Class of 2014
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Minors: Communication and Sociology
When did you start your job search?
I started my job search in January of 2014. I didn’t actually figure out what I wanted to do after graduation until about November of 2013 when I got the opportunity to go to a residence life conference.
How did you find out about the position?
I joined a website that looks for Graduate Assistant positions, theope.org, selected my region preferences, put up my resume and a little blurb about myself. Shortly after I joined the site, I was contacted by Nova Southeastern University’s Recruitment Team saying that my resume was impressive and they would like to schedule a phone interview with me to see if my interests would fit with the school’s interests.
What was the interviewing process like?
The interview process was slightly intimidating. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was getting into but my current supervisor has gone through the same process that I went through before, so she gave me advice on questions to ask, what to look for in the job description, think of my own goals and see if they coincide with the school’s goals, and also remember my own values before I select a job that doesn’t fit with my own values. The first interview was over the phone, which was a big first step. After the phone interview, Nova looked over my resume, cover letter, unofficial transcripts and let me know that they would like to interview with me at “The Oshkosh Placement Exchange (OPE)”. Interviewing with them was more conversational based rather than having a question written down and me responding. They were asking me about my experiences here at Carroll University rather than generic questions. It was more conversational based on what they picked out of my resume and then I had the opportunity to ask them questions. The next part of the process was an invitation to go to their campus for interviews there, which was really exciting yet very nerve wracking.
What was it like interviewing for an out-of-state position?
Interviewing for an out-of-state position was what I was looking for in a future graduate assistantship, because I wanted to expand my horizons and branch out from what I am used to doing. I also have some family in Florida, which will make the transition a little easier than what other people may expect.
What made you want to apply for the position?
I wanted to apply to this position because when I was contacted, the staff seemed really genuine when they were emailing me, through the phone interview and every time I interacted with them prior to visiting them on campus. When I visited them on campus, I became even more interested in the position because all of the current graduate assistants were extremely helpful with providing information and getting to know the rest of the graduate assistant candidates.
Why does the position and company/organization interest you?
As a graduate assistant at NSU they are in charge of a staff of students and working directly with the Vice President of Student Affairs at Nova Southeastern University, and while working for them, I will be getting my Masters in College Student Affairs with an emphasis on Conflict Resolution, so being able to put what I am learning into real life experiences was another huge reason why I wanted to work with Nova. One thing I love about the university is that Nova is always willing to adapt and change for the better, and because of that the Vice President of Student Affairs created a position for me so that I could challenge myself and improve student affairs at Nova. My official title will be Graduate Assistant for Special Initiatives for the Office of Vice President of Student Affairs.
Currently, what is one of your career goals and how do you see this position helping you achieve that goal?
In the future after I get my Masters of College Student Affairs, I want to be able to work at a University that needs more help developing their Student Affairs department and get the university to realize that happy, involved students stay at a school longer than those who are not as involved. This school is more than willing to help me accomplish this goal because Nova means new, and they are always changing to better themselves for the students.
Michelle Betts is a guest blogger for
CU Career Services. She’s a senior
majoring in Psychology with
minors in Sociology and Communication.