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It’s always a good time to consider how you are portrayed online. With today’s rapidly changing tools for communication, a professional must keep a meticulous eye on his or her online presence, especially if undergoing a job or internship search. Although many social networks are designed for your personal life, the information you post can still be readily available to professional contacts. Thankfully, there are several tools and settings that can help you put your best foot forward.

  1. Facebook – Facebook use is so common that when an employer receives a resume, they go to Facebook to learn more about you. First, consider your photos: A professional profile photo is a good idea if you are in a job or internship search. Also, consider a generic cover photo or no photo at all, and remember that cover photos are always public images. Delete and “untag” all photos that may show you in an unprofessional light. You’ll also want to lock your timeline from public view and reconsider your “likes” and group memberships.
  2. LinkedIn – A professional photo is a must on LinkedIn. Give yourself a title, which could be your current position or “Graduate Student at Mount St. Mary’s University.” Fill out a profile of your professional and educational activities, including tasks, clubs, committees, and volunteer experiences. Begin linking with people you know and those you would like to get to know professionally. Join groups in your field of interest to meet like-minded professionals.
  3. Google – Have you ever “googled” yourself? Try several combinations of your name with a city, state, university, or other affiliations to check your Internet presence. Be sure there are no questionable photos or information associated with you. To monitor this daily, set a Google Alert so that you receive an email any time something new appears about you on online.
  4. Consider your email address Your email address should be professional and generic, especially if you are including it on your resume or LinkedIn profile. Try something simple like

The Internet is full of tools and networks that can help you build or disassemble your personal brand by sharing appropriate/inappropriate videos, photos, articles, links, and information. Explore your options, like Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, and Vine to find the best platforms to share your professional knowledge and get connected. Make these resources work for you – not against you.

The Career Center at Mount St. Mary’s University bridges the classroom to your career. Our mission is to inspire, educate, and motivate students and alumni to take an active role in their career development and to discover their vocation. We provide career counseling, educational programming, and employer services to enrich each individual's experience at the Mount.

On Tuesday, June 30, the Mount will kick off an 8-week highly interactive proposal development course that focuses on the major dimensions of winning Federal contracts and grants. Leading this course is Dr. Robert S. Frey, MBA, APMP Fellow, TOGAF V9.1 Certified.

Dr. Frey has 27 years of accomplishments and leadership, as well as 31 years of writing and publication related success. His experience includes proposal solution strategizing and architecture development; proposal management; end-to-end proposal design, review, and production; business planning and capture management; and business leader and executive consulting.

“We’re looking forward to the unique perspective and teaching style that Dr. Frey will bring to the classroom,” said Terry McCune, assistant director of graduate and adult programs.

Additionally, he brings broad technical awareness in information technology, engineering, scientific support services, and telecommunications. He is conversant in industry best practices such as The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) Version 9.1, PMBOK 5th Edition, ITIL V3, SEI CMMI ML 3, ISO 9001:2008, and Six Sigma.

Dr. Frey has assisted customers with winning awards amounting to $5.299 billion. Multi-year contracts associated with these accomplishments include:

  • U.S. Army and Navy
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Energy
  • NASA
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric
  • Decenters for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Department of State
  • Department of Labor
  • U.S. Air Force
  • Intelligence Community customers
  • California Army National Guard

Educational Achievements:

  • Doctor of Management, University of Maryland University College, 2009
         - Dissertation Topic: “Leader Self-Efficacy and Resource Allocation Decisions:
           A Study of Small Business Contractors in the Federal Marketspace”
  • MBA, University of Maryland University College, 2006
  • M.S., Management, Concentration in Marketing, University of Maryland University College, 2005
  • B.S. cum laude, Biology, Lebanon Valley College of Pennsylvania, 1979
  • M.A.S., Information and Communication Technology, University of Denver, currently pursuing

Those interested in the course can contact Terry McCune for more information at


On Friday, January 30, the biotechnology and management program hosted a monthly gathering of local professionals in the bio industry. More than 100 like-minded “bio-preneurs” gathered to network, while enjoying sandwiches from a.k.a. Friscos and beer from Barley & Hops Microbrewery.

BioBeers functions as a catalyst, designed to provide an enduring platform where those in the industry can gather to share ideas and knowledge, while cultivating lasting business relationships.

“This is our second time hosting the event,” said Matt Rittler, Ph.D., program director for the biotechnology and management program. “It’s a great opportunity to meet professionals working nearby, and also to provide more information about our new graduate program.”

The Master of Science in Biotechnology and Management began in August 2014 with a cohort of ten students. The cohort style allows students the opportunity to work together toward the shared goal of completing the program in order to advance their career.

“The degree program is really tailored for those scientists that are seeking greater managerial responsibility,” said Rittler. “It’s the only program in the area that focuses so closely on the importance of building a strong foundation for management by incorporating a business education in the curriculum.”

With the New Year in full swing, it’s time to put your resolution to work by continuing your education to advance your career! Before you can complete a degree or certificate program, you need to get accepted and enrolled in the program that is right for you. It can be overwhelming to begin program research, so we’ve compiled a top 10 list of things to consider that will get you started.

  1. Time. Whether it’s time to completion or time from application to enrollment, make sure the program fits your plan for the future. Regarding completion time, look into whether schools accept credit for prior experience.
  2. Format. Degree programs can be offered part-time or full-time, in accelerated sessions or traditional semesters, online or in-person, in large lecture classes or smaller interactive groups, during different times of the day and night, and several other differentiators. Ask yourself what format will best serve your needs.
  3. Resources. Make sure the university has adequate facilities, such as library access. Also, find schools with the resources you need, like student services.
  4. Curriculum. Not all degrees will help you achieve your desired outcome. Make sure the classes and other requirements align with the skills and knowledge you need to advance your career.
  5. Networking. Internships and career networking are especially important if your plan involves getting a new job after you graduate, versus moving up in your current company.
  6. Emphasis. If you’re looking for a certain concentration, make sure the program offers that as an option.
  7. Philosophy. Determine if the program is focused on theory or research application, and decide which is best for your situation.
  8. Reputation. There are many ways to tell whether a program has a strong reputation, including accreditation, rankings, and even word of mouth.
  9. Location. If you want to take classes in person, location can be a critical factor that can enhance or diminish your learning experience.
  10. Value. Cost can be a huge factor when investing in your education, but the bottom line is to make sure the program you select provides the value you need to justify the financial commitment. You can also research financial aid opportunities offered by the school or government that can help offset costs. Make sure when comparing programs that you factor in tuition, fees, and added expenses, like parking.   

Our top 10 list was compiled by a team of the Mount's academic advisors and program directors. Click here to request information about the Mount’s own distinct degree and certificate programs.

As another year concludes, congratulate yourself on your success in 2014! While you prepare for 2015, how will you challenge yourself to change your life in a positive way? The beginning of a new year is typically a time to set new goals, but more important than that is following through with your intentions – goals don’t work unless you do! If the next 365 days involve a complex undertaking, like earning an advanced degree, we recommend four tips to improve follow through.

  1. Plan for success. A yearlong commitment seems like a faraway destination; instead, approach your goal as a journey with checkpoints. Schedule time to accomplish short-term goals (checkpoints) that add up to create the long-term goal (destination). Remember to apply deadlines so you reach your final destination at a steady and intentional pace.
  2. Incentivize yourself! Like any road trip, schedule opportunities to refuel. Accomplishing goals is no easy task, so along the way you’ll need to take time to reward yourself for a job well done. Look for opportunities to incentivize and inspire in order to create the positive energy you need to keep at it!
  3. Develop helpful habits. Break your goal down into individual habits that you will cultivate in order to be successful. If your goal is to earn a degree, acquire study habits like reading one chapter in a textbook every night or sending an email to your academic advisor once a month to monitor your progress. By making your habits quantifiable, you can measure success more easily.
  4. Find an accountability buddy. Sometimes you need an extra push from someone other than yourself. Just like a personal trainer would push a client to choose healthy food options, find a study buddy, friend, or family member that will hold you to the habits and standards you set for yourself.

It’s easy to get caught up in the initial excitement of defining a goal. But the truth is, seeing a goal through to the end takes time, commitment, support, and a thorough plan. How do you keep track of your progress? Sound off in the comments section on the News from Frederick blog.

Cindy KokoskiMy two biggest passions are working with children and working with the elderly. Currently, I am in the midst of completing an internship for the adult undergraduate human service’s program at St. Joseph’s Ministries in Emmitsburg, Maryland. St. Joseph’s Ministries is a small, rural community nursing home that provides short and long term care for the frail and elderly. For me, this internship confirmed that the elderly population is in need of advocacy and that there are great institutions and individuals who are deeply involved with providing this service. I want to know their stories and develop the skills necessary to become an advocate as well.

While many people think of an internship as volunteering or service learning, in fact it is meant to focus on student learning and professional development. In my role, I work one-on-one with the residents. I have my own caseload under the latitude of the social worker. This allows me to meet with these individuals on a regular basis to monitor their needs and progress. I then report back to the social worker and we discuss innovative ways to assist.

Additionally, I attend a daily leadership meeting to review the events/incidents of the previous day. Each department is represented at these meetings to create awareness and work together on issues as they arise. This is a wonderful experience that explains why St. Joseph’s Ministries has such a great reputation. 

My internship has opened my eyes to the many facets of the eldercare industry as well as responsibilities of social workers. Some of the responsibilities include:

  • Performing regular assessments of the residents as mandated by the state
  • Training new employees on the care and treatment of the elderly
  • Keeping up-to-date on government regulations as they pertain to the Nursing Home industry
  • Staying informed about the latest medications for treatment of various ailments affecting the elderly
  • Developing individual treatment and care plans for the residents
  • Maintaining case files for each resident
  • Serving as a liaison with Medicare and other insurance programs to arrange care of the residents while they are in the Nursing Home and when they return home
  • Meeting with the residents on a regular basis
  • Attending to the individual social needs of the residents in regards to their relationships with the staff and other residents

During my experience at St. Joseph’s Ministries, I witnessed the struggles of family members who made tough decisions about the care of their loved ones. I learned that many times there are no easy answers, and sometimes there are no answers, only acceptance. Sometimes simply recognizing their concerns and giving them the opportunity to voice those concerns can help ease the anxiousness of the resident. 

This internship has made me more sensitive to the needs of both of my parents, who are still living at home, and it has given me an awareness of issues they may face in the future.  In addition, it has caused me to reflect on my own desires and needs and how best to prepare for my own eldercare. 

Overall, this internship is providing me a chance to learn from others who have been working in the field, develop the skills necessary to navigate the industry, and understand the needs and demands of eldercare work. 

About the Author: Cindy Kokoski is the Assistant Director at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes on the campus of Mount St. Mary’s University.  She has been employed at Mount St. Mary’s since 2003 and is looking to graduate with her degree in Human Services in May 2015.

Resumes, cover letters, interviewing, networking… All of these aspects are important factors of a job search. How you treat these phases of the application process affects how employers see you as a candidate. Offer a personal touch by demonstrating, at all points in your search, how you meet the company’s needs as a potential employee. Here are three ways to consider adding a personal touch in your job search:

1. Tailor Your Resume
Adjust your resume to each specific posting so that employers can quickly see how your background and experience matches the company’s needs and desires. Never exaggerate a resume to match a posting, just make it easier by highlight how you fit the position at a glance.

2. Craft A Cover Letter
Cover letters by their very nature should be personal to each opportunity. Offering a general letter can convey a message of less interest and enthusiasm than a letter highlighting how you in particular can contribute to the specific organization.

3. Follow Up After the Interview
Once you complete a job interview, remember to send personalized thank you cards or emails to all of the people met during the interview process.

Overall, all of your interactions with a company from start to finish factor into your job search. Be respectful of the employer, kind to all people you meet, clear in communication, and patient in times of waiting. Do not despair or doubt in the face of uncertainty or adversity, but find ways to keep persevering, learning, and growing. Every challenge is an opportunity to overcome trial and tribulation. Providing the personal touch conveys your interest and knowledge, making you a candidate that stands out among the rest.

About the Author: Matthew Pouss is the assistant director and internship coordinator at the Mount’s Career Center. In his role, Matt supports students in discovering new opportunities in vocation, self-discovery, and development through a deep passion in helping others overcoming challenges. Current students of the Mount can contact the Career Center at 301-447-5202 of to learn more about adding the personal touch to a job search.

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