Student News: Posters in the Rotunda and Psi Chi

There are nine Human Development and Psychology students traveling down to Madison in a few weeks for Posters in the Rotunda, an exciting event that showcases outstanding student researchers from across the UW System.  You can learn more about the event here: http://www.wisconsin.edu/posters/

The students, their research topics, and the supervising professors are listed below.  Congratulations to all of you.

Gateways to Phirst Year Success: Navigating College By Building Relationships (Bartell)

  • Kaitlin Hobbs
  • Jordan Grapentine
  • Ashley Grant
  • Hannah Blum
  • Alex Tristan Lee Wilson
  • Marleigh Fiedler

Gender Differences in Olympic Commercials (Cupit)

  • Ashley Marshall

Gender Stereotypes in Today’s Popular Music Videos (Cupit)

  • Tara Schilawski

Nature Pictures and Stress Reduction (Wilson-Doenges)

  • Amarra Bricco

Meanwhile, more than 60 students will be inducted into Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, on March 7th.  To earn an invitation to Psi Chi, students must have above a 3.0 GPA and be in the upper 35% of their class (to learn more about UW-Green Bay’s chapter of Psi Chi, see here: http://www.uwgb.edu/psichi/).  Congrats to all of them, as well.

Career & Graduate School Tips of the Month: Take 3 Concrete Steps for your Future Today

So…you want a job after graduation? Want to be accepted into graduate school? Those are big goals, and achieving them takes time and effort. That process doesn’t have to be scary, especially if you set smaller goals and take steps to achieve them each semester. Here are 3 things you can do right now.

  1. Create a resume and get it reviewed by Career Services. Develop a resume as a freshman or whenever you read this. J That way you can see what “holes” you have in your experience/credentials and actively work to fill them. You then always have one ready for use. You can also update it gradually, instead of trying to remember and compile years of information down the road.
  2. Learn the basics of networking, business communications, interviewing, and use of social media (e.g., LinkedIn). All students should develop and build on their knowledge and skills in these areas throughout their college careers. Begin by attending Career Services’ sessions on these topics. See http://www.uwgb.edu/careers/skills/calendar.asp for the Spring 2014 schedule of events.
  3. Attend the Job & Internship Fair every semester even if you’re not looking for a job. This semester it’s March 5th. See http://www.uwgb.edu/careers/connections/2014-SJIF.asp for information about the employers who will be there and for tips on preparing to attend for freshmen through seniors. This event is not just about actively looking for jobs. It’s about practicing professional communication, interviewing, and networking skills, getting a sense of “what’s out there” for jobs/employers, and making connections today that may help when you ARE seeking employment.

Did You Know…You should do research for your job/grad school applications and interviews?

If you want your resume or application to get noticed, it should be accompanied by a cover letter or personal statement that demonstrates your knowledge of the specific potential job/grad program, the organization, its values/philosophy, its staff or faculty, and more. When you go to the interview, you should also be prepared to impress with your specific knowledge of the organization, its mission, its particular strengths, and so on. You will undoubtedly be asked interview questions about such topics, as well. Do your homework in advance. Visit the organization’s website, seek out other sources of public information about it, talk to current or past employees, students, or other relevant people you already know. Use that information to show you are a prepared, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable applicant!

Career Profile of the Month: February 2014 Edition

Swenty

Meet another one of our amazing alums, Molly Swenty (’13), and find out about her first job after graduation. She has great advice to share!

1. What is your name?

Molly Swenty 

2. What was your major and minor at UW-Green Bay, and in what year did you graduate? Do you have a graduate degree (MS/PhD), and, if so, in what field?

Major: Psychology
Minor: Human Development
Year: Spring 2013

3. What is your current job and how would you briefly describe what you do?

My current position is with Shopko. I work in the Corporate Office as the Human Resource Coordinator for the Rx Business (Pharmacy and Optical). In my position I do a number of different things. First, I am the go-to person to schedule a new hire’s drug test, background check, orientation, and relocation plan. I assist the new hire in the entire process of receiving their offer letter to completing their new hire paperwork. I work directly with recruiters across the nation and assist them in any tasks that they need to be taken care of for hiring an individual. This could mean typing an offer letter to checking their licensing. I also work directly with the store Pharmacy and Optical managers, customer service managers, and Regional Human Resource Specialists. Finally, I am in constant contact with our new hires. I am their first contact on any questions they have concerning relocation, pay, or anything that comes along with a new position. On the corporate side, I help schedule interviews at our office, conduct new hire orientation and aid in daily reporting tasks. 

4. How do you use your human development and/or psychology education in your current job? If you do not, please explain.

I use my analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills. I analyze numerous reports for the recruiters along with head HR staff. In order to organize all of my offer letters, drug test dates and orientation, it takes a lot of skill and practice. Each day I write about 20-30 offer letters and schedule about 6 drug tests. Finally, I use problem solving every day. Something is almost always guaranteed to go wrong. I am the go-to person when a pharmacist administered a drug test incorrectly or the orientation facilitator forgets a step. 

5. Was this your first job upon graduation? If not, what was your first job?

Yes. 

6. What kinds of things did you do as a student (e.g., specific classes taken, independent studies, working with your advisor or career services, volunteer work, part-time jobs) that you believe made you successful in your job search and/or competitive as a job candidate? Is there anything you didn’t do that you wish you had done?

I believe my involvement in Psi Chi (Treasurer and President) was the most helpful. I learned how to balance planning events and trips with my homework and job. I had to learn how to be very organized and utilize my communication skills. I use these every day at my job. Seeing that I didn’t just go to school was a huge plus. I worked, volunteered, participated in student orgs, was a peer mentor and even was able to finish two internships. I was busy, but I showed that I was versatile and ambitious. I believe that setting myself apart by how involved I was or the different activities I participated in helped when applying to positions. Employers like to see someone who is driven and self-determined. By applying myself to as many experiences as possible, I showed these qualities. I also believe that my part-time job at the University Union was another huge plus. I was the Reservations Coordinator and was in charge of over 10 student employees and planned/coordinated numerous large events on campus. I learned how to communicate with individuals on campus, as well as outside resources in the community. This help to strengthen skills I learned in the classroom. Finally, I believe that taking many different types of courses has helped me get to where I am now. I took my Psychology and Human Development courses, but I also made sure to take courses that I thought were interesting. I took Creative Writing, Medieval Literature, and even City Structures/Globalization. The courses helped me expand my knowledge and taught me how to look at a situation from multiple views. 

7. What advice would you give to current UW-Green Bay human development and/or psychology students with regard to making the most of their education and making themselves maximally competitive for employment post-graduation?

Go out there and experience all of the opportunities UWGB has to offer. Complete an internship, take an interesting class, talk to your professor outside of class, write a grant, conduct an experiment; whatever looks interesting. I am glad I can say I regret nothing. I experienced so many things and was able to make connections all across the community. I learned about my strengths and weaknesses as well. It is important to find yourself and learn what you love and do best. You are in charge of your education and experience, so make the most out of it.
GO OUT AND EXPERIENCE!!!