By Mack the Knight
Ask graduating seniors which offices impacted their time on campus the most, and you’re sure to always have many people mention the Career Center.
It makes sense. The Career Center holds so much responsibility for helping students succeed. From professional development to career counseling to preparing for graduate school to finding an internship to sprucing up resumes…goodness, I’m out of breath just listing off some of their responsibilities!
But what really makes the Career Center at the Mount incredible is the staff. They are truly such an amazing group of people who work tirelessly to help us all succeed and let us know there is always someone in our corner cheering for us. From the director, Kathleen O’Keefe, who was recognized as a pillar of the Mount this year; to Heather Fitzsimmons, who was one of Dutchess County’s Forty Under 40 recipients; to Ellen Bourhis-Nolan, who runs so many workshops to help students be prepared for jobs or graduate school; to Robin Rosenberg, who is so involved on campus and in the community; to the always bubbly Megan Rossi ’13, who returned to the Mount community after volunteering in the Peace Corps; to the incredible Regina Eisenbacher, who keeps everything organized and always has a smile for everyone. It’s just an incredible group!
But don’t just take my word for it: So many of our students rave about the Career Center that we wanted to collect it all in one place.
“The Career Center went above and beyond to help me. Mrs. O’Keefe (the Career Center director) helped me create and polish my resume, and she arranged interviews at a newspaper and a publishing company. These internships really helped focus my resume and give me experience in my field, which went a long way. The Mount is the main reason I found what I wanted in a career.” — Courtney Fahy ’14, editorial assistant at Little Bee Books
As part of our celebration of the Division of Social Sciences this week, we sat down with Mount senior Alyssa Castellani, a Human Services major and president of the Human Services honor society on campus, to talk about her last four years at the Mount. Her path to finding her major was unique – Alyssa came in to the college as a Nursing major, switched to Education, and finally found her calling in Human Services – but was definitely worth the wait.
KL: What made you decide to be a Human Services major?
Alyssa: I knew I wanted to be part of the helping professions; I just needed to figure out what career path matched my desire to help and care for those who need it and give them the best life I can – not to mention motivate me to want to attend my classes and love the job that will become part of my everyday life when I graduate! Once that desire to help became clear, Human Services stood out to me because there are so many different areas of focus within the field that provide me opportunities to help. Whether you want to work with children, mental health, the elderly, etc., the options are endless. Although I have changed majors a few times during my time here at the Mount, I am happy with the path that I took to get to where I am today. I honestly wouldn’t want to change a thing. My participation in the Human Services major here at Mount has had such an impact on me and has reassured me that Human Services is absolutely the field for me. Continue Reading
Today, we will hear from Jacob Gaydos, who spent the spring semester in Ireland interning with Eventhaus, full service event planning and marketing company. Here, he will tell you all about his experience. Continue Reading
Clare O’Keefe is a senior public relations major at the college. She completed an internship in the summer of 2015 in Dublin, Ireland, and recently told Knight Life about her experiences.
In the summer of 2015, I was fortunate to intern abroad in Dublin, Ireland for three months. With the help of the Career Center and Study Abroad office, I was able to get an internship at the public relations agency Heneghan PR. I didn’t really know too much about interning abroad, so I assumed that it would be similar to studying abroad.
In exactly twelve days, Jade Hanley and Emily DiBiase will become graduating members of the Class of 2015. As the students who have brought you Knight Life for the past few semesters, Jade and Emily wanted to share some of their advice with the Class of 2019 before they become official alumnae of the College.
On Opening Day
Jade: Don’t stress out on moving in with “strangers” because these people quickly become your Mount family. I’m still friends with my first roommates! Opening Day is a good time to get to know each other. This is also a crucial time to set up schedules. You should always know your roommate’s schedule (like when they wake up in the morning). Also, don’t be afraid to set up a cleaning schedule right away! It’s better now in a definitive format than later when dust bunnies are taking over.
Emily: Opening Day will be one of the most stressful and yet absolutely wonderful days of your life. The people who you meet today will be your classmates, co-workers, and best friends for the next four years and beyond. Make this a day to reinvent yourself and be whoever you want to be in a brand-new place! Also, go to the Club Fair on Opening night; getting involved on campus will make the Mount seem like your home in no time. Continue Reading