Student Spotlight: Kyle Craven

July 2014’s Student Spotlight features Kyle Craven, a NKU student and EAW intern working within Marketing and PR.

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July 2014’s Student Spotlight features Kyle Craven, a Northern Kentucky University student andEducation at Work intern working within Marketing and PR.  During his internship, Kyle will execute a social media marketing strategy aimed at students, build out public relation protocols, and engage prospective student-employees on local college campuses.

School: Northern Kentucky University

Major:  Organizational Leadership, Minor in Sports Business

GPA: 3.33

Career Aspirations: “A career in marketing, PR and possibly even sales. Also, to live in another city relatively far away from Cincinnati. I‘d love to get back to my hometown of Dallas, Texas. But somewhere out west would be awesome, too!” – Kyle

What do you enjoy most about Education at Work?

“This internship has offered me the best career development opportunity so far because I have been able to diversify my skills and gain experience within multiple fields. I have a personality that’s geared towards doing different things, which is why EAW’s fast-paced work environment has been so great! The EAW team has already trusted me with important marketing initiatives and let me contribute input and ideas.” – Kyle

What will you gain from your experience at EAW?

“Time management and multitasking skills.  My skills in these areas are established, but in need of refinement. I am well on the way to honing these skills by completing multiple projects on a daily basis.” – Kyle

Supervisor Recommendation:

“Kyle brings a high-level of energy and enthusiasm to our team everyday. He has already demonstrated his ability to manage multiple tasks and contribute with well thought out, fresh ideas. I’m thrilled to have him onboard and his support within marketing and PR is extremely valued.” – Sean Dougherty

Career Engagement Office: “Tell Me About Yourself.”

College students look a bit puzzled finding out, “Tell me about yourself?” is one of the most powerful interview questions.

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Many college students look a bit puzzled when they find out, “Tell me about yourself?” is one of the most powerful questions you will be asked during an interview.  It seems innocuous, but interviewers are not just making small talk, they are evaluating how you respond to an unstructured question.  Interviewers want to see what you think is important to say about yourself.  They are also observing how articulate, confident and prepared you are.  Since this question is so commonly asked, interviewers expect you to be prepared for it.  Thus, if you stumble, ramble or even worse respond by asking, “What do you want to know?”, then the interviewer can make negative assumptions about your future performance.

Furthermore, if you know how to craft a well-thought-out answer, the good news is you can make a terrific first impression by incorporating your strongest attributes while setting the tone for the rest of the interview.  Your answer should be planned out in advance and customized for each job interview.  Your nerves might get the best of you, so rehearse your answers until they come naturally.

The Career Engagement Office has created a customized interview success guide with step-by-step instructions on how to craft your answer in order to leverage the skills and experience you will gain while working with us.

Lastly, If you are a current or prospective EAW student-employee in full-time “job search mode”, feel free to email or stop by the Career Engagement Office for your “Tell me about yourself,” how-to guide.