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Ahmed: Using Career Services to Get Ahead

Posted on: October 2nd, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

ahmed, mctc student“When I started at MCTC, I didn’t even know what I wanted to do. That’s why I studied Liberal Arts—it gave me the most options for transferring,” said Ahmed Abdulle, MCTC alum and current University of Minnesota student.

Ahmed’s story represents the experience of many students at Minneapolis Community and Technical College: he went to high school in the Twin Cities, knew he needed to go to college, but didn’t know exactly what he wanted to do, so he entered with a broad plan to get his generals out of the way and then transfer to a four-year college.

“I needed a work-study job while in college, but I wasn’t even sure of where I could work,” Ahmed said. “I connected with MCTC’s Career Services department and they helped me so much. I actually wound up working with them in a work-study job. While helping to pay for some of my studies, I learned about how to be professional, develop confidence and keep my mind open.”

Through Career Services, Ahmed connected with Minneapolis Urban Scholars, a 12-week leadership development internship program aiming to provide students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with professional experience in order to develop leadership skills and create career pathways to positions of influence. “Through my internship with the City, I had the opportunity to meet the mayor and the City Council several times,” said Ahmed. “The people I met working with the City are people who both live and work right here. They know the community well, and they were committed to diversifying the city’s workforce specifically with programs like Urban Scholars.”

Now studying IT Infrastructure at the University of Minnesota, Ahmed has a goal. “I’m focusing on the strategic, business, planning side of IT along with the traditional topics like networking and storage,” he said. “I’m a tech-savvy person, but I’m more interested in focusing on planning.” Ahmed is currently interning with a cloud team at Thomson Reuters to support some of its business units.

“When I started college, I didn’t know what I wanted to study or what my skill level was,” he said. “The Career Services staff helped me understand my strengths, areas for improvement, how to develop work ethics and how to network. I was able to drawn on their experience and knowledge base to get ahead in life.”

Career Ready Scholarship Winners

Posted on: December 14th, 2010 by insidemctc No Comments

This past summer the MCTC’s Foundation and Career Services were approached by an alumnus with a check for $500 and a great idea to help prepare students professionally. The thought was to offer a  $500 scholarship to students who participated in professional development learning opportunities. The Foundation agreed to help with the creation of a scholarship contest focused on professional development and also matched the $500 scholarship making it possible to have two winners.

To qualify for entry into the contest students needed to be in good academic standing. Students were required to participate in two workshops – resume writing and interview skill building. Those who completed the workshops provided by MCTC’s Career Services then needed to submit the resume they completed in the resume writing workshop. The resumes were reviewed by the Career Ready Scholarship Review Committee to determine who would make it to the final round. The final round was a networking session followed by mock interviews with the Review Committee members. The scholarship process proved to be a rigorous one but it truly paid off for all students who participated.

Twelve students made it to the final round. Many of them commented that they had learned so much through the process and felt much more prepared professionally. One student said, “Scholarship or no scholarship I already feel like I have won.” This sentiment was shared among all of the participants.

Giovanna Nido

Ritty Samreth

Each of the 12 students was interviewed three times. It was apparent that the interview skill building workshop really prepared them for this step. When the interviews concluded the committee members convened to determine the two scholarship recipients. After thoughtful consideration the committee chose two students whose resumes and interviews stood out among the rest: Ritty Samreth, whose career goal is to be an actuary and Giovanna Nido, who is studying photography and dreams of having her own photography business one day.

These two students truly earned the scholarship. They are grateful for all that they learned and for the money to help further their education. Giovanna says, “Each step of the process was both well defined and

invaluable. It taught me the proper way to prepare a resume and for a job interview. I want to thank everyone for giving me the opportunity to compete for this scholarship and look forward to reinvesting it into my education.”

Like Giovanna, Ritty feels much more prepared professionally, “I feel the scholarship was a bonus. The information and insights acquired during this process are invaluable. I’ve acquired an advantage. I’ve increased the probability of greater opportunities and ultimately a better future.”

Job Bank for Students and Alumni

Posted on: May 26th, 2010 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC’s Job Bank allows students and alumni to search for jobs and internships, post a resume, find information on job fairs and career services events and access helpful job search and resume writing information. The Job Bank is provided by Nacelink (a partnership between the National Association of Colleges and Employers). To get started, just create an account and start looking for jobs!

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Job and Internship Fair: My Career, My Future

Posted on: April 5th, 2010 by insidemctc No Comments

Discover employment and internship opportunities from employers in different industries and employment agencies. Dress professionally and bring your resume on Thursday, April 15, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., T Building Skyway.

Career Seminar presented by employers: “Job search Insights in the Current Job Market,” 12:00 – 12:45 p.m., T.2100.

Sponsored by Career Services: T.2500, 612-659-6700.