Reflection on My Semester in the Career Center

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Image courtesy of Mount St. Mary’s University Career Center

As I look around and see the bright sun shining upon the lushest green grass, I find it hard to believe how much time has passed. It seems like just the other day I was walking into the Career Center on a cold January morning for the first day of the semester and my first day on the job. Now, only one week of class remains and summer break is upon us.

Coming into this experience, I had a few different goals for my Career Center internship. First, I wanted to learn more about higher education, specifically career services, by interacting with career professionals. Second, I want to enhance my writing skills through journalism-related tasks. Finally, I wanted to learn more about myself and where I am headed. Luckily, I can say that all three of these goals were accomplished.

I was fortunate enough to spend a large majority of the semester working with Matt Pouss, the Assistant Director/Internship Coordinator of the Career Center. I am very thankful that Matt allowed me to work with him on a number of different Career Center events. The LinkedIn Seminar, the Career Fair, and the Etiquette Dinner were a few of my favorite events of the year. Seeing how all of these events were planned, developed, and executed was a great experience for me.

Working in the Career Center has also taught me how important career services are at a higher learning institution. The end goal of every college or university is to prepare its students for success after graduation. The Career Center is the bridge between college and the real world for so many students. Being a part of the goals and missions of this office has truly been an honor and a privilege.

I feel that my writing skills have been greatly enhanced as a result of working at this internship.  Every week, I was able to cover a new topic related to careers. I enjoyed spreading the message of career development through my talents as a writer. I hope that others found my advice helpful and motivational as we all continue to seek out our vocation in life.

Finally, I have learned so much about myself through this internship. Four months ago, I had a very narrow view of the options that would be available for me after I graduate. Now, I am aware of the many options available, and I know how to find them. By researching topics like resume writing, choosing your major, and how to make the most of your internship experience, I have learned that there are so many opportunities for those who seek them out.

As student, I regret not using the Career Center’s services earlier in my academic career. There are truly wonderful people in this office that want to help you find happiness in your career search. You should never feel stressed out about the future if you are using the services that the Career Center offers.

For anyone who may be interested in interning at the Career Center, I highly recommend it. It is a great way to experience personal and professional growth. Also, the information you learn on the job will be invaluable no matter what career you pursue.

Luckily, I can say that this is not my final week in the Career Center. I will be returning as a summer intern where my major role will be helping to plan Accounting Evening in September. I hope that I can continue to assist the Career Center and students of this university through my efforts.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to check out the blog and read my articles in the Mountain Echo this semester. Be sure to stop by again in the fall for more career advice. Until next time, have a great summer everyone!

Josh Karlheim

Staff Writer for The Mountain Echo

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