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Spring Graduates Get Ready to Transition from College to Careers
By Jenna Campbell
UW-RF University Communications
MARCH 24, 2006-- For seniors nearing graduation, the thought of the real
world can be overwhelming, and some seniors might not feel yet prepared
to leave their home for the past few years.
To overcome that trepidation, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Career Services is sponsoring a one-day event, "Road Trip to Reality:
Surviving the Transition from College to Career" to soften the transition
for graduating seniors. The event is March 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Students will meet with representatives from area employers. There will
be panel discussions and presentations to help students learn tips on
how to market themselves effectively to future employers. Prior to the
event, students can receive help with résumés, cover letters
and portfolios in the Hagestad Student Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March
On the day of the event mock interviews with real employers will be held
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Managers from local businesses have volunteered
their time to offer students feedback on their interviewing performance.
A few of the local companies that will be participating in the mock interviews
are Agriliance, AppleOne, State Farm, Bremer Bank, QMR Plastics, the Red
Wing Republican Eagle, Hennepin County, Rauenhorst Recruiting Company,
AFLAC and Paychex. The mock interviews are by appointment only, 715-425-3572.
Presentations will also be made throughout the day. Amy Sebelko, who is
a senior health and welfare specialist from AgriBank, Farm Credit Bureau,
will be conducting a presentation on understanding employment benefits
from 10:10-11 a.m. Sebelko has been with FCB for 25 years and has earned
the Professional in Human Resource and Certified Benefits Professional
accreditations. Currently, Sebelko is working on her Certified Employee
Benefit Specialists accreditation.
The human resource panels include four individuals with a range of experiences.
Jeanine Rickson, a managing partner and recruiter for Genesis 10, will
be presenting on the HR panel. Rickson is a founding partner of the Minnesota
office of Genesis 10. She is a graduate of UW-RF, a member of Project
Management Institute and active volunteer in community theater.
Trygve Olson an account executive at AppleOne will also be sitting in
on the panel. Olson’s duties at AppleOne are diverse: salesperson,
recruiter, HR professional and an account manager. Olson is also a staff
writer with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the director of business development
for Olsen & Son marketing communications.
Phil Baumgarn will also be participating on the panel of human resource
experts. Baumgarn is the recruitment director for ACR homes, which manages
has group homes and counselors who live or work in the home and provide
assistance for its residents.
Stephanie Grogg, a senior recruiter with Padilla Speer Beardsley, will
also join the panel. Grogg joined the PBS team in 1992 as an office assistant
and has been involved in the human resource department at PSB.
Sally Field will present on “How to Succeed at Your First Job”
from 2:30-3:25 p.m. Field is a former HR director for Erickson's Diversified
and HomeStyles Publishing and Marketing as well as a public information
officer and division manager for the state of Illinois and litigation
paralegal at a Chicago law firm. Fields is also the president of Sky’s
the Limit Coaching and Consulting, where she has developed training seminars,
workshops and individual coaching sessions. Fields is a board member of
the St. Croix Valley Employers' Association.
To find a complete listing of events visit the career center website at
www.uwrf.edu/ccs/events/roadtrip/welcome.htm or call Career Services at
Thursday, 22-Apr-2010 16:07:13 Central Daylight Time