Reflections from an intern: Granville Chamber of Commerce

by: Marc Weaver, Denison Intern, GACC Spring 2017
Foreword by: Steve Matheny, Executive Director, GACC
Recently the Chamber had the benefit of engaging Marc Weaver, a Denison University Theatre Major,  as an Intern during the Spring semester which has just completed.  Marc was part of the Knowlton Center for Career Exploration’s Radius Intern Program which provides an amount of grant funded income to selected, and eligible, Junior and Senior year students.  At the conclusion of Marc’s internship,  we asked him to provide a summary of his experience which appears below in his own words.  From the Chamber’s perspective, we have benefitted significantly from Marc’s involvement and we encourage additional Chamber businesses to think seriously about engaging talented student interns.  Denison is already attempting to pair up businesses with interns for the Fall semester.  Please reach out to Liz Morrison, Denison’s Director of Networks and Communities, at morrisone@denison.edu for additional Radius Program info and details.  –  S. Matheny
When I discovered that I would be interning at the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce, I must confess that I was taken aback. What could I learn from business and trade that would help me? As a highly impractical and passionate theater major, I felt like I was mismatched. I don’t have an interest in working in finance or commerce. I wanted to be paired with a site that would deepen my knowledge of the arts. This internship did not align with my professional goals at all. Or so I thought.
When I first met Steve Matheny, he had me for coffee at Village Coffee. I didn’t really know what to expect, but when I read his quiet, thoughtful demeanor, I was put at ease. It’s unusual, in my past experiences, to have a personal conversation with my supervisor before getting to work. He asked me about the usual laundry list of questions: what I was studying, where I was from, etc. But our conversation went beyond that and he asked me more specific questions about what I wanted to do when I had first developed my passions and what I wanted to learn more about. Not only did he gave me plenty of space to share my story with him, but he reciprocated by telling his journey from being a liberal arts grad to finding a career in human resources and eventually becoming the Executive Director of the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce.
The conversation gave me a better idea of what the Chamber actually is. It’s not a secret meeting place where high-minded men in suits and ties met to stroke their beards and played the stock market. I began to understand the structure and real purpose of the organization. Consisting of hundreds of members, the Chamber is a support network for small businesses to grow and make connections with each other. The Chamber also planned events like the Farmers Market and the Art Walks, things that I have enjoyed in my time in Granville as a Denison student. Suddenly my first ideas of where I would be working dissolved. I learned that the Chamber exists partially as a tourist agency but mostly as a way to bring business- and people- together.
The bulk of my work has been in materializing a vision that Steve had for the Farmers Market which meant creating placards that would highlight the people and the places represented in each participating vendor. They would also serve a functional purpose of identifying whether a vendor accepted credit card payments, an issue that Farmers Market customers brought up from previous years. I used Google Slides to create a template for the placard, which we mulled over for a while, then created fifty signs unique to each vendor. The process of which breaks down to over hundreds of tiny edits. The placards will be on display at each booth in this year’s Farmers Market.
The rest of my work has been in helping to run the monthly luncheons that are for the members of the Chamber, held in a different location each month. In March, it was held at RevLocal and in April, it was held at the Granville Inn. One day, as we were packing up for the luncheon, Steve was going over the name-tags that get passed out at the beginning of every meeting. “The devil is in the details,” he said to some effect. People feel appreciated when an event is organized properly and when they are recognized. This often occurs in the small details. It was a privilege to attend these luncheons and to meet so many inspiring driven people gathered together in one room. Despite my lowly status as an intern, I was greeted with genuine smiles and enthusiastic conversation. It was fascinating to hear stories of men and women starting businesses in their home and trace their trajectory to a fully operating business. 
At the March lunch, I remember Susie of Susie’s Sunshine Sweets was the chosen person to speak for three minutes about her bakery. She spoke candidly about surviving through her first year as a small business. I felt a shift in the room. I could sense the empathy emanating from every person in the room, as I suspect that this is something that everyone related to. It struck me that these businesses consisted of friendly people complete with families that go through their own struggles and with goals of providing a product or service that they can be proud of.
Some of my favorite memories at the Chamber were at the luncheon and the happy communal atmosphere of people talking, laughing, eating and sharing with each other. As I reach the end of this internship, I find that saying farewell to the Chamber will be more difficult than I thought it would be. At the heart of it all, Steve orchestrates the Chamber will precision, humor and wisdom and I have learned a lot from being under his wing. 
While the threat of the real world looms near and my liberal arts education comes to an end, I think about the kind of skills I need to survive in this changing world. Having the ability to communicate and connect with people who have different interests and goals is an important skill to have in a pluralistic economy in order to have a broad-based network of support. I learned this first hand through the people I met. Executing tasks using technology, such as on Excel, PowerPoint, email, etc. is a good skill to have no matter what industry you work in because we depend on computers so much to deliver and share information.
Finally, I think the most important skill of all that I have learned is one that Steve models in his day-to-day life. He models that no matter what you are working on, you must always ask questions and think critically before making decisions. A healthy attitude of skepticism can save you from problems that might lurk in the future. No matter what profession I go in, I will carry these skills with me.
Thank you to Steve Matheny, Michelle Newman Brady, Jerod Long and Jodi Melfi of the Chamber, Melanie Murphy, Liz Morrison and Richard Berman of the Denison Center for Career Exploration and the many members of the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce, who dedicate their entire lives to what they do for the community.
This post originally appeared on the Granville Chamber of Commerce website.

Listen, we need to talk about commitment.

I know, we’re all millennials—I mark “interested” on Facebook events so I’ll get a notification an hour before the event so I can decide then if I want to go—I get it. If something isn’t on my calendar, there’s a good chance that I’ll forget to do it (I’m working on that). But some things are different.

Tips for Surviving the First Semester of Medical School

How is David Allen ’16 surviving Medical School at The Ohio State University? Read on below!

A large myth that continues to persist with people inside, and outside, of Medical School is that you study 100% of the time and forget about all free time for the next four years. I can safely say that no one does that. People can be intense, and hard working, and yet still have a life outside of medical school. In fact, I would go so far to say that you must have a life outside of medical school or it can be just a tad overwhelming (at least for me J). That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice grades or anything of that sort, but it does mean that you need to figure out a constructive way to take time outside of your computer. So, with that being said, here are some tips!

  • Free Time (as mentioned above)
    • Working Out, video games, hanging out with friends, reading Scandinavian crime fiction (me), etc.
    • Try something new, some of my friends like to sew or bake food.
      • If you read this post and this emboldens you to bake food I expect a brownie once a week.
  • Have a passion for what you are learning
    • This sounds cheesy and cliché (it is both!) however sometimes the material can be dry and it can be hard to see the big picture. Understand that all of this knowledge, even the smallest, tiniest detail could help you become the best doctor you can be. You never know when all of this could come into play.
  • Become Friends with Your Classmates
    • Another cheesy item! May as well call this post Cheddar! Becoming friends with your classmates makes every day a blessing, and makes you appreciate your life even more. I am so honored to go to a school where everyone is so much smarter than me as it is motivating and rewarding to know how much I can learn from every one of them.
  • Don’t worry too much about your specialty right now
    • According to a report published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine in 2008; the wide majority of people change their specialty during the course of their medical school career, often it is even more than once [Compton et. al. 2008]. Thus, it is important to keep an open mind. Personally: I really like Pediatric Anesthesiology with a *subspecialty* in pain medicine, however, I am always welcome for some other specialty to blow my mind!
    • Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2517937/
  • Repetition
    • You should try to study the material you have just learned as often as possible. For instance, let’s say I have four lectures one day, I want to go through these lectures and take notes as well as at least transiently go through the previous day’s notes.
    • The volume of material can be overwhelming (it certainly is for me sometimes). The way to get through this is to consistently study previous big picture topics. Save the small stuff for later!
  • Notecards*
    • I add this here tentatively because some people are against it. However, for drugs or muscle origins and insertions I think it is very helpful
      • Some helpful Apps: Anki (highly recommended, shout out to Krishna) and Quizlet (very good).
  • Pathoma
    • Pathoma is an incredibly helpful and digestible resource to help with some of the tougher concepts. It comes with a book and an online subscription to very high-quality videos. It is expensive, but worth it.
    • Link: http://www.pathoma.com/ (your school may offer discounts, keep a look out!)
  • First Aid
    • First Aid (any edition will do, and there are plenty of free copies online: beware of viruses!) is a very helpful big picture, high-yield outline of bigger topics that you might encounter throughout your curriculum.
      • Since it is pretty barebones I usually save this for before exams, as it is a nice refresher. However, for Step One it may be a bit more practical.
      • Cheap copy: FIRST AID
  • OneNote
    • While I don’t use this app, it is a gorgeous and accessible form of annotative notes. Honestly, it may be the best overall app ever to take notes on. Very fun too.
    • OneNote.com
  • Microsoft Word
    • This is my personal preference and if you get adept at using this program you can effectively manage and organize your sections very well; however, this is a harder program to use completely than OneNote, and less appealing.
  • YouTube**
    • Okay, so here’s the deal: YouTube CAN be a helpful resource for topics relating to Medical School, however, each curriculum is going to have their own nuances and addendums when teaching and the YouTube videos will not reflect those nuances. Thus, use caution when looking at YouTube videos. Khan Academy is probably the best.
  • For Anatomy: Acland, NetAnatomy, Grey’s Anatomy, Complete Anatomy, Grant’s Dissector.
    • These are all pretty standard for any anatomy class however I add them here just in case. All very good resources for the most part. You should be granted online access to all through your university library.
  • Step One Review
    • For the most part, at the end of your First Two Years at Medical School, you will have to take a big, fun, 8-hour exam called STEP ONE!
    • You DO NOT have to do much your first year for this, however, if you would like to have some fun and do some extra work: PastTestKaplanUWorld
  • Free Clinic Shifts
    • Do them, they are fun!
  • Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS)
    • You will hear literally 100s of different resources to study with. Keep it simple and only use the ones you can manage effectively. When in doubt, stick to the class notes J.
  • Everyone is Different
    • As mentioned before, everyone is very different in regards to how they best study. So it’s important to see what works best for you.
    • Likely, what worked in undergrad may not work in Medical School.
  • “Passing = M.D.”
    • If you go online and look up comments about Medical School, you may not see the most flattering items or comments. This track of life can be hard and blinding, and sometimes frustrating, but know that if you pass, you will do just fine :). Remember, you made it into this school for a reason; there is a group of highly trained physicians who think you are a special candidate.
  • Some Websites to Avoid: studentdoctor.net, studentdoctor.net, studentdoctor.net.
    • These people are not chill.

You can contact me at: allen_d2@denison.edu or allen@osumc.edu

References:

[1] Compton, M. T., Frank, E., Elon, L., & Carrera, J. (2008). Changes in US medical students’ specialty interests over the course of medical school.Journal of general internal medicine23(7), 1095-1100.

This post originally appeared on UpByFive

5 Reasons to Consider Columbus Post-Grad

Where do you want to be after graduation? We have a list of five reasons you should add our neighbor to the west to your short list!

1. Jobs, anyone?

Columbus is a city of opportunities for individuals of many interests. The area is home to leaders in business, finance, nonprofit, startups, education, healthcare, even fashion. You name it, Columbus has it!

Cardinal Health, Nationwide, L Brands, and Abercrombie are all headquartered here if you’re hoping to succeed in the business world. And you’d be in good company, all three employ Denisonians. Finance more your thing? How about JP Morgan Chase or Huntington? Both have multiple offices in the city.

Columbus is home to leaders in healthcare including The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center—a world-renown university and research hospital. Whether you want to research, work in a trauma center, a heart hospital, a women’s center, or more—Columbus has it all.

Home to many nonprofits and startups created to solve the issues of our day, Columbus is a community that gives back and welcomes creativity. Your liberal arts education will prepare you well for any career in which you’ll need to collaborate across differences and creatively problem-solve (pro tip: that’s pretty much all of them).

Looking for a job or internship? Check out the BioScience Career Fair, CareerFest, and the Blue Jackets Career Fair for opportunities in the area across industries.

2. It’s affordable:

Pretty much everything in Columbus costs less than other cities—rent, groceries and entertainment. If you’re working or living outside the city center, you’ll definitely need a vehicle, but downtown dwellers have options including zip car rentals, bike rentals, COTA busses, and of course, Uber and Lyft.  

3. There’s plenty to do:

Columbus is home to the best in entertainment: major concerts, restaurants, and even professional sports! Columbus is for foodies, artists, sports fans, fitness enthusiasts, and everything in between.

Whether you’re hitting up trendy restaurants or the gallery hop in the Short North, attending a concert at Nationwide or Express Live, drinking way too much coffee, logging a yoga class, enjoying the outdoors, checking out local breweries (when you’re 21, of course) and festivals like Pride, Comfest, and more—you can definitely keep yourself busy!

4. Sports, anyone?

You might first think of the Ohio State Buckeyes, but Columbus also boasts the Blue Jackets (they’re kind of on fire this year), the Columbus Clippers, a minor league baseball team, and the Columbus Crew, a major league soccer team, the Ohio Aviators, a pro rugby team, and the Ohio Machine, a professional Lacrosse team. There’s no shortage of athletic events in Ohio’s capitol city! (P.S., keep an eye out for information on the Blue Jackets Career Fair!)

5. You’re in good company:

Columbus is the home to the greatest number of Denison alumni in the world and it’s not just Ohioans that stay—alumni from all over decide to make Columbus home after graduation.

Whether it’s a friendly face walking down the street, a business contact, or a lively crowd at a Denison alumni event—Columbus is the place to be.

Finding your fit:

Finding a place that fits you is an important step in your career success. You’ll need to consider whether your industry presents opportunities, proximity to home, what you value, the weather you prefer, your mode of transportation, and what you like to do for fun. Don’t limit yourself based on preconceived notions of cities—get out there and start researching and exploring!

We can help!

Are you searching for a job and you’re unsure where you’d like to end up? Make an appointment to talk with a career coach about what you want from your new home and the job search process.

What does the Fox Say: Practice Makes Perfect

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Congrats to the Cubs for winning the 2016 World Series. Fly the W with pride! What an amazing series, coming down to an extra inning (rain delayed!) in game 7. Cleveland fans should be proud of their team too, and hopefully, your “someday” is 2017.

An important lesson can be learned from the World Series. Most of those players have long wanted to be a professional ball player. (Not to mention that both Cubs and Cleveland fans had dreamt, until last night, for a combined 176 years to bring home a World Series championship.) However, you can’t just dream it. It takes practice PRACTICE. Lots of practice. The players on both teams have practiced, and practiced, and practiced some more. They have recognized their strengths and worked hard to improve their “weaknesses.” They studied the game and took advice from others. Even with natural-born ability and the greatest coaches, great players need to practice.

The same is true of your career or professional path. You can’t just “dream” it to happen. You cannot rely simply on your talents. You need to work for it. You need to practice. The Knowlton Center has a wealth of resources and great career coaches to guide you. However, you need to own your future, to step up to the plate and practice.

Practice researching different types of careers.

Practice networking.

Practice writing cover letters and personal statements.

Practice your skills.

Practice a career through an internship.

Practice interviewing.

Practice your elevator pitch.

Practice.

Utilize your Knowlton Center coaches every step of the way. Just like Joe Madden and the Chicago Cubs, the Knowlton Center Coaches and your dedication to practice will result in a professional win.

Take 90 seconds to do these 3 things to increase your visibility on LinkedIn!

:90 to a stronger LinkedIn profile

Step One:

LinkedIn rolled out a new feature in the last couple weeks that you don’t want to miss out on, the ability to signal to recruiters that you’re open to opportunities. Simply navigate to the Jobs tab and click “Preferences” and toggle the option on.

Whether you’re looking for internships or full-time employment, you’ll want to make sure this option is selected.

Open to opportunities
 

Step Two:

While you’re there, take a few seconds to update your preferences—you can add locations, types of employment, potential job titles, industries, and company size preferences. This tells LinkedIn what you are interested in and allows them to serve you more useful information and potential opportunities on the jobs page.

preferences
 

Step Three:

Increase the relevance of your profile by completing your profile with accurate, keyword-rich descriptions.

For today, navigate back to your profile and do the following:

  1. Set your city to the location where you’re seeking employment.
  2. Choose your preferred industry–you can only pick one!
  3. Add a headline to describe what you’re looking for. Click through for suggestions from LinkedIn on how to complete your profile.

There you have it—three quick steps to increase your visibility on LinkedIn and provide accurate information to the people looking for you. To keep this short, stay tuned for more info on how to increase the relevance of your LinkedIn profile in future posts!

What Does the Fox Say: Articulating Your Abroad Experience

Bonjour from Burton Morgan!  I’m back from Paris where I had the opportunity to go with a Denison group to visit with faculty and administrators at the American University of Paris to discuss the possibility of establishing a possible summer program focusing on International Business.  Stay tuned!

On the long flight back, I reflected on how our students articulate the benefits of an international experience.  We know that many employers place importance on international experiences, and such experience will benefit students who want to work for globally competitive organizations.

However, as transformational as an international experience can be, it is often very difficult for students to confidently articulate the value of the experience. Here is a list of some of my favorite competencies gained from participating an international experience.  Think about how you convey these, using your own words and examples, in a resume, cover letter, interview, or networking opportunity:

“My international experience provided me the opportunity to: …

  1. Step outside of my comfort zone
  2. Work and learn independently
  3. Become adaptable to situations of change
  4. Apply information to new or broader contexts
  5. Identify social/political/global implications of decisions
  6. Interact with people who hold different interests, values, or perspectives
  7. Understand cultural difference in the workplace (classroom, etc.)
  8. Undertake tasks and opportunities that are unfamiliar

Quick Advising

Why come to quick advising?

  • No need for an appointment–walk in anytime.
  • It’s in the name, it’s quick!
  • You’re working on something last-minute (we all do it sometimes!).

What can I bring to quick advising?

  • Resume Drafts*
  • Cover Letters*
  • Personal Statements
  • Questions About Our Resources
  • Application Questions
*Be sure to bring the job/internship posting for reference–you want to personalize each application!

I’m sold, when is it?

Monday – Friday: 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Monday: 11:00 – noon

Thursday: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Life Hack: Mint

Life Hack: Mint

What is it?

Mint is an online budgeting tool that helps you seamlessly manage your finances. You enter your account information and it keeps track of your money that comes in, goes out, and where it goes. The best part? It has the security of online banking, so your information is safe. Bonus: they have an amazing app, so you can budget on the go!

How does Mint Work?

How does it make my life easier?

Do you know how much you spend on coffee each week? How about eating out? It’s really easy to just swipe your card for small purchases, but they add up quickly. Mint separates your purchases by category, so you can see exactly where your money is going. It also allows you to set budgets for the categories of your choice and shows where you should be in your budget, based on the day of the month.

If you have debt (credit card, student loans, car, etc.), you can enter those accounts, too and watch them decrease as you pay them off!

What are some of the best features?

I love the app; it keeps me honest with my budget. It also alerts you if you spend more than normal in a particular area, which can be great in the unfortunate event your account is compromised. It also pulls your credit score for free and explains how the different components affect the overall score.

A really useful feature is the “Fast Approaching Budgets” section, which tells you how much you have left in budget areas that are getting close to budget, so you know where you need to cut back.

Is there a catch?

There are ads in the app, disguised as “Advice,” which are attempts to get you to sign up for a credit card. Resist the temptation—buy only what you can afford and use cash!

How do you keep yourself on budget? Are you a pen and paper person? Do you use Excel? Let us know!

What Does the Fox Say: Abroad and My Career?

Dear Dr. Fox, 

All around campus this week I’ve seen information about going abroad.  I’ve never really thought about it and now I’m wondering if an experience abroad can help me in my career journey.   Is this something I should consider?

– Confused In Granville

Dear Confused In Granville, 

Great question!  Dr. Fox is actually headed to Paris this week to explore additional opportunities to send students abroad, so I’ll take this question for you!   Studying abroad or doing an international internship can be a life-changing experience–studying or interning in another country can expand your understanding of other cultures, help you gain independence, and see the world from a different angle;  all valuable skills in an increasingly globalized world.

Hopefully, you had a chance to check out some of the awesome opportunities this week during Global Education Week.  But if not, don’t worry!  Both Off-Campus Study and the Knowlton Center can help you learn more about which opportunities are right for you and how to pursue them with the proper planning. Abroad experiences can be affordable and accessible no matter your major or extra-curricular commitments.

Are you aware of the free resource available to you called Going Global*?  This tool provides country-specific career and employment information, internship opportunities and cultural advice, be sure to check it out!   Look for more information to come from our office about internship opportunities in India as well!

Keep your eye out for more information from our office about internship opportunities in India as well!

Jet-lagged Dr. Fox will be back next week with more great advice!

Melanie

*Be sure to create your Going Global account from a campus IP address–contact the Knowlton Center with any questions.