Career Moves

Every day, students connect with the Career Development Center to look for internships, determine their major, explore graduate school options, and conduct job searches. In this blog, students recount their career related experiences-on campus and in the workplace-and comment on their professional aspirations.

its that time of year again…. ::

November 15, 2007

well the holidays are rapidly approaching and it makes me wonder where the year has gone?!?! it really has flown by and i cant believe its thanksgiving again next week! thanksgiving really is my favorite holiday, but this year, ill be spending it in the b-lo and not going to texas to visit my mom. its kind of a bummer, but i just dont have the extra time or cash this semester. but they will all be home for christmas!
but before i even prepare for the holidays, lets talk about finishing school! ahhhhhhhhhhh! no really, thats how i feel this semester. so much hw, and projects and presentations!
well, in our campaigns in pr class, Jericho Road Ministries did in fact, “pick” our group! which is pretty exciting, because that makes for an automatic “A” on the project! woohoo! we all worked really hard, and im glad. and now for the second half of our project, its our job to produce some of the materials essential to the campaign plan. ive been busting my tail in philosophy the past few weeks trying to get my grades up. and this week, i am currently reading Pascal’s Pensees if your up for some thinking outside of the box, read him or david hume. yikes! it pretty much gives one a whole new perspective on things. in our comm. research class, we have been selling our souls trying to get people to fill out our surveys. currently have a running tally of 203! and think we are going to call it quits. this is totally my least favorite project of the semester! but we are almost done! :)
and i bet you are all wondering about SABAH! the past few weeks there have been pretty crazy! we had our big fundraising auction this past saturday at the statler towers. thats were i spent most of my time/week last week! it was a huge success with over 300 people there! and i know we reached our monetary goals! not sure on the exact numbers, but it was pretty great to see everything fall into place at the event. i was put in charge of volunteers during the auction, and as a result, i lost my voice haha. which is a surprise! on november 7, my boss andrea and i were on channel 2’s morning show to promote the auction. it was the little project i was in charge of and it went really well! chesley the weather man is a nice guy! im not going to lie, i was soooo nervous to talk on camera. it really does scare me! and me of all people, who talks to everyone and brings a camera everywhere, hates talking on camera! ironic, i know. but my boss ended up saying all my lines cus he (chesley mcneil) handed the mic to andrea first, and it was a sigh of relief for this red head! if anyone is up for a good laugh, check it out at www.wgrz.com then click on the daybreak link, then spot 2 be! look for us…SABAH! i really do enjoy interning there, the staff truley does appreciate all the work ive done, and ive been able to learn so much as well. currently at 103 hours, only 47 to go!
which brings me to my next countdown…..28 days left of school!!!!!!!!! 31 days until my 22 birthday too! (in case you were wondering) things with the police officer are going great! he will be home last week and will be home for turkey day too! :) i really cant complain about too much, and now i have to go watch grey’s anatomy! ahhhh i love thursdays!
happy thanksgiving everyone!!!!

its finally fall! ::

October 25, 2007

what a nutty few weeks it has been! i have been averaging about 4 hours of sleep a night the past 2 weeks. no joke. its been pretty busy at SABAH. we are in the final stages of planning our auction. (which is on november 10, in case anyone was wondering.) ive been going to the rinks on the weekend and taking pics of all the athletes and getting quotes from them to put in a brochure that will be on all the tables at the auction. i also have been put in charge of another project. this past week i booked a spot on channel 2’s morning show, spot 2 be. we will be at spot coffee on wedsnesday, november 7 promoting our organization and the auction. we will bring some athletes with us and some of our live auction items as well. daybreak does this monday-friday and lets non-profits and other organizations promote their event. i think thats a pretty good way to get community involvement. im just a little nervous about speaking on camera! ah! hopefully there will be free coffee involved, because i am not a morning person! speaking of perks, i got to go to the sabres vs. leafs game! our executive director was given complimentary tickets from the buffalo sabres and everyone in the office got to go! (and not to mention, i got my picture taken with sabretooth!) this week i also was able to go UB on monday and take part in a volunteer fair. my supervisor and i set up a table with all of our info. and got to talk to potential volunteers and people that were interested in SABAH. i liked it because it was a change of pace from sitting in the office. and UB is sooo different from buff state. wow.
so the real reason why i havent been getting much sleep is due to my COM 418 class. the past few weeks my group and i have been putting together our public relations campaign for jericho road ministries. im going to throw it out there that on sunday, we were all in the study quad until 5 AM. if i never do that again i think ill be a happy girl. our presentation to our clients was on tuesday night. this project was a pretty big deal because this is what we have been studying and learning how to do for the past 4 years! kind of like a culmination of things, very relieved that its over. but we really nailed the presentation. if the client picks us, we get an A automatically! woohoo! and what makes me even more excited is that our client was Jericho Road Ministries and i am huge supporter of what they are trying to accomplish. (i also spent an entire semester last year working with them, so they have i have a soft spot for them!) and the strides they have made in just one year are amazing. the rennovations made the office and the new programs they have implemented like financially fit (a program that teaches men and women how to balance their finances) and the west side read and play (which lets volunteers go 2x a week read to toddlers and teach their parents positive child-parent interaction and skills) will really benefit the communities. if you wanna volunteer, check out their website www.jrm-buffalo.org!!!!
i also had the pleasure of attending 2 of the writing workshops the career development center offers. the cover letter and interview workshops today were incredibly helpful. i am in the process of writing my first one now. if you are graduating soon, you should really check them out. its the little bits of information that provide that really make a difference such as how to format a cover letter (which i had no clue) or what to wear and how to act. like small details such as don’t drink the water! no literally, if they offer you a drink of water or coffee, always say no. it comes off like you are mooching. and essentially, the person you are interviewing owes you nothing. its your time to shine. but really, if you are smart and ambitious student, like i know all of you are, please go. they are incredibly useful.
in more good news, i met a new guy. we have gone out 4 times, hes just wonderful. and hes a police officer and a perfect gentleman. and its halloween weekend, and i have all kinds of fun things planned! maybe ill see some of you downtown on saturday!

i graduate in one month and 19 days. life is good :)

BUFFA-LOVE! ::

October 10, 2007

well, its official. this semester is officially driving me crazy. it seriously feels like every part of my day is planned out, all the time! ughh! slightly frustrating. but this blog will not be a rant session. who wants to read that!? i know i wouldn’t want to.
so, let’s start with SABAH. today we went to the statler towers to create a floor plan for our auction. so we met with the events coordinator who talked us through our set up, and we get to utilize two of the ballrooms. when the rennovations are done, it is going to be such an amazing peice of architecture. from the pillars to the ceiling there is so much detail in every piece of that building, i just love it! that is one thing our city has. amazing architecture and character. throughout every neighborhood, each is different and brings a different flavor or history. BUFFA-LOVE. don’t hate. embrace this place we call home! it has a lot to offer, and sometimes you just have to look for it.
tommorow at the office i will finish up the tri-fold brochure i was working on and will start to design the cover for the auction book.
something else i need to do: i need to write a cover letter this week. the museum of disABILITY history is currently looking for an event planner. so i have to get my butt in gear and write this (we all know that i am a procrastinator!) and even just to interview or come on board part time would be great for the experience. SABAH has really gotten me interested in this topic. people need to know these kinds of things! its ignorant not to! <—————-GO HERE. CHECK IT OUT.
so, fall is my favorite season. i love everything about it. but one things i dont really understand is why girls are wearing spandex as just pants? with a longer shirt? but why spandex? it is not 1989. and i am not a big fan of this fashion trend. i think i would look ridiculous! but spandex…something to think about ladies!
on a more political note, i read something the other day that kind of upset me. the US is going to expand their base in afghanistan out of necesity. it just seems like it is never going to end. and maybe it hits closer to home bc a good freind of mine is going to be deployed there for a year.
monday night football is a topic i dont really want to talk about. i was there, it was heartbreaking. but, like i said before BUFFA-LOVE. i still “billieve.” and so should you. until next time…..
—kelly

welcome back, welcome back, welcome back… ::

September 28, 2007

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I last had an entry, but it has been one crazy summer, that’s for sure! I did not sleep much due to work, and school and well you, know what else comes with summer. I had a about a two week break before my summer classes started. I took 3 in the first session. So that meant going to school Monday-Friday from 8-3. I hadn’t gone to school 5 days a week since high school! And 8 am was tough, let me tell you! I played bar leaugue softball a few nights a week, and then there was Thursday is the Square and summer concerts (Roger Waters, I went Canandaigua on a mini-camping adventure to see O.A.R. and the Allman Brothers Band with Bob Weir and Ratdog…) and parties and I was squeezing my homework in there too! I managed to ace all my classes. I decided to take a philosophy class. That was incredibly challening, but I really enjoyed it. And my professor, John Draeger was a great instructor. My summer classes gave me an opportunity to venture out of the communication department. Which wasn’t something I had been able to do too much this past year. I took a sociology class, social movements and humanities. We got to read The Tempest, and I love Shakespeare. But my professor really reminded me of one of those “cat ladies” You know what I mean. The crazy woman who lives down the street from who has a ton of stinky cats! And working at Wegmans, where I got another promotion! I am now a Front End Coordinator, which basically means I run around at work like a chicken with my head cut off. No really. The little cashiers just think it looks cool becuase they give you a fancy phone, keys, walkie and pager. But its non-stop all day, everyday. Between running the board (the schedule) you are answering pages, which are mostly customer needs that send you most of the time on the other side of the store to take care of something or a cashier is having trouble with the new software on our registers, monitoring lines, and about 30 employees every shift. Yep. that’s right. And then there’s upper management delegating more responsibility out to you. As much as it sounds crazy, I kinda like it. So after summer classes which left me exhausted, which was my own fault, my second summer job started. I am a supervisor for the Depew Recreation Department. This job really is living the dream. I got paid to play kickball, plan field trips and arts and crafts for the 9 playgrounds in Depew. And got a ride in a sweet village car. hope you can pick up on my sacrasm when using the word “sweet.” However, that was probably my last summer (5 years now!) with that job. Because I am graduating in December. I AM COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS. My summer was incredibly eventful and I spent it with the people who matter most.

So let me get into this semester. I have no time, for anything! Becuase I was so busy this summer I didnt get a chance to find an internship before school started. However, I was incredibly lucky becuase my freinds at the career development center (yes this is a plug for the CDC!) helped me find one. See, this is why you should go there. And I also got some tips on how to tweak my resume. This is important stuff! I am currently interning at SABAH. In case you didnt know, it the ice skating association for the blind and handi-capped. Its now known as “skating athletes bold at heart.” Its a therepeutic program that really makes a difference in peoples lives. That is why I really like what I am doing. In preparation for my interview and stuff, I had to buy a suit, which totally freaked me out. I wear jeans and sweats whenever possible. AHHH real world work clothes! But its worth the investment. Ladies, if you are reading this, check out Express. So with SABAH, I am working with their volunteer coordinator, Andrea who is also part of a service learning program! SEE! And Lynn, the Marketing and Development director.
b/c its a not-for-profit, everyone works together as a team. We are currently working on preparing for their Auction on November 11 at the Statler Towers. BC I am interested in event planning and fundraising and community relations, this is a perfect fit! I am learning all the details that go into planning a fundrasing event, and its a lot! I even have my own cubicle and i have huge list of things to do! Such as write press releases, update their web site, design the auction program cover and create a tri-fold brochure for the tables at the auction. And I will get to get on the ice with kids and volunteers, which I am really looking forward to. When you do that, you really get a feel for what we are trying to accomplish.

Whew. Then with my classes and work, I am busy all the time! Anthother thing I am actually pretty excited about is that for the Campaigns in Public Relations class, with Jeff Paterson, I get to work with Jericho Road Ministries again. One of the most fulfilling experiences I have had in college was listening to them present the organization to the class. And while they were talking about the programs they offer the community, they brought up The Priscilla Project! And they kept the name I chose and a lot of the ideas I incorporated into my service-learning project! That pretty much is amazing!

And its also football season! I went to the homeopener…..haha. And besides that, we got tickets for the ice bowl! something to look forward to!!!!!! I have just decided that I am not going to bed on New Years Eve!

This blog was really long. I think its time to shut up now. haha!

—Kelly