Category Archives: Career Center

Building your Internship – Laying the Foundation (Part 1 of 6)

So, you’re interested in bringing one or more interns into your organization – great idea!  Let’s talk about that…

First off, I’d like to point out two outside resources with which familiarizing yourself is imperative. NACE, or the National Association of Colleges & Employers, and their position on interships, along with the DOL Fact Sheet on Internships.  You’ll find that many guidelines relate to unpaid internships, but I recommend that you consider them universal. Your internship will be well-structured, fair, and ahead of the curve in a number of areas. You will also notice that both have a permanent spot in “Employer Resources” here on this blog, should you ever need to know where to find them. 

After you’ve reviewed the NACE website and the DOL guidelines, I suggest that everyone in your organization who has an investment in your future intern(s) discuss the following areas:

  1. Organizational goals for hosting interns
  2. Departmental goals for hosting interns
  3. Intern duties and learning objectives
  4. Required Intern qualifications

And lastly,

    5. Assign mentors/supervisors in each department hosting interns, and allow mentors/supervisors to establish goals.

You can nail down these topics in a single meeting, in a series of meetings, over email, slowly over time, or any other way that you see fit for your organization. However you decide to approach these topics, the more thorough you are at this stage, the better off you will be in the long run.

It’s also at this stage where opportunities to measure success (however your organization defines it) will become clearer. We’ll touch on that in Part 5!

Coming up next: Part 2 – Setting up Your Program

Until next time,

DBO

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Introducing Employer Relating’s First Blog Series!

I love how many employers are interested in starting new internship programs! It warms my heart to think that among seasoned professionals, there is a desire to help those newer in the field. Over the past few months, it’s become especially apparent that many employers developing internships would like from some clear guidelines and resources on the topic. And so, I’m happy to announce that beginning next week, Employer Relating will be a featuring 6-part blog series called Building your Internship – Strategies for Creating the Best of Both Worlds for your Organization and your Intern

While not meant to take the place of the necessary conversations you’ll need to have with your internal HR officers and leadership, we hope it helps you build the strongest program possible for your organization.

The 6 topics will be, in order:

1.            Laying the groundwork

2.            Setting up your Program 

3.            Recruiting

4.            Hiring, on-boarding

5.            Evaluating, concluding

6.            Summary, additional resources

So refill your coffee, sit back, and stayed tuned for the first post of the series to arrive early next week!

Until then,
DBO

To Fair or not to Fair, that is the question…

A common query from employers who are new to student recruitment is “what should I do first?” There are so many options for performing outreach to our campus , that I get why there is some confusion over how (and where to begin).

Often, employers are already familiar with the idea of Career Fairs, and assume that’s where they should begin. For some, that is a great idea. For others, their budget and efforts may be better spent elsewhere. I’d like to suggest that employers considering Career Fair attendance ask themselves the following questions…

  • What exactly are my hiring needs? That’s right, hiring needs. As tempting is it may be, a Career Fair is not a place to come advertise products or services (in fact, we don’t allow it). I recommend that you should be actively looking to hire for at least 2-3 openings/internships in the near future, whatever that means for your organization. The more positions, the better, and the more chances that a student can make a long-term career out of them, the better.
  • Do I see value in having face-to-face interactions with potential employees?  Online/digital applications are very common these days, so it’s no surprise that many of the employers who attend career fairs have electronic apps. In fact, many have to decline paper resumes that are offered to them by students. As a result, when there is no exchange of paper, there is little happening aside from the conversation between the recruiter and the student.  Does your company value such interactions?  Which brings me to…
  • Am I okay with the possibility of talking for 5+ hours? What it really comes down to is whether or not you (or your company’s representatives) can maintain a positive attitude toward each student who approaches your table after a long and tiring afternoon. I have (unfortunately) seen recruiters who wear their exhaustion on their face, and it negatively affects the interactions they have with potential employees.
  • Do I see long-term benefits to having UCI students aware of our opportunities?  You’ll likely spend time talking to students who will be ready for your next wave of job opportunities, but you’ll also meet students who have another year or two of school (or more) to finish before they’re ready to take on work. Are you okay if not every conversation you have results in an immediate application?  To piggy-back on that, there will be students who notice your presence, but who don’t talk to you.  How does that sound to you?

All right, it’s no secret what the answers to these questions should be. What I’m hoping employers understand is that career fairs can be great investments for many, but not everyone. If you only need one student for a part-time opportunity that starts immediately, it’s not your best bet. But if you want to build a pipeline of future graduates and develop long-term relationships, it’s a great way to begin. For those specifically interested in UCI Career Fairs, further details are available here. And, for those joining us later this month (or after), be sure to check out last fall’s Top 5 Career Fair Tips (for recruiters).

-DBO

 

Jumping into action…

All right, since we got back on Tuesday, the following has occurred:

  • First draft of  employer relations newsletter text is DRAFTED in now in the capable and creative hands of our Marketing Team. I am VERY much looking forward to sharing this with everyone! 
  • 3 off-site events/appointments
  • 2 photo shoots (more on that in a sec)
  • 1 potluck (I can share my bruschetta recipe, if anyone is interested)
  • And, the chance to connect with some MPACE friends & colleagues about some new projects. Exciting stuff!

The other good news is that I have some more time in the office next week to compile some quality content for all of you, which I’m looking forward to sharing.

Okay, so about the photo shoots…the first one was very formal and for the new Career Center website (which launches soon). The Second Photo Shoot of the Day was impromptu and in celebration of:

Our Happy New Year present from the Management Team!

for which I was very excited

And I mean, really excited.

But I wasn't the only one!

Now we'll be even more coordinated and easy to find out future Career Center events!

However, at Career Fairs, you usually won’t find us jumping or casually peeking out from behind trees. We usually get that out of the way in the morning before employers start arriving. Just Kidding!

Happy Friday!
-DBO

PS – Okay, here are outtakes, just because I like you guys…

This is what happens when you try to do a photo shoot in under eight minutes.

Happy 2012! Here’s what’s coming up…

Hello again from the UCI Career Center! It’s my pleasure to wish you all a Happy New Year. Though we’re still dusting off our keyboards after being away for nearly two weeks, I wanted to give you all a preview about some things to come. Our Winter Quarter highlights include:

  • On-Campus Interviewing, beginning on Monday, January 23
  • Internship & Career Fair, happening on Thursday, January 26 (10am-3pm)
  • Career Fest, happening throughout the month of February!

On top of these in-person events, I’m excited to announce that this quarter, we’re kicking off a new online Employer Relations Newsletter, and that a new blog series on How to Build an Internship is in the works. Stay tuned!

Happy New Year,
DBO

Happy Holidays!

Seasons Greetings & Happy Holidays from the UC Irvine Career Center!
We'll see you on January 3, 2012.

MPACE pictures, part 1 – We came, We saw, We checked-in.

Oh man, you guys! I am excited to share this first batch of photos with you! It was a great three days, hopefully the pictures give you an idea of how it felt to be there.

What’s funny is I don’t have a shot of the outside of the hotel, one of the most obvious pictures to take when conference-ing. Though, those who attended can attest, there’s not really a grand entrance to The Nines. The hotel itself is six floors up, so the ground entrance is fairly tame. That said…

This is what you see when you step off the elevator...

Why yes, that IS a beautiful artistically styled wire dress in a frame!

...but then just around the corner, there are mannequins without clothes on. Which leads me to wonder...why aren't the mannequins wearing the wire dresses? They look like they'd fit.

I didn't have too much time to think about it though, because in my room was THIS.

There it is again, in the right corner. Dangly crystals! Who doesn't love dangly crystals??

Not sure who else got to check out the library, but I thought it was pretty cool...

Almost as cool as my view!

And lastly, guess what I was treated to at check-in...SWAG!

Actually, speaking of check-in, I’m going to stop there. The next round of pictures will show what happened AFTER the conference started. Stay tuned!