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March 24, 2004

UW-RF Hosts 'Disorientation' for Graduating Seniors
By Barbara Johnson
UW-RF News Bureau

Soon-to-be graduating seniors at UW-River Falls recently went through some final polishing to help them smoothly transition into the work force.

UW-RF recently held a one-day, one-stop disorientation program with offerings that ranged from attending mock job interviews to picking up tips on effectively marketing themselves to handling their finances effectively when they graduate.

The session, "Disorientation: Managing the Transition from College to Career," was intended to help students appreciate the adjustments they will have to make as they move from academia to the business world.

The event featured a series of panels and presentations to help students learn tips to market themselves effectively to employers.

Dan Conray of Nixen Group, Inc, spoke at a panel featuring human resources professionals to offer advice on obtaining a job in the tight market. His daughter is also a UW-RF alumna; she is completing her masters at the University of Minnesota. He said of the event, "It was a great opportunity for students to learn about several job-related topics and I wished we had more space to include more students."

Other presentations featured such topics as understanding employment benefits and balancing work and life issues. Many graduating seniors practiced their job interviewing skills in mock interviews with business people and during a networking lunch.

Susan Treiner, a former staffing manager, was a mock interviewer at the event. She said, "The students who participated were enthusiastic and interested in succeeding in life." She also noted that it was impressive that the students took the time out of their day to participate in the interviews. She realizes the pressures of having class and jobs and trying to prepare for graduation and a career.

Disorientation was sponsored by a number of UW-RF offices. The bookstore was on hand to sell caps and gowns and other graduation materials. The University Foundation, the four academic colleges, and the registrars office were present to answer questions and distribute information.

Carmen Croonquist, director of career and counseling services, said, "This was the first time a collaborative venture of programming and business presenters was organized for graduating seniors."

Marketing communications major Jenn Tackaberry, a graduating senior from Farmington, Minn., thought the event was an easy way for students to accomplish the tasks of graduation and learn some really useful information.

"I stopped in to buy my cap and gown and learned about dealing with my debt after college," said Tackaberry.

Career Services events are always well done and this was no exception," said Triener, "The UW-RF students were all very eager and interested in succeeding and this event gave them some idea of how to do that in the current job market."


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