Oliver De Croock

Author: Oliver De Croock

Learn More about Viking Connect

Think about LinkedIn, but just for Lawrence students. Viking Connect is a great platform that connects Lawrentians with Lawrence alumni who want to share their experiences and connect with you.

Viking Connect is a great place to discover career and internship opportunities posted by Lawrence graduates who are willing to act as a referral for you to use in the recruiting process, which could significantly boost your chances of getting hired.

In addition, the platform provides Pathways, which are personalized experiences that guide you through each step of your professional journey to help you achieve your next big step. This platform can also assist you in navigating the job-search process, learning about informative interviews, and finding a good mentor.

Finally, Viking Connect allows you to join organizations, share stories, and connect with other students and alumni.

Viking Connect is a great way to meet other students and start creating a network outside of school that you can use in the future. Access Viking Connect or create an account here.

If you would like to learn more about Viking Connect, please feel free to schedule an appointment with me!

AI – Efficiency Tools to improve your chances of getting hired

A big part of job searching and applying for jobs is being able to use the resources you have available to your advantage. Over the last few years, I’ve learned about and used many different types of software to try to make this process easier. Artificial intelligence (AI) tools have grown in popularity in recent years due to their ability to provide valuable assistance in a wide range of tasks. Here are four free AI tools that I have previously used to help you stand out from the crowd and improve your chances of landing your dream job:

  1. Quillbot: This AI tool allows users to rewrite sentences in a more fluent, efficient way that sounds more professional. This can be especially helpful when writing a resume or cover letter, as it can help you present yourself in a more polished and sophisticated manner. Visit Quillbot’s webpage.
  2. Canva: Canva is an excellent tool for creating visually appealing marketing materials, such as LinkedIn header images or social media posts. By using Canva to create a professional-looking header image, you can make a strong first impression on potential employers and showcase your personal brand. Visit Canva’s webpage.
  3. VMock: This software is specifically designed for Lawrence students looking to create a resume from scratch or improve their current resume. VMock provides a score on how your resume compares to other Lawrence students’ resumes and offers feedback on areas for improvement. Visit VMock’s webpage (sign in with your Lawrence Email)
  4. ChatGPT: ChatGPT is a strong artificial intelligence platform that allows users to interact with it as if it were a person. By submitting your CV to ChatGPT, you can request a summary of your previous experiences or suggestions on how to improve your wording. ChatGPT may also assist you on ways to better highlight your skills and accomplishments, as well as how to tailor your CV to a certain position or industry. Visit ChatGPT’s webpage.

Whether I needed to rewrite my resume in a more professional manner, generate a visually appealing LinkedIn header image, or obtain feedback on my resume, I discovered how much these AI tools had helped me, and my hope is that after you read this article you will be able to benefit from them as well.

Don’t hesitate to reach out or schedule an appointment with me if you have any questions about any of these powerful resources, or if you need help with your process of looking for a job or an internship.

Oliver De Croock ’24, Student-Athlete at Lawrence University majoring in Economics and Career Peer Educator. Connect with me on LinkedIn.

Career Highlight: Working in Insurance

Many people believe that working in the insurance industry is dull and uninteresting, but speaking with those who work in it can reveal many reasons why insurance is so important and how it can be fascinating and rewarding. Some of these reasons include the following:

• The ability to help people and businesses in managing risks and recovering from unexpected events

• The opportunity for career growth and development through training and professional development programs

• Competitive salaries and benefits, including health insurance and retirement savings plans

• The satisfaction of knowing that by providing insurance services, you are making a difference in the lives of individuals and communities

The insurance industry is divided into two different sectors:

Employee Benefits and Property and Casualty.

Working in the employee benefits sector entails delivering healthcare and other benefits to employees of firms and organizations (vision, dental, health benefits). On the other hand, working in the property and casualty insurance sector entails providing coverage for risks linked with individuals’ and businesses’ property and assets (auto insurance, property, cyber security, …). The primary distinction between the two is the sort of coverage offered. Both require excellent customer service and technological knowledge.

There are a few different ways to get involved in the insurance industry:

  • Work for an insurance carrier  (Allstate, State Farm, Liberty Mutual, Progressive, Travelers, USAA…)
  • Work for an insurance broker (Aon, M3 Insurance, Gallagher)

Insurance is incredibly important because it protects people and businesses from financial loss and uncertainty. Working in the insurance industry allows insurance professionals to make a difference in their clients’ and communities’ lives. If you are interested in learning more about working in insurance, feel free to reach out to me or schedule an appointment.

Oliver De Croock ’24, Student-Athlete at Lawrence University majoring in Economics and Career Peer Educator. Connect with me on LinkedIn.

Start building your résumé using VMock!

Lawrence University has partnered with VMock to help you create a powerful résumé and accelerate your career journey. VMock SMART Résumé platform leverages technologies like data science, machine learning, and natural language processing to provide instant personalized feedback on your résumé and interview based on criteria gathered from employers and global best practices – from anywhere, at any time of the day. 

Simply login into VMock dashboard, upload your résumé, and VMock will: 

  • Give you an aggregate résumé score to assess the strength of your résumé benchmarked against your own community peer group 
  • Provide you with résumé guidelines based on Career Center standards to ensure that you do not miss fine details and establish a great first impression 
  • Assess how well you have marketed your core competencies to showcase the right skill set reflected in academics, experience, service, achievements, etc. 
  • Give you line-by-line suggestions to improve your résumé content in view of your academics and level of experience 

VMock is designed to work with résumé from many different fields across various industries. Once you receive the detailed feedback, make relevant changes to the résumé and re-upload it to see the increased score and associated improvements.  

Don’t have a résumé, yet? No problem. Log into VMock and start creating a résumé from scratch.

Check out the VMock Video to learn more.

Oliver De Croock ’24, Student-Athlete at Lawrence University majoring in Economics and Career Peer Educator. Connect with me on LinkedIn.

Teamwork Online – Start your career in Sports Management

Professional sports leagues such as the NFL, MLB, and NHL are massive organizations that require a large number of people to operate and succeed. The Major League Baseball, for example, employs nearly 12,000 employees across the United States in marketing, finance, analytics, and event management. Is there, however, a location where you may look for employment openings in the world of professional sports? Keep reading to find out!

Teamworkonline.com is a job search engine that screens all job vacancies from the NFL, NHL, MLB, MLS, and even college sports. This website allows you to see which teams are recruiting, what positions they are offering, and even apply directly on the site.

I was able to find many exciting opportunities for both entry-level jobs and internships after browsing this website:

  • Intern, Marketing – Chicago Blackhawks
  • Finance Intern – Green Bay Packers
  • Information Technology Intern – Green Bay Packers
  • Guest Relations Game Day Intern – Minnesota Vikings
  • CRM Data Manager – Milwaukee Bucks
  • Director, Accommodations NFL Events – NFL
  • Finance Manager – NHL
  • SQL Developer and Stats Analyst – NHL

If you are interested in working in sports management, this website could help you get started. Link to the website:

https://www.teamworkonline.com/

If you would like to have more information, please don’t hesitate to email me at oliver.decroock@lawrence.edu or schedule an appointment on Handshake.

Oliver De Croock ’24, Student-Athlete at Lawrence University majoring in Economics and Career Peer Educator. Connect with me on LinkedIn.

Career Highlight: Consulting

Interested in pursuing a career in consulting? What is it exactly and why is it so important? Read more to find out!

Job Duties

Consultants are professionals who provide expert advice to other businesses. There are several forms of consulting, including strategy, operations, management, and financial consulting. Consultants can also be found in a variety of industries, including consumer goods, education, hospitality, government, and healthcare, among others. Each industry can be further subdivided. For example, the healthcare business is separated into Life Sciences, Health Systems, Digital Technology, HR, IT, Private Equity, and more.

A consultant’s job is to be an expert in their subject and provide counsel to businesses. A strategy consultant assists businesses in developing a strategy for how to proceed. After developing a plan, consultants must assist the organization in implementing that strategy and determining how to do so. Other types of consultants are function specialists, who specialize in a certain function, such as finance.

Where they work

Prior to the pandemic, consultants’ jobs required them to travel across the country to meet with clients. COVID-19, however, changed this industry by requiring everyone to work from home. Consultants typically work in groups of 4 to 6 persons on a given project. There is usually a manager who oversees the day-to-day operations, a few analysts who report to them, and a consulting partner who provides recommendations based on their knowledge in a specific industry or function.

Education and training

Although each organization is different, candidates for business consultants often need a bachelor’s degree in business management, marketing, economics, engineering, or a related field. When employed, employees often go through a training period that can take anywhere from 5/6 months to 1 or 2 years. While some students go straight into consulting, it is more common for students to start as business analysts and then become consultants after a few years of experience. Other abilities necessary for a consultant include:

  • a love of problem-solving
  • flexibility
  • understanding the client’s demands
  • demonstrating obvious value

Pay and benefits

Pursuing a career in consulting can be profitable in terms of both money and networking prospects. Being a consultant entails being able to communicate with a company’s CEO and board members, as well as spending a significant amount of time with them in order to assist their company’s success. A consultant’s compensation normally varies between $80,000 and $100,000 on average.

If you would like to have more information, please don’t hesitate to email me oliver.decroock@lawrence.edu or schedule an appointment on Handshake.

Oliver De Croock ’24, Student-Athlete at Lawrence University majoring in Economics and Career Peer Educator. Connect with me on LinkedIn.