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
Hello! First, let me introduce myself, and pull back the curtain a bit. My name is Madison, and I have been the Marketing Intern this semester. That means that I have been one of the people responsible for bringing you posts each week. I have enjoyed my time working here, and sharing just some of the stories from our wonderful students here at the Mount. I am a senior here at the Mount, and in these last few weeks leading up to graduation, I have been reflecting a lot on my time here. 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.