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Second Annual 'Reality Bites' Provides an Invaluable Experience for Students

Last month, the Career Development Center in Broward hosted for the second year "Reality Bites: The Real Corporate Experience," a reality television event that prepares juniors, seniors and graduate students for employment.

The final taping, which included closing interviews with the 10 finalists (shown in photo above), took place on Nov. 16 and was broadcast on OWL TV. In order to participate, FAU students were required to submit an application containing a current posting of a position applicable to their major, a resume and a videotape outlining their qualifications for a corporate job.

Nkaya Williams, a senior in the Wilkes Honors College, won first place, and Ellen Bentley, a senior pursuing a degree in criminal justice, placed second (see related story here.)

"'Reality Bites' allows students to gain practical experience in activities that are a part of the job search process, while connecting them to employers in our business community," said Carolyn Stewart, associate director of the Career Development Center. "Here at FAU, we pride ourselves on our holistic approach to learning and apply these principles in preparing students to meet the needs of the community and employers."

The finalists, men and women of diverse academic backgrounds, were videotaped as they participated in a business wardrobe shopping experience, business luncheon (see photo), company tour and job interviews. Gian Amato, Broward campuses student body governor and "Reality Bites" finalist, fully supports the project. “We try to help students through the transition as smoothly as possible by making these activities available to them. We hope they will gain the experience necessary for confronting real life situations and developing their performance as professionals.”

A number of companies sponsored the event, including City Furniture, Merrill Lynch, Bonefish Grill, Jobing.com, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Dillard's, the law offices of Becker and Poliakoff, SYMS, Intermedia Marketing, the FBI and Applied Card Systems. This year’s winner, Nykaya Williams, received business-related gifts, including career coaching, a business suit, professional image consulting and a laptop computer.

“The difference between students who have utilized the resources of FAU’s Career Development Center and those who have not is readily apparent,” said Steven McCarty, vice president of human resources at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. “Students who have spent time at the center are far better prepared. They come in with more professional resumes, better thought-out responses to interview questions, well-considered career goals and more realistic job expectations. Overall, they come across as more polished and professional.”

For more information on the Real Corporate Experience event, contact Carolyn Stewart at ext. 6-1214.




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