Student Success Story

  • Toni Guess

    Advice from a Graduate

    Toni Guess

    Toni Guess, a recent Valdosta State Graduate gave this advice to students about career planning: "Be serious about your education even if you have no idea what you wanted to do with your degree. It wil come to you when you least expect it. Take advantage of the opportunities that are available and allow staff to help you."

    What Career Opportunities can do for you?

    Q: Which services offered by Career Opportunities did you utilize?

    A: Resume Preparation, Interview Skills, Mock Interview

    Q: In what ways do you the Career Opportunities office help you with or prepare you for you job search, admission to graduate school and or transitioning into the world of work?

    A: One employee helped me to build my resume and taught me how to show rather than tell what my skills are. Another employee helped me to prep for success during my interview.

    Q: What is your current Job Title? Who is your Employee?

    A: Adult Education Instructor at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College and Sales Associate at Walmart Supercenter

    Q: What about Career Opporunities would you recommend to your friends?

    A: Resume Building, Interviewing Skills, Encouragement to keep looking for employment.

  • Cassidy Hall

    Advice from a Graduate

    Cassidy Hall 

    Ms. Hall, a recent Valdosta State graduate gave this advice to students about career planning: "The biggest piece of advice I can offer is to never lose faith in yourself. Rejection is inevitable whether it happens now or ten years from now. Learning to overcome that and grow from it is a priceless skill. Also, it is incredibly important to network with every person and opportunity presented to you. You never know who could be a future employer so utilize situations you find yourself in.

    Q; Which services by Career Opportunities did you utilize?

    A: Career Counseling, Resume Preparation

    Q: In what ways did the Career Opportunities office help you with or prepare you for your job search, admission to graduate school and or transitioning into the world of work?

    A: The career opportunities office made appearances in many of upper level classes. They would spend a few minutes speaking to the class about the importance of resume preparation, interviews, and much more. The thing that left the largest impact on me was hearing personal advice from the career opportunity employees about the struggles they experienced in finding a job and how to overcome rejection. 

    Q: What is your current Job Title? Who is your Employer?

    A: College Development Officer at Valdosta State University

    Q: What about Career Services would you recommend to your friends?

    A: I would recommend the resume workshop and advice from the counselors. 

  • Akeem Roberts

    Advice from a Graduate

    Akeem Roberts 

    Mr. Roberts gave this advice to students about career planning: "It is okay to have a dream career, but you might not always start there immediately after graduation so you should have backup plans that can get you to where you want to be. You also should not think too much of yourself as a college graduate to the point that you avoid entry level jobs that allow you to gain experience to move up in the company and department you are working in. Just because you fought for years for your degree doesn't mean that you're going to able to use it immediately. Lastly, GET EXPERIENCE, IF POSSIBLE, WHILE IN SCHOOL!

    What can Career Opportunities do for you?

    Q; Which services by Career Opportunities did you utilize?

    A: Resume Preparation, Resume Walk-In Hours, Job Search Strategies, Career Expo, Interview Skills, Mock Interview

    Q: In what ways did the Career Opportunities office help you with or prepare you for your job search, admission to graduate school and or transitioning into the world of work?

    A:The Career Opportunities office showed me how to sell myself to employers. Mrs. Soma showed me how to format, simplify and word my resume in the correct ways. She helped me expand my thinking on the careers that were and still are available to me by suggesting that I attend a Career Expo on campus. Before being told about the Career Opportunities office I honestly did not know where I wanted to be, my goal was to just obtain a degree, I did not have a plan after graduation but they helped me obtain a career. 

    Q: What is your current Job Title? Who is your Employer?

    A: Juvenile Probation Specialist II with the Department of Juvenile Justice. 

    Q: What about Career Services would you recommend to your friends?

    A: USE IT, and spread the word because any VSU student/alum can use their services.