Employment Fair 2014
Alumni Arianna Guevara (left) and Nicole DeFont (right) at the 2014 Employment Fair. (Photo by Lee Ferris, Mount Saint Mary College)

by Clare O’Keefe

NEWBURGH- With the Employment Fair approaching quickly, students on campus are getting ready to meet and network with visiting employers.

Kathleen O’Keefe, Associate Director of the Career Center, said that the Career Center on campus is an office for students to utilize to get ready for the work force. It offers a multitude of services, with its primary goals being to help students secure internships and co-ops.

The office also offers professional skill development and teaches students to write resumes and cover letters, develops internship strategies and improves one’s professional image. Job search assistance is also offered and helping students enhance their skills and strategies.

Besides the Employment Fair, the Career Center offers a variety of programs throughout the year, such as negotiation workshops, networking, a dining etiquette dinner and teacher recruitment fair.

Sophomore business major Amanda Clemens plans on attending the Career Center’s Employment Fair this year. She also went last year as a freshman.

“I had already gotten my resume checked over by the Career Center earlier in the year to prepare for applying for internships,” said Clemens.

Kelsey O’Brien, who is a junior and an English major seeking a certification in education is also attending the Employment Fair next week. This will be her first time attending.

“I redid my resume with the Career Center to help prepare for the fair,” said O’Brien.

The Career Center offers a variety of workshops and sessions to help students prepare for the Employment Fair. For example, students can attend mock interviews, get their resumes checked over and attend the big event, Prepare or the Fair.

Mock interviews are opportunities for students to practice their interviewing skills with real professionals in a safe practice environment and to learn the proper techniques of interviewing.

“I attended mock interviews because it was good practice for meeting people at the Employment Fair,” said Clemens.

Students attend the Employment Fair for a variety of reasons.

“I’m going to the Employment Fair to potentially look for a summer internship and also for networking and just meeting people,” said Clemens.

Students may also attend the Employment Fair to just get a look at what the real world is like and what employers are looking for in workers.

“I’m going to the Employment Fair to get a head start to see what’s out there,” said O’Brien. “I’m not ready to get a job yet so I’m looking to see what jobs are there and to get ideas and see what requirements are needed.”

The Career Center is open to all students. Any student can participate in events and is encouraged utilize the office the most they can.

“My sophomore year I went to the two required workshops to get started with internship opportunities,” said O’Brien. “I also went in and got tutoring and babysitting jobs in the local area to make some extra money. Now that I’m applying for summer jobs and camps, I went through the Career Center for help with my resume and help with the application process.”

Some students, like Clemens, choose to get involved with the Career Center right from the beginning.

“I feel that the Career Center has a lot to offer on campus,” said Clemens. “They are a great support center and they give great advice and opportunities for the students here. They also really have the best interest in mind for the students they work with.”

The Career Center is always encouraging students to participate and get involved to help better prepare them for the real world.

“I always pay attention to emails and posters around campus to see what the Career Center has going on,” said Clemens. “I also am always looking for networking events and preparation for all sorts of different opportunities.”

O’Brien thinks more students should be encouraged to go to the Career Center.

“I think they have a lot to offer and they do a lot of important things, but students don’t always take advantage of it,” said O’Brien. “They think they can go about it themselves, but they should go to the Career Center because they offer support and input to help the students the most they can.”