Diversity Employers

December 2015

Editorial objective:1- give diverse jobseekers sound information on job opportunities and how to successfully navigate the job search process,2- invite “employers of choice” to share success secrets and valuable information on where the jobs are.

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14 Diversity Employers | DiversityEmployers.com | December 2015 STUDENT SUCCESS IN THE JOB MARKET Technical College. Ochie remembered Miles fondly and proceeded to show her the drafting lab and encouraged her to pursue a degree in drafting. Miles had always enjoyed drawing, creating some- thing new, and helping her community. It was a perfect ft and she has been en- joying her drafting courses immensely since the day she enrolled in the Draft- ing Technology degree program. With Ochie's support and belief in her abilities, Miles is successfully employed as an intern at a local archi- tectural company. She is working each day in a feld she loves with a team of architects who make a difference in their community. She is also looking forward to working with Habitat for Humanity where she can continue to make a difference in the lives of others. Miles' future goals include earning her bachelor's degree and continuing to work in the feld of architecture and working to improve her community. She is just one of many students who are benefting from the Drafting Technology program at Albany Techni- cal College. The Drafting Technology degree and diploma programs prepare you for a variety of positions in the drafting feld, such as drafter, CAD op- erator, or civil technician based on the area of specialization you choose. Drafting Technology graduates have also found employment in many Albany companies, including MetroPower, SRJ Architects, Dougherty County School System, Technical Associates, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, World- Class Aviation, Fabrication Solutions, and Unlimited Control. Drafting educa- tion prepared them to be to be creative designers and problem solvers in these industries, which span the building, mechanical, manufacturing, electrical, construction and civil arena. I served as Career Services Director from 2006 to 2014 and was promoted to Associate Vice President for Career Services in 2014. Ms. Miles took advan- tage of every service provided by Career Services at Albany Tech. She began by attending a number of job preparation workshops. She received counseling on "dressing for the workplace" to make sure she knew and understood the im- portance of making a good "frst impres- sion". Secondly, we moved to mock inter- views, where Jeanetta was interviewed by a panel of career services professionals. She received feedback on areas needing improvement and did just that, im- proved and perfected her interviewing techniques. Finally, Jeanette brought in her Career Portfolio, which she had completed for career services as part of ATC's graduation requirement. Jeanetta practiced her portfolio presentation with career services staff and was now feeling very confdent, she was well prepared for her interview with SRJ Architects, and landed her dream job as a Drafter. A day after graduating from Tulane in May of 2014, I was fortunate enough to continue my career as a football player when the New Orleans Saints signed me as an undrafted rookie free agent. Although my time with the Saints didn't last as long as I would've liked, I learned a great deal and developed some great relationships on the team and in the community, just as I did in college. Little did I know, those same connections would later play a key role in providing me an opportunity to network and open new doors that ultimately led me to land my dream job. Unlike many of the guys I came into the NFL with, I had a backup plan. With a BSM in fnance and busi- ness management I knew there were tons of career opportunities out there for me, I just didn't know exactly which one I would enjoy the most. Once I began to brainstorm, I knew that deep down in my heart whatever She is working each day in a feld she loves with a team of architects who make a diference in their community. She is also looking forward to working with Habitat for Humanity where she can continue to make a diference in the lives of others. Judy Jimmerson, Associate Vice-President for Career Services, Albany Technical College, A any, GA Ms. Miles took advantage of every service provided by Career Services at Albany Tech. Services Career Services Student Success Story- Tulane Career Services Derrick Strozier - Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana Major: Double major in Finance and Business Management Hometown: Orlando, Florida Employer: Merrill Lynch Wealth Manage- ment, New Orleans, Louisiana Job Title: Financial Advisor By Tracey Jackson

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