Stephanie Miranda is a senior business administration with an emphasis in human resources management major at San Diego State University. Her participation and interaction with San Diego State Career Services helped her land an internship with American department store retail chain Kohl’s. Miranda will graduate this spring semester and already has a job as a manager-in-training with the same retail company before graduation. Take a glimpse at this student’s success and how she utilized Career Services to help her achieve her career goals.
SDSU Career Services: What is your major and what industry did you want to break into? What influenced your academic major decision?
Stephanie Miranda: My major is business administration with an emphasis in human resources management. I will be working for Kohl’s in the retail industry and striving to become management. There were many things that influenced my academic major decision; however, the one thing that contributed the most was my role as a Resident Advisor. I love helping people develop into their best potential and helping them grow to become better students academically and personally. This love for helping people led me to major in a field in which I can train, educate and develop individuals in a business setting.
SDSUCS: How essential to student life is it to utilize Career Services as a student or current student?
SM: I believe it is essential to utilize Career Services as an SDSU student. Their workshops promote networking, help to foster internships, and provide tools needed to become successful in the business field. I utilized Career Services after my first year after attending the Career Services Etiquette Dinner. I attended the event thinking I was simply going to learn proper dinner etiquette; however, I also networked with Kohl’s executives. Not only did I leave the Etiquette Dinner with new dining skills, I left receiving an interview for the Kohl’s Management internship. I received the internship through the networking opportunity Career Services promoted.
SDSUCS: Did you learn any new skills through internships? How were you able to acquire these internships?
SM: I learned significant management skills through my two internships with Kohl’s. I was able to utilize what I learned in school and implement that into “real life”. I learned how to manage a diverse group of people, read reports, manage the sales floor, motivate associates and so much more. I believe having an internship really gives you the opportunity to see if a field is right for you. For me, retail and Kohl’s fit perfectly. I was able to acquire both the intern 1 and intern 2 internships through Career Services.
As stated previously, I attended an Etiquette Dinner that was hosted by Career Services. I sat at the Kohl’s table and interacted with Kohl’s executives and they explained how to apply for their internship. I went to Career Services Job Fair and submitted my resume( which I learned how to do through the Career Services hand out) and waited for a call for an interview. I received both the first interview in Career Services and a second in store. After both interviews I landed the first internship! After a summer of intense learning and growing I was offered a second internship. After completing the second internship this past summer, I was offered the manager-in-training position. I am now employed after college even before my senior year has started.
SDSU CS: How did Career Services prepare you for the job market?
SM: Career Services helped me with creating my resume multiple times. I remember coming in with a mess of a resume and they worked effectively with me to create a resume that stood out to employers. They also notified me about events for networking with other students and businesses. As in any business, networking is key and Career Services really promoted that at all of their events.
SDSUCS: What resources did you use to prepare and land your new job? What specific workshops, networking events etc.
SM: The specific resources I used to prepare for landing my job with Kohl’s was the Resumania, scheduled appointments, the Etiquette Dinner, the attire workshop and the social media workshop. All of these helped prepare me for the job market.
SDSU CS: Is there anything you would have done differently during your academic years at SDSU?
SM: I can wholeheartedly say that I have enjoyed my time here at SDSU. I have gotten involved in different clubs and organizations, attended numerous Aztec Nights events, went to various sporting events, and have met so many people that I truthfully would not change anything. I love SDSU and I am so proud to be an Aztec.
SDSUCS: What advice would you give students that are looking to find jobs in their field? Or what helpful resources should they look into?
SM: The advice I would give students that are looking for an internship or job is to start searching early. I feel most people think they should get an internship junior or senior year. Some internships will consider you even if you are a sophomore. I was accepted into the Kohl’s internship as a sophomore so it does happen. Also, I would tell them to utilize Career Services! The staff and the events are phenomenal. There are so many resources offered through Career Services and I feel all students should utilize them.