Posted by: Yuengling Trinh
Looking for a potential job or internship can be stressful to say the least. Finding time to search for a potential job or internship is very hard while studying in college. It is important to set aside a set number of hours every week to search for a potential job or internship. Searching for a potential job or internship is easier now than years ago. We do not have to drive around and actually look. We are fortunate that we live in a society that is easily connected and where technology is advanced. We are even more fortunate that we go to school that offers free services to help us plan for our futures.
If you have no idea what type of job or internship you want, it is important to visit FOCUS. FOCUS is an online self-assessment of your interest, values, and skills. After completing your self-assessment, you can see how the results relate to majors and potential careers. To access FOCUS visit www.msmary.edu/focus. The access ID is: themount.
Now that you have an idea what type of job or internship you want, it is now time to search for one. One easy way to do this daily is by always checking your email. Look for Career Center updates via email, especially the Career Center Career Round-ups. These are bi-weekly emails sent out about on-campus recruiting, on-campus interviewing, information sessions, recruiting tables, or information tables in Patriot about potential jobs or careers. These resources offered are in a variety of fields. This week alone the fields include: accounting, law enforcement, a consulting firm, and a CPA firm. The Career Center is also on Facebook (Mount St. Mary’s University Career Center) and Twitter (@MSMCareer). By staying connected with the Career Center via social media you will receive updates as well.
If for some reason you cannot find a job or internship that is fitting for you via email or social media, it is time to go College Central Network. College Central Network is free to students, alumni, and employers. Approved employers may post jobs on College Central Network. To access College Central Network, go to www.msmary.edu. At the top of The Mount’s website go to the tab that says “Student Life” and then click on “Career Center.” Next, either click on College Central in the left hand menu, or scroll all the way down until you see the College Central Network logo. The symbol is a square that has purple, red, green, and blue in it. After you click on the College Central Network symbol, you get to logon to your account for the first time. The only thing that you will need to log in to your account is your student ID number. Remember that your student ID number is the last six digits found on the back of your Mount Card. The first time access password is “mount”. If for some reason that does not work try clicking on the “forgot my password” link.
After entering into College Central Network you can fill out a profile. Filling out the profile helps because it can find jobs or internships that match your interests or major. On College Central Network you can search for opportunities posted to your school. You can also search for opportunities listed in areas of your interest. The really neat thing about it is that you can narrow down the search to a specific location. You are also welcome to upload your resume. This way, employers may view your resume.
If College Central Network does not help, remember that you can always come to the Career Center to make an appointment with our insightful staff. You can also call 301-447-5202 to make an appointment. The Career Center is open Monday through Friday from 9AM-5PM with drop-in hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1-2PM. The office is located in Upper McGowan past the Mail Room - just look for the Career Center sign down the hallway. Opportunity is knocking here at The Mount. It is important to take advantage of these helpful resources to better increase your chances of success.
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!