Welcome to the Career Corner! My name is Meghan Wittmer and I am a senior here at the Mount majoring in business. I am honored to be the new Writing Intern for the Career Center. Many thanks to our previous intern, Tim Johnson, for his helpful tips and advice last semester! I hope you find the articles here in the Mountain Echo and online at the Career Corner Blog informative, inspirational and helpful.
As we all begin a new school year, let’s take a look at the Career Action Plan. If you’ve never heard of this before, keep reading! The Career Action Plan is designed to help Mount students prepare for their future careers in various ways each year. The following is an overview of activities that members of each class should participate in and complete. For a more detailed list, check out the Career Action Plan (CAP) on the Mount website.
Freshmen: Welcome to the Mount! We hope you are settling in and enjoying your first few days here on campus. Although you are just beginning your college career, it is never too early to visit the Career Center. The more prepared you are, the better you will perform on job interviews, which lead to internships and careers. The Career Center can help you create or revise your resume, which is required by the Core Program, explore internships and discover potential career paths. Activate your College Central account to search for jobs and internships both at the Mount and at home. Also, register with Focus, an online tool that assesses your strengths and qualities and matches them to majors and careers. Both of these websites can be found on the Career Center website. Start strong academically and maintain a high GPA during your four years here at the Mount.
Sophomores: Welcome back to the Mount! One of your big goals during this year is to choose and declare a major. Some of you already know what you’re doing, but if you’re not sure what major you would like to pursue, come visit us. We can help you determine the career path that is best for you. Build your resume by becoming involved in clubs and student-run organizations on campus. Employers want to see that you are a well-rounded member of the Mount community who will be an active contributor to their business or organization. Continue to build relationships with your professors and consider shadowing a professional in your major. Shadowing someone can really help you determine whether or not you want to pursue a similar career. Use this second year to dive deeper into life at the Mount and to begin thinking more about your future career.
Juniors: There is a lot to accomplish this year! If you don’t have one already, set up a LinkedIn account. The Career Center offers LinkedIn Workshops—the first one of this year is on Wednesday, October 4th. Attend as many Info Sessions as possible, even if you don’t think you are interested in working for the visiting organization. Go introduce yourself and inquire about the careers they offer—you never know what might happen just because you stopped and said hello. Attend the Career Fair, which is held in Patriot Hall during the spring semester. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet employers, discuss career and internship opportunities and take a professional LinkedIn photo. Networking may help you find internships, which are a great way to learn more about the topics you are studying. Also, if grad school is in your future, begin researching schools and preparing for the entrance exams. It is never too early to start!
Seniors: You are almost to the finish line! If you are unsure about your post-Mount plans, come talk to a staff member. We can help you apply to graduate school, prepare for the GRE, submit job applications or choose which job to accept. We can also conduct mock interviews and give you tips and advice on what to say, what to wear and what to do. Interviews are the most important step of the job search because, if an interview goes poorly, you will not be offered the job. Ask us about our Career Pathways program, which links Mount students to Mount alumni through networking opportunities and personal contact. The Career Center is ready to help you prepare for life after the Mount. Just take a deep breath and take advantage of all that the Career Center offers!
As you can see, the Career Center is here to help every Mount student! You can find us on the 2nd floor of McGowan, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5pm. Walk-in hours are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1-2pm (no appointment necessary). Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 301-447-5202. You can also find us online at www.msmary.edu/career. We can’t wait to see you soon!