BYU-Idaho’s Career Networking Center (CNC) offers a variety of resources for students to help them develop professionally and prepare for future careers.
The CNC is in the Hyrum Manwaring Center, room 127A, and is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to the CNC Web page. Students can receive help with career exploration, career preparation and networking through trained peer mentors, alumni mentors and on-campus service missionaries.
Susanne Robbins, a faculty member in the Academic Support Center, said she wished she had known about all the tools available to help students on their career path when she was a student.
“These tools aren’t available on other campuses for free, and they’re hugely helpful,” Robbins said.
Cory Ramelli, a freshman majoring in general studies, said he is planning to change his major to recreational management. He said his research in the CNC helped him to choose this field over his other career options and feel confident with his decision.
Rob Ahrendsen, a career preparation coordinator in the Academic Discovery Center, said the CNC provides opportunities for career research and networking.
“Start early on finding out what your occupation or career is going to be so that you can effectively choose your major,” Ahrendsen said. “Don’t choose a major and then decide on the career. Choose an occupation or career first and then decide on what major you want to go into.”
Raquel Ramelli, a senior studying art education, said she would recommend students to use the CNC as freshmen so they can know what will look good on their résumés. With that knowledge, they can then plan their college career accordingly.
Thor Bostrom, a peer mentor in the CNC and a senior studying exercise physiology, said he personally feels that one of the greatest services available is the mock interview.
He said that during the mock interview, the mentors will ask students interview questions that employers are likely to ask and observe the student’s performance. They will then give feedback and suggest ways in which the students can improve.
Bostrom said he has personally benefited from working there because of everything he has learned. He said that since he began working at the CNC, he has been offered every job for which he has been interviewed.
He said the difference now and before he came to the CNC is that he knows what the employers are looking for when they ask their interview questions. He said once a person knows that, they can automatically have a better interview.
Sean Vincent, a junior studying business management, said he has personally benefited from the résumé review.
He said he was able to learn what areas he needed to improve on and what he should put on his résumé that would help him get the right job.
Ahrendsen said he would recommend that any students who are interested in doing the mock interview, the résumé review or the cover letter review to set up a full half-hour appointment online to get the most out of their visit.
He said students can receive help without setting up an interview, but it is better to set an appointment so they can make sure to get the full half-hour’s worth of help.