WCSU Covid-19 Information Fall 2021

Career Success Center

Career Fairs

All career fairs and events are conducted through Handshake. To be a part, you must log in or activate your account here.

Each semester, the WCSU Career Success Center (CSC) offers many opportunities for students and alumni (of all majors), to connect with employers, research companies and find employment. Whether a Freshman, or Senior, students are encouraged to begin attending career fairs and networking events during their Freshman year, so they are well equipped to find employment before graduation. This Spring, the CSC has partnered with Central Connecticut State University, and Handshake, the countries #1 job board for college and university students and alumni, to bring you four virtual career fairs. These fairs are open to all students/alumni, of all majors.

 

WCSU IS HOSTING IN-PERSON CAREER FAIRS OCTOBER 6TH 2021 

WCSU IS ALSO HOSTING A VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR OCTOBER 7TH 2021 

WCSU STUDENTS/ALUMNI MAY ALSO ATTEND CCSU'S AND OTHER PARTICIPATING UNIVERSITY'S CAREER FAIRS VIA HANDSHAKE (ALL VIRTUAL)

Upcoming WCSU-Sponsored Career Fairs

Registration will open to Students and Alumni mid-September. Please keep an eye open for an email invitation which will be sent to all come that time.

Business Management, Finance, Consulting, Media, Arts, Marketing & Entertainment

Wednesday, October 6th

9 am to 11 am

Hosted by WCSU

Education, Human Services, Healthcare, Wellness, & Life Sciences

Wednesday, October 6th

12 pm to 2 pm

Hosted by WCSU

Virtual All Majors Career Fair

Thursday, October 7th

1 pm to 4 pm

Hosted by WCSU

To attend a VIRTUAL WCSU-sponsored career fair, please follow these instructions:

  1. You must log onto your Handshake account at www.wcsu.joinhandshake.com
  2. Click "Events" listed at the top of the page to see a list of upcoming career fairs, events, and workshops
  3. Find the fair/s you want to attend and click on the name of it
  4. Look at the employers who are registered and click "Register," on the right side of the page, if you want to attend
  5. To select a time to speak with an employer, choose a 1:1 session and click that button to register (You can choose as many 1:1 sessions as you would like just as long as they are not scheduled at the same time.)
  6. To see a video that explains all this, click here.

 

CHECK BACK FOR AVAILABLE SESSIONS FREQUENTLY up to an including the day of the fair to view additional employer sessions (employers set their schedules on a rolling basis and available sessions update frequently, up top and including during the fair).

Not seeing sessions with an employer of interest?

  • "Follow" that employer within the fair to be notified when additional sessions are available.
  • Note that employers have the option to set GPA, major, or academic year preferences, and in some cases, you may not meet their criteria.

For more tips on how to have a successful career fair, please see the "Career Fair Guide" listed above. For questions, please contact Debra Manente at manented@wcsu.edu.

Registered Employers Attending WCSU In-Person Career Fairs - Fall 2021

BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, FINANCE, CONSULTING, MEDIA, ARTS, MARKETING & ENTERTAINMENT FAIR

IN-PERSON FAIR OCTOBER 6 FROM 9 AM TO 11 AM

Booth # ⇒ Company Name Booth # ⇒ Company Name
1  AC Connecticut 13  King, King & Associates
2  Airgas 14  Newtown Savings Bank
3  Aquinas Consulting LLC 15  Reynolds + Rowella
4  Bach to Rock Ridgefield CT 16  RightCapital
5  CliftonLarsonAllen LP 17  Scalzo Property Management, Inc
6  Danbury Hat Tricks 18
7  Danbury Westerners Baseball Club 19  Talbots
10  Enhance a Colour 20  U.S. Electrical Services, Inc.
11  Fastenal Company 21  Union Savings Bank
12  JRO Technology 22  Western Connecticut State University   (WCSU) - Career Success Center

 

EDUCATION, HUMAN SERVICES, HEALTHCARE, WELLNESS & LIFE SCIENCES FAIR 

IN-PERSON FAIR OCTOBER 6 FROM 12 PM TO 2 PM

Booth # ⇒ Company Name Booth # ⇒ Company Name
4  Camp Hemlocks 11  The Goddard School Monroe, CT
5  EdAdvance 12  The Grit Ninja
6  EdAdvance BASES 13  TheraCare
7  ESS 14  Waterbury Public Schools
8  Farmington Public School 22  Western Connecticut State University   (WCSU) - Career Success Center
9  Maplewood Senior Living

 

GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC POLICY, LAW, NON-PROFIT, TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL SCIENCES FAIR

IN-PERSON FAIR OCTOBER 6 FROM 3 PM TO 5 PM

Booth # ⇒ Company Name Booth # ⇒ Company Name
15  Ability Beyond 19  New York State Police
16  City of Bristol Police Department 22  Western Connecticut State University   (WCSU) - Career Success Center
17  City of Danbury Department of Health & Human   Services 20  Windsor Police Department
18  City of Norwalk

Registered Employers Attending WCSU Virtual Career Fair - Fall 2021

VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR – OCTOBER 7 FROM 1 PM TO 4 PM – HOW TO R.S.V.P.

To attend a VIRTUAL WCSU-sponsored career fair, please follow these instructions:

1. You must log onto your Handshake account at www.wcsu.joinhandshake.com

2. Click "Events" listed at the top of the page to see a list of upcoming career fairs, events, and workshops

3. Find the fair/s you want to attend and click on the name of it

4. Look at the employers who are registered and click "Register," on the right side of the page, if you want to attend

5. To select a time to speak with an employer, choose a 1:1 session and click that button to register (You can choose as many 1:1 sessions as you would like just as long as they are not scheduled at the same time.)

6. To see a video that explains all this, please view this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzxrtLPW-Vw.

 

VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR

VIRTUAL FAIR OCTOBER 7 FROM 1 PM TO 4 PM 

Alliant Newtown Savings Bank
Central Connecticut State University – Grad. Adm. Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corporation
CDW Corporation PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP
CT Department of Motor Vehicles Riverhead Building Supply Corp
Hartford Public Schools State of Connecticut Executive Branch
Hole in the Wall Gang Camp U.S. Electrical Services, Inc.
Medical Information Technology, Inc. (MEDITECH) Walden Behavioral Care
New York State Department of Civil Service Waterbury Public Schools
Newport Healthcare Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) – Career Success Center

Registered Employers From Fall 2021 Fair

These employers will be attending our Fall career fairs. We suggest preparing early and taking a look at each URL to learn about the company before you meet with them, and to check which positions they are actively seeking to fill.  Please check back often as we continue to add more registered employers. To view current job listings on Handshake, please go to www.wcsu.edu/handshake.

COMPANY INDUSTRY URL 10/6  9-11 10/6  12-2 10/6  3-5 10/7 1-4
Ability Beyond Social Assistance http://www.abilitybeyond.org x
AC Connecticut Sports & Leisure https://www.acconnecticut.com/ x
Airgas Oil & Gas http://www.airgas.com/ x
Alliant Advertising, PR & Marketing http://www.alliantinsight.com x x
Aquinas Consulting LLC Internet & Software http://www.aquinasconsulting.com x
Bach to Rock Ridgefield CT Performing and Fine Arts https://ridgefield.b2rmusic.com x
Camp Hemlocks Non-Profit - Other https://summercamp.oakhillct.org/ x
CDW Corporation Electronic & Computer Hardware https://www.cdwjobs.com/pages/student x
Central Connecticut State University Higher Education http://www.ccsu.edu/ x
City of Bristol Police Department Legal & Law Enforcement http://www.bristolct.gov x
City of Danbury Department of Health & Human Services Government - Local, State & Federal http://www.danbury-ct.gov/health x
City of Norwalk Government - Local, State & Federal https://www.norwalkct.org/ x
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Accounting https://www.claconnect.com/careers/careers-at-cla x
CT Department of Motor Vehicles - CT Department of Motor Vehicles Government - Local, State & Federal http://www.ct.gov/dmv x
Danbury Hat Tricks Sports & Leisure https://www.danburyhattricks.com/ x
Danbury Mission Technologies Defense https://www.dmtllc.org/ x
Danbury Westerners Baseball Club Sports & Leisure http://danburywesterners.pointstreaksites.com/view/danbury x
EdAdvance Non-Profit - Other http://www.edadvance.org x
EdAdvance BASES Other Education https://bases.edadvance.org x
Enhance a Colour Other Industries https://eacgs.com x
ESS K-12 Education http://www.ess.com x
Farmington Public Schools Education https://www.fpsct.org/departments/business-services/employment-opportunities x
Fastenal Company Wholesale Trade https://careers.fastenal.com/ x
Hartford Public Schools K-12 Education http://www.hartfordschools.org x
Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Non-Profit - Other http://www.holeinthewallgang.org/ x
JRO Technology Information Technology https://jrotechnology.com x
King, King & Associates Accounting https://kingcpas.com x
Maplewood Senior Living Healthcare http://www.maplewoodseniorliving.com x
Medical Information Technology, Inc. (MEDITECH) Internet & Software https://ehr.meditech.com/careers/careers x
New York State Department of Civil Service Government - Local, State & Federal http://www.cs.ny.gov x
New York State Police Legal & Law Enforcement http://www.joinstatepolice.ny.gov x
Newport Healthcare Healthcare http://www.newporthealthcare.com x
Newtown Savings Bank Commercial Banking & Credit https://www.nsbonline.com x x
Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corporation Transportation & Logistics https://www.odysseylogistics.com/ x
PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP Accounting http://www.pkfod.com/ x
Reynolds + Rowella Accounting http://www.reynoldsrowella.com/ x
RightCapital Internet & Software https://www.rightcapital.com/ x
Riverhead Building Supply Corp Retail Stores http://www.rbscorp.com x
Scalzo Property Management Real Estate https://www.scalzoproperty.com/index.php/careers-scalzo-property-management/ x
State of CT Executive Branch Government - Local, State & Federal www.cga.ct.gov.isc/internship.asp x
Talbots Retail Stores http://www.talbots.com/ x
The Goddard School Monroe, CT Other Education https://www.goddardschool.com/careers x
The Grit Ninja Sports & Leisure http://www.thegritninja.com x
TheraCare Healthcare http://www.TheraCare.com x
U.S. Electrical Services, Inc. -- Distributor of All Things Electrical Wholesale Trade https://www.usesi.com/ x x
Union Savings Bank Commercial Banking & Credit https://www.unionsavings.com x
Walden Behavioral Care Healthcare http://www.waldenbehavioralcare.com x
Waterbury Public Schools Education https://www.waterbury.k12.ct.us/content/2514 x x
WCSU Career Success Center Career Education https://www.wcsu.edu/careersuccess x x x x
Windsor Police Department Legal & Law Enforcement http://www.townofwindsorct.com/police/ x

How to Prepare for a Virtual Career Fair:

*Although this video is for Skype, this advice holds true for any online professional engagement

Tips for Developing Adaptability

-  Change your thought process

-  Force yourself to take risks

-  Encourage others to be open minded

-  Embrace learning 

BEST PRACTICE #10: HOLD NEW-HIRE PANELS.

New-hire panels are one of the best ways to showcase an organization to interns as a great place to work. These are panels of five or six people who were hired as new grads within the last three years. They act as panelists in a meeting of interns, giving a brief summary of their background and then answering questions from the intern audience. Your interns get insight about your organization from your new hires—people who they perceive are like themselves and who they consequently view as credible sources of information.

In these meetings, I’ve found that the interns consistently bring up the same topics: Why did you choose this employer over others? What was your first year like? How is being a full-time employee here different from being an intern? Do you recommend getting a graduate degree? In the same field, or an M.B.A.? Is it better to go straight to graduate school after the bachelor’s or better to work a while?

It’s also fairly consistent that the new hires will offer other types of advice to your interns, such as how to handle finances those first couple of years out of school. (Their typical advice: Don’t run right out and buy a new car, and, Start contributing the maximum to your savings plan as soon as you are allowed.)

College relations staff should attend these sessions, but should remain unobtrusive, staying in the back of the room so as not to stifle the conversation. By being there, you stay aware of what is on the minds of your target group, and you can answer any detailed questions that may come up, such as those related to benefits.

BEST PRACTICE #11: BRING IN SPEAKERS FROM YOUR COMPANY’S EXECUTIVE RANKS.

One of the greatest advantages to students in having internships is the access they get to accomplished professionals in their field. Consequently, speakers from the executive ranks are very popular with students—it’s a great career development and role modeling experience for interns. Having a CEO speak is especially impressive. Best scenario: Your CEO speaker is personable, willing to answer questions, and willing and able to spend a little informal time with the students after speaking—your interns will be quite impressed.

For you, having your executives speak to interns is another way to “sell” your organization to the interns, and get your executives invested in (and supporting) your program.

BEST PRACTICE #12: OFFER TRAINING/ENCOURAGE OUTSIDE CLASSES.

Providing students with access to in-house training—both in work-skills-related areas, such as a computer language, and in general skills areas, such as time management—is a tangible way to show students you are interested in their development.

You may also want to consider providing interns with information about nearby community colleges: Many students will be interested in attending during their work term to take care of some electives and/or get a little ahead with the hours they need to graduate. If you have the budget, you may also want to consider paying the tuition for courses they take while working for you, but, as is the case with housing, any assistance you can provide—even if it’s just providing them with information about local schools—will earn you points with students.

BEST PRACTICE #13: CONDUCT FOCUS GROUPS/SURVEYS.

Conducting focus groups and feedback surveys with these representatives of your target group is a great way to see your organization as the students see it. Focus groups in particular can yield information about what your competitors are doing that students find appealing.

BEST PRACTICE #14: SHOWCASE INTERN WORK THROUGH PRESENTATIONS/EXPO.

Students work very hard at completing their work and are generally proud of their accomplishments. Setting up a venue for them to do presentations (formal presentations or in a fair-type setting such as an expo) not only allows them to demonstrate their achievements, but also showcases the internship program to all employees.

BEST PRACTICE #15: CONDUCT EXIT INTERVIEWS.

Whether face-to-face or over the telephone, a real-time exit interview done by a member of the college relations team is an excellent way to gather feedback on the student’s experience and to assess their interest in coming back. Having the students fill out an exit survey and bring it to the interview gives some structure to the conversation.

BEST PRACTICE #2: HOLD ORIENTATIONS FOR ALL INVOLVED

It’s important that everyone “be on the same page,” so to speak. Make this happen by holding an orientation session for managers and mentors as well as a session for students. Orientations ensure that everyone starts with the same expectations and role definitions. This is time well spent—the effort you put into these sessions will pay off throughout the program.

BEST PRACTICE #3: PROVIDE INTERNS WITH A HANDBOOK AND/OR WEBSITE.

Whether in paper booklet format, or presented as a special section on your website, a handbook serves as a guide for students, answering frequently asked questions and communicating the “rules” in a warm and welcoming way.

A separate intern website serves many of the purposes of the handbook, but has the advantage of being easy to change. You can use your website as a communication tool, with announcements from the college relations staff or even articles of interest written by the interns themselves.

BEST PRACTICE #4: PROVIDE HOUSING AND RELOCATION ASSISTANCE.

Few employers can afford to provide fully paid housing for interns, but you’ll find that you get a lot of appreciation if you offer any kind of assistance toward housing expenses. If that’s not possible, provide assistance in locating affordable housing: For those relocating to the job site, the prospect of finding affordable, short-term housing can be daunting. Easy availability of affordable housing will make your opportunity more attractive to students, broadening your pool of candidates.

If you can pay for all or some of your interns’ housing, be sure to design (and stick to) a clear policy detailing who is eligible. This will eliminate any perceptions of unequal treatment. In addition, be aware that employer-paid or employer-subsidized housing is considered a taxable benefit. Check with your internal tax department on exceptions to this.

You will also want to consider the issue of relocation, which is separate although related to housing. Many organizations pay some or all of their interns’ relocation expenses to and/or from the job site.

BEST PRACTICE #5: OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS.

Pairing a scholarship with your internship is a great way to recruit for your internship program—and this is especially true if you are having difficulty attracting a particular type of student or student with a specific skill set to your program. Attaching a scholarship can increase your pool of candidates with the desired qualifications.

BEST PRACTICE #6: OFFER FLEX-TIME AND/OR OTHER UNUSUAL WORK ARRANGEMENTS

Students mention flex-time as one of their most-desired features in a job. (A flexible time schedule during their internship eases their transition to the workplace.)

If you think about how students spend the day on campus (varied schedule each day, with varied activities such as work, class, social time), you can understand that 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday is a bit of an adjustment for them. A flexible schedule can make them feel less chained in by an unchanging routine.

Other work arrangements that have been found successful with students include keeping them on as part-time, remote employees after they go back to school (depending on the type of work they do for you and whether they have a willing manager), and having them come back and work over school breaks for a couple of weeks. These are excellent ways to keep communications open and build a stronger bond.

BEST PRACTICE #7: HAVE AN INTERN MANAGER.

Having a dedicated manager for your intern program is the best way to ensure that it runs smoothly and stays focused on your criteria for success. Unfortunately, the size and resources available to most internship programs mean that this isn’t always possible. If your program isn’t big enough to warrant a dedicated full-time staff member, an excellent short-term solution is to hire a graduate student (look for a student working toward an advanced HR degree) to be your intern, and put this college relations intern in charge of the daily operation of the internship program. This gives the interns a “go-to” person, and gives you and your staff a break from the many daily tasks involved in running a program of any size. For this to work, you have to plan the program structure in advance (don’t expect your intern to do it), and be very accessible to your college relations intern

BEST PRACTICE #8: ENCOURAGE TEAM INVOLVEMENT

Involve your college recruiting teams—whether they are “volunteers” who participate in college recruiting, staff members dedicated to college recruiting, or some combination of both—in your intern program. They can sponsor social or professional development events, and help to orient the interns to your company culture. In my experience, college team members served as cooks at intern picnics, hosts at speaker events, and drivers for social outings such as ball games.

BEST PRACTICE #9: INVITE CAREER CENTER STAFF AND FACULTY TO VISIT INTERNS ON SITE.

Although some programs—especially those that are very structured on the university side—make visits by career center staff and faculty a regular practice, most do not. In general, career center staff and faculty members have relatively few opportunities to visit employer work sites to see firsthand the types of experiences that their students are getting. By inviting them to your site, you will build a better working relationship with these groups, which can lead to more student referrals, enhanced campus visibility, and increased flexibility on their parts when your business needs dictate it.

BEST PRACTICE #1: PROVIDE INTERNS WITH REAL WORK ASSIGNMENTS.

Providing interns with real work is number one to ensuring your program’s success. Interns should be doing work related to their major, that is challenging, that is recognized by the organization as valuable, and that fills the entire work term.

You can guarantee that hiring managers provide real work assignments by checking job descriptions, emphasizing the importance of real work assignments during a manager/mentor orientation sessions, and communicating with interns frequently throughout the work term to determine who they perceive what they are doing.

 

Don't try to change what can't be changed...you can REFRAME!

(HINT, you have to work with, not change, gravity)

 

 

Consider your views on the world

Reflect on what work is and what it means to you

What dysfunctional thoughts can be reframed?

What's the life challenge/opportunity we want to solve and/or learn more about?

 

Take some personal assessments 

Evaluate your current work/play/love/health

Open up meaningful discussions with your family and friends

 

 

 

 

Create some future Life Sketches; do real brainstorming and think up lots and lots and lots of ideas

More = Better

 

 

Narrow your testing options, build some ideas, select some ideas, and plan the quick/cheap/easy prototype

Ask a lot of questions

 

 

Get into some real work, try stuff, reflect on what works for you and refine your next steps to designing a better life

 

 

 

 

Keep moving forwarding and just do stuff. ​
Turn your ideas into action.  ​
The Career Success Center has lots of ​custom ideas for you. ​

 

 

Ask lots of questions, ​research your options, ​be active in class, ​follow interesting organizations​ and people​

 

 

 

Life and the career process ​is not just one or two things-​it is a process.

Turn bumps in the road ​into learning opportunities. ​

 

 

You live, eat, work, study with others, ​so they all are a part of your life. ​
They have lots of ideas, experience, and contacts, and ​should be a part of your life design​

 

 

 

Learn different ways to look ​at things to get unstuck​

 

 

Get Prepared!

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