Employer in Residence gives employers, students opportunity to talk about careers

New program started at UW-Stout Career Services
UW-Stout students talk with employees at Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Inc. for the first Employer in Residence on campus, which has employers meet with studens in a more casual environment. / UW-Stout photos by Brett T. Roseman
Pam Powers | October 11, 2018

University of Wisconsin-Stout is offering a new opportunity for employers and students to interact with the Employer in Residence program.

This fall six employers will have the opportunity to meet with students, talk about what careers they offer and the opportunities for graduates in a more casual environment, as well as connect with faculty and staff.

“We were looking for more ways to give employers an opportunity to interact with students, “ said Liz Julian, a career counselor with Career Services.Liz Julian

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the first Employer in Residence, Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Inc., visited campus and met with students in Career Services.

Mariah Ganyo, a senior majoring in human development and family studies from Lino Lakes, Minn., visited with LSS recruiters and other employees. “I love it,” Ganyo said. “I have a social work background. I love they were not just talking at you. It was more informative. There was more opportunity for exchange and the free flow of information.”

UW-Stout Senior Noelle Sopotnick, also a human development and family studies major, agreed. “I like it a lot,” said Sopotnick, of Poynette. “They welcomed our questions and asked what our career paths are. I like the openness and interaction.”

The Employer in Residence program invited many top employers of UW-Stout graduates to take part, and those expressing interest first were invited, Julian said. The program will continue in the spring semester with different employers.

“For students, it does give them the opportunity to talk about career opportunities one on one without a lot of pressure,” Julian said. “It’s also great for students to get feedback from employers and get a feeling of an interview.”

Jill Chaffee, vice president of adult services for Lutheran Social Services, who is based in Eau Claire, said the program was a win-win for LSS and students. “Students need employment and we need employees,” Chaffee said. “I like having the conversation, to get more a more in-depth understanding and to share a dialogue.”

​    ​Jill Chaffee, at right, vice president of adult services for LSS, talks with students as part of Employer in Residence, along with Shamara Lockwood, a senior recruiter for LSS.

LSS touches more than 100,000 lives per year operating programs for children, teens, adults and the elderly in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

Shamara Lockwood, a senior recruiter with LSS in West Allis, said it is important for students to know what employment LSS offers. The Employer in Residence program allows LSS to network with students. “We had a two-hour window to engage these students, and they could ask questions in a way that they would not have been able to in a three-minute visit at a career fair,” Lockwood said.

Other companies taking part in the program this fall include:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, Menards Distribution Center, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., lower level Memorial Student Center
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, Greenheck, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Jarvis Hall Science Wing near room 105
  • Friday, Nov. 2, Phillips Medisize, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Jarvis Hall Science Wing near room 105
  • Monday, Nov. 5, Enterprise, 1 to 3 p.m., Career Services, room 103, Administration Building
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, nVent, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Career Services, room 103, Administration Building

UW-Stout, which has an employment or continuing education rate for recent graduates of 98.2 percent, holds a Fall Career Conference and Spring Career Conference. The spring event is Tuesday, Feb. 26, and Wednesday, Feb. 27.

UW-Stout is Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, with a focus on applied learning, collaboration with business and industry, and career outcomes.

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Liz Julian

Jill Chaffee, at right, vice president of adult services for LSS, talks with students as part of Employer in Residence, along with Shamara Lockwood, a senior recruiter for LSS.