Insight on Business

June 2012

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INSIGHT ON HIGHER EDUC ATION By Amy Spreeman Cream of the crop Business leaders offer wish list for today's four-year college students A the market. Are you ready? Are they? We asked several industry leaders fresh crop of job candidates has just been unleashed. You may already be working alongside the most recent college graduates to hit who hire newly-graduated young professionals to share some insights into what career-bound students need to know about transitioning from college into the so-called "real world, it will take for them to succeed. " and what Are today's candidates as equipped as they could be? Jeff Lasee, recruiting director for The H.S. Group of Green Bay and Appleton, says no: "We are graduating some very ABOUT OUR CAREER EXPERTS T Tom Veeser, chief nursing officer for Affinity Health System since 2005, is responsible for standardizing the nursing processes, policies and environment of all Affinity Medical Group clinics, Calumet Medical Center in Chilton, Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, and St. Elizabeth Hospital and Franciscan Care & Rehabilitation Center in Appleton. Visit page/about-jobs. bright individuals who have the fundamentals in their area of study, but lack the knowledge of capitalism required to turn those skills into profits for employers. going into the business world without as much as running a cash register at a fast food restaurant. "The summer parks and rec job Lasee says too many graduates are " isn't going to help their career get off the ground, line business exposure is very valuable in forming their basic understanding of dealing with people and handling money in a for-profit business. Tom Lyga, talent acquisition and " Lasee said, but the front- campus relations manager for Oshkosh Corporation, says most graduates he hires typically come well equipped in some, but not all areas. 32 | INSIGHT • June 2012 "Soſt skills are extremely important to us as well," echoes Peter Helander, Little Chute's Heartland Business great job with training and education. For some candidates though, the areas that need more focus involve soſt skills such as interpersonal communication, craſting official corporate communications and some basic workplace etiquette, "Technically, our schools do a " he says. Systems and Avastone Technologies principal. "Some grads are still Jeff Lasee, recruiting director for The H.S. Group of Green Bay and Appleton, attracts top managerial and executive talent for clients nationwide. He draws upon more than 12 years of executive search experience with The H.S. Group. Visit current-search/. he interviewees in our Cream of the Crop article frequently recruit, interview and hire graduates with four- year college degrees. We've included their profiles as well as links to their job sites. Tom Lyga is talent acquisition and campus relations manager for Oshkosh Corporation. Oshkosh Corp. is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of a range of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies. Visit Jill Dequaine is PHR human resources generalist at Schenck SC in Appleton. She specializes in recruiting, orientation and on-boarding new personnel at Schenck. Visit www.schencksc. com/whyworkatschenck.aspx. Peter Helander is principal at Heartland Business Systems and Avastone Technologies in Little Chute. Visit Careers/Current-Openings. aspx and www.avastone struggling in basic, effective written and verbal communication. passion for their major and who take an active role in creating their future, big role in deciding which interns and graduates will get a job at Schenck SC. "I'm looking for students who have a For Jill Dequaine, attitude plays a " Dequaine, human resources generalist. She says the time to get serious about the transition should happen at the start of college, not the final year. "I' " says students, 'Choose your major because d say to www.

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