Career Trek employment opportunity event

Ariel Themm, Staff Intern

On Friday, Oct. 20, the Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Sciences is having a “Career Trek”, where students can meet employers and Oakland University alumni who currently work at Quicken Loans. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. The School of Engineering and Computer Sciences will provide transportation as well as lunch for students attending. Interested students must sign up on Handshake to experience the opportunity.

Quicken Loans is offering jobs and internships such as mortgage bankers, data analysts and software engineers. The two areas of employment they need to fill are in IT and mortgage banking. Aside from that, Quicken is also known for hiring students of any major for different internships.

Quicken Loans is presenting students with meditators and OU alumni as well as a tour of the business. Kelli Foskic, a career consultant at OU, details the purpose of this activity.

“The mission to get OU students to experience the industries that will be hiring them. They will explore more about their future careers, while creating networking connections,” Foskic said. “I think students aren’t sure what to expect from these companies and this event will show them their future jobs or what they could be working for.”

To get ready for this event, Oakland University Career Services offers a variety of tools for students to prepare for career opportunities. For instance, the office offers resume critiques and mock interviews by appointment. The office is also hosting an etiquette dinner on Oct. 26 and a speed networking event for health sciences majors on Nov. 9.

But, student experiences shows that attending career trek events is beneficial in its own way.

In the article, “Networking Skills, Resources Benefit Students Now, Later,” by Kelly Newburg, students from Penn State University discussed the benefits of attending programs such as the one OU is offering this month.

One student, Carolyn Harpster, talk about how, as an underclassman, she learned from these programs and is beginning to create a larger source of connections that will aid her success through school as well as her career. Penn State has created multiple online sources as well as hosting their own recruitment activities to ensure the success of its students.

Quicken Loans is a mortgage lender company, but as a company it does so much more. For example, Quicken Loans moved all of its team from Michigan to be stationed in Detroit for economic stimulation for the city. The company has also donated about $16 million to charities as well as put in more than 100,000 volunteer hours. To learn more, interested students can access the company’s website at

Quicken Loans, among other companies, has been a stable and consistent employer for OU students to have internships as well as full time positions. This program is aimed to help students find their success, to motivate them in their studies. Their career won’t be just a distant achievement they get at the end of school. Students will be immersed in the career and the companies that will be offering them their jobs.