For the fall semester, Illinois State's career services is looking for a diverse pool of applicants to take on the role of a student career ambassador.
Career ambassadors learn development skills in the area of what employers are looking for on resumes, through cover letters and how to do an effective interview.
“As well as transferable skills such as teamwork, communication and problem-solving,” career ambassador supervisor Megan Kayfish said. “I’ve heard several of my students say they are a completely different person and professional because they have been in this role.”
There are three different roles and benefits to each role that student ambassadors take on.
The main role is to help with drop-ins, helping students who come in with resumes, cover letter reviews and assistance with LinkedIn profiles. A big part of a career ambassador’s job consists of answering career-related questions students have going through the process of looking for internships or jobs after graduation.
The next piece of the job is creating presentations to register student organizations on campus, classes and request one in the focus of career topics. Presentations also include walking students through how to create an effective resume and cover letter, plus establishing a good presence on LinkedIn.
The third part of being a career ambassador is helping put together programs and events, working on career fairs and other events that are put on throughout the year.
“They are gaining a lot of professional skills that are going to help them in the workplace, gaining confidence through networking and interacting with employers which allows them to get early access to employers at the events we hold,” Kayfish said.
In terms of applying for the positions, Kayfish acknowledges the success of her students taking on the role of career ambassador.
“We’re super supportive and we want students to be successful, students should apply because they’re going to get a lot out of it by growing professionally and making connections that can help them in the long run,” Kayfish said. “Almost all of my career ambassadors who are graduating right now [have] a job lined up, and a lot of them have internships for the summer so they are very prepared.”
Career ambassadors take on the role to help peers and make a difference with other students on campus which draws people into the position.
Career ambassador and team leader Amari Simmons describes how being a part of the program had brought a positive light for the future.
“I applied for this position to gain better knowledge and career searching and for my love of helping others,” Simmons said. “This experience has impacted my college career in so many positive ways like helping me with finding an internship and a full-time position after graduating.”
Not only has Simmons gained her success, but the knowledge of understanding the steps to find work that resonates with other students who come in during drop-ins.
“Being a career ambassador helps you go beyond your comfort zone and reach different social and mental levels that you haven’t unlocked yet on your own,” Simmons said.
Kayfish places emphasis on the search for all types of students who are looking to change their futures along with helping other redbirds.
“I feel like some students think they need to be a business major to do this job which isn’t the case,” Kayfish said. “We’re open to any majors and any year of school, we want a wide variety of students involved.”