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MSU OCAT hosts event to alert students to leadership roles, jobs

December 2, 2012

The Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions hosted iLead. iSucceed. on Friday to give students the opportunity to learn about being a leader, leadership opportunities on campus and network with future employers.

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Ashley Walds thinks all students — regardless of their nationality, major or lifestyle — should be leaders on and off campus.

On Friday, Walds tried to make sure students had the chance to learn about leadership opportunities by helping coordinate the Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions’, or OCAT, iLead. iSucceed. event, where students learned about leadership positions on campus and network with possible employers through informational sessions and visits from recruiters from various national organizations.

Target, Teach For America and the Peace Corps were some of the recruiters networking with students at the event, which provided attendees with information about future positions within the organizations.

“I hope that students get the feel that they should step forth and take some leadership positions here at Michigan State,” said Walds, a hospitality business junior and OCAT intern. “A lot of students are afraid or they’re hesitant about applying, so coming to a program like this, they get the opportunity to talk to people that have already experienced it and see if it’s something that they want to do.”

Kurt Foglesong, store team leader at Target, said Target is looking to hire students, and attending this event was an opportunity to fill open positions within the company.

“It’s just our chance to give students a behind the scenes of what we look for,” Foglesong said. “(Basically), answering the questions to the test.”

Megan Rowley, MSU campus liaison for Target and supply chain management junior, said MSU is one of the leading campuses for recruiting and during the session she and Foglesong led, they were able teach students about what recruiters expect from them.

“As recruiters, we can give (students) really real advice on how to act with recruiters or future employers,” Rowley said.

Interested students also were able to learn about becoming an intercultural aide, resident assistant or community coordinator.

Michelle Terazawa, a humanities-pre-law junior, said she attended the event because she has been interested in becoming an intercultural aide since last year and heard getting the position is competitive. At the event, she got more information about the application process.

“I’m just really passionate about the international community,” Terazawa said. “I also think it’s a really great opportunity.”

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