Jungle Journeys readies students for job market
Gretchen Burns | Collegio Reporter
The Kelce College of Business has a free career development program called Jungle Journeys that is intended to help students with majors in the College of Business develop professional and personal skills essential for a successful career.
Kseniya Gubkina says the Jungle Journey events are grouped into four stages: the Core, Search, Experience, and Enrichment.
“The series of programs and workshops in the Core stage are designed to outfit students with the basic skills and knowledge they will need to successfully find a personal career path,” said Gubkina, graduate student in business administration.
“They’ll get a chance to develop a personal marketing plan, learn about terrific resources available at PSU Career Services and build skills such as networking and resume writing.”
Gubkina says students will gain an appreciation of the “perfect-for-you” job in a “perfect-for-you” industry in the Search stage. Organizations crave prospective employees who have experience and strong leadership talents.
She says the Experience stage teaches students how to gain work and leadership experience, and how the experiences can enhance their appeal to prospective employers.
“The final stage, Enrichment, represents all the great opportunities here at PSU to explore the various arts, cultural, sporting and intellectual activities that make our lives fun and interesting,” Gubkina said. “Participating in such events will count towards the overall Jungle Journeys experience.”
Students can sign up for Jungle Journeys by attending the next event or going to pittstate.edu/JungleJourneys and taking a short survey that will automatically enroll the student.
Gubkina says that it is requested that students who wish to participate have at least two semesters left before graduation.
She says participating in Jungle Journeys gives students a documented competitive advantage via a certificate of completion that will help a student stand out from others.
The next Jungle Journeys event will be the Career Services Overview at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Kelce 121. David Hogard will be the speaker from Career Services.
“Mr. Hogard is contacted by local, regional and national employers on a regular basis,” Gubkina said. “So it will be a great opportunity for everyone to get firsthand information about what the companies want to see in a potential job candidate.”
Another workshop (“How to Work Career Fair”) will be held at 5 p.m. on Oct. 17 in Kelce 121.
Other scheduled events can be found on the first floor of Kelce and in the University Calendar on the PSU homepage