There are thousands of Federal jobs in the Chicago metropolitan area split up between a fairly large number of agencies. I have learned from attending Government College Relation Council (GCRC) meetings that many of those jobs do not require a bachelor’s degree. The GCRC is a consortium of the human resources departments of government agencies and career service departments of various Chicago area colleges and universities.
A career fair is an excellent opportunity to meet several employers, face-to-face, and to ultimately find a job. It is a great time saver, meaning you can talk to dozens of hiring employers under one roof within a very short time span. There are several things you can do to prepare for a career fair and to ensure your success including:
Things to bring:
- Professional attire-remember first impressions are lasting impressions. Wear a suit.
- Copies of your resume (discreetly in a folder or briefcase)
- Copy of the list of recruiting employers-check off the ones you want to see and do some research on those companies
Special thanks to Medical Assisting Program Director Chandra Hurt for facilitating the event alongside Heartland, and for the volunteer efforts of students Azzitta Newton and Justine Renteria of the Medical Assisting Program who donated their time throughout the course of the day.
Northwestern College would like to announce that Health Information Technology (HIT) Instructor Christopher Wheat, B.A. RHIT has been awarded the Illinois Health Information Management Association’s (ILHIMA) 2015 “Outstanding New Professional” award! While Wheat may be a newer faculty member at the College, assigned to its Bridgeview Campus, he is no stranger there. Wheat earned his Associate in Applied Science Degree in HIT from Northwestern College in December 2012. According to Theresa L. Jones, ILHIMA Past-President, Wheat was awarded this esteemed honor in recognition of his contributions to ILHIMA. The award was bestowed to him in mid-April before his peers at ILHIMA’s Annual Meeting held in Springfield, Illinois.
Northwestern College’s Bridgeview and Chicago Campuses will be hosting a joint Career Fair for students and the community on Thursday, May 14 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon at its Bridgeview Campus located at 7725 S. Harlem Avenue. Approximately twenty five (25) businesses and employers have already confirmed their attendance at these two events, with several additional employers expressing significant interest. The College finds it imperative to do everything it can to assist its students in obtaining employment.
Healthcare personnel (HCP) may be at risk for exposure to serious diseases. If you work directly with patients or handle material that could spread infection, you should receive the appropriate vaccines to reduce the chance that you will get or spread diseases. Make sure you are up-to-date with the following recommended vaccines so you will not only protect yourself, but also your patients and your family.
What is the value of including general education courses in an Associate in Applied Science degree? Colleges offering this two year degree aim to prepare people for success in professions ranging from accounting to radiography. Generally speaking, employers look for effective communicators who are able to problem solve and work with a diverse group of people. Employers mean “that which results in these skills” when they talk about the value of general education, even though one employer may have different specific needs than the next. Correspondingly, students in an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program want to graduate with a degree and skills that will lead to a good job in their chosen profession. Students mean “that which helps me get a good job” when they talk about the value of general education, even though one student may be more willing to practice their skills than the next.
On Monday, May 4th from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, Northwestern College will host its annual spring Blood Drive in Room 104 at its Bridgeview Campus located at 7725 S. Harlem Avenue. Students, employees, faculty, and members of the public are invited to participate. Members of the public can check in at the Security Desk in the main lobby where they will be directed to Room 104.
On Thursday, May 7th from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, Northwestern College will host its annual spring Blood Drive in the Academic Center at its Chicago-Jefferson Park Campus located at 4811 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Students, employees, faculty, and members of the public are invited to participate.
Northwestern College was pleased to announce that this week its Director of Government Relations, Laura Pollastrini, met with US Congressman Peter Roskam [IL-06] to discuss various issues concerning higher education, particularly those issues affecting proprietary and family owned colleges here in Illinois. Traditional verses the “new traditional” college student, burgeoning student loans, and the continual flow of new regulations being promulgated by the US Department of Education were some of the topics raised.