Career Help Doesn’t End with Commencement; First Senior Career Day June 12

Colleen Locke | May 16, 2012
Career Help Doesn’t End with Commencement; First Senior Career Day June 12

More than 3,800 seniors will become UMass Boston alumni on June 1. But graduation doesn’t mean an end to students’ access to the Office of Career Services and Internships. And this year, for the first time, seniors have the opportunity to take part in Senior Career Day, a daylong series of workshops on resume writing, networking and interviewing skills, and maintaining a LinkedIn account.

Senior Career Day will take place Tuesday, June 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the eleventh floor of Healey Library.

Cathy Larson, assistant director of Career Services and Internships, says the idea to do an event targeted at graduating seniors came about through discussions with the Massachusetts Educational Recruiting Consortium (MERC), of which UMass Boston is a member. The members of MERC share best practices and ideas.

“Often we see an increase of people coming in for job search-related help [around the end of the semester}. There’s a whole group who don’t think about careers until after graduation. This is a way to reach out to a targeted group of students and get them to think about [their job search],” Larson says.

Employers surveyed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers predict they will hire nearly 30,000 members of the Class of 2012, a 10.2 percent improvement over last year. Even so, Larson says students will need to put some work into their career searches, which is where Senior Career Day comes in.

The event features a series of workshops, including one on networking. Shortly after that, there will be a networking lunch so the students can put their newfound skills to use right away.

Senior accounting major Jie Shi has already signed up for Senior Career Day.

“I have already signed up ... because I believe it will be the first essential step to [preparing] for an job interview [and getting access to] a job opportunity,” Shi says.

Senior management major Alexander Becerra knows firsthand how resume help from the Office of Career Services and Internships can be invaluable; the office helped him get an internship with the State Street Scholars Program.

“Shortly after figuring out what careers were aligned with my personality and interests, I asked one of the career specialists if they could edit my resume for an upcoming internship opportunity. They made time and ensured that I made my deadline. I feel that whenever I visit the office everyone is willing to help me out, whether it be giving me advice or simply going over my game plan to reach the next step. By utilizing their services, I feel that students will have an advantage over the competition,” Becerra says.

Anthropology major Jessica Baldeck believes the assistance she received with her resume helped her land a summer internship at the Stone Zoo. She advises others to take part in the Senior Career Day opportunity.

“Even if someone might think they know all of the tips and tricks to getting a job, I think there is always something new to learn. These events also allow people to practice the networking and interviewing skills they may already have,” Baldeck says.

Even after Senior Career Day, seniors should know that the Office of Career Services is available to help alumni as well as current students.

“I think some students don’t think of themselves as alumni until they’re right out the door, but why not come back and work with us the whole way through [your job search],” Larson says.

Larson says if there’s enough interest, Career Services will host another event next year, or even later this summer.

To RSVP for Senior Career Day, visit MyCareer Online or call 617.287.5519. If you haven’t RSVPed by June 5, call Career Services to check on availability.

Tags: alumni , career services , internships , senior day

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