Six UIS students went on a Career Immersion to H. D. Smith on October 24th, 2014. By participating in the Career Immersion, students got a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look into an employer’s business and were able to fully explore the different career paths available there. At the end of the event, Katherine Shaffer, who is currently working towards attaining her MBA, stated, “I learned a lot about the company and what they are looking for. I would enjoy participating again at another employer.” H. D. Smith happens to be the fourth largest national healthcare distributor in the US and its corporate office is conveniently located in Springfield, Illinois. H. D. Smith is actively recruiting for more recent or soon-to-be graduates in the fields of Business, Accounting, and IT.
Each Career Immersion is a little bit different, but at H. D. Smith, the students were able to ask questions and learn a great deal from the COO, Christopher Smith, and many managers of departments and their staff. Each speaker enthusiastically shared about their roles within H. D. Smith, the skills and degrees they’re seeking in hiring new candidates, and the potential career opportunities within their departments as well. “I researched H. D. Smith and came up with questions, I had a great time at the event, and I’m looking forward to applying at H. D. Smith,” stated Alyson Knapik who is also pursuing her MBA. The Career Development Center is excited to host another Career Immersion at a different site at least once each semester, so keep an eye out for fliers, emails, and other notifications about when and where our next Career Immersion will be so that you or someone you know can apply!
First Photo, from Left to Right: (Brittany Carls, Alyson Knapik, Anais Gonzalez, Katrina Salvador, Alanna Cieslek [UIS Career Counselor & Student Success Liaison], Timothy Wudiyono, and Katherine Shaffer) pose next to the H. D. Smith headquarters sign after the Career Immersion had ended. Second Photo, UIS students receive excellent career-preparation information from CIO, David Guzman.