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In a Difficult Economy, Alumni Relations and the CareerCenter Cosponsor Job Information Sessions

Posted December 9, 2008

The Office of Alumni Relations, the CareerCenter, and the federal government’s Call to Serve program recently co-sponsored two information sessions on campus for alumni and students looking for jobs. Pictured at the December 10 event in the St. Germain Campus Center are (L-R) Alumni Relations Director Kathy Pappas G’98, Richard Karwick ’95, and Deborah Pace, the College’s director of employer relations.

Pappas and Pace say similar gatherings planned for February and March are part of an effort by their offices to serve as a job search resource in these turbulent economic times. Pace points out that these events in October and December informed participants of the country’s largest federal agencies commitment to hire nearly 193,000 new workers for “mission critical” jobs through 2009. There will be lots of other federal positions that will be filled during this time as well.

The federal government is looking for employees in every field, including accounting, biological sciences, education, engineering, mathematics, and statistics. “Many people think that working for the federal government means working in Washington, DC, but 84 percent of federal jobs are outside the greater Washington, DC area,” says Pace. “These positions are located across the country.”

Alumni Relations and the CareerCenter have also been publicizing area job fairs in the CareerCenter Newsletter and the monthly Alumni E-News. These events have included the College2Career Expo on November 6 in East Windsor, CT, and a “Green Careers” opportunities fair November 22 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

Moreover, Alumni Relations is providing job hunting strategies from human resources executive Kim Kenney-Rockwal ’90/G’00 (see news item below) on its Website and on the Alumni Association Facebook Page. The Facebook Page also contains occasional postings about alumni employers looking for professional talent.

To provide even more help with the job search process, Pappas says that her office is bolstering its Alumni Career Network. “Additionally, there are great networking opportunities at alumni receptions,” says Pappas. Her office recently held such an event in New York City, and others are planned in Boston (January 29), Washington, DC (February 25), Worcester (March 19), and Hartford (April 2).

For more information on the Alumni Career Network and the alumni receptions, contact Linda LaCoille at 413-796-2240.


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