Where do I begin? This is my second year here at Lawrence Tech and I’m loving the amount of experience that I have gained through AmeriCorps. I never thought that I would find my potential career path through this program, much less be able to work with this program for more than 1 term of service. I’ve accomplished so much on my journey and it hasn’t stopped yet!
I am an Assistant Career Services Advisor here at LTU and I help increase employability amongst the students through avenues such as professionalism, career-fair prep, cover letter and resume critiques, and helping students who may not know their career path find their niche in this world.Since I’ve been working here, I’ve helped produce events such as the Fall Career Fair, Architecture and Design Fair, Last Call Job Fair, Co-op Fair and my favorite the Future Fair!
The Future Fair is the event that I coordinate, and the purpose of the event is to introduce students who may struggle with their next step in life to some pretty cool organizations that they might want to get involved with. Some of those organizations include our MNA staff (yay!), Challenge Detroit, Greening of Detroit, the Army, Graduate Admissions from U of D Mercy and Wayne State and many more. I love coordinating this event because I love promoting the cool organizations that people may not be knowledgeable on, such as the program I’m in. It feels good to promote MNA and help others understand the role I play here at the university.
I’ve also had the opportunity to coordinate with some lucky ladies who are students of LTU to attend a special conference in downtown Detroit called the Women of Color STEM Conference for my second year! The purpose of this conference is to show that ladies of color with careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are needed and encouraged although they are scarce. It was a wonderful conference that promoted women of color to seek their dreams in the STEM career field through networking, workshops and a career fair. I especially loved coordinating this conference because LTU sponsors these women to attend the conference and there is a lot of gainful experience that even a person that is not going into the STEM fields can appreciate.
One of my favorite events that was actually both a pilot and success was our LTU Company Crawl. The set up was the same as your typical bar crawl (yes, we loved it too! Lol) except we “company hopped” to about 4 companies including Microsoft, Doner, Bluewater Technologies, and Harley Ellis Devereaux. The purpose of this event was to show students some of the great working environments right her in Southfield, MI and to show them that not all working environments are not your typical 9 to 5 desk jobs. Overall this was wonderful experience for everyone!
I have done many great projects and events since I’ve been here at LTU, too many to name in one blog, but I look forward to working with my awesome team on great projects in the future! And last, here’s my boss Peg Pierce on Fox 2 Detroit's JobShop!: http://www.fox2detroit.com/money/jobs/job-news/43903748-story
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