By: Jordan Castaldo, Staff Writer
The Career and Employment Hub is a convenient tool provided by USM to assist students in planning for the future. Not only are there resources for writing resumes or cover letters, but they also offer outlets for setting up internships, job search strategies, and alumni resources. Associates are also available to assist in preparing for interviews as well as looking into majors, minors, graduate schools, and careers.
For majors that require an internship or volunteering hours, the Career and Employment Hub is an essential tool. Internships are required for many majors so that students have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the profession they are interested in. They also help students to make professional connections in their field of choice, while including objectives, reflection, and assessment within the duration of the internship.
The Career and Employment Hub offers a link on their website to look into internship opportunities within majors, and to ensure that students know what work is available for credit. On the website, there is a link to upcoming volunteer opportunities as well as an e-mail to report volunteer hours. In person meetings are also available to determine which opportunity would be best for various paths.
Students are also welcome to check out the Internship Matching Fair on Oct.26 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Abromson Center on the Portland campus. Resources will be able to help students find customized networking to learn more about paying, meaningful work experiences. All majors are encouraged and welcome to come. A total of thirty employers have already registered to be at the fair.
Another beneficial resource for students is the work study information on the Career and Employment Hub’s website. Located under “Work Study”, a large list of federal work study jobs appears. When the jobs appear, information such as how to apply for the job and the job description will be listed. This is yet another easy tool for students to look for job opportunities that are available to them.
If interested in networking, careers, internships, and volunteer opportunities, then consider utilizing the Career and Employment Hub. Every Wednesday starting on Jan. 1, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Luther Bonney Hall Lobby, students can connect and meet with USM’s community partners. Examples of the community partners include Planned Parenthood, the Portland School District, Northwestern Mutual, and many more. Feel free to scope out the website for the full list that extends from January 2018 through May 2018.
Additionally, on Monday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., L.L. Bean will be on campus. Voted one of America’s best employers by Vogue, students will be able to connect with L.L. Bean representatives where they can learn about the company’s mission, vision, values, and all of the opportunities that are provided to the employees. This will take place outside between Masterton Hall and Luther Bonney. All majors are welcome to attend.
Located on the Gorham campus in Bailey Hall, study room 2, the hours are Tuesdays 1:00 to 4:00pm and Wednesdays 10:00am to 1:00pm. Students can contact 207-228-8091 to schedule an instant appointment to review resumes or cover letters. There is also a Portland location- 4 Payson Smith. The hours for this location are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Students can contact the office at 207-228-8284 if they have questions or concerns regarding service-learning and volunteering. The vice-president and corporate engagement of the Career and Employment Hub is Ainsley Wallace if students have any concerns or questions unable to be answered by the student associates.
USM hopes that all students continue to take advantage of the various opportunities the university has, including the Career and Employment Hub. It’s an easy way to allow students to connect and thrive in the business/career world. Contact a student advocate today to see what they can help achieve today.