Career Awareness Week consisted of a series of workshops, presentations, resume reviews, and mock interviews to help prepare students for future professional and academic endeavors. The week was designed to highlight the Career Services’ offerings and get students thinking about their futures as an ongoing project. Director of Career Services Mariah Green led the effort.
“Our mission is to create a culture on campus around preparing for future pursuits,” Green said.
Career Service’s central tasks involve meeting with students and developing application skills individually. Career Awareness Week supplemented this by highlighting the wide variety of support services available to students of any major or year, and prompted students to take advantage of Western’s campus resources as much as possible. Events ranged from one-on-one meetings with Green to info sessions hosted by international companies, such as Target Corp.
Study Abroad Fair
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) hosted one of its semi-annual Study Abroad Fairs during Career Week.
At the event, partnering companies set up tables to showcase their offerings and students gathered information about various ways to study beyond Western’s campus.
According to those who studied abroad, it is a great way to gain practical knowledge and develop life skills while adventuring. Returning students describe their time abroad as “life changing” and “unique.” The companies present at the fair were eager to facilitate such meaningful experiences for Western students.
Katie Wheaton, academic advisor and international specialist of the ARC, facilitated the event with her student team, Peer Academic Leaders (PALs). Wheaton has hosted the fair for the last three years and has successfully sent approximately 70 students to study abroad every year.
“Our most popular places to study are Harlaxton, New Zealand and Spain,” Wheaton said.
Students can choose to study in almost any country in the world, spend a semester at sea or stay within the United States as part of the National Student Exchange. Any of these options allow students to immerse themselves in a different culture and study in new classroom environments.
Beyond the fair, students can meet with Wheaton personally or stop by the Exploratory Center in Savage Library to do some pre-trip planning with the PALs. Through scholarships and tuition agreements, study abroad can be affordable and accessible for any student. Western works with students to make study abroad more than a possibility, but rather a reality. Every student is encouraged to study abroad and expand their knowledge of the world.
Growth Mindset Workshop
Western Academic Success Advisor Scott Cantril presented his workshop “Your Brain Can Be Developed like a Muscle” to an audience of Western students.
The presentation focused on the importance of having a “growth mindset,” understanding that it takes time to achieve goals, and that talent, abilities and intelligence are developed.
A growth mindset can help students, athletes and others bounce back from failure.
Cantril said he wanted to inspire students to adopt a growth mindset and gave them tips on how to do so.
“[Having a fixed mindset] will get you guys to a place where if you get a bad grade you don’t shut down, you say, ‘how can I improve?’” Cantril explained.
Cantril said he held the workshop during Career Awareness Week to help students “prepare for that first ‘no’” when they begin their lives in the workforce.
For those who were unable to make the first presentation, Cantril will be hosting the workshop two more times, on November 1 and November 29. Both will be in Taylor 104 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Graduate School Fair
Graduate schools from around Colorado visited Western’s campus during Career Week to meet with undergraduate students.
Representatives from graduate programs at Western, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado Christian University and various other schools in the state chatted with undergraduates on campus.
“I’ve gotten to speak to a few students and there’s definitely some interest in our program, so it’s been nice,” said Jeremy Yeats, who was representing Adams State University’s Human Performance and Physical Education program.
Students browsed through pamphlets and spoke with school representatives about the different types of programs available.
“It’s helpful, I didn’t realize how many [graduate schools] there were in Colorado,” said junior Sydney Baker.
By the end of the fair, Western students had a new perspective to the many different opportunities for graduate schools across the state and got a glimpse of the potential futures.
Story and photos by Peter Noon, Roberta Marquette-Strain and Grace Flynn.