He may only be a freshman, but Kevin Anderson already is becoming one of the most frequent visitors to SJC Brooklyn’s Office of Career Preparation and Professional Development.
The biology major said the office helps him update his resume and guides him as he weighs his career path options. He is enamored by animal biology and is exploring the many jobs in the environmental science field.
The staff in the career preparation office often reminds Anderson to keep an open mind and encourages him to dip his feet in other areas of environmental science and varying fields to broaden his choices. He took that advice with him Wednesday afternoon to the Job and Internship Expo in The Hill Center.
“I think their best advice was to be open minded,” said Anderson, reflecting on time spent with the staff in the career preparation office.
“It’s important to look at the field I want to go into, but they also said I should try other things as well. That’s why I knew, going into [the job expo], that I might not get exactly what I’m looking for. But there will be a lot of different opportunities for me to try.”
Anderson left his resume with several employers in the environmental science field, as he searched for the perfect summer internship.
More than 50 employers attended the fair, representing varying fields — including media, government, health care, education and environmental research.
“The employers were really nice and informative,” Anderson said.
Expanding His Horizons
When Anderson isn’t busy polishing his already impressive resume, he is often found getting involved on campus. He joined the Go Green Gen Up club, a college chapter of Generation Waking Up, a California-based organization dedicated to getting young people involved in the movement to protect the environment.
This semester Anderson attended the club’s volunteer clean up in Fort Greene Park, as well as the movie night, where students discussed climate change, renewable energy and Global Warming.
Anderson is also part of the Student Leadership Experience (SLE) — a campus-based program that focuses on helping students develop leadership skills through a series of workshops, seminars and fun campus life events.