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For new grad, long job search pays off

May 02, 2012 12:00AM

With just a couple of weeks to go before commencement, some graduates are still uncertain about their employment future. But Brendan Young knows exactly where he’ll be after he graduates on May 11. Young will go right to work for National Oilwell Varco in Houston.

Mindy Cloninger, director of Pittsburg State University’s Office of Career Services, said Young is an example of a student who planned for his job search early and used the wide array of on-campus resources available to him to land a great job.

“He’s sort of the poster child for Career Services,” said David Hogard, assistant director of Career Services.

Young, from Andover, Kan., will graduate on May 11 with a bachelor of science degree in engineering technology and a minor in physics. He said he chose PSU because of its strong programs in technology.

Young said his job search actually began nearly two years ago.

Brendan Young mug shot“At the beginning of my junior year, I went into Career Services and they helped me with my resume,” Young said. “I did Resume Builder and then Gorillas4Hire (an online service where students post resumes and search for jobs and employers post openings and view student resumes).”

Young said he would frequently get an e-mail from Hogard about new job postings that Hogard thought he should check out. The process helped Young land a summer internship between his junior and senior years with Black & Veatch in Kansas City, where he worked as a mechanical engineer technician.

Throughout his senior year, Young said, he continued to work with Career Services. Black & Veatch had offered a full-time job upon graduation, but Young was considering other options, as well. In the end, he accepted an offer from National Oilwell Varco in Houston, a company with more than 800 manufacturing, sales and service centers around the world. Young gives a lot of the credit for his job search success to the Office of Career Services.

“I was kind of surprised at how much they do,” Young said. “When I talk to friends at other universities, I tell them how helpful Career Services is here. That’s not the case everywhere.”

Cloninger and Hogard said other students can learn from Young’s experience. That starts with visiting Career Services long before the job search begins.

“As the economy has begun to improve, we’ve seen an improvement in hiring,” Cloninger said. “But we’re nowhere near the pace we experienced before the recession. The competition for jobs, especially in certain areas, can be stiff and we want to help our students stand out among all of the others applying for the same job.”

©2012 Pittsburg State University