Slippery Rock Intern Climbs through Opportunity to Adventure

Jess Schottanes’ SRU Success Story during her 2015 Summer Internship:Sylvan Lake, SDAs an intern with Jewel Cave National Monument in South Dakota I know I will be better prepared for the professional world. Not only am I more comfortable with public speaking and presenting information in a way which relates to the participants, but I am also truly finding myself in the field of Environmental Science.

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Who are the players in your field?

the ball's perspectiveA question I often ask job and internship seekers who don’t know where to start is “Who are the players in this field?”

Of course by now, I am not surprised by the blank stares on their faces, but I keep asking the question because I think it is an important one.  We, as products of marketing dollars put to good use, can typically recognize and relate to the large corporations, organizations, and industries seen in television, radio, web, and print advertisements, but we may not be so familiar with mid-size or smaller companies in our fields of interest—even if they are in our neighborhood.

To combat this, I encourage students to get to know who else is working in this industry and share with them these job searching strategies:

  • utilize Chamber of Commerce Membership Directories;
  • find and join Professional Associations;
  • explore companies who do contract work with larger corporations;
  • and dust off those trusty Yellow Pages!

To give you a little more insight, let’s walk through these processes and see what we can find.

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Career Success Isn’t Always A Straight Path

I remember someone once told me, “If you don’t know what you want to do, just do what you’re good at…”

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When you’re a confused and impulsive 19-year-old with a year of community college under your belt and no declared major, that sounds like decent (enough) career advice. “Okay,” I thought. “Well, I’ve always gotten good grades in English, so I will be a Journalist! Okay, great! That didn’t take a lot of thought. Glad that’s settled.”

Fast forward 3 years later…. It’s 5 a.m. and I’m sitting in a chair behind a microphone in a radio station as a morning show co-host. Great right? I mean, not many people get to do that. My face was even plastered on the side of the city bus! I got a lot of free food from the local pizza shop as long as I spoke highly of them on the air. There were a lot of perks. Yet somehow, I felt myself growing aloof, and then resentful. I did my best to ignore those feelings.  Continue reading

Career Office stays afloat amid Severe Water Damage

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa – The Office of Career Education and Development experienced a catastrophic water intrusion the evening of Saturday the 26th and into the early morning hours of the following day. The leak, which began when a water supply line burst on the second floor of Bailey Library, likely continued for several hours during the overnight period. Bailey Library was closed to student traffic all day Sunday and until noon on Monday because all water supplies to the building had to be turned off and drained until the burst pipe could be repaired or at least isolated.  Continue reading

Recruiters are coming for SRU Summer Job & Internship Fair

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – John Rindy, director of Slippery Rock University’s Career Education and Development Office, is telling students to polish their interview skills and head to the on-campus 2014 Summer Job and Internship Fair because “the recruiters are coming.”  The 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 20, event will be in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.


“We have more than 70 companies, everyone from safety management to health services administration will have recruiters at the fair,” he said.

“The career fair is open to all majors. Students should arrive prepared to ask questions of employers, but they should also bring along enough resumes to leave with the employers that interest them,” he said.  Continue reading

SRU Women’s Basketball Team Says “Etiquette is a Slam Dunk”


The SRU Women’s Basketball Team poses with their coaches during a formal etiquette dinner presented by the SRU Career Team.

Slippery Rock, PA – The Slippery Rock University women’s basketball team spent part of their inter-term season learning about career development.  For the second year in a row, Coach Tanya Longa worked in conjunction with the SRU Career Education and Development team to bring a career message to her players.

This year, first year players received an introduction to career development, learning the things that they need to be thinking about accomplishing, outside the classroom, to assure a great start to their careers.  Another session brought the entire team together for a presentation on networking, LinkedIn and the importance of building a network of professionals with hiring influence.  The winter career development series culminated with an etiquette dinner. Continue reading

The Career Path of a Rock Master’s Degree Graduate

By Laura Hilliker, MA, ‘13

A Rock Solid grad helps others to achieve their college dreams.

A Rock Solid grad now helps others to achieve their dreams of a college education and a great career.

In May 2013, I graduated with my Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Slippery Rock University. During my time at Slippery Rock, I worked as a Graduate Assistant (GA) Career Counselor in the Office of Career Education and Development. I remain in the career counseling field today and keep in touch with the staff members in the office, including Mr. John Snyder, Associate Director of Career Education and Development, who invited me to write about my new job at Kent State University, since it is a unique position.  Continue reading