Student Success Story

  • Mirakal Jackson

    Advice from a Graduate

     

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    Mirakal Jackson, a recent Valdosta State Graduate with a (Magna Cum Laude) Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, and minors in Psychology, Entrepreneurship, and Aerospace Studies. She is currently pursing a Master of Public Administration in Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management. 

    She gave this advice to students about career planning: "The strategic plans set forth by this office are commendable! Every personnel is happy to help you with whatever you need. They take their mission statement very seriously, so use the resources that they provide. They are all hard workers!!"

    What Career Opportunities can do for you?

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

    A: Career Counseling, Career Testing, Career Resource Library , Resume Preparation, Resume Walk-In Hours, Part-Time Job Listings, Job Search Strategies, Career Expo, Career Development Seminar, Interview Skills, Mock Interview, On-Campus Interviews, Class Presentation, Grad School Admissions Help

    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: The Office of Career Opportunities has done nothing but great things in efforts to solidify my post- graduation success.  Between help with resume review, employment opportunities, academic success tips, among other stupendous benefits, this office has done it all and more. They exceed in all their efforts and VSU students are honored to have them!

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

    A: Academic Advisor, Valdosta State University

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

    A: I recommend all of their services; they are all equally important to student success, especially post-graduation.

  • Shanece Hayes

    Advice from a Graduate

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    Shanece Hayes, M.S., is a recent Valdosta State graduate with a Master in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

    She shares, "My advice would be for students to explore multiple opportunities within their field and outside their field. Fortunately I have been able to travel to different places, meet amazing people and hone my professional etiquette from several different perspectives  because I explored different interests besides psychology. Overall, my only advice is for people to explore other interests, you never know where it leads!"

    Q; Which services by Career Opportunities did you utilize?

    A: Resume Development, Career Counseling, Job Search, Blazer Briefcase, Career Fairs/Expos, Blazer Ready, Internships or Cooperative Education

    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: With the help of VSU and Career Opportunities (as well as working as a GA position in this department) I was surrounded by tenured professionals who gave me excellent career advise as well as helped me hone my professional etiquette. In addition, I had first hand experience in all of their career fairs which helped me sell my soft and hard skills without relying on my resume so heavily. It is because of VSU and Career Opportunities and its staff that I am currently working as a Senior Human Resource Assistant for Amazon.

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

    A: Senior Human Resource Assistant for Amazon in Macon, GA. 

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

    A: Resume Development, Career Counseling, Job Search, Blazer Briefcase, Career Fairs/Expos, Blazer Ready, Internships or Cooperative Education

  • Carly Eaves

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    Carly Eaves, is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. 

    What can Career Opportunities do for you?

    Q; Which services by Career Opportunities did you utilize?

    A: Resume

    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:  I am working at the Valdosta Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory as a Chemist, and feeling very blessed to have found this job amidst the pandemic. Career Opportunities helped me in so many ways- especially with my resume. My professors also provided great connections and wrote recommendations for my job applications. VSU prepared me well for life after college and I would not be at my job now without VSU.

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

    A: Valdosta Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory as a Chemist

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

    A: All - Career Opportunities services

  • Kyle Poe

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    Kyle Poe, is a former graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and African American Studies and a Master in Higher Education Leadership; Higher Education. 

    What can Career Opportunities do for you?

    Q; Which services by Career Opportunities did you utilize?

    A: Resume Development, Career Counseling, Job Search , Career Fairs/Expos

    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: In 2015, Kyle received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and African American Studies at Valdosta State University (VSU) in Valdosta, GA. Kyle received his Master's degree in Higher Education Leadership; Student Affairs from VSU in 2017 after serving as the graduate assistant for the Office of Career Opportunities directly reporting to Mrs. Carla Jordan.

    Kyle began his career shortly after being hired as a Lead Career Consultant for the University of Georgia Career Center where he provided career development to more than 2000 undergrad and graduate students during his 4 year tenure. Kyle currently serves as the Career Educator for liberal arts students at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Ga Tech), active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an autodidact artist and entrepreneur; Kyle loves educating and empowering his community in any way he can, believing that a vision without sight is a calamity.

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

    A: Career Educator for liberal arts students at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech)

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

    A: All - Career Opportunities services

  • Sylandi Brown

    Advice from a Graduate

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    Sylandi Brown, is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication. "To current students -- be proactive in your career planning. But even more importantly, remember that you don't have to do it alone! Career Opportunities will help and guide you along the way."

    What can Career Opportunities do for you?

    Q; Which services by Career Opportunities did you utilize?

    A: Mock Interviews, Blazer Briefcase, Career Fairs/Expos

    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: I am thankful for career opportunities' services and the staff's unwavering commitment to student success. I am immensely grateful for the Introduction to Professional Practice course taught by Mr. Darius Anthony, and the F.I.E.R.C.E. Mentoring Program led by Ms. Carla Jordan and Ms. Sandra Jones of Student Diversity and Inclusion, that helped prepare me for transitioning into today's workforce. Because of these services and programs, I started my position with confidence in my abilities and knowledge of how to position myself for success. 

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

    A: Marketing & Communications Specialist for Middle Georgia Electric Membership Corporation in Vienna, GA.

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

    A: All - Career Opportunities' services

  • Maya Mapp

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    Maya Mappa graduate of Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy and Religious Studies. She recently graduated from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia with an M.Ed in Higher Education Administration.

    What can Career Opportunities do for you?

    Q; Which services by Career Opportunities did you utilize?

    A: Resume Development, Career Counseling, Internships or Cooperative Education

     

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

    A: I am currently serving at the University of California, Santa Cruz campus as the Student Government and Leadership Coordinator. My day-to-day responsibilities include the management of over a half-million-dollar budget; supervising, advising, and mentoring over 70 student leaders; as well as serving as an internal campus partner who focuses mainly on community building and collaboration across departments.

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

    A: All - Resume Development, Career Counseling, Internships or Cooperative Education

  • Maya Commodore

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    Maya Commodore, one of our Criminal Justice students and current intern with the Campus Police Department made the Valdosta Daily Times.  Maya is doing an excellent job this semester, of course with a 3.9 GPA you expect good results! - Dr. Prine, Professor of Criminal Justice and Intern Director

    View Article Here Valdosta Daily Times

  • PAUL D BOWIE

     

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    Did you use career opportunities for services prior to or during your job search? If so, what services did you use?:

    None

    Tell us your story   Where are you now?:

    The Virtual Spring Education Fair on 4/14/21 was wonderful! I met with an HR rep, connected with a principal a few weeks later, and ended up getting hired as a Head Counselor for Dekalb County Public Schools.  I wouldn't have been able to do this without going to the fair. The HR rep fixed a glitch with my file in their system.  I will be graduating in December of 2021!