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Careers with the U.S. Armed Services

 

Armed Services Panel on Feb 10 from 12-1pm in the Crosby Seminar Room

Have you considered working for the U.S. Armed Services after graduation, but felt your chosen major stopped you? Patty Hetu-Tkacik, the recruiter in residence at Career and Professional Development, is informing all students that it is not too late to pursue their interest in working in the armed forces, whether that be in the U.S. Navy, Marines, the Army, Coastguard, or the Air Force. Regardless of what your major is or what academic year you are, there are plenty of opportunities for all students to get involved with the Armed Services.

On February 10, Patty is hosting a U.S. Armed Services panel, where five armed services recruiters will come to campus from around the country to inform students on careers in the armed services and answer any questions students may have.

“We’ll have it here at Crosby and the 5 representatives (recruiters) will sit on a panel, address the audience, tell them who they are and what they represent, and we’ll run that through so the students can see the similarities as well as the differences that each military arm has to offer. That way students can find out what they might be interested in. And then we will leave it open for questions and answers,” explained Patty.

The panel will take place on main floor Crosby from 12-1 and lunch will be provided for all students in attendance.

The invitation for the panel is open to students of all majors.

“Everyone [can benefit], because the military reaches and has job opportunities for almost every major there is,” said Patty.

Patty is excited to finally get students the information that has been missing on Gonzaga’s campus about careers in government.

“Here in CPD we try to come up with specific programs that will help the students look at other career paths or pursue other options. And since I’ve come to Gonzaga for the last two years, I’ve centered around government jobs, whether it be the federal government, the local government or state government,” said Patty.

Whether students have considered a career path in government services or not, Patty insists that the panel is a good way to simply learn about what jobs are out there.

“I believe it’s another opportunity, another venue, another pursuit, or career path,” said Patty. 

“I’m not sure a lot of other colleges offer that, it’s usually about businesses and about the particular paths that you can go with these companies,” said Patty. “I’m not sure that students are given the same information when it comes to government or being part of the military. So, I want to bring that to light, because that is a true path for many.”

Patty herself served in government work as an operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency for 30 years, and after retiring came to Gonzaga to help guide interested students in a similar line of work. Even though Patty was with the CIA, she had much experience working and familiarizing herself with the arms of the military forces.

“During part of my career I did spend some time overseas in the war zones in Iraq, as well as a lot of the operations for the last 20 years of my career I worked with the armed services either overseas or in the United States. That could’ve been the marines, the navy seals, the army. And so, what we do together is complement each other in operations. We both collect intelligence and a lot of times we get it from different sources, and a lot of times we collaborate and share. So, working with a lot of the military and figuring out what they’re allowed to do and what we’re allowed to do is how we work together very closely. In addition to that, I also had a lot of military people who wanted to retire from the military, but they still wanted to continue service so they wanted to come work for the agency, so I would help them make that gap and make that transition. So, that is why I say I know a little bit about the military and what they used to do and how they used to help us, but then again how they wanted to work in the civilian sector.”

One thing Patty hopes to accomplish at the panel is to crack any myths that students may have about working with the armed services: “I think a lot of students believe that if they are contacted by a recruiter, that recruiter normally hounds them until the day they sign up. Which is not true.”

There are also ways for students to get involved with the U.S. Armed Services during their undergrad that may be helpful to hear about.

“They have training opportunities throughout the year that they can offer students, usually during summer, and a lot of students have partaken in that,” Patty clarified. “Even to the point where they graduate after going two, three summers training with the academy, and decide that that’s to the avenue they want to take. That’s okay, you can walk away from that. It’s not like you have signed up yet.”

The Armed Services panel held on Feb. 10 is the first time CPD has brought careers in military services to campus, and Patty is excited to give students first-hand resources to learn about career paths with U.S. government and forces.

“This has never been tried before, I don’t think we’ve ever had a military panel like this on campus before,” said Patty. “And again, we are just trying to open up other opportunities for students to let them know of another avenue.”

For more information, or to RSVP for the panel, visit the event page on Handshake.

Guide to Portland & Seattle Trek Corporate Excursions – by College & School

Need help determining on which Portland or Seattle Trek corporate excursion you should go?  Here is a guide to the Portland & Seattle Trek corporate excursions by College & School at Gonzaga…
 

College of Arts & Sciences

Portland:

  • Nike
  • Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU)
  • Trail Blazers / Columbia Sportswear
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing / Mondelez International

Seattle:

  • Amazon / Zillow
  • Davidson Galleries / Artist Trust
  • Gates Foundation Visitor Center / “Impact Careers” Panel Presentation
  • Nordstrom / Starbucks
  • Publicis Groupe

School of Business Administration

Portland:

  • Fisher Investments / Cambia Health Solutions
  • Nike
  • Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU)
  • Trail Blazers / Columbia Sportswear
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing / Mondelez International

Seattle:

  • Amazon / Zillow
  • Boeing
  • Microsoft
  • Nordstrom / Starbucks
  • Russell Investments / Liberty Mutual

School of Education

Seattle:

  • Gates Foundation Visitor Center / “Impact Careers” Panel Presentation

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Portland:

  • McKinstry / HDR, Inc.
  • Nike

Seattle:

  • Boeing

School of Nursing

Portland:

  • Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU)

Seattle:

  • Gates Foundation Visitor Center / “Impact Careers” Panel Presentation

 Find many more Trek details here:

http://bit.ly/2015PDXSEATreks

Still not sure which excursion to attend? Check out the Davidson Galleries/Artist Trust excursion on the Seattle Trek!

To register for the Portland & Seattle Treks, visit www.ZagTrax.net >> Events.

Questions?  Contact Meredith Aronson at aronson@gonzaga.edu or (509) 313-4055.

2015 Portland & Seattle Trek Corporate Excursions

Gonzaga University Career Center & GAMP is pleased to announce the 2015 Portland Trek & Seattle Trek excursion companies.  Take a look!  These employers are open to discussing internships and full-time opportunities for a variety of majors.

Portland Trek (January 6, 2015)

Fisher Investments/Cambia Health Solutions

Fisher Investments is a privately owned, independent money management firm headquartered on the West Coast. They manage virtually every aspect of the investment process for their clients, including account setup and transfers, asset allocation, and trading individual securities. They create personalized portfolios that may include stocks, bonds, cash, and/or other securities.

Cambia Health Solutions is a health insurance company created to be a catalyst to transform health care. Cambia comprises more than 20 companies, all focused on creating a more person-focused and economically sustainable system. At Cambia, as an intern you’ll have the opportunity to cultivate real-world experience in the workplace using everything you’ve got—from academic experience to life skills. You’ll collaborate with directors and participate in projects delegated by senior management, plus network with other interns on exciting assignments.

**ALL MAJORS, ALL CLASS YEARS. Suggested Interests: Business, Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Operations.

McKinstry/HDR, Inc.

Established in 1960, McKinstry is a full-service design, build, operate and maintain (DBOM) firm with over 1,800 employees and approximately $500 million in annual revenue. McKinstry’s professional staff and trades people deliver consulting, construction, energy, and facility services. As an early adopter of the DBOM process, the company advocates collaborative and sustainable solutions that are designed to ensure occupant comfort, improve systems efficiency, reduce facility operational costs, and ultimately optimize client profitability for the life of their building.

HDR, Inc. is an award winning, multi-discipline architecture and engineering services firm that strives to provide balanced sustainable solutions on both private and public sector projects that spur opportunities for economic growth and development. Both McKinstry and HDR are leaders in sustainable engineering and construction practices.

**SPECIAL ENGINEERING FOCUS. Areas of Interest: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Water Resource Management, Construction Management, Engineering Management, etc.

Widmer Brothers Brewing/Mondelez International

Widmer Brothers Brewing is the 9th largest brewing company in the United States as part of the Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. As an Alliance, together, they are able to satisfy more consumers, at more times, in more locations, through more authentic, distinct craft beers and brands than any other brewery. Based in Portland, OR, it currently has career opportunities at five brewery and pub locations in the Pacific Northwest, as well as marketing, communications, and other opportunities throughout the United States.

Mondelēz International, formerly Kraft, is one of the world’s largest snacks companies, with global net revenues of $35 billion in 2013. They are the world’s pre-eminent maker of snacks, with leading market shares in every category in which they compete. Mondelēz International holds the No. 1 position globally in Biscuits, Chocolate, Candy, and Powdered Beverages as well as the No. 2 position in Gum and Coffee. As a truly global company, Mondelēz employees around the world reflect the dynamism and diversity of today’s world, bringing their unique perspectives to its products and workplace. The Portland tour will include a tour of the Oreo bakery and operations offices, as well as a visit from the Regional Vice President.

**ALL MAJORS, ALL CLASS YEARS. Suggested Interests: Business Administration, Operations & Supply Chain Management, HR, Communications, and Marketing.

Trail Blazers/Columbia Sportswear

The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team. They play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association. The visit will include a tour of the Moda Center and discussions with members of the sales, marketing, and event planning team.

Columbia Sportswear Company is a leading innovator in the global apparel, footwear, accessories, and equipment markets. They design, develop, market, and distribute active outdoor and lifestyle products under multiple brands, including Mountain Hard Wear and Sorel. Ending the visit, students may have time to shop with a special discount for Trek participants.

**ALL MAJORS/ALL CLASS YEARS. Areas of Interest: Broad focus, Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, HR, Finance, Business Administration, Advertising, Sport Management.

Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU)

Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) is a nationally prominent research university and Oregon’s only public academic health center. Its hospitals and clinics serve more than a quarter of a million patients every year with innovative care and treatment models based on the latest knowledge available. Since its founding in 1887, OHSU has grown into a world-class teaching hospital and research center that draws in students, scientists and patients from across the country and around the globe. At the same time, OHSU retains its strong commitment to serving the local community and to treating each patient as a unique individual with personalized care. This is a Deep Dive Excursion, meaning students who select this excursion will visit only one company for the entire afternoon.

**ALL MAJORS/ALL CLASS YEARS. Areas of Interest: Health Sciences, Nursing, Pre-med, Biology, Research, Communications, Healthcare Administration, Marketing, HR, Business Administration.

Nike

Nike is an American multinational corporation that is engaged in the design, development, and worldwide marketing and selling of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories and services. It is one of the world’s largest suppliers of athletic shoes and apparel and a major manufacturer of sports equipment. This is a Deep Dive Excursion, meaning students who select this excursion will visit only one company for the entire afternoon.

**ALL MAJORS/ALL CLASS YEARS. Broad focus.

 

Seattle Trek (January 8, 2015)

Boeing

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems, and is the single largest employer of Gonzaga University graduates. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.

**ALL MAJORS, ALL CLASS YEARS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE. Suggested Interests: Business, Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Marketing, Operations.

Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services, and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft is the world’s largest software maker and is also one of the world’s most valuable companies. This excursion includes a Mock Interview style session with Gonzaga alumni, and student participants MUST be prepared with a polished resume and interviewing skills.

**ALL MAJORS, ALL CLASS YEARS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE. Suggested Interests: Business, Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing, Operations.

Amazon/Zillow

Amazon.com, Inc. (Amazon.com) serves consumers through its retail websites and focuses on selection, price, and convenience. Amazonians use their Leadership Principles every day, whether they’re discussing ideas for new projects, deciding on the best solution for a customer’s problem, or interviewing candidates. It’s just one of the things that makes Amazon peculiar.

Zillow is a home and real estate marketplace dedicated to helping homeowners, home buyers, sellers, renters, real estate agents, mortgage professionals, landlords and property managers find and share vital information about homes, real estate, mortgages, and home improvement. They are transforming the way consumers make home-related decisions and connect with professionals.

**ALL MAJORS, ALL CLASS YEARS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE. Suggested Interests: Business Administration, Operations & Supply Chain Management, HR, Communications, and Marketing.

Nordstrom/Starbucks

Nordstrom has one goal: Make customers feel good. They believe in rewarding outstanding work, promoting from within, and building long-term relationships with employees. Nordstrom’s culture makes all of these things possible–it’s fun, supportive, competitive, and a great place to grow your career. Nordstrom offers many internships for students, including Retail Management and General Headquarters.

Starbuck’s mission is to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time. At Starbucks, they have always believed in the importance of building a great, enduring company that strikes a balance between profitability and a social conscience. Being a Starbucks partner means having the opportunity to be something more than an employee. Gigantic possibilities lie ahead—to grow as a person, in your career, and in your community.

**THIS IS A VERY BROAD FOCUS EXCURSION. Suggestion interests: Communications, Marketing, HR, Finance, Business Administration, Advertising.

Gates Foundation Visitor Center/ “Impact Careers” Panel Presentation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center takes visitors of all ages on an interactive journey that brings to life the connections we share with others across the globe. The Visitor Center aims to motivate and inspire people to take action—in their own unique ways—to improve the lives of others. Through displays, interactive exhibits, and programs, they work to spark conversation about global and local issues and highlight the important progress being made in Seattle and around the world.

The excursion to the Visitor Center is followed by a panel presentation from alumni representing different “Impact Careers.” Representatives will share their own stories and paths to careers that make a difference within the nonprofit sector, NGOs, philanthropic organizations, and socially responsible corporations.

**THIS EXCURSION IS A SPECIAL FOCUS FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN NONPROFIT CAREERS. Suggested Interests: All Arts & Sciences degrees, Communications, Service Learning, Post-graduate service, etc.

Publicis Groupe

The Publicis Groupe excursion is a PR and Marketing Deep Dive that gives students the opportunity to visit with four very different organizations within the field. The visit includes access to the following companies: Razorfish is marketing agency that works with the formula Creativity + Technology + Media resulting in a special chemistry that focuses on “next generation story telling.” Optimedia has clients such as Pizza Hut, T-Mobile, Nintendo, and Maybellene and lives by the motto: never settle, never stop. With the ever-changing media landscape, they are constantly in motion, developing new and adventurous innovations for clients and encouraging staff to think bigger, bolder, and outside the box. Optimedia is always looking for talented individuals who have the ambition to take the advertising world by storm and be part of the evolution you read about. MSL Group is the flagship specialty communications and events network of Publicis Groupe, the world’s third-largest communications company. With seasoned experts in everything from cause to consumer marketing, MSLGROUP puts some serious muscle — with a global punch — behind its creativity and production. PJBS is a boutique creative agency within MSL Group.

**ALL CLASS YEARS. Suggested Interests: PR, Communications, Marketing, Digital Media, Social Media, Event Planning, Experiential Marketing, Advertising.

Davidson Galleries/Artist Trust

We are excited to host our first-ever Visual and Performing Arts focused Excursion! Davidson Galleries is widely regarded as one of the premiere venues for original prints in the Pacific Northwest. Students will have the opportunity to talk with gallery managers and purchasers, as well as see an active gallery set up for a show that will open the weekend after the visit.

Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. To accomplish its mission, Artist Trust raises funds from an array of sources in order to give financial grants, through a peer review process, to individual artists working in the visual, performing, media, literary, and interdisciplinary arts. They also serve as a professional information resource for artists and encourage artists to support each other. They provide recognition and support for the contributions artists make to the lives of people of Washington State and for the merit and integrity of artists’ work.

**ALL MAJORS/ALL CLASS YEARS. Suggested Interests: Visual and Performing Arts, Theater Arts, Media, Creative Writing, Music, etc.

Russell Investments/Liberty Mutual

Founded in 1936, Russell Investments is a global asset manager that focuses on portfolio construction built on strategic asset allocation, capital market insights, manager research, and portfolio implementation. With $275 billion in assets under management, Russell stands with its customers, from institutional investors and financial advisors to individual investors, in over 21 offices worldwide. Russell offers exceptional career opportunities across the globe, with offices in major financial centers like London, New York, Sydney, and Tokyo, and clients in 46 countries.

Since 1912, Liberty Mutual Insurance has been committed to providing broad, useful, and competitively-priced insurance products and services to meet customers’ needs. With more than 14,000 affinity group relationships including employers, credit unions, and professional and alumni associations, Liberty Mutual Insurance is an industry-leader in affinity marketing. Liberty Mutual is well-known for its internship and leadership rotational programs and recruits heavily at Gonzaga.

**ALL MAJORS/ALL CLASS YEARS. Suggested Interests: Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, Management, Economics, etc.

And… NEW this year! T-Mobile is hosting an event as part of the Seattle Trek!

Join T-Mobile’s Campus Recruiting Team for a special T-Mobile & Gonzaga University networking social. This exclusive, casual event is designed to give students an opportunity to meet and mingle with recruiters, talk about what it means to #BeMagenta, and get an overview of T-Mobile’s incredible undergraduate Internship and graduate Leaders to Executives programs. Don’t miss the opportunity to snag one of these amazing internships!  Located in the Seattle Renaissance Hotel’s East Room, from 5 to 7 p.m.

 

Interested?  To register for the Portland & Seattle Treks, visit www.ZagTrax.net >> Events.

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CIA comes to Gonzaga 27 October

Join the CIA National Clandestine Service for an Information Session

October 27, 2014  |  4 to 5 pm  |  Jepson, room 114

Learn about the exciting positions available right now within the National Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency.

  • Are you a U.S. Citizen?
  • Do you have good interpersonal, writing, and briefing skills?
  • Do you have a foreign language or are willing to learn one?
  • Have you traveled, lived or worked overseas?
  • Are you interested in a diverse work environment with opportunity for growth?
  • Do you want to serve your nation and be part of something great?
  • Are you interested in foreign events and current affairs?

If you answered “yes” to the above, then you may be qualified to join a dynamic team of government professionals who are helping to safeguard the United States.

The National Clandestine Service (NCS) serves as the clandestine arm of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the national authority for the coordination, de-confliction, and evaluation of clandestine operations across the Intelligence Community of the United States.

Visit our website: www.cia.gov

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