Alumni are encouraged to get involved with the Mount's Career & Experiential Education Center through a variety of opportunities during the year. We are always looking for alumni who are eager to engage with students to help them in their professional development. Here are just a few things you could help us with:
Be a co-op employer
Cooperative Education (co-op) is a way for students to earn academic credit for their professional experience in their field, while still in college. Students typically work between 15-20 hours per week at their co-op position, while still going to school full time. You can help a student earn their way through college, and get the benefit of up-to-date thinking in their field. We are always looking to expand our co-op employer partnerships, so if you believe your company would need a co-op, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Attend a Career Fair as an employer or job seeker
Every spring the Career Center hosts a career fair on campus where companies can come on campus and network with current and graduated students. As a job seeker, the fair is a great way to network with employers and possibly interview with them. As an employer, this is a way to recruit for open positions and ensure a qualified pipeline of talent. Employer tables are still available at this year’s career fair on March 4. Please contact us for more information or if you would like to register as an employer.
Many Mount students choose to take a Professional Development course that the Career Center offers. During this course students create a resume, learn the importance of networking, and acquire interviewing skills. Student’s final exam in this course is a mock interview with an employer. We are always looking for employers and alumni willing to participate in this unique event. This year’s mock interviews will be held May 5-8.
We have students who are unsure about what they want to do when they graduate or what career path they want to pursue. We encourage these students to do an informational interview, which will allow them to learn what other professionals are “really” doing in the field. We are always in need of alumni and community members from a variety of fields, who would be willing to talk with students about their career and experiences. Informational interviews can help to influence a student’s decision on a career path.
We look forward to continuing to work with alumni and employers to create lasting development experiences for students. We hope you will be able to assist us with our goal of career readiness for every Mount student. If you have any questions, or would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact Brittany Arthur, Program Manager of Strategic Initiatives, at Brittany.Arthur@msj.edu or 513-244-4217.