Hello everyone! Britney Underwood here, giving you all an update on my VISTA assignment at both Lawrence Technological University (which is my host site) and Southfield Career Center. As you all may remember, I work to increase employability amongst students in the college community at LTU, as well as the general community at Southfield Career Center.
So far things have been wonderful! The adjustment has been time consuming, only because of the amount of dedication needed at both jobs, but I believe that I am coming along with my adaptation to both communities. This experience has already taken me out of my comfort zone and taught me so much about how well I can adjust to certain situations as well as how well I can divide my time between two communities.
It’s only been about three months since I’ve started and I’ve already been apart of so many great events! Because this is a technological university with awesome fields such as Architecture, Engineering, and Business, we’ve hosted a few job and co-op fairs because there are tons of companies in the Southfield area looking to hire students. So far we’ve hosted two fairs; our big job fair, and our co-op and internship fair that was a bit smaller but still as effective. Big names such as Ford, GM, Aerotek, etc show up to these events and bring their best ‘A’ game so that these wonderful students will choose a career path that’s suitable for them.
We’ve also hosted a Senior Kickoff Dinner, which is focused on the students that are graduating either in December 2014 or May 2015 and the dinner was the kickoff to a hopefully great semester for these students. This dinner served as a networking technique for the students, as employers attended the event as well. LTU’s mascot attended, and I was able to meet some great people and take some nice pictures. I had a great time!
Now for the even bigger stuff…..my first event!!! My supervisor gave me the great opportunity to be a part of the Women of Color STEM Conference that was held in downtown Detroit in October! The university was sponsoring 10 women to be a part of this awesome event, and it was my job to send out invitations for the opportunity, and choose (along with my supervisor and one of the students here) the women that will be a part of this event. This conference focused on the STEM fields (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) and women of color who have succeeded in these fields. We were able to attend seminars, meet a lot of people, have fun during the networking reception, and even attend a job fair. All in all is was a wonderful time, a lot of hard work and nervousness but very beneficial nonetheless. I was able to step out of my comfort zone, learn a lot about planning for other people and experience great things with other universities that had attended.
So far LTU and SCC have been both fun and serious. I’m still learning so much about this job and even myself, and I plan to grasp as much from this VISTA assignment as I possibly can.
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