Catching up with Career Services

The front window display outside of the Career Services Center.

Weber State University’s Career Services is here to help students get their academic success rolling. When students have no idea what they want to do or want to inquire about jobs or internships, they can turn to Career Services.

Winn Stanger, adjunct professor in the school of business at WSU, has been the director of Career Services for almost 21 years.

Stanger understands that students’ lives can get busy, which is why Stanger says, “the sooner, the better,” when it comes to WSU students getting into the Career Services department on campus. Their center is located in the Student Services Building, room 230.

“We help them understand their interests, their skills, their abilities, their values,” Stanger said. “That helps point towards careers that those values, skills and values will be best used; then we help students align a major with those career aspirations.”

Career Services goes over students’ resumes and internships with the goal of maximizing the student experience.

Rachel Foster, administrative and event specialist at Career Services, said the Career Services Center offers drop-in services for students and alumni.

During the weekdays, drop-in services are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for free help with resumes and cover letters.

Jacob Wilkey, a career counselor with the College of Health Professions at Career Services, has been with WSU as a career counselor for over eight years. Wilkey helps students with fine-tuning resumes, networking, social media presence and mock interviews.

“Any kind of career need, we are here for students,” Wilkey said. “Each one of us counselors also have different projects and assignments, so I am also involved with the marketing team. I love the people we work with, I love meeting with students, I love meeting with students and seeing the lightbulb click.”

Discussing the impact of Career Services, Wilkey recounted meeting with a freshman student who was not sure where to start with college. Wilkey helped the student find the area of study she wanted to go into, take some preliminary assessments and worked with her to find out what to do next.

“Two years later, I met with her,” Wilkey said. “She was in a program in the College of Health Professions, and she was really grateful that I was there to help give her some options.”

Wilkey expressed that there are a lot of great things at Career Services. When students come in, staff often hear students saying that they wish they had known more about Career Services sooner.

Alejandro Silva, a sophomore at WSU and senior career mentorat Career Services, wears many hats at WSU’s Career Services, whether that means training new student employees or having students shadow Silva while he does resume reviews and training for cover letters. Silva also helps run the Canvas page for Career Services.

“The way I see leadership is inspiring others to do things … I had a student come in and he came in the next week and he said, “’I have an interview”’ — and he comes back twice for mock interview — the week after he told me that he had got the job, and it is great to know that our help is helping others,” Silva said.