This originally appeared as part of the story “Invest in Your Team” 

“Going to school and being in all these clubs, I’m missing out on those three to five years of experience that a lot of people are asking for in these entry-level positions. There’s no way I could have gotten three to five years of experience while going to school. So work with us and train us for those positions. Build my skills instead of screening me out.”

Akara Brown, political science and sociology

 

“When you’re interviewing students, they might not have the resume that you’re looking for, but be open to them. When I’m interviewing for jobs, I would be nervous. I might not have the degree or the major or the experience, but I have the soft skills, like leadership and integrity — character values that can fit a good company.”

Brent Pearson, secondary social studies education

 

“A big thing for me is flexibility, especially as a student. I’m on a community service board, I’m in the student nurse association, I do all these things to build my resume and have a great career, which is awesome. If you take my availability for what it is and work with me [for scheduling internships and part-time employment], it’s nice to have someone on your side, someone who wants to help you grow in that profession.”

Francesca St. Angel, nursing

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