Pathways and Opportunities

Marget Gentle Hall

Tuesday February 17 was a day of opportunity for Western Oregon University as it held an internship and volunteer fair and later that day the student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) had a presentation by a guest speaker.

The internship and volunteer fair started at 1 and went until 4 p.m. in the Pacific Room and representatives from more than thirty local businesses ranging everywhere from administration to international services were there to provide information on the many opportunities that the Northwest has to offer.

At 5 p.m. in the Columbia room Ophelia Yan, the college relations director for the Oregon State Council, gave a riveting presentation on the world of human resources and its many attributes, but went past that to discuss the work force in general and the importance of skills and finding your pathway.

Many jobs in today’s work force take both education and experience and Yan’s approach is to find summer jobs that sound appealing and relevant to your future plans, and from there gain useful skills to be able to put towards your future career.

According to Yan the way to find the perfect career is to find something that you love, something that you’re good at, and something that society values and the perfect career for you will be somewhere in the middle.

To learn more about SHRM contact either Tyler Potter ( or Reina Morgan (

Another great resource available to students is the Service Learning & Career Development Center in WUC 119.

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