Young Harris College Students Plan for the Future
Young Harris College’s Office of Mentor and Career Leadership teamed up with the Student Government Association (SGA) this fall to co-sponsor a student conversation series titled “Career and Life Beyond Colleges” that covered topics such as résumé and cover letter writing, career and graduate school exploration, testing preparation, and the interviewing process.
SGA’s Academic Affairs committee identified professional development as an area of interest for students. SGA representative Kathryn Johnson, a junior communication studies major from Richmond Hill, met with Mentor and Career Leadership Program Coordinator Jaime Miller to brainstorm topics that would interest and engage students.
“The thing about the workshop series that’s absolutely wonderful is it was created in response to student-initiated feedback,” said Vice President for Student Development Angi Smith. “This is clearly an area in which students seek additional experiences and guidance.”
Miller presented “Interviewing Process: What to Expect and How to Do Your Best!” and “Navigating An Effective Career Search,” while Career Mentoring Specialist Jennifer Pate presented “Résumés, Cover Letters and Career Exploration… Oh My!”
A representative from Kaplan Test Prep, a company that annually prepares students for high-stakes admissions and professional licensing exams, taught students how to prepare for and learn what to anticipate during tests such as the GRE, LSAT and MCAT.
A majority of student evaluations rated the sessions as “extremely helpful,” and many upperclassmen pointed out how timely the gatherings were. “One student even told me she attended the interviewing workshop in advance of a job interview to make sure she had all of her bases covered,” said Smith.
With the guidance of SGA, the Office of Mentor & Career Leadership plans to present a spring series and incorporate a wider pool of speakers, including potential employers, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and other stakeholders, to provide topical information.
“I’ve been really pleased with the opportunity to work with SGA leaders on this series to serve all of our students,” said Miller. “They have expressed this as a need, and I feel lucky to support their preparation and planning for next steps after college with this series.”
According to Jacky Solis, a sophomore biology major from Tucker, the events “could not have been better” and the test preparation session helped her understand the next steps she will need to take to successfully complete her MCAT.
"I’m so glad the series was offered and that I got to meet the amazing career mentors at YHC,” she said. “Having a representative from Kaplan come and talk to us was not only eye-opening but also rewarding because it reminded me that what’s to come should only be great things.”
In addition to the “Career and Life Beyond Colleges” conversation series, the Office of Mentor & Career Leadership facilitated an excursion to a career fair in Atlanta as well as a majors fair held on the YHC campus during the Fall 2013 semester (pictured above).
Center for Appalachian Studies Director and Coordinator of the Bonner Leadership Program Dr. Rob Campbell and freshman outdoor leadership major and Bonner Leader Chris Yenney, of Lilburn, met with students at the "Major Connections!" event hosted by the Office of Mentor & Career Leadership.