With the goal of helping students prepare for life after graduation, The Salisbury Center for Careers Services and Professional Development will host an open house event on Friday, March 8, that will grant students access to a wide range of employment resources.
The open house, which will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. in Trinity Hall, will give students the opportunity to get acquainted with Career Services, its staff and resources. During the event, students can participate in a slew of activities, including a photo booth for LinkedIn profile pictures, guided instruction for using the HWS Career Network database, on-site resume reviews, and access to job and internship listings, among others.
On Friday, students who attend the open house also will have the chance to meet with Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions Bob Murphy, who is the former director of The Salisbury Center for Careers Services and Professional Development. Before joining the Colleges in 2004, Murphy worked for Pepsi-Cola, including as Chief Operating Officer of PepsiCo International in Istanbul.
“Figuring out what you want to do after graduation can be intimidating for some. Searches for internships and jobs can be overwhelming,” says Brandi Ferrara, director of The Salisbury Center for Careers Services and Professional Development. “The Career Services staff is here to help students of the Colleges through the process and to obtain meaningful experiences.”
The Career Services staff, Ferrara says, can help with professional development coaching, including resume and cover letter writing, interview skills and mock interviews, graduate and professional school guidance, assistance with health professions, pre-law and pre-business, and working with students seeking fellowships, and much more.
In addition, Ferrara says Pathways, the HWS career development plan for students, helps to encourage students as they follow their individual paths, all while helping to provide focus and direction.
“Using the Pathways process, staff can help students develop clarity around their skills, interests and values and in turn, help them figure out how those relate to career choices,” Ferrara says. “Students have the opportunity to test drive careers through job shadowing, externships and internships that are provided through Career Services.”
As a fun addition to the open house, Career Services also will be raffling off prizes, including Hobart and William Smith padfolios, a $200 gift certificate to Brooks Brothers to help purchase a suit, and other prizes. At the event, Career Services also will be reminding students that the summer internship application deadline is Friday, March 15.