Parkland Career Services hosts a variety of employers on campus throughout the semester in the Student Union cafeteria hallway between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Employers are looking for Parkland students and alumni! Register for free on the College Central Network to view local, state, and national job postings in a variety of disciplines.
Don’t think you’re qualified for a position? The key skills listed below are qualifications you may not have thought about. You’ve likely had a chance to practice several of these in the classroom, through volunteer experience, or with jobs you’ve held.
- Communication skills that demonstrate verbal, written, and listening abilities.
- Computer aptitude based on the level required for the position being filled.
- Team spirit, which involves working cooperatively with a variety of people and treating others with respect.
- Basic math and reading skills.
- Interpersonal skills, allowing you to relate to diverse coworkers and manage conflicts.
- Organizational skills, so that you can plan and complete multiple tasks in a timely fashion.
- Problem-solving skills, including the ability to think critically and identify and solve problems.
- Flexibility and adaptability, to handle change in the workplace.
- Personal traits such as a positive attitude, motivation, integrity, honesty, and leadership potential.
- Dependability and a strong work ethic!
Career Services is located within Counseling Services in Room U267, Follow us on Pinterest and check out our website. Call us at 217/351-2219 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Carrie Harris is a career counselor in Career Services.]
Parkland College’s state-of-the-art technical training programs lead to high-tech careers! Some programs even guarantee 100% job placement for successful graduates.
Want to learn more about these cutting-edge programs and the careers available?
Attend our Agriculture/Engineering Science and Technologies Student/Parent Information Night on Wednesday, February 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Parkhill Applied Technology Center (T building).
This event is free to attend and open to high school juniors and seniors. Bring your families to check out our hands-on instructional labs, meet our faculty and area employers, and learn how you can begin a well-paying career you love with just two years (or less!) of training. Featured career areas include:
- collision repair
- diesel power
- precision agriculture
- land surveying
- automotive technology
- electrical control systems
- industrial technology
Ready to sign up? Visit the Ag/EST SPIN website. Contact Aimee Densmore at email@example.com or 217/373-3838 with questions.
[Aimee Densmore is program manager for Parkland’s Agriculture/Engineering Science and Technologies department.]
What’s so valuable about actually visiting Parkland College before you consider attending the school? Here are four good reasons:
- You can really visit the campus. Let’s be honest: the pictures you see in brochures are not always an accurate representation of what every part of a campus looks like. Attending a campus visit allows you to see every part of campus, from the classrooms, to the cafeteria, to the library, and even parking. You can see for yourself where students like to spend their time between classes, where the computer labs are located, or what clubs you can join. You will learn so much more than you ever could from a college brochure.
- You can get your specific questions answered. What about this particular major? What’s my financial aid status? What tutoring opportunities are on campus for me? Trust us, we have been asked some very interesting questions during campus visits! Come armed with your list of questions, and we will make sure to answered them before you leave.
- You can talk with current students about their experiences. Learn what students like to get involved in, their favorite places to eat in the area, or what some of their favorite electives are. Talking to Parkland College students is a great way to get honest feedback about the institution.
- You can see what campus is like on a regular day. Sure visiting the campus over the summer might be easier since you are on summer break, but the campus has considerably fewer students around then. This might give you a false sense of what to expect campus life to be like. Attending a campus visit day allows you to truly see how many students are on campus, how the parking can be, and even how long it might take you to get from one class to another.
Ready to come out for a Campus Visit Day? RSVP here.
[Sarah Hartman is an admissions advisor for Parkland College.]
You’ve seen the posters around campus, the emails, the notices on Parkland’s website. But you still think: “Job fair? me? Uh-uh. I’m already working” or “I’m going on for my bachelor’s” or “I still have a year until graduation” or “I get too nervous” or “I’m just not ready yet.”
But the answer should be “YES!” because there’s more than one way to utilize a job fair. Think about it, wouldn’t it be great to make connections with employers you think you might want to work for? They don’t know you’re out there unless you let them know. Are you working in the field you want to end up in? There could be opportunity to find a “real” job (even part-time) or internship opportunity before you complete your bachelor’s degree in your field of study.
You know you want to go into business, but that’s so broad. A job fair allows you to get out and talk with a variety of companies in the industry to find out in what direction you want to focus when you’re done with school. Not sure how to start conversations with employers? Go through the fair, observe, and make sure to approach just one or two employers, just to practice presenting yourself.
Need help with your resume? elevator pitch? LinkedIn account? As a Parkland student, you can plan ahead and schedule a FREE appointment with the Career Center so that you are ready to go on the day of the job fair.
***We will hold our final job fair of the 2016 spring semester Monday, April 11, from 10 am to 1:30 pm in the Student Union Atrium. This fair will focus on careers in Computer Science, Information Technology, and Business.
Stop by the Career Center in U238, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest, and check out our website. Call us at 217/351-2536. Our hours are Monday–Friday, 8 am–5 pm. ***
[Carrie Harris is a career counselor in Parkland’s Career Center.]
Have you looked at your resume lately? See anything exciting there related to your dream job? Why not add an internship?
An internship can actually be the key to your future, giving you experience and opening the doors to opportunities in your chosen field. In fact, some majors actually require them for graduation.
Learn more about how to land an internship and how to make the most of it while you’re on the job, and then search for internships nationwide at www.saltmoney.org/parklandcollege.
What Is SALT?
SALT is a website created by American Student Assistance® (ASA), a nonprofit organization, to help Parkland College students like you become more financially savvy. This program rewards you for making smart money decisions, and we’re providing all of its services to you—including your membership—as a gift, free of charge. Create your SALT account at www.saltmoney.org/parklandcollege today!
[Dawn Good is a financial aid advisor in Parkland’s Financial Aid and Veteran Services office.]