WAUKESHA, WIS.— A team of two Carroll University students and one from Illinois State University swept a recent daylong competition to win cash and internship opportunities. On Feb. 23, 2013, the Experis Mission Mashup was held at ManpowerGroup World Headquarters in Milwaukee. Teams of college students with specialization in information technology, digital media and business/marketing competed to solve real company “missions” with gaming technology.
Experis offers professional resourcing and project-based solutions. “When it comes to the next generation of workers, we know that recruiting through the traditional career fair model doesn’t work,” said Steve Feest, recruiting director for Experis in Milwaukee. “Rather than just listing skills on a resume, the Mission Mashup approach is an entertaining and fun way for Generation Y to showcase their problem-solving and collaborative abilities.”
The competition included two corporate challenges and students used RadMatter social talent development platform to showcase their results. They networked with local company representatives and received mentoring feedback from industry experts. The Carroll-ISU team won both events, earning the grand prize of $3,000, and an eight-week summer internship at Briggs & Stratton Corporation in Milwaukee. Their advertising solutions will be implemented into corporate strategy, and they will work on other digital projects.
Todd Teske, chairman, president and CEO of Briggs & Stratton, called the Mission Mashup a “unique opportunity to connect with the next generation of creative thinkers and our future workforce.”
Carroll senior John Heavey of Algonquin, Ill., is a business and communication double major, with emphases in marketing and public relations. He said, “It was an honor to answer Teske’s call for innovation and fresh ideas from creative thinkers.” He cited intense research of the companies as the key to his team’s innovative strategies.
Teammate Justin Jasniewski, a Carroll senior from West Allis, Wis., is an actuarial science major, and Ryan Movahed of ISU has dual majors in accounting and economics. “Our diverse academic backgrounds helped us construct unique solutions that set us apart from the competition,” Jasniewski said. “I’m fully prepared to use my experience to better the Carroll and Waukesha communities.”
Event sponsors included Experis, Briggs & Stratton, RadMatter, The Talent Dividend and MiKE: Innovation in Milwaukee. This was the first Mission Mashup competition.