MINOT, N.D. - Minot State University seniors Tavia Hoenecke and Hailey Richards say they wish they could have gained more real-world experience earlier on in their school careers.
"Coming in as a freshman, I didn't really have much experiences with resumes at all because I come from a small town, where that's not necessarily necessary" said Hoenecke.
That's where the 21st Century Workforce Development Campaign comes in, aiming to get current students real-world experience by connecting them with alumni in the workforce.
"We work with many students towards the end of their careers, so it's the fourth of fifth year it's their final semester and they start thinking about 'what am i going to do with the rest of my life, what kind of job am i going to get?' Our students probably need to start thinking about this process many years prior to that final semester on campus" said Kevin Harmon, vice president of student affairs.
The campaign focuses on six key areas: Speakers Network; Mock Interview Teams; Mentoring; Internships; Career Exploration/Job Shadowing; and Employment Opportunities.
These seniors have a message for incoming freshman.
"Take advantage of that program because there is nothing better than getting experience. I would agree. You learn so much more from experience than you would in a textbook. And sometimes it's hard to understand what your textbook is saying until you see it being applied" they said.
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