Applying Skills in Apprenticeship

 

Neiman Thompson is a freshman majoring in sociology and minoring in communication. He is currently working at overstockArt.com, a Wichita-based online retailer of wall décor and handmade oil paint reproductions of famous art. Through the Career Development Center’s Apprent-ICT program, Thompson has the opportunity to build his resume while improving career readiness skills. This program allows freshmen and sophomores the opportunity to earn money, gain real-world job experience and explore various fields of work early on in their careers. 

Thompson’s day-to-day duties as an Office Assistant have him managing company social media pages, writing feature stories about artists of the week and spearheading outreach efforts in regards to potential artists as well as updating images on overstockArt.com. This vast array of duties has helped Thompson learn a wide variety of skills in a short period of time as well as grow his network.  

“I have learned so much during my time here,” he says. “I now know how to communicate more effectively, articulate my thoughts in a professional manner, take criticism, and be an effective risktaker and critical thinker.”  

“I’ve made many connections through this job. I’ve met the President of the company, the Sales Manager, and many other influential people who I know will be crucial to my success in the future.” 

Thompson attributes his success in finding this job largely to the Career Development Center’s job opportunity platform.  

“Wichita State University has connected me with Handshake, which has given me direct access to new jobs and opportunities in and outside of Kansas,” he says. “I think everyone should seek out an internship or apprenticeship of some kind, the experience is helpful in every way.” 

For more information about co-ops and internships, contact the Career Development Center at (316) 978-3688, careerdevelopment@wichita.edu or stop by and see us in Brennan III or our satellite offices in CE 258, CH Lobby, and P2 A128