New college program gives students a head start when deciding on a career
BY ROBERT LANE
Indian River State College Career and Transfer Services has launched a new opportunity for area employers to connect with IRSC students.
The IRSC Employer Residency Program provides a professional development platform where students gain real-time feedback from business and community leaders as they build interviewing, networking and job search skills. At the same time, the program connects local employers with some of the most qualified and promising employees in the region — soon-to-be IRSC graduates.
“The Employer Residency Program connects employers and students in an experience that readies our students to walk into a job interview with a sharp resume and a clear understanding of the company and the industry,” says Calvin Williams, IRSC director for Career and Transfer Services.
Employers involved with the program participate in informational meetings where students can ask questions about the company and specific jobs within the organization and its industry. Students gain valuable insight from employers, including ways to improve their employment prospects and strategies to achieve long-term career goals. The regularly scheduled sessions are actively promoted to IRSC students and take place in-person or through virtual platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
The program offers additional opportunities for area businesses. Among them are increased visibility with IRSC students, faculty and staff; maintaining an on-campus presence; career and professional development; mentoring opportunities; and the chance to give back and help student development for future workforce needs.
“The heart of this program is providing our students valuable one-on-one interaction with local employers,” Williams says. “This is a great opportunity for IRSC to connect our students with people and opportunities that can help them build their futures.”
Organizations interested in learning more about the IRSC Employer in Residence Program can contact Williams in Career and Transfer Services by email at [email protected] or by phone at 772.462.7467.
WHAT IS THE CTS
The IRSC Career and Transfer Services Center educates and assists IRSC students and alumni to effectively develop, evaluate and implement their career plans. Services available to students and graduates include career assessment, career advising, resume writing, mock interviews, internships, job shadowing, career fairs, transfer services, along with co-advising from partnering universities, graduate school events, and job search strategies.
Services can be accessed online, face to face, or by telephone. In addition to providing comprehensive student resources, CTS partners with area employers to list available positions to the IRSC Central job bank, provide meaningful experiences for student interns, participate in job fairs and other networking events and conduct the IRSC Employer Residency program.
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