Micro-Internships with Parker Dewey

One of the many casualties of the 2020 CoVid-19 pandemic has been the summer internship. What had been a valuable tool for college students to get their foot in the doors of well-paying and meaningful jobs, and for employers to find and vet new talent – the 10-week internship – has become nearly impossible to implement in the age of social distancing and working from home.

As with so many other aspects of our lives, CoVid-19 might have only exposed the existing flaws in the current internship methodology.  That’s what Jeffrey Moss, the CEO of Parker Dewey, thought when he founded the company in 2015. Parker Dewey pioneered the concept of what they call “micro-internships,” which are 5- to 40-hour assignments posted by companies that are open for college students and recent graduates (“Career Launchers,” in the Parker Dewey nomenclature). We at the Career Center recently heard about the program and listened to an interview with Moss, and have compiled a list of pros and cons to Parker Dewey and the micro-internship framework.

A note: The East Baton Rouge Library Career Center and its employees are in no way affiliated with Parker Dewey. We’re posting this to help our college student and recent graduate patrons who might be interested in working with Parker Dewey.

Pros

You get paid!

The cliché about college internships is that it’s a lot of running around, getting coffee and dry-cleaning, and not getting paid for it – you’re supposed to be grateful for getting your foot in the door. Parker Dewey gets rid of that – their business model is to act as a contractor for their client companies, hiring out for jobs that their clients don’t have the time or resources to do with their own employees. So they charge a fee to their clients, skim a percentage off the top, and pass the rest on to the workers – what they call “Career Launchers.”

You can try out different kinds of jobs.

In all the press we’ve read surrounding Parker Dewey – including the interview we sat in on – Moss relates the story of one of the college students working for him who compared micro-internships to dating. Doing short-term work – each job is between five and forty hours – for a multitude of different companies enables students, who are just starting their professional lives, to “play the field” of different industries, different roles, and different careers before deciding where they want to spend the bulk of their careers.

Parker Dewey is pretty hands-off after facilitating the meeting.

Even though student workers are paid by, and technically employees of, Parker Dewey, Moss said that they like to stay as hands-off as possible after giving the employer and worker each other’s contact information. If you work for a company and they want to hire you for something else afterward, or even ask you to join them full-time, they don’t have to go through Parker Dewey to do it – which is nice, especially when a lot of other online facilitating companies like Uber, Rover, etc., will kick users off if they continue their relationship outside their platforms.

Cons

It’s only open to college students and recent graduates.

The limitation to college students and graduates is pretty typical for internships, but it’s still a limiting factor here. Traditional internships also have technical reasons why they’re only open to students, such as their scheduling and lack of pay, but these micro-internships don’t share those limitations. In this light, limiting the hiring pool to just students and recent graduates seems artificial – there are plenty of older people or non-college-graduates who want to try a new career, or to make ends meet between jobs, and they’d benefit from micro-internships too. Maybe Parker Dewey is trying to keep the applicant pool small and manageable.

You are working for parker dewey, not the actual company.

When you enter your work at the micro-internships on your resume, you’ll need to use Parker Dewey’s name as the employer, since they’re technically who you worked for. In the interview with Jeffrey Moss we watched, he said you’re welcome to note the types of projects you did, and usually you can mention the companies you worked with there. But sometimes, you have to keep that secret too – so a micro-internship might not be as good for padding out your resume as a traditional internship can be.

So far as we can tell, Parker Dewey is the only company really in the micro-internship space.

While Parker Dewey seems like a good company that is “mission-focused” (Moss said that multiple times in his interview!) in providing students with quality internships, it would be good if they had some competition in the space. The only other one we could really find was something called Riipen, which seems more focused on providing a pipeline for schools – meaning it’s only available for students at universities who subscribe to their service. Parker Dewey, on the other hand, is open for anyone to use – we were even able to create an account, although we probably won’t get any micro-internships.

If you have worked with Parker Dewey before, or know of another micro-internship company, let us know!

Written by Case Duckworth

Announcing Our YouTube Channel!

We here at the Career Center believe that every cloud has a silver lining, that every thorn has its rose, and that every night has its dawn. The ongoing hardship that is the COVID-19 pandemic has brought its fair share of pain, but it has also allowed time for our staff to create video content that will be useful long after the pandemic is over.

In short, the East Baton Rouge Library Career Center now has a YouTube channel! Our new channel can be found at this address: https://www.careercenterbr.com/youtube. There will be new content up every Monday morning and Thursday afternoon.

Our offerings will include:

  • Resumes and Cover Letters Playlist: Tips for writing, editing, and formatting resumes and cover letters, from our Certified Professional Resume Writers.
  • Job Interview Questions Playlist: Demonstrations of the best – and worst – ways to answer the most common interview questions.
  • Work-from-Home Websites Playlist: Reviews of work-from-home websites, to help jobseekers find legitimate remote opportunities.
  • Common Job Applications Playlist: Walk-throughs of how to complete online job applications for companies which we’ve seen clients struggle with in the Career Center.
  • Popular Seminars: In addition to the topics mentioned above, we will film seminars such as How to Succeed at a Job Fair, Professionalism and Business Etiquette, Advance Your Career With MOOCs, and more.

We would also love to hear from our clients about what they’d like to see on this channel. If you have an idea for a video, please email anowak@ebrpl.com.

So please, check out our YouTube channel, subscribe, and watch some videos! And stay safe while hunkering down at home.

Written by Case Duckworth

Career Center Wins National Award

We are officially an “Exemplary Career Center”!

We are proud to announce that the EBRPL Career Center was awarded the “Exemplary Career Center” award at the National Career Development Association’s 2019 National Conference in Houston this summer.

The Career Center was nominated by career counseling colleagues from LSU and BRCC and endorsed by a number of former clients who added their testimonials to the nomination. A big thank you to our nominators and supporters.

We were recognized for the large variety of services which our program offers, including one-on-one services (such as career counseling or mock interview), groups (such as job club), a broad seminar program, and our community outreach. Last but not least, the quality of our work was deemed outstanding, as evidenced by our numerous testimonials.

If you want to learn more about what the Career Center offers, please read our FAQs. If you are interested in taking advantage of any of our services, give us a call at 225-231-3733.

Written by Anne Nowak

Freshman Year for Free™

Do you want to get the equivalent of a year of college for free?

This might just be possible through the relatively new and innovative non-profit organization Modern States Education Alliance. Modern States is not a college and does not grant college credit directly. Instead they are taking advantage of the college credit by exam system, such as Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP). https://modernstates.org/freshman-year-free/

how it works

Modern States partnered with top universities and created online courses that prepare students for the AP and CLEP exams. The online courses claim to teach in a few weeks what the same college courses would take one or two semesters to achieve. These online classes are basically test prep courses. However, it is entirely free to register and take them. After completing a class it is then up to the student to register for and take the respective AP or CLEP exam on their own. Through a voucher system Modern States will reimburse the exam fees. This way it is possible to take a year’s worth of college credit entirely for free. Take a look https://modernstates.org/about-us/who-we-are/

a word of caution

Modern States is open about not every college accepting AP and CLEP credits. They include a feature on the website where you can check which university accepts those credits, and, in the case of AP, what the minimum acceptable score is. https://modernstates.org/affiliated-universities/universities/  In any case it is recommended that you check with your college of choice directly also. While some colleges do accept CLEP and AP, they might be limiting the number of credits they are willing to honor. Or they might accept AP/CLEP for Biology but not for Calculus for example. The website will not go into such detail for each institution.

advantages

Regardless of the above concerns, this is a legitimate way for many students to start working towards a college degree. It can be useful to current high school students or recent grads, as well as adults who are looking to start college for the first time or continue their previously interrupted studies. Current college students who wish to get through their degree faster than the normal four years could benefit from this initiative as well.

If you are unsure where your college or career path will take you, the Career Center can help. You can call us at 225-231-3733 or visit in person at 7711 Goodwood Blvd. We also have a number of CLEP study guides available for checkout.

Written by Anne Nowak

Cool Careers Kick Off!

The Career Center’s Cool Careers Summer Series is a set of weekly career exploration seminars. Its goal is to expose teens and young adults to different career options so they can determine what they’d like to do for a living. Each free seminar features guest speakers who are experts in the chosen field. Our 3rd annual series kicks off tomorrow! Here is the complete schedule:

May 29, Finding and Getting College Scholarships: College is getting more expensive by the year. The good news is, there are hundreds of scholarships out there that can help you pay for college without getting expensive loans.  Come and learn how and where to research the right scholarships for you and how to successfully apply to get them. Our guest presenter for this session is academic counselor Meagan Davenport.

June 5, Careers in Louisiana Film, Entertainment, and Digital Media Industries: Louisiana consistently outperforms the South and the U.S. in creating jobs and economic opportunities for its citizens. Louisiana Economic Development is the leader in job creation and development. Chris Stelly, Executive Group Director of Entertainment & Digital Media, will be here to explain the many opportunities that available in these creative mediums.

June 12, Careers in Aviation and High-Paying Skilled Trades: Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance’s Connie Fabre will inform us which industries are in-demand and the paths one can take to become a skilled tradesperson.  Learn all about high-paying jobs which require less than a year of formal education. Baton Rouge Community College’s Aviation Department will share information regarding the many rewarding, in-demand and well paid careers available within the Industrial Field such as Airframe Mechanics, Powerplant Mechanics, and Aviation Maintenance.

June 19, Careers in Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation: We welcome Claire Shepard from Monroe’s Louisiana Delta Community College’s Forensic Science and Technology program. This intriguing program offers an exciting look into crime scene investigations and the technology used to solve mysteries, reconstruct crime scenes, analyze various incidents and document evidence as presented in a case file.

June 26, Careers in Animal Science: A favorite of the Cool Careers Series, Louisiana State University’s Veterinary School wildlife program will be here.  Several veterinarians will give an overview of the many career opportunities caring for animals and introduce us to some birds of prey they are currently caring for.

July 10, Careers in Private Investigation and Criminal Justice: We welcome Bossier Parish Community College’s Dan Cain, with the Criminal Justice program. Professor Cain will inform us about the varied paths to success in this high demand field, including all the things you can do with a criminal justice degree besides police work.  Expect some great success stories from this speaker. Chris McCullough, a private investigator, will share his story of conducting background investigations for the Federal Government.

July 17, Careers in Broadcasting and Video Production: Stuart Poulton, CEO of Stuart Poulton Video Production Company, is a dynamic and innovative entrepreneur who creates video and other digital content that advertising agencies, businesses, and entrepreneurs use to market brands, products, and ideas. He will share his experiences in the exciting industry of video production and its related fields such as lighting, audio, videography, and editing. LaTangela Sherman, a native Baton Rougian, the Production Director of Cumulus Media BR, and leading on-air personality for WEMX-FM, will be here to share with us how she began her radio career as a teenager and as the host of a teen talk show.

You can register for any of our Cool Careers programs here or by calling 225-231-3733.

Written by Cynthia Payton

EmployBR Educational Scholarship

If you’ve been thinking of going back to school in order to further your career, but you can’t quite afford it, this program may be perfect for you! EmployBR, in cooperation with the local Workforce Development Area 21, is providing educational scholarships.

What kinds of programs are covered?

  • Bachelor’s Degrees in nursing, engineering, elementary education, and speech pathology
  • Certificates in business and paralegal studies from LSU
  • Trade School Certifications in fields including medical, computers, and CDL
  • Skilled Craft Training through Baton Rouge Community College Continuing Education
  • Follow the link for the complete list

how do i apply?

  • Complete the EmployBR Scholarship Application.
  • To qualify, you must be at least 18 years old and a resident of East Baton Rouge Parish.
  • Completed applications must be submitted to EmployBR no later than ten (10) business days before training is scheduled to begin and not more than 30 days prior to it beginning.
  • You will also have to apply for Federal Financial Aid.
  • Submission does NOT guarantee scholarship award.

how do i contact employbr?

  • 4523 Plank Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70505 ; (225) 358-4579
  • 1991 Wooddale Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 ; (225) 925-4312
  • 1520 Thomas H. Delpit Drive; Baton Rouge, LA 70802; 389-8901
  • Or visit their website: http://employbr.businesscatalyst.com/home

Written by Cynthia Payton

2020 Census Hiring Has Begun!

Hiring for the upcoming 2020 Us Census has recently kicked off for the Baton Rouge, LA area. These are temporary but lucrative jobs.

How do I apply?

Information and applications are available at these two websites:

  • https://2020census.gov/jobs This website has the best overview and information about the 2020 Census, jobs associated with it, and hiring procedures. You can apply on this site.
  • www.usajobs.gov Search the job listings, using “census” as your keyword and “Baton Rouge, LA” as your location.  You will see the list of positions that are currently open. You can apply on this site. The list changes frequently, so you want to keep checking.

What kinds of jobs are available?

All local positions for the 2020 Census positions are temporary and will last for a maximum of two years! Since there are fluctuations in work volume, many of those positions also do not have a set number of hours per week associated with them. This is called a “mixed tour work schedule” and means that an employee can be switched from full-time to part-time to intermittent work schedules.

Job that are currently listed on www.usajobs.gov for Baton Rouge are:
Lead Census Field Manager (closing 10/15/2018)
Information Technology Manager (closing 10/19/2018)
Administrative Manager (closing 10/15/2018)

Eventually there will be more positions such as recruiter, recruiting assistant, office operations supervisor, census taker, and some clerical positions. Keep checking the websites often to be aware of new positions posted and closing dates.

The first jobs will start in late 2018/early 2019. Those are mainly the higher level management/supervisory positions as well as the recruiters who are tasked with starting up the local offices and subsequently recruiting the census takers and other staff. Most census takers will be hired in the spring and summer of 2019. For more info check here: https://2020census.gov/jobs/job-details.html#faqs

What are the qualifications?

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Have a valid email address.
  • Complete an application and answer assessment questions. (Some assessment questions are available in Spanish. However, an English proficiency test may also be required.)
  • Be registered with the Selective Service System or have a qualifying exemption, if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.
  • Pass a Census-performed criminal background check and a review of criminal records, including fingerprinting.
  • Commit to completing training.
  • Be available to work flexible hours, which can include days, evenings, and/or weekends.
  • Have access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s license, unless public transportation is readily available.
  • Have access to a computer with internet and an email account (to complete training).

Written by Anne Nowak

 

New IT learning and job opportunity in Baton Rouge

New IT learning and job opportunity in Baton Rouge

Become a Cybersecurity Analyst in just 15 months, at no cost to you. You will get paid while you train through this new apprenticeship opportunity sponsored by NexusLA and Apprenti.

Cybersecurity Analysts are in high demand in our area and companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, EATEL, TraceSecurity, and General Informatics have already agreed to hire apprentices through this program (Apprenti). Apprenti is a new registered apprenticeship program to offer you a path and plan into the tech industry.

How it works

  • Take the online assessment (https://apprenticareers.org/locations/louisiana/) and rank high enough to be invited to interview with staff. (If you want to be part of the first cohort you need to take the assessment before the end of October.)
  • If you are selected, you’ll be placed into 3 months of full-time technical training (this period is unpaid!)
  • Once you complete training, you will transition to paid on-the-job-training with companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, EATEL, TraceSecurity, and General Informatics, for one year
  • After graduating from your apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity and experience to qualify to be retained by your hiring company

Getting started

You need to be over 18 with a high school diploma or equivalent and eligible to work in the U.S. (you do not need to be a U.S. citizen).  Take the test at https://apprenticareers.org/locations/louisiana/ and see if you make it to the next round. If you don’t succeed the first time around, you can retake the test 3 more times.

Your career in Tech awaits you

Apprenti Louisiana gets you trained and certified as a tech hire right here in Louisiana. All you have to do is complete the apprenticeship program and you are on your way to a thriving career in technology. For more info: https://apprenticareers.org/locations/louisiana/

Written by Anne Nowak

Success Story: Suzanne

Meet Suzanne, a former Career Center client who was kind enough to share the story of her successful experience with us.

Suzanne came to the Career Center about a year ago, shortly after leaving her job as an office manager for a local grocery store. Suzanne had been with the same company for many years, working her way up through increasingly higher-level positions, so she had little experience with job searching and felt some anxiety about the process. As she put it, “The thought of updating my resume scared the bejeezus out of me. I’m not good at words. I really didn’t know what to say.”

Suzanne came to the Career Center, and staff worked with her on updating her resume. We began by discussing her situation and helping her choose one of our free downloadable resume templates. We discussed her previous work experience and asked questions to discover her best and most relevant accomplishments. Next, we assisted with finding eloquent ways to describe Suzanne’s work history and skills. Finally, we proofread the document for grammatical and formatting errors. Suzanne reflected positively on the experience, saying, “By the end of the process, I looked good on paper. And the whole thing was not nearly as scary or challenging as I’d thought it would be.”

Suzanne immediately used her new resume to apply for several positions online. Two days later, she was contacted by a recruiter to set up a job interview. It was for a position as a customer service representative with a medical equipment company. Suzanne went in for an interview the next day and was offered the job the following week. Later, Suzanne spoke again with the recruiter, who confided that he had found her resume very impressive.

Suzanne feels extremely happy in her new employment and is grateful to the Career Center for its assistance. In her own words, “I’ve been at this new job for a year now, and I absolutely love it — it’s a great place to work. And I know that if it wasn’t for the Career Center, I would have been lost and confused and would never have gotten a new job so quickly.”

Written by Lynnette Lee.