Hello all! It’s Brit from Lawrence Tech here! It’s my last 6 months in the 3 year commitment I’ve made to LTU and I’m very excited! I’ve done such great work at LTU, Michigan Works, and more recently the Engineering Society of Detroit, but I’m excited to start graduate school in the Fall! LTU has been great and ESD has been amazing as well!
I started with the ESD this past August, and it has been exciting getting to know the staff and working with the Future City Competition, which is comprised of middle school teams building their own cities to be displayed to judges in a one day event. Throughout the Fall semester, these teams are given tasks towards completing their city and the completed city is what we saw this past January. I was the mentor coordinator for Future City; making sure that each team has a mentor who is an engineer in the workforce to help them succeed in this competition. It was wonderful getting connected with such talented and smart students and employers, and seeing how their hard work came together. We had about 20 teams participate which was more than the last few years, and the competition took place at the Suburban Collection Showplace; it was great! I helped with registration, tallying the winners of the competition and placing judges on the day of the event. I had a really fun time participating in such a great and fulfilling event. In the future I will be connecting with the student chapters of ESD at various universities to coordinate events, workshops, or anything in particular they may need. I will also be working with another competition which is the Smart City competition.
At LTU we’ve had fun coming up with new ways to reach and engage more students with career services. We had an event in January that targeted First Generation College students by providing them with useful resources that would aid in the success of their collegiate careers. We’ve also had our Career Week: 3 days of career related events that would help students gain professional development, networking and other career related skills. Our first event was the Etiquette Dinner, and we invited staff of the university, students, and employers to join us while our Etiquette Speaker, Mari Lash, gave us tips and tricks on what to do and what not to do during an important and upscale dinner. Our second event was Speed Interviewing! Set up similar to speed dating, employers were able to ask interview questions to multiple students during a small window of time. This event was great because employers were able to meet a lot of students and students were able to connect to different employers. Students were also able to get direct feedback from employers about how to answer interview questions and even how to conduct yourself in an interview. Our third and final event was the Future Fair, which I am in charge of coordinating. The Future Fair focuses on more non-traditional post-graduation plans such as graduate school, nonprofit work or the armed forces. We had 10 organizations present at the Future Fair this year with a wealth of information to share!
Overall, I am having a wonderful last year at both LTU and ESD, and I look forward to closing my year of service with an abundance of knowledge, experience, and wonderful connections that I will utilize in grad school!
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