Work experience is valued at a premium by hiring managers and can mean the difference between being rejected and getting that follow-up interview. Job markets are at their most competitive and students can use all the help they can get.
To this end, NOVA has partnered with the Davis Career Center in an effort to provide real-world occupational experience and training to the next generation of our workforce. Student volunteers from the Davis Career Center are lending a helping hand in several departments across the Annandale Campus including Liberal Arts, Facilities, the Library, Career and Transfer Center, Buildings and Grounds, the Warehouse and NOVA Printing Services. The students participate in the day-to-day activities and functions of their respective departments four days a week.
Each day, the student volunteers are engaging in new, job-applicable skills that will easily be adaptable to future positions. These skills focus on professional work behavior, career skills, interviewing and social skills. Furthermore, they are instructed on beneficial and disciplined home living habits to further ready them for a professional 9-to-5 work schedule. Also, by being a part of a business environment, the students get a professional “foot in the door” while assisting their respective departments during a time of year when workloads can be heavy.
While NOVA has been a mainstay of the Davis Career Center student volunteer program for years, the students also volunteer at several other locations as well. These locations include Burlington Coat Factory, INOVA Hospital Center, Dewberry, Marriott Hotels, Jill’s House, Habitat for Humanity and Fairfax County Public Schools.
To learn more about the Davis Career Center and its student volunteer program, go online.