Current Career Topics for Mount St. Mary's University Students
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Posted by: Meghan Orner
With the amount of snowfall we received this past semester, I’m sure we all thought summer could not come soon enough, and here we are preparing for final exams. It is hard to believe, but yet another year has gone by so quickly here at the Mount. As we all prepare for summer, it is just as important to reflect on this past academic year and view it as an enriching learning experience.
A great learning experience for me was my journalism internship at the Career Center. Through this internship, I was given the opportunity to improve my writing and editing skills by writing weekly articles for the Mountain Echo newspaper and the Career Corner blog, and I was also able to learn more about basic marketing principles. I feel that I was able to learn and grow so much throughout this whole experience, and I could not be happier with my decision to intern at the Career Center.
This internship also provided me with a very deep insight into the inner workings of the Career Center, and I was given the opportunity to understand more about professional marketing, promoting, and event planning on a daily basis. The Career Center sponsors a variety of events throughout the entire academic year, and one of my favorites is the Etiquette Dinner. The host Michael True is both entertaining and informative, and the food served is always delicious! I loved attending this event, and I encourage everyone to attend this event during your time here at the Mount.
I would like to thank Clare, Matt and Naomi for giving me this great opportunity, and I look forward to seeing how this experience will help me in my future career. I encourage everyone at the Mount to consider interning at the Career Center. It is such a great work environment, and just like any other internship, it was a great learning experience! I also hope all students will take the time to make an appointment with the Career Center. The professionally trained staff can really help you at any stage of your career development, so be sure to take advantage of this great resource!
Good luck on your finals, and I hope everyone has a nice and relaxing summer! Congratulations to the Class of 2014!
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Posted by: Meghan Orner
Another year gone. It is hard to believe, but all too soon finals will be over and seniors will be graduating. We hope that all students have had a fulfilling and enriching year, and for seniors, your time here at Mount St. Mary's University will undoubtedly be an important chapter in your life. Whether you are moving onto graduate school or entering the workforce, remember that the Career Center is still here to help!
Many of the services available to students are still available to you as alumni. Alumni can use College Central to search for job opportunities 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Career Counseling is also an option for alumni. You can continue to visit with a counselor for individual assistance with career planning and decision-making, along with taking a career interest and personality inventory. Not only are you encouraged to make appointments with a career counselor, but you are also invited to all the events the Career Center sponsors. Alumni are welcome to attend the workshops, seminars, on-campus recruitment and Career Fairs that are held throughout the year. There are various ways for you to give back to the Mount too. Serving on an alumni panel or offering internships or jobs at your place of employment are just some examples.
A service exclusively for alumni is the Mentoring Network. This gives alumni the opportunity to mentor fellow Mounties and network with alumni on various career levels. To register, visit www.msmary.edu/mentoring and select “Join Our Mentoring Network.” Director of the Career Center Clare Tauriello encourages alumni to take advantage of these services: “The Career Center welcomes the opportunity to assist alumni in their career development. You may be graduating, but our services continue!”
Remember that you can always contact the Career Center at 301-447-5202 or Career-Center@msmary.edu. Once a Mountie, always a Mountie! On behalf of the entire Career Center staff, we congratulate the Class of 2014 and wish them the best of luck as they begin their next chapter in life!
Posted by: Meghan Orner
Whether you are preparing for a job or internship, it is very important to consider workplace etiquette. Since every work environment is different, consider how well you fit within the organization, and these tips on workplace etiquette may help you make an easier transition into the workplace.
One of the easiest ways to smoothly transition into a new workplace is to make positive first impressions. Learn the names of your coworkers and learn them quickly. Since this can be a bit overwhelming on the first day, a good tip to help you remember someone’s name is to use their name about two times in your first conversation with them. It is also important to realize that it’s sometimes not what you say but HOW you say it that matters. Always be kind and courteous to your fellow employers, and remember to smile. Not only will it make you feel more comfortable with your new coworkers, but it may also make you an even more productive worker!
Some other important things to remember when incorporating workplace etiquette into your new work environment simply involve common courtesy. For example, be sure to return all phone calls and emails within 24 hours of receiving them. Even if you just respond saying that you will have more information at a later date and will contact them as soon as you can, it is very important to do so. Not returning an email or phone call is seen as unprofessional. It is also important to always adhere to deadlines. Many work environments are fast-paced, and so deadlines are essential to the flow of the workplace. If you do not think you will have enough time to complete a project or task before the deadline, speak with your supervisor immediately.
A final thing to remember is that if you have any questions about your workplace’s etiquette or protocol, simply ask your supervisor. You will be more successful in the workplace if you follow these etiquette tips. For more tips on how to adjust to a new work environment, contact the Career Center at 301-447-5202, Career-Center@msmary.edu or simply stop by the Career Center to make an appointment.
Posted by: Meghan Orner
Especially in today's world as technology rapidly advances, employers are conducting digital interviews instead of meeting with applicants in person. Although this can be more convenient with no travel required, a two-dimensional interview makes it much harder for the applicants to connect with the interviewer since they are not in the same room. But as digital interviews become increasingly popular among employers, it's essential that you learn how to make this type of interview work for you!
In order to successfully prepare for a digital interview, the first thing to consider is the quality of your camera. It is important to ensure that your camera provides the professional image required before, not during, an interview. To do so, simply practice using the camera with a friend to make sure everything will run smoothly during the real thing. The setup of the camera is also important. Eye contact is key during a digital interview, so be sure that the camera is at eye level so you can look directly at the camera, not just at the screen.
The background is another important element to the digital interview because you do not want anything to distract interviewers from the main focal point: you. Backgrounds should be bland and neutral, and the easiest way to have a professional background is to purchase a large poster board. The other option is to reserve an Interview Room by contacting the Career Center at 301-447-5202 or email@example.com. Most digital interview software like Skype require a username, so be sure to have a professional username and picture so you can make a great first impression with employers – even before they see you in the interview.
Although you are talking to the interviewer on a screen, it is important that you talk to them, not at them. By talking to them as you would if you were having this interview face-to-face, it will be easier for the interviewer to connect with you. You should always maintain good eye contact with the interviewer. By avoiding eye contact you appear to lack self-confidence, and it actually distracts the interviewer from focusing on what you are saying. Don't forget that you are on the air throughout the entire interview and that everything you do will be perceived either positively or negatively by the interviewer.
A final thing to remember is to always wait five minutes before shutting down your equipment. Although this type of interview can be stressful and you're glad that it is over, don't rush away from the camera. Wait until the interviewer's computer is shut down, take the time to reflect on how the interview went, and congratulate yourself on completing a digital interview!
Posted by: Meghan Orner
The Career Center is very excited to hold the annual Student-Athlete Career Week from March 30 to April 4. This week is especially geared towards the career development and considerations of the Mount’s athletes. Together with the assistance of Chris Stack, coordinator of support services for student athletes, and Kaitlin Hallahan, the assistant director of the Office of Alumni Relations, Student-Athlete Career Week is one way to give back to those athletes who continuously represent the Mount.
The second annual Alumni Career Panel will take place on Tuesday, April 1 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the O'Hara Dining Room. Even though this event will have more of an athletic focus, this is great opportunity for all students to hear from alumni about their experiences in various career paths. There will also be time for refreshments and for students to have one-on-one conversations with the alumni, so don't miss this chance to learn more about the transition from school to work and to network with alumni!
Wednesday’s event will feature a lecture presentation given by the President of Hanover Capital Management, Mark Riggs: “Get A Hold of Your Financial Footing.” As a member of the class of 1998 and the MBA class of 2002, Riggs is very familiar with the Mount and he hopes to offer students advice on how to handle finances before and after graduation. Along with his presentation, there will also be time to socialize and network, so be sure to attend this lecture on Wednesday, April 2 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Horning Hospitality Suite.
The final event of Student-Athlete Career Week is the Etiquette Dinner on Thursday, April 3 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the O'Hara Dining Room. Director of the Internship Center at Messiah College Michael True will once again host this semester's Etiquette Dinner to teach Mount students the essential skills needed in a professional dining setting, such as holding your plate and drink in one hand while shaking hands with the other professionals present at the event.
If you have any questions about any of these upcoming events, contact the Career Center at 301-447-5202, Career-Center@msmary.edu or simply stop by the Career Center to make an appointment. Remember that the Career Center is here to serve all students, and we hope to see everyone at these great events!
Posted by: Meghan Orner
As many of you know, one of the biggest events sponsored by the Career Center is quickly approaching: the Internship and Job Fair! It will take place on March 19 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Patriot Hall. This annual event gives students the opportunity to network with approximately 35 local companies and organizations right here on campus. But to get the most out of this great event, here is a list of things to prepare so you can make the internship and job fair work for you!
It is very important that you research companies BEFORE the event. On March 14, you will receive a guidebook via email listing the companies and organizations that will be present at the fair so you will have plenty of time to research potential employers. After going through the guidebook, make a list of employers to visit and come up with questions to ask. Employers are looking for students who are genuinely interested in their organization, and asking questions is one way to show your interest. Be knowledgeable about the companies and organizations that interest you. But it is also important to remember to be open to any company or organization - many hire a variety of different majors!
On the day of the fair, be sure to dress professionally. First impressions are key, and the way you dress really does affect the employer's view of you as a potential employee. Men should wear a 2 or 3 button two piece suit with a white long-sleeved dress shirt and a tie that matches the color of the suit. Women should wear a white or lightly-colored blouse with 1 or 2 button jacket and a knee-length skirt that is at least 25 inches in length. Slacks are appropriate as long as they are tailored and dark in color.
It is also important to bring plenty of resumes and business cards with you to the fair. More is always better than less, and you want to make sure you have enough to give out to the employers in whom you are interested. Also, remember that it is normal to be nervous, but don't let your nerves keep you from networking! Be confident in your skills and be proud of who you are. If you show your personality, then you will stand out among the crowd - literally!
If you have any further questions or concerns about this event, contact the Career Center at 301-447-5202, CareerCenter@msmary.edu, or simply stop by the Career Center. Be sure to check out the Job Fair Preparation Workshop on March 11 at 3:30 p.m. in the Career Center Seminar Room. We hope to see everyone at the Internship and Job Fair on March 19!
Posted by: Meghan Orner
As college students begin applying for internships and college graduates begin applying for full-time jobs, an important thing for both groups to consider is the future. You need to consider how every experience, whether it is an internship or a job, affects your future plans and goals. Employers are also very interested in your future goals, which is why a very common question for employers to ask in an interview is "Where do you see yourself in five years?" The whole purpose of this question is to show employers that you are focused on the future, so keep reading to learn how you can prepare!
Whenever you are asked this question, it is very important to demonstrate how the position for which you are interviewing fits into both your short and long-term goals. Be ready to explain how you hope to progress within the company in the future. However, even though this question requires you to clearly explain your future plans, it is just as important to be practical and realistic about those goals. Before the interview, be sure to research the structure of the organization itself in order to identify where and how entry-level employees progress. If you have a contact within the company you are applying to, respectfully ask them about this and other topics in order to get a sense of the overall structure of the organization. Remember that it is always better to have more background information on an organization than less when applying for an internship or job.
When answering this question, a common response from recent college graduates involves graduate school. Although this is obviously such a great path to follow after graduation, you may not want to immediately tell your employer of these plans during an interview. Oftentimes, a company or organization has a program that supports young professionals in achieving their master's degree, but educational benefits are typically discussed after an offer of employment has been made. So before you share your graduate school plans, be sure to research if the employer supports further education.
If you have any questions concerning any of this information, contact the Career Center at 301-447-5202, Career-Center@msmary.edu or simply stop by the Career Center to make an appointment. The Career Center offers interviewing tips and mock-interview sessions to help students be as prepared as possible for the interviewing process, so be sure to take advantage of this great resource.
Posted by: Meghan Orner
No matter what company or organization you apply to, there will undoubtedly be some kind of competition among applicants for the job. That is why during any interview, employers will most likely ask you the following questions: "Why are you interested in this organization?" or "Why are you interested in this job?" By preparing an answer to this question before the interview, you will stand out among the other candidates, so keep reading to learn how to perfect an answer to this question!
There is a very simple rule to follow when answering this question in an interview: ALWAYS have an answer to this question! Whether you are applying for an entry level position or a position at your dream job, you should always have a well prepared response to convince the employer to hire you. Employers receive numerous applications every day for various positions within their company or organization, so they are looking for the applicants that went above and beyond in their preparation for the interview. They are looking for individuals who really want to work at their company and who show a sincere interest in helping the company or organization fulfill their purpose.
So when you are answering this question, be sure to share an informed interest and passion in their mission. But in order to do so, you will have to complete some research before the interview. Some helpful things to look for are the organization's mission, products, size, reputation and history. Most of these elements can be found on the organization's website, and be sure to research if the company has been in the news recently. However, it is not enough to show the interviewer that you have completed some research before the interview. You should also include in your answer an explanation of how you can make a contribution to the company's goals. Talk about their needs and how you can fulfill those needs. Be confident in your skills that you will be able to benefit the company or organization.
If you have any questions concerning any of this information, please do not hesitate to contact the Career Center at 301-447-5202, Career-Center@msmary.edu or simply stop by the Career Center to make an appointment. The Career Center offers interviewing tips and mock interview sessions to help students be as prepared as possible for the interviewing process, so be sure to take advantage of this great resource. And to learn how to answer more of these common interview questions, check out the Career Corner Blog on the Career Center's website.
Posted by: Meghan Orner