Speed Interviewing Provides College Students with Valuable Career Information

Ursuline Career Day1NEO STC representatives were invited by Walsh University Professor Ron Scott for a second year to participate in a Career Day for English majors at Ursuline College on Feb. 6th.  Last year a consortium of northeastern Ohio liberal arts colleges and universities put together a Career Day for a group of about 50 soon-to-be-graduating English majors as a way to meet and speak with writing professionals.

NEO STC Members Lisa Mileusnich of Parker Hannifin and Lynn Nickels of Rockwell Automation participated this year and spoke one-on-one to students about technical writing and marketing careers and the many benefits of joining STC while still in school. The students were split into two groups and rotated between two sessions. One session helped students learn how to write effective resumes; the other session was formatted like a scavenger hunt. Students were given a set of questions and had to do speed interviews with as many professionals as possible in a 45-minute time frame. Questions for the professionals included things like: “Where have you traveled?”, “How long have you been a writer?”, and “What is a typical day like?”

career day 2Students were also encouraged to distribute their resumes to the professionals in attendance. Other companies that participated included American Greetings and Oracle.

By Lynn Nickels