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Career Scoop Update, General Information

Career Scoop for the Week of April 29, 2019

As the spring semester winds down you may find yourself still in the hunt for a job or internship. It’s not too late to find great opportunities to build your resume! The section on our website Job Search Resources is dedicated to a variety of resources to assist in your search. Tommie Careers has over 1500 opportunities in a wide range of positions and career options.

Staffing agencies may also be an option to consider. They provide recruiting services to businesses that don’t have time to find temporary, permanent, or large numbers of employees for jobs and projects. To the job seeker, they are a connector to potential employment.

Many staffing companies have specialty areas, including accounting/finance, science & technology, creative, sales.

In many cases, these agencies have access to job openings that you do not. In fact, for some career fields (especially STEM – science, technology, engineering & mathematics), this is the best and only way to get your foot in the door with major corporations.

Temporary agencies (‘temp agencies’ for short) are great for college students looking to get summer work experience in a business setting. Other companies have full-time work for graduating seniors. Some work is permanent, some is contract-based, meaning you would work for, say, a 6-month project, then if everyone was happy at the conclusion, you would continue on as a permanent employee.

These agencies review your resume, interview you, help you determine jobs you qualify for, then they forward you on to hiring managers and help set up interviews.

For a great description of what these agencies can do for job seekers, check the American Staffing Agency website or meet with a Career Counselor to discuss options.


General Information

Career Development Center – Year in Review

Career staff were very busy this year providing students with career education and employer networking opportunities.  As we approach the end of the year, we thought to share with you some highlights from 2018-2019!

Employers On Campus:

We hosted ten (10) Employer Information Sessions, including one remote conversation with Google Finance in Silicon Valley, California!  Companies included:

  • Amazon, Google, Inc., INROADs, Inc., Keyot (consulting), Optum, Target Headquarters, TripleTree, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, Wright Medical

Sixty-seven (67) companies were on-campus interviewing students for their internships and full-time jobs.  In the fall alone, we hosted 570 interviews (we’re not finished counting spring semester yet!).


The list of topics that Career Development staff present on is too long to list here, but we’re proud to report providing more than 85 career workshops and presentations this past fall, reaching more than 1,400 students.  (Again, we haven’t finished counting spring term yet.)

Special Events:

  • J-term Pathfinders Career Exploration Program for Arts & Sciences students
  • Career Treks (company tours) to Ecolab (science & mechanical engineering) and WCCO-TV (journalism)
  • Americorps Panel – Exploring Service Careers
  • Health Careers Showcase Panel and Employer Information Fair

Minnesota’s Private Colleges Job & Internship Fair:

  • Over 300 employers attended from all industries and sectors, and over 600 registered Tommies represented us well!

We support all academic departments and therefore, students from ALL majors!


General Information

STEM Career Trek to Ecolab    

At the request of the Career Development Center, Master’s in Technology & Management alum Katie Vetter hosted a group of St. Thomas undergraduates, and Career Center employer relations staff to an informative afternoon at the Ecolab Research & Development Facility in Eagan, MN.

Beginning with a tour provided by a product development chemist, we learned about some of the different products and applications of Ecolab’s wide constellation of cleaning, sanitizing, and safety products.  It is amazing how they can replicate their customer’s conditions to provide a true-to-life testing environment!

Our time ended with a panel of Ecolab professionals talking about their jobs.  Chemists and chemical engineers design and test products, mechanical engineers develop delivery designs and packaging for products, and though we did not talk to them, we know there are many roles in sales, marketing, and customer support.

Ecolab has been a key accounting & finance recruiter on campus for many years, so we were happy to expand our contacts into the science and engineering career realms!

Check out the Ecolab Careers webpage to learn about opportunities at this worldwide company.