by Matthew Saner
My overall experience with my position was fantastic. This opportunity was perfect for me because it illustrated how Career Services can affect students and alumni in the search for their career. Even though I might not have had any previous experience what so ever, I had the skill sets for coaching and serving as a fast learner. With the help of my supervisor, Career Services Coordinator Debbie Stevens, I was able to quickly learn the logistics of resume writing, interviewing skills, job search strategies, and many other skills which will help me in my new career at Wells Fargo.
During my time with this position, there were times when frustration would set in. This would occur occasionally when promoting an event or going to the West Des Moines Campus to help students – with the result being few or no participants some days. However, the greatest part of this position is when a student or alumni would come back into the office and tell us he or she was offered a position because of our assistance. Receiving that little feedback helps Career Services as a department – as well as myself as a member of the team. We feel great satisfaction in helping out a fellow member of our institution.
Also, working beside Vice President for Special Projects and Government Relations, Steven Noah, and the Graduate Assistant for International Programs, Karolyn Wojtowicz, has added another facet to our department. They both are very intelligent and actually have helped out Career Services quite a bit regarding professional networking and social media.
I have truly enjoyed my Graduate assistantship position with Career Services. I believe this experience, lasting these past 20 months, has allowed me to grow professionally as well as intellectually. I want to give a huge thanks to Debbie Stevens, Steve Noah, and Karolyn Wojtowicz for making this experience knowledgeable, intriguing, and fun. Thanks again for everyone who has helped me throughout this graduate assistantship: you are truly appreciated.
Matthew Saner lives with his fiancé in Des Moines, IA, and works for Wells Fargo as an In-Bound Sales Specialist. He served as the Career Services Graduate Assistant Coordinator from August, 2010 to May 2012.