Thursday, August 25, 2016

Student Registration Now Open for Meet the Accountant Night

Registration is now open for the 2016 Meet the Accountant Night, which will take place on Thursday, September 8, 2016!

Student Registration

Students who plan to attend Meet the Accountant Night are encouraged to RSVP on AU Career Connect. Registered participants will receive a name tag at the event. 
To register, sign up through AU Career Connect or visit the Career Services Center! Please register by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6th. Students who are unable to register in advance will be able to register at the door.
Questions? Please visit us on the second floor of the Hawkins-Conard Student Center, call us at 419.289.5064, email!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Employer Registration Now Open for Fall 2016 Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair

Employer Registration Information

Employer registration is now open for our Fall 2016 Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair, which will be held on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 at the John C. Myers Convocation Center on the campus of Ashland University. To reserve your spot, please register by Wednesday, October 5th.
The Career Fair will be conducted exposition-style. There will be a fee for participants ($75 for two representatives and $20 for each additional representative) to offset the cost of the fair. Companies attending will not have an assigned table, but companies will be able to choose their table from what is available as they arrive.
For additional information about the schedule and event, please review our invitation letter.
Questions? Please call us at 419.289.5064 or email

Monday, April 11, 2016

Education Expo Registration Deadline Information

Today is the last day to register for Education Expo! Registration instructions are available here, but please read the information below in addition to the attachment. 

If you register tonight for Education Expo, please note the following information:

  • AU Career Connect requires that a resume is uploaded to your profile, and approved by Career Services, before the system will let you register for Education Expo. 
    • All resumes are automatically uploaded to AU Career Connect with a pending status (regardless of whether or not you have had it reviewed) until a Career Services staff member activates the resume. 
  • Please follow these steps to register for Education Expo:
    • Upload your resume to your AU Career Connect profile if it is not already there. 
    • Send an email to letting Kayla know that you would like to register to attend Education Expo, and Kayla will register you for the event (because AU Career Connect will not let you register until your resume is approved). 
      • In your email, please confirm your license area and graduation month/year. 

If you miss the 4/11 deadline but still wish to attend:

We will be making student name tags tomorrow morning (4/12). If you miss the registration deadline but are still interested in attending Education Expo, you are still able to attend, but you will not have a printed name tag.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Morgan Hall - March Intern of the Month

Morgan Hall, a senior studying Corporate Finance & Business Management is our March Intern of the Month.  Morgan interned at JPMorgan Chase during the past summer as a Summer Financial Analyst.  Through this internship, Morgan was given the opportunity to develop many professional skills that will help her as she pursues her career.  

During her time at JPMorgan Chase, Morgan learned about many aspects of finance by being exposed to executives within the company including the CEO and CFO.  Morgan developed strong relationships with many other team members including other interns that worked within the organization.  Through this experience, Morgan got direct advice from the CEO and CFO and was able to get a better sense of what it is like to work in a team environment with a lot of diversity.  By being exposed to different areas of the organization and working with different people, Morgan said, 

"My internship was reassurance that I chose the right career path for myself and helped me distinguish which parts of finance I was most interested in."

Morgan also highlighted that working for JPMorgan Chase has given her the abilities and skills required to be successful that are not taught in the classroom.  She was able to improve in many areas including her organization skills, professionalism, networking, data analysis, and communication skills.  

At the end of Morgan's internship, she received a full-time job offer beginning in July, so we would like to congratulate Morgan and commend her for her hard work and dedication. Morgan thinks it's important to take advantage of internships, even if you aren't expected to do so.  

"Being a business major, we are required to have one internship but I would recommend doing 2 or more internships if possible.  Students can gain real world working experience and also learn more about the company/industry they are interested in." 

If you are interested in applying to be our next Intern of the Month, learn more about the program here!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Becca Humphreys, February Intern of the Month

Senior student, Becca Humphreys, won February Intern of the Month because of her success, dedication, and overall performance as an intern.  Becca is majoring in Information Systems with minors in Supply Chain Management and Accounting.  She has taken on an intern position as an Expeditor for American Augers beginning September 2015.  Since then, Becca has accomplished huge tasks for the organization, proving to be an added value to American Augers. 

Throughout the past six months, Becca has been responsible for updating shortage repots, running weekly reports of materials needed, verifying inventory, and contacting suppliers to keep them accountable and on time.  She also writes reports for Purchase Orders and Sale Orders, ensure that machines are being built and orders are fulfilled in a timely manner.  Other responsibilities include updating the supplier evaluation reports monthly and the enterprise resource planning system. This allows buyers to be able to see and report to their suppliers how well their performance was in the previous month.

Becca’s current project has been a vendor file clean up.  This project included sifting through over 200 vendor files, sorting information based on most current activity, and creating and introducing a new organization system to keep their files manageable.

As an Expiditor for American Augers, Becca says that she has grown more than she could have expected.  She has become more comfortable in her role and has learned how her position fits into the entire supply chain process.  Excitingly, Becca has been offered a full time position after her graduation in May! Becca’s piece of advice for other students is,
“I believe it is important for students to always apply for a position even if they feel that they are not 100% qualified because most tasks will be taught in training and pushing for something new and difficult will allow you to grow into a better person in your chosen field. If you do not apply for the position you will never get that chance to learn from it!”

If you are interested in applying to be our next Intern of the Month, learn more about the program here!

Monday, February 8, 2016

If at first you don't succeed, go to Career Services, and try again

by Ashley Lorah '16 - Career Assistant

When I took a tour of Ashland University as a junior in high school, I was struck by the glamorous, up-to-date and all-inclusive amenities the Recreation Center offered. After applying to Ashland and getting accepted, I visited the summer before my freshman year for an orientation event. While there, I heard about the opportunity to work at the Recreation Center and jumped on it immediately. I handed in some haphazardly answered application questions and a resume I created from a template on Microsoft Word. I went into the group interview relaxed and answered each question quickly. I felt comfortable enough with the application process so was surprised to hear I did not receive a job offer.

            In November of my first semester, I applied again for the spring semester thinking they must have just forgot about me, or I slipped through unnoticed during the last hiring process. I answered the application questions similarly and proceeded through the group interview mostly in the same way. Once again though I did not receive a job offer. Even though I felt a little humiliated, discouraged and frustrated, I felt determined to succeed. My desire to work at the Rec and willpower led me to the Career Services Center for a drastic professional transformation.

            I began with my poorly constructed resume. With the help of a Career Assistant, my once template-made resume changed into a beautifully-aligned and well-worded professional resume. I also learned proper business-professional and business-casual attire. I reviewed the Interviewing Guide Career Services offers, complete with sample questions, information about the STAR model, and what to do after an interview. I learned to ask for feedback from interviewers about what I needed to improve on and took that information to a mock interview with a Career Specialist, where they pretend to be interviewing you for the job you are preparing for, while videotaping you. Although being recorded through the mock interview was a bit awkward, it gave me a glimpse into little quirks or habits I subconsciously perform that might distract interviewers from my answer or make me appear unprofessional. I was able to hear my tone and volume, see my body language, and review my answers. With the Career Specialists guidance, my whole outlook on interviewing changed for good. Rather than see the base-level Rec position as just a source of income, I learned to respect the interview as I would for a full-time position someday.

            After totally transforming my outlook, application and interviewing process, I was finally offered a job as an Equipment Checkout Supervisor at the Recreational Center thanks to the Career Services Center. After a year working, I was encouraged to apply as a Facility Manager, one step above my Equipment Checkout Supervisor position. I knew that I could not achieve success without the help of the Career Center, so I went through the same process: resume review, mock interview, and Interviewing Guide. Needless to say, I felt very comfortable and prepared for the real interview and was offered a position as a Facility Manager. Not only has the Career Services Center helped me prepare for a position at the Recreational Center but it has equipped me with transferable professional skills that will guide me through the rest of my life.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Maggie Andrews, January 2016 Intern of the Month

Maggie is a sophomore majoring in creative writing, public relations & strategic communication with a minor in Spanish.  This past summer she interned with Jones’ Potato Chip Company as their communications and marketing intern.  During her internship, Maggie established communication channels between the Jones' Potato Chip Company and Ashland University which ultimately lead to product availability in the Eagles' Nest dining facility and sport concessions.  In addition, Maggie worked with vendors for Jones’ throughout the state of Ohio as well as multiple local businesses and stores.  She was able to utilize her strong social media skills to develop a social media guide for their Twitter and Facebook accounts.  Maggie composed a portfolio of communication strategies, as well as job descriptions for the company, which the company plans to use for future interns and full time professionals.  While this list is not exhaustive of all the amazing things Maggie created and completes for Jones’ it is clear that her work was incredibly valued and appreciated!

One of Maggie’s highlights was writing an article for the Manufacturing Coalition Newsletter about the Jones' Company.  According to Maggie, “This internship helped prepare me for my future career by giving me an inside look into the business side of communications and marketing.  It was a hands-on experience and the company really gave me freedom to explore different aspects of the position.  I'm a creative writing major, as well as a PR major, so it was nice when the company made sure to give me writing projects on top of communication/marketing projects.  I was able to gain experience for both of my majors during the internship.  I will be able to take this experience with me to my future career”. 

Here is some wise advice from Maggie about her experience, “Always challenge yourself in your classes. I received my internship opportunity through the success of a class project. . . Everything I learned from my internship, I will carry with me in all my future career endeavors.”

Monday, December 7, 2015

December 2015 Intern of the Month Winner

Congratulations to Danielle Rhonemus!

Danielle is a senior, majoring in Art Education and minoring in Art History.  Danielle is graduating this December, and it is great to see how much Danielle has accomplished.  Danielle was nominated to be Intern of the Month by her supervisor, Sarah Toby, in the Office of Residence Life.  Over the past summer, Danielle was positioned as a Summer AC & Intern.  As the Summer AC, she was given the responsibility to improvise processes in the office as well as developing a more organized system.  Danielle was brought in during a very chaotic time, and using the skills she developed through her Art Education major, she was able to successfully adapt the procedures in the office to effectively handle the chaos.  One of her big responsibilities was to coordinate the early arrival for the incoming academic year, a total of 1,000 students.  She worked with a staff of 3, delegating and supervising the entire process.

As a Summer AC, Danielle was responsible for coordinating a duty schedule for summer RA's, assigning and charging students for summer housing, and planning programming for summer residents.  It is truly impressive that Danielle took on that much responsibility and still managed to achieve her goals.  Her supervisor stated:

          "For a student, this is a very challenging internship, but Danielle showed so much grace and truly excelled.  Her development from the start to finish has really helped her to develop into a stronger professional and I think that t has aided her in her future career and life goals."

Danielle was given the ability to not only develop, but create.  The goals for Danielle were to learn how to supervise, develop her own work ethic, develop professionally, and create her own processes and procedures for the office.  Because of so much responsibility, she was able to gain so many more valuable skills through working with her own style and process.  Taking on the responsibilities of an Intern and Summer AC allowed Danielle to build on her skills in time management, organization, creativity, and supervision as well.  

Danielle has great advice to share about what you can gain from any internship opportunity.  She says, "Don't be afraid to challenge yourself and do something a little out of your comfort zone. If you are more open to trying something new, it only increases your opportunity to learn and grow. This will only make you a more well-rounded, stronger applicant when applying for jobs after college. I am going to school to be an Art Teacher, and the internship I had was for Residence Life. Even though the internship wasn't that close to what I actually want to do in the future, I learned many valuable things that I can apply to my future in teaching. Through my experience, I improved upon a lot of communication and organizational skills that I already had. I learned how to better communicate and interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds, and people with different personalities. I was able to gain leadership experience by being the supervisor of the other summer staff members and by arranging a large part of the information for early arrivals. And I was even able to do some artsy stuff for the office by designing posters and informational boards. Overall, I think it was a great experience to have and am very grateful for everything Res Life has done for me."

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

November 2015 Intern of the Month Winner

Congratulations to Tiarra Kick!

Tiarra is a junior, marketing major and public relations minor.  This past summer she interned at the Mansfield YMCA as the Marketing Specialist.  As the Marketing Specialist her responsibilities consisted of managing marketing plans, assisting with communications and strategies with media firms, monitoring marketing results to determine effectiveness, and enhancing the ways that the YMCA utilized the Nationwide Campaign materials.  Common tasks that Tiarra did on a daily basis were writing press releases, implementing social media tactics and assisting with other departments of project management.  Needless to say, Tiarra had the opportunity to grow as a marketing professional and gain experience working with teams and managing projects strategically.  

Tiarra was brought on as an intern at the Y, but then had some bigger shoes to fill.  During the month of June her marketing supervisor accepted a new position and she had been given the opportunity to fulfill his position until the school year started again in August.  Tiarra says that, 
"Fulfilling the Marking and Communications Specialist position was my biggest value-added contribution.  I was really excited and honored that I would be able to have more responsibility.  This opportunity benefited me immensely."
While filling the shoes of the Marketing and Communications Specialist, Tiarra had the chance to develop relationships with businesses and news outlets in the community which allowed her to gain sponsors for events.  One of Tiarra's major accomplishments was raising $600 for the Mansfield YMCA's annual Car Show and Blueberry  Festival Glow Run.  Another incredible contribution she added to the Mansfield YMCA was increasing their Facebook engagement by 920%!

During her experience she achieved all of her established learning objectives which allowed her to grow as a business professional in several ways.  A few mentioned ways were improving her written and verbal skills, gaining presentation experience, and  increasing project management and analytic tracking skills.

Tiarra's advice for students that are looking for an internships is to be proactive.  She says, "Make the first move to introduce yourself, ask questions, and find the opportunities for improvement once you understand the processes you work with.  The benefits of an internship are endless!"

Monday, November 2, 2015

Meet the Accountant Night 2015: Featuring Janessa Huffman

Every fall semester, the Career Services Center partners with the Accounting department to hold an event known as Meet the Accountant Night.  This past year's Meet the Accountant Night was held on Thursday, September 10th and turned out to be a great success with twenty participating organizations and over 70 students in attendance.

Each year, students develop professional relationships, experience networking opportunities and even receive internships and jobs as a result of Meet the Accountant Night.  Janessa Huffman, a senior Accounting and Finance major was kind enough to share some of her insight about Meet the Accountant Night with all of us!

Janessa has attended Meet the Accountant Night all four years of her studies at Ashland University and shared that it was really beneficial because she was not nervous while attending her junior and senior year.  Every year that Janessa attended she went with new strategies in mind. For example, her sophomore year she was looking to talk with industry accounting organizations, junior year she was seeking public accounting organizations and her senior year she went purely for the networking reasons.

In order to prepare for the event Janessa shared, " I would start preparing a few weeks prior to the event by researching employers, updating and printing my resume and practicing my elevator pitch."  Being prepared for the event helped Janessa to have successful experiences.  Her sophomore year, she obtained an internship with Gorman-Rupp which turned out to be a great experience for her.  A corporate executive from the company then passed on her name to Meaden and Moore, which goes to show just how important networking opportunities are and how your name can spread as a result of hard work.  Janessa's junior year, after attending the Meet the Accountant Night, she received an internship from Barnes Wendling, a CPA firm.

The biggest way that Meet the Accountant Night impacted Janessa was that it gave her the confidence to network with employers which led her to several great opportunities.  This past summer, Janessa attended a networking event with many accounting professionals and was the only college student there!  She felt confident enough in her ability to talk with employers and as a result of her preparation she actually obtained a full-time position starting next fall at VonLehman CPA in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky as the staff accountant.

Janessa shared that because of her experiences each year at Meet the Accountant Night, it helped her gain professional skills and become more confident with networking, which ultimately assisted her in obtaining her full-time position for after graduation.  Janessa spoke of Meet the Accountant Night by saying, "It's a really great opportunity to bring employers and students together right here on campus."  We love sharing success stories such as Janessa's and hope that our AU accounting and finance students all have positively impacting experiences after attending this great event!