Articulating the Value of Your Student Employment Experience (Student Employees Achieve Series)

Student employment is real employment! In your student employment position, you are using many of the transferable skills employers will be looking for upon graduation. The trick is explaining this to them. In this training, we’ll hear from Heidi Cutherbertson (Ball Aerospace Campus Relations and Strategy Lead) and Tily Phannenstiel (Peace Corps Regional Recruiter) about how you can impress hiring managers with your student employment experience.

This event is open to all student employees, regardless of degree level or funding source. Remember to check with your supervisor to see if this hour can be considered paid professional development. Please pre-register on Zoom to receive the link!

Career Competencies addressed: critical thinking; communications; career management.


Our guests are:

Heidi Cuthbertson joined Ball Aerospace in January 2019, and currently leads the campus relations strategy, university recruiting and summer intern program for the company. Prior to her role at Ball, Heidi worked at the University of California Riverside as the Associate Director of the Graduate Career Development Center in the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management for five years. Heidi also serves on the Board of Directors for the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance, the global professional organization for graduate business career services professionals and employers, and is a member of the organization’s Executive Committee. Heidi holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from Colgate University and a Master of Education in Higher Education from Penn State. When she is not recruiting amazing early career talent to join the company, she teaches Jazzercise and enjoys the outdoors.

Tilyian Phannenstiel served as a Peace Corps Community Economic Development Volunteer in Costa Rica from 2016 to 2018. During her service, she worked closely with 15-member women’s group and also implemented a two-week women’s leadership camp, Camp GLOW, for 21 female high school students. Tilyian is originally from Wisconsin and earned her bachelor’s from University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she served in an AmeriCorps Jumpstart early education program for four years. Prior to joining Peace Corps, Tilyian lived near Lake Tahoe, California where she worked as a Program Manager for a nonprofit business association and developed a passion for community planning and development. Following her service, she spent a year working for a microfinance nonprofit organization, Accion, as a bilingual loan officer in Denver, CO before rejoining Peace Corps as a regional recruiter.

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