Career Development Center prepares Immersion trip



The UIS Career Development Center is offering a career-immersion trip in downtown Springfield for students to network and find possible job and internship opportunities.

The event will take place Oct. 27 and will have students participate in a number of interactive networking activities, ultimately expanding their industry knowledge. The opportunity is also a way for students to cultivate relationships with future employers.

A separate workshop will teach students the skills needed to impress the diverse range of employers they will be networking with.

Kristin Nisbet-White, Employer Development & Informatics Liaison, called the field trip a valuable chance for students to get a sense of available local resources.

“This event is open to all major and all level students,” she said. “But we are keeping the trip small by limiting 2 to 20 students, so it will be an intimate experience.”

Tyshianna Bankhead, a senior and double major in Sociology and Anthropology, participated in the trip previously and called it a valuable experience.   

“I appreciated the opportunity to connect with senior leaders of the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) as part of the Career Immersion visit,” she said. “I valued the opportunity to ask DHS leaders questions, including insights into how those leaders got started in their careers.” 

Bankhead was also thankful for the lead-up workshop, which shed light onto the ins and outs of networking and the application process.

“I appreciated that there was a separate workshop after the Immersion held in the Career Development Center where the DHS recruiter went over the application process of how to apply for positions with the State of Illinois,” she said.

For students who cannot attend the immersion program but are interested in connecting with Springfield employers, the Nov. 10 Career Bytes Conference at the PAC will provide the opportunity to learn what employers are looking for in applicants during one condensed afternoon session.