March 15, 2019
College of the Ozarks hosts “The HUNT” (Helping U Navigate Transition), March 1, 2019
College of the Ozarks hosted “The HUNT” (Helping U Navigate Transition), a senior day-trip to Sam’s Club, JB Hunt, and Clorox in Northwest Arkansas, focusing on answering students’ questions about transitioning into a vocation. Students met with vice-presidents, alumni, and professionals who shared their personal stories of how they made the transition from student to professional.
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks hosted “The HUNT” (Helping U Navigate Transition) for C of O seniors on March 1, 2019.
The Hunt was a senior day-trip to Sam’s Club, JB Hunt, and Clorox in Northwest Arkansas, focusing on answering students’ questions about transitioning into a vocation. Students met with vice-presidents, alumni, and professionals who shared their personal stories of how they made the transition from student to professional.
Jim Freeman, career center director, said he selected businesses that could assist students in the transition process, employed professionals who were willing to share their unique stories, and offered alumni support.
Freeman also took into consideration the type and size of the business and the mission of the organization.
“The HUNT focused on how to use your understanding of self and start to apply that understanding into transitioning,” Freeman said. “I wanted to expose the seniors to the corporate world and how people have transitioned to where they are today.”
The day also offered discussions about how to negotiate salary, tips for interviewing, and benefits such as 401K, health, and life insurance.
“Many of the speakers, including the alumni, reassured us that they could not have expected to be where they were now when they were seniors in college,” said Makayla Nickels, senior family studies and social services major. “It is empowering to see how hard work and dedication pay off. The information and exposure I gained from the trip are so applicable in any job or career.”
“It was encouraging to meet alumni, that are successfully navigating life after college,” said Zane Buhr, senior business administration major. “To me it wasn’t even about their prestigious job titles, rather it was seeing how their personal values and work ethic were flourishing in the work environments. It is encouraging to know that people in a similar position as me have gone before me and done well.”
Thirty-three students and one December graduate participated in the event.
College of the Ozarks alumna
Kristiana Nordstrom, a College of the Ozarks alumna and Sam’s Club employee, discussed her vocational journey with C of O students. Nordstrom graduated with a degree in business administration and an emphasis in marketing. At a C of O career expo, Nordstrom interviewed and was hired by Walmart Inc. as a field project supervisor, remodeling Walmart stores. She said she was then promoted to replenishment manager and then to her current role as the buyer for Sam’s Club gift cards.
“C of O taught me the value of working hard and equipped me with great leadership skills through my work station, classes, leadership retreats, and student resources,” Nordstrom said.
The Career Center
The Career Center focuses on engaging, equipping, and empowering students to begin their professional vocation in their chosen area of the “real world.” They do this by assisting students in creating a resume, preparing for interviews, and advising for applications. The Career Center also offers a “vocational wardrobe,” where students can receive professional clothing for free.
Every semester, The Career Center hosts a career expo where students learn more about local employers and post-graduate opportunities.
“When we engage students in new, fun, and stimulating ways, it opens doors to in-depth conversations,” Freeman said. “In those conversations, we can guide, educate, and instill hope as they transition forward”
About College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.
The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2019. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.
03.15.19 – Tara McCloskey