Tag Archives: Career Development

Nov. 15: Career information session

Career Center Services at Metropolitan State University is organizing an informational session for those interested in careers in natural resources management and environmental stewardship.

Three state and federal agencies to present are Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and US Fish and Wildlife. The event will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Nov. 15 at the Saint Paul Campus, Science Education Center, room 115, 664 East 6th Street.

Register for the event at this link: https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/100403

The event is open to Metropolitan State students and alumni. Dress is business casual. For questions, call the Career Center at 651-793-1528 or e-mail career.center@metrostate.edu.

Sept. 13: 2017 Diversity Networking and Jobs Fair

Metropolitan State University’s career event of the year.

Meet over 30 employers who are intent on hiring Metropolitan State students and alumni.

Event runs from  2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the Student Center, Saint Paul Campus.

Attendees get a $5 coupon good at Alimama’s in the Student Center. A sitting for a free professional photo for LinkedIn profile is also available.  Prep for the fair with alumni coaches.

Register for the fair at www.metrostate.edu/job-fair

For information contact the Career Center at  (651) 793-1528 or visit www.metrostate.edu/career

Photos: Student Research Conference awards

President’s Poster Award: Alex Hepp, Chidiebere Khannaroth, Brian Thill; The Making of a Death Star
President’s Paper Award: Kenneth Abbott; A Multi-Specialty Medical Mission for Syrian Refugees in Jordan
Best Project Award: Eric Fulwiler; Hosting Websites with a Raspberry Pi
Conference Organizer Award: Liz Tetu; Technopaganisms + Videogames
Runner Up: Ian Hamilton; Rimworld: Community Driven Game Development
Student Scholars Committee Award: Jill Fallon; Theories & Civic Engagement in Later Life
Runner Up: Shaun Hurley; Volunteering Hours and Tenure and it’s Relationship to Mood
Student Scholars Committee Award: Nikitha Kommera; Smart Augmented Reality in CyberSecurity and Forensic Education
Library Award: Rebecca Knuckles; Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mortality Among America’s Elderly Population
Library Award: Donald Jones; Gesture and Memory
Runner Up: Brian Trac; Metroid’s Other M
Most Promising Research Award: Chris Kempe, Andrew VanDenBrocke, and Kate Ries; The Synthesis of 1,8-napthalamides in the Fluorescence Detection of Metal Ions through Chelation
Runner Up: Rhea Fofana; The Implementation of a Human Immunodeficiency (HIV) Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Program in an Urban Public Health Clinic: A Quality Improvement Project
Best Visuals Award: Kyle Jenness; History and Impact of Super Mario Brothers
Most Inspiring Research Award: Denny Yang, Students Salon: Sharing the Culmination of Student Artistry
People’s Choice Favorite Poster: *Names Not Available; The Network Thief
Runner Up: Randy Conaway: Effects that Social Media Has on Self-Esteem

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

May 17: Career Opportunities in Commercial Real Estate

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The Commercial Real Estate Diversity Collaborative (CREDC) connects motivated students to prospective internships, networking events, informational interviews and job shadows. From 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, at Metropolitan State’s Student Center, Room 101, on the Saint Paul Campus, representatives from the CREDC will present great career opportunities and details about careers in development, capital markets, lending, management, brokerage, city planning, and economic development.  Learn more about CREDC services at: https://www.diversitycollaborative.org/.



Wear business casual attire.  Arrive early.  Bring your questions.

Register TODAY because space is limited.
To register, CLICK HERE or visit
and select “Yes” under “Will you be attending?” 
To learn more about career development resources for Metro students, click here for the Career Center website, or visit us in Founders Hall, room 110. Don’t forget to ask about connecting with employers on Handshake.
If you have questions about this event, contact the Career Center at 651.793.1528 or career.center@metrostate.edu.
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Internship: SCWA’s podcast, “On Track”

Professor Anne Aronson is running a podcast internship during fall 2016. The internship involves working on the podcast series, “On Track.” The podcast is designed to raise awareness about the programs,activities, accomplishments and newsworthy events in the School of Communication, Writing and the Arts (SCWA) at Metropolitan State University.

The intern works with Aronson to identify interesting stories, and then contacts interviewees, conducts and records the interviews, edits the podcast, publishes it on the hosting site and helps circulate the link. Podcasting is a booming business right now, with increasingly more news and arts organizations, corporations, non-profits and educational institutions jumping on the bandwagon.

This unpaid internship can be three or four credits (120 or 160 hours). While some daytime hours are required to interview sources, the schedule is flexible. The intern should be available to record interviews at the Center for Online Learning at Metropolitan State’s Midway Campus.

Requirements: The intern should be familiar with, or should be able to quickly learn, an audio editing program like Adobe Audition, Audacity, or Garage Band. Strong oral and written communication skills are required. Experience with interviewing or recording audio is a plus.

Application: Applicants should submit a resume and a statement of why they are interested in this internship and how their experience might be a good fit. Send these via e-mail to anne.aronson@metrostate.edu.

Application due date: Aug. 5, 2016.

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.

A Minnesota leader you didn’t know is a Metropolitan State alum: Sandra Best

Minnesota Air National Guard Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Sandra L. Best

In February, alumna Air Force Col. Sandra L. Best became the first female general in Minnesota National Guard history when she was promoted to brigadier general. In her new position, Brig. Gen. Best will be the chief of staff of the Minnesota Air National Guard, responsible for command supervision, oversight and leadership of the 133rd Airlift Wing and 148th Fighter Wing to include all items pertaining to manning, operations, readiness, training and equipping of units in the Minnesota Air National Guard.

Best graduated from Metropolitan State University in 1988 with a bachelor of arts  emphasizing human resource management. Her post-graduate education includes a master of business administration from the University of St. Thomas, as well as advanced education in leadership, public affairs and military operations. She is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College. She was a Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Originally from Northeast Minneapolis, Best joined the 133rd Airlift Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard in 1984, as a personnel specialist and progressed through the enlisted ranks to technical sergeant. She was commissioned in 1991 through the Academy of Military Science at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tennessee. Best has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2008.

In 2015, she attended the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Leadership in Homeland Security Program. Her career includes both public sector and military service. She serves as the director of Strategic Relations and Mission Support Group commander with the Minnesota National Guard. She will continue to promote the benefits of lifelong learning and specifically the unique nontraditional environment geared for diverse working adults at Metropolitan State. Best and her husband of 27 years have four daughters and reside in rural Wisconsin. In her free time, she enjoys socializing with family and friends in the St. Croix River Valley.

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Nov. 11: Career Center hosts Diversity Networking and Job Fair

Metropolitan State’s Career Center is hosting a Diversity Networking and Job Fair at the Minneapolis Campus. The event is 2–5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 on the first floor of the Management Education Center. All university students and alumni are encouraged to attend and meet with dozens of employers and build networking skills. In addition to the job fair, there will be refreshments and free LinkedIn profile portraits.

This event is one of several services provided by the Career Center, located in Founders Hall 110. Students can visit the center to learn about career options, get career counseling, participate in mock job interviews, get resume and cover letter writing assistance and participate in the pathways program, which is designed to help students start their career within the insurance and financial services industry.

Read the event flyer, which includes a list of participating employers.

For more information about the job fair or the career center, e-mail career.center@metrostate.edu or call 651-793-1528.

‘Handshake’ is Metropolitan State’s new job and career tool for students

Handshake mobile
Handshake for jobseekers and employers is mobile-friendly and easy to learn. Free accounts are available for students and alumni.

A new tool from Metropolitan State’s Career Center is available to help students and alumni find internships and career opportunities.

The tool, called Handshake, will help jobseekers to:

  • Search forand apply to jobs and internships.
  • Register for career events.
  • Receive notifications tailored to career needs.
  • Find employers interested in hiring students and alumni.

Career Center administrators say that students will find Handshake mobile-friendly, easy to learn and fun to use. Handshake replaces the CareerLink system.

Employers are registering and posting new opportunities daily. At last count, more than 300 new employers were registered in the system, looking to hire Metropolitan State students and alumni.

Students can create a free account using their Star ID e-mail address and password. Handshake is also free for alumni using their personal e-mail address.

Login and create an account at metrostate.joinhandshake.com
Contact the Career Center for more information at Career.center@metrostate.edu or 651 793-1528.