Competition and job preparedness come together in the Career Olympics.
Finding a job after graduation is as important to a first-year student as it is for a graduate student. Springfield College faculty and staff members work together to prepare students for their next steps upon leaving Alden Street. One office that is constantly looking for new and unique ways to help get students ready is the Career Center.
On Monday, Feb. 3, the Career Center launched its Career Olympics program. Students will split into teams of three and identify themselves as a country participating in the event. Events consist of tasks and steps needed to prepare individuals for the job search process, such as creating a resume and having it critiqued by a Career Center staff member, writing a cover letter, creating a LinkedIn profile, and participating in a mock interview. A total of 102 students, ranging from first-year to graduate students, are participating in the event.
“The goal of this program is to build a greater awareness of Career Center programs and services in a fun interactive way. At the end of the program, we hope students are learning something new about how the Career Center can assist them,” said Director of the Career Center Jeanette Doyle.
The top teams will compete in a final round, which consists of students creating a one-minute commercial advertising the Career Center, which will be judged for its content. The gold medal team will win iPad 2s, the silver medalist team will receive Kindle Fires, and the bronze medal teams will receive a Springfield College padfolio.
"The Career Olympics has been such a beneficial experience because it has used a competitive format to encourage students to work on important career-related materials. I might not have taken the time to utilize the Career Center's assets and incredible staff if not for the competition. It was a great way to catch my interest, and in the end I realized that win or lose, I received a lot of advice and help that I can use as I search for jobs," said senior Joe Brown, communications/sports journalism and English double-major.
Winners will be announced at the closing ceremonies on Thursday, March 6, at 5 p.m., in Cheney Hall Dining Rooms A and B.