ask a potential employer and develop confidence in presenting themselves as an attractive candidate. Students can register in Handshake for the Job Fair Prep Session.



Career development and why it’s as important as your degree

On top of student loan repayment, one of the biggest causes of anxiety for college graduates is uncertainty of employment. Will the job market favor those with a degree in molecular biology or professional communication? How can a student know that the path they choose will be to their benefit or anguish? As with many things, there is no sure answer.

Many college graduates have a difficult time finding employment after tossing the cap in the air. According to Bill Baldus, Career Center director at Metropolitan State University, it’s not entirely because there jobs are lacking, but moreso that graduates lack preparation. He explains:

People are not putting a lot of thought into how they are going to go about the nuts and bolts of this transition [college to workforce]. What are the steps they need to take? I think people are so busy getting their degrees that they’re not really doing anything in career development. They get the degree and then they think, “Now I’ve got time to pursue this other stuff.” They might not know what the other stuff is and then once they get out on their own it makes it much more difficult to do it on their own. It’s some difficult work and to do it on your own, without support, without guidance, is really tough.

Graduates and job seekers think that because technology has changed much of the way the world does business, that it also works that way for finding employment. Baldus clarifies:

“Since most people aren’t really sure what to do, they rely on the Internet. So, most of the graduates who I see have this sense that there’s something more out there, something better. They’ve got potential to do something in a higher level but they’re not really sure what that is or how to get there. I would say 90-some percent sit down online, sending out applications, looking for postings and hope to find something that fits and sending out applications one after the other. I’m calling it the “Amazon approach” to looking for work, almost like ordering a book. It’s probably the least productive way to find a good job. That’s not just Metro State grads. I think, generally, job seekers think, this is the 21st century; this is how we do it. They see the ads during the Super Bowl for Monster and Indeed and SimplyHired and so on and it looks like that’s where all the action is. Not the case.”

Baldus goes on to say that the amount of available jobs resembles an iceberg.

“Looking online, you’re seeing about 20 percent of available jobs, tip of the iceberg. So, one in five, that’s a problem. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of people looking at these same jobs, also applying. Everyone thinks their application should be one of the top five to get a phone call. So, it’s a bit like gambling. I think it’s what people do when they don’t know what else to do. It’s also the easiest to do. It doesn’t take any scary interactions with people or putting yourself out there. It’s all electronic, it feels productive, it feels like that’s how it’s done, but this is the least productive way to look for work. And I think the gambling metaphor is apt in that there’s this tendency to click one more time. Hopefully then you’ll find that job that’s a really good fit. It’s like playing the slot machines. Keep clicking and people will sit there for hours, sometimes days. I’ve had alumni come in after doing this for months and often, unfortunately, for years.”

Though it seems like quite a peak to climb, it isn’t impossible.

“One of my missions is to encourage people to go after the 80 percent in the hidden job market. This is often a surprise to people, that most jobs never get advertised. But they’re out there and they’re filled by word of mouth, which is another way of saying networking or connecting with people. This is what we really have to get students to think about and focus on right away when they get here because this all takes time.”

After the interview, Baldus wanted share a link to an article by past president and founder of Prototype Career Service, Amy Lindgren, that would give students more information on the subject and hopefully help them become more interested in doing more research themselves so that they may begin to take steps on the path of career development.

Look for our future podcast and video series featuring Baldus discussing career development.

Reinvent your career with a course in job searching

As students get closer to graduation, it’s time to start thinking about the next career step. Start planning now by taking METR 110: Reinventing Your Career. This two-credit course is offered in the fall, 1–4:20 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 20–Nov. 1 on the Saint Paul Campus.

Taught by Bill Baldus, Career Center director, METR 110 is for those who are ready to start a job search and would like structure for thinking about the world of work and a process for defining next steps in pursuing their career interests. Part job search support group and part mechanics of a productive search, Reinventing Your Career provides a forum for planning and executing an effective search.

The course also addresses the development of marketing tools including resume, cover letters and an online presence through LinkedIn. Students sharpen their networking skills and connect with professionals to learn more about their field.

View the course flyer.