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Career Services Hosts Career Carnival on Quad
Event to be hosted Aug. 30 from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. to promote the on campus service and what opportunities they offer for students.
The Office of Career Services has been busy this past summer as they get ready to welcome back students this school year with a host of events on their lineup to let students know who they are and what they offer in the way of job hunting.
Kicking off the fall 2022 semester, Career Services will be hosting a Career Carnival on the Quad in front of Nelson on Aug. 30 from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. This fun-filled event will feature games, food, and professional development skills to promote Career Services’ many opportunities their staff provides to help students get the job.
Students usually find the friendly faces of Director Taylor Ormon and Assistant Director Shreve Bland in the basement of Nelson Hall, the home to their career success headquarters. But, lately, MC students may have just seen them on their Instagram feed doing popular Instagram reel dance trends or using viral sounds to promote the many resources they offer to current students and even alumni.
Among the litany of services the on-campus center sponsors, some of their most utilized are resume revising, interview training, and in-person job counseling done by their trained directors and peer mentors, which are student staff.
“Job hunting before graduating college and even after can be a very stressful and daunting task if you don’t feel prepared,” said Courtney Engel, a Peer Mentor. “As Peer Mentors, we not only get to learn all about these skills, like resume building, professional development and interviewing smartly, we get to help other students learn those really integral parts of getting a job that suits you.”
Career Services also houses all the on-campus job listings an undergraduate student could ever need within the easy-to-use program software Handshake, which the department began using this summer.
Just as important as being able to apply and interview for a suitable position after getting a degree, so is being able to hold down a job for those long summers home or a mid-semester internship.
“This resource is helpful in finding those little details about how you communicate with a future boss or how to tweak resume details that will make you more marketable to those employers,” said Emily Berry, an MC pre-physical therapy junior. “Every college student wants a little extra spending money during the summer or the semester and also helping to take you to the next step in reaching your career after graduation. Career Services really helped me do both.”
Berry noted how her summer was spent getting experience in her field of physical therapy and how after she came back for the fall, her resume was bolstered but so was her confidence in getting more experience as she started applying for physical therapy schools.
Another student, Chris Colebank, touched on his positive experience with the department.
“I had an internship lined up for the summer that actually fell through right before the end of the semester. I was in a tight spot and needed to find something fast, and Career Services really came in clutch,” said Colebank, a senior in business administration. “It was really easy working with them, and it’s not like that’s the goal, to do the work entirely for us. But, I really appreciated how straightforward it was to meet and talk about my options.”
Whether one has applied for an on-campus desk clerk position with Residence Life or has wanted to get more shadowing experience with a dental internship, Mississippi College students have found success in the real world by utilizing readily available resources and contacting the eager and excited staff of the office of Career Services.
To learn more about Career Services, follow their Instagram page @mc.careers or visit https://www.mc.edu/career/.
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