With Illinois State University reaching the end of its spring semester, graduation is finally here for hundreds of students.
The Career Center at ISU focuses specifically on this topic and gives students the tools and resources needed to navigate a competitive job market.
Associate director of the Career Center Mike Minton told ISU News about the steps the university takes to help students be prepared to take their career to the next step.
“At Illinois State, we have a class specifically for first-time college students, focusing on skills necessary to make a successful transition to college and the importance of these skills to a future career,” Minton said.
“It provides opportunities for students to explore career and major options and requires students to make a resume as part of the class,” he said.
Jenise Rebholz, an evening anchor for WHOI-ABC television in Peoria, graduated from Bradley back in 2016.
“Entry-level employees may seem replaceable, and we are all anxious for a job,” Rebholz said.
Rebholz said that if an employer can find someone less expensive to do the same job, they might go that route. However, Rehbolz said there are ways to set yourself apart from the rest of your graduating class when looking for a job.
“From my experience and what I’ve learned from my colleagues, experience and special skill sets are what make negotiations possible,” Rebholz said.
“If you have years of experience and a resume of investigative reporting, you can use that to lean on. For new graduates, we're easier to turn away ... We all have similar resumes.”
She continued by saying that there is hope for those that may feel discouraged from making any negotiations.
“Moving expenses and clothing allowance are the two big ones. If they can't offer a higher wage, asking them to cover your moving expenses is a way to get some help.”