BLACK HILLS PIONEER – In a push to make sure students are as prepared as possible for future careers, Black Hills State University (BHSU) is expanding its Student Success Center and Career Development department. The Career Development Program Coordinator Andrea Bakeberg explained that “really, all of the services and things I do are geared towards that end goal of getting students out into the workplace and really to be successful when they get there.”
Bakeberg reviews resumes and cover letters, conducts mock interviews, and helps students research what types of jobs there are within the field of the majors to prepare for their job search. She also arranges classroom visits with employers from the community to present to students some of the basic qualities they look for when hiring. She also hopes to arrange on-site visits to bring students into workplaces in the future.
Bakeberg said she directs students to use an online job search resource called Handshake to post resumes and search not only for careers, but part-time and full-time work while in school, as well. Handshake is geared towards college students and recent graduates. It allows students to search for all types of employers and for employers to seek out employees based on exact parameters they select themselves.