New initiatives at the University of Arkansas will help set students up with jobs after graduation. Career Hogs, a collaboration of Arkansas Alumni Career Network, Student Alumni Association, the Young Alumni Board and numerous divisions of the university, is a program designed to help students succeed after graduation by networking within the vast U of A alumni network and beyond.
Career Hogs programs provide services to guarantee success in the workplace through workshops, relational developmental strategies and providing opportunities for continued education.
Students can visit the Career Hogs website to view all of the resources provided to help ease the college to workplace transition. While the daunting task of finding a job after graduation may be stressful to some, the Career Hogs tool can help fretful seniors make sense of the future.
The website offers numerous resources like the Razorback Career Link, LinkedIn networking tools, Optimal Resume and Credential Management, and opportunities to job shadow a range of professionals within the U of A alumni network.
The simplified steps that Career Hogs offers makes preparing for life after graduation less of a daunting task and more of an exciting adventure. With this tool, students can make professional connections within the alumni association that may prove to be invaluable to a successful career.
Another invaluable tool, jobshadow.com, a site created by U of A alumnus Aaron Stahl BSBA’06 explores various careers and professions of people across the nation. The site provides in-depth interviews with professionals from all walks of life, from a neurosurgeon to a cargo pilot to a ghost writer and everything in-between.
“I ask the same questions to everyone in an attempt to paint a picture of each person’s individual thoughts and experiences within their given job or profession, or in essence, shadow people’s careers online,” Stahl said on his website.
Interviews pose powerful questions like, “What’s a typical work week like? How much money do you make? What do you like and dislike about the job?” These answers help the reader understand the complexities, benefits and withdrawals of each career.
“The questions I’ve come up with were designed to allow people to talk in depth about their jobs and careers and will hopefully educate, inform and inspire others.” Stahl said.
The Arkansas Alumni Association has an individual tab on jobshadow.com called U of A Job Shadow Portal that focuses on the careers of U of A alums.
Interviews are posted with Alex Baldwin of State Farm, Kama Marsh of Luxury Wholesale Liquidator and numerous Northwest Arkansas start-up companies, just to name a few.
Students interested in connecting with alums can read their interviews and search for jobs pertaining to specific majors and colleges within the University of Arkansas.
Invaluable tools and networking provided by jobshadow.com and Career Hogs can be utilized to help fretful seniors effectively tackle the job search as graduation looms on the horizon.