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UCCS Career Stories



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Ramisa Azam
Nursing Major
What are you going to do after you graduate?

It’s a question that some students struggle with as they complete their academic degrees and transition into the workforce. Not UCCS student Ramisa Azam, however. From the moment she met a nurse at a school career fair in the third grade, she knew that she wanted to be a nurse too.

Fast forward more than a few years and Azam’s dreams are coming true as she will graduate on December 20, 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Azam’s favorite part of the nursing program involved working on the obstetrics (OB) rotation where she received actual experience in labor and deliver, mom and baby and within the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

She is thrilled to be completing this part of her journey and even more thrilled to have the opportunity to have been offered and accepted a job as a NICU nurse at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where she starts working in February 2020.

Making dreams come true, however, doesn’t happen without its share of challenges.

“I struggled a lot with the medical/surgical clinical portion of the nursing program. In fact, I actually failed that class and was kicked out of the program for a semester,” said Azam.

Not to be stopped from reaching her goal, she appealed and was allowed back in the program the next semester.

“I learned a lot from that experience. I realized that I had to have better time management skills and prioritize what really mattered to me,” she said adding that she had cut back on her hours at work outside of school and she had to learn to take better care of herself, too.

Azam has some advice for fellow students still working hard to achieve their academic dreams.

“Work hard and don’t give up on what you want. Always keep your end goal in sight. Also use your on-campus resources to help you get through it all, particularly in your job search,” she said.

“I visited the Excel Writing Center and had a mock interviewed videotaped at the Communication Center. That really helped me prepare for my interview. I also visited the Career Center and had my resume and cover letters reviewed and learned how to negotiate job offers,” said Azam who also credits her roommates and her friends with reviewing her resume for her.

The Career Center wishes Ramisa and ALL the soon to graduate students best wishes for their continued successes! — with UCCS Writing Center.

Article written by Janet Farley, UCCS Career Center
Hannah Saunders
Communication Major
What are you going to do after you graduate?

Make no mistake about it, the degree you earn from UCCS can open employment doors for you. It happened to Hannah Saunders, who graduated from UCCS in December 2018 with BA in Communication with an emphasis on organization and strategic communications.

Hannah recently landed a job as a Communication and Development Assistant at Peak Military Care Network (PMCN) in Colorado Springs where she conducts outreach at community events and manages social media posts, a newsletter and a blog. She also assists in other areas too, such as grant-writing, event planning and fundraising.

“My time at UCCS was the best. I learned a lot, had great professors and truly enjoyed working with real clients during my upper level comms classes. I also spent a great semester of study abroad in London, England,” she said.

After graduation, Saunders spent several months continuing to work a few part time jobs while taking the time to figure out whether she wanted to go directly into graduate school or look for a job in her chosen career field of communications. Deciding on the latter, she then visited the Career Center in August 2019 where she worked with Career Services Specialist Janet Farley.

“I went there looking for insight and direction and I received it. It felt good to know that someone else was helping me look for those employment opportunities, too,” said Saunders.

“I wouldn’t have been directly connected to PMCN, interviewed for and accepted this position without visiting the Career Center first and being networked to them,” said Saunders.

If you are graduating soon and will be looking for a new job, Saunders has some advice for you, too.

“Allow yourself time for discernment. Don’t be afraid to sit in discomfort about your career decisions and job search process. It’s just as important to know what you don’t want to do as it is to know what you do want to do,” she said.

Saunders also suggests you give yourself a break.

“If you start to compare yourself with everyone else and you think they’re doing so much better than you, realize they’re not. We’re all struggling to figure it out,” she said.

And, we’ll add to that….visit the UCCS Career Center! We can help you navigate the job search process and land a good job in the workforce.

Congratulations to Hannah on her new job and congratulations to PMCN for landing a UCCS graduate!

Article written by Janet Farley, UCCS Career Center