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Belstra and Vos reflect on Ozinga Accountancy Internship

 

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Trinity’s Business program has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Ozinga.  Many students have benefited from the professional mentorship and work experience provided through internships and part-time work opportunities.  Currently, Melanie Belstra ’19 and James Vos ’19 are working in the accounting department at Ozinga where they have the opportunity to apply much of the specialized accounting knowledge they have acquired through coursework.   In addition, Melanie and James enjoy the welcoming and encouraging company culture, as well as the professional connections they are forming with accounting professionals.

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Students Reflect on Speed Interview Experience

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As reported by Prof. Kendra Zantingh

 Speed interviews are an opportunity for first and second year business students to take a peek inside a professional’s career, hear about their experiences, receive guidance and advice, and to network with outstanding professionals.  This event builds confidence and helps students visualize and understand what a career might look and feel like.  Students have expressed that they specifically appreciate hearing professionals speak about how their faith impacts their careers.  
The Trinity Business Department believes it is highly valuable for students to begin building networking skills and developing relationships with local businesses from the beginning of their college experience.  Late last fall, students had an opportunity to practice these invaluable skills through a speed interviewing event where they interviewed business men and women from the Chicago land area. 
Professionals shared stories about their career paths, what they love and what is challenging about their current careers, and how faith has played a role in their lives both personally and professionally.  
“The speed interviewing event last fall was a great success.  Each time I have been amazed at how much the students take away from a ten minute discussion with a professional.  They soak up the time and opportunity to connect with professionals, and they walk away beaming.  It builds up students’ confidence, gives them insight into what some careers entail, and helps them realize that while choosing a degree path is important it is not what defines them, because career paths change.  We want them to find what they’re passionate about — what awakens them and makes them come alive — and follow that” (Professor Kendra Zantingh, event organizer). 
If you are a professional that is interested in participating in future speed interview events, or any business department events, email Kendra Zantingh at kendra.zantingh@trnty.edu or our Department Chair, John Wightkin at john.wightkin@trnty.edu, or any of the Business Department team members.  You are what makes these events successful!
Hear about the experience from the students themselves:
  • I realized that preparation can start within our freshman year. Instead of stressing over a major, which these people demonstrated doesn’t define the job you work, you should get involved, nurture stories by doing more than homework, and look into creating relationships with people who can help you as you go through college.” – Colin Stravers (Human Resources Management Major, ’22)
  • I learned how big of a role faith plays in professions.  Everyone talked about how they had the ability to serve and work hard. That is what we are called to do as Christians.  God makes it abundantly clear that we are to serve people.” – Dillon Hermen (Accountancy Major, ’21)
  • “The speed interviews provided me with an abundance of useful and important information. One thing I saw from all of the professionals is that they are all really passionate about their careers that they are currently involved in. I also found it comforting, that most professionals did not know right from the beginning what they wanted to do and it took a little soul searching and experience to figure it out. It made them more relateable to me.  ” – Erica Thomas (English Major, ’21)
  • I learned that no matter where I was, I could always be successful in another field. These professionals taught me that I have more than just one skill or ability, but instead that I have several. Using these skills, I can explore several careers throughout my life, even meshing together jobs that would otherwise be separate. This was evident through a professional who once worked for an automobile dealer and now works for Futureceuticals.  Not only did I take away career insight, but I also have a better sense of how to network myself. Starting conversations with these professionals refined my communication skills. Afterward, when two of the professionals personally told me they appreciated our conversation, I fully understood the power behind this type of engagement experience.” – James Beyer (Biology Major, ’21)
  • As each professional talked about their career path I assumed that they all worked in the field that they studied about in college. It was shocking to know that many of them ended up changing their major or just moving up higher in that field of business. One of the professionals stood out to me because he talked about how he balanced his career and family life and he mentioned having a faith based relationship with his significant other was vital and how she was very understanding when it came to his job and that was something very important to him.” – Briana Figueroa(Social Work, ’21)