Career Services Provides Valuable Job Resources for Graduates

Posted: May 14, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews and Beau Cribbs

As graduation loomed for Mason students at the tail end of their programs this semester, many of them focused on forging career paths and networking with future employers.

The Office of Career Services has resources to help bridge the sometimes daunting gap between recent college graduates and some of the most sought-after jobs in the working world.

James Barricelli, coordinator for employee relations, says Mason students have a certain appeal that draws them to many of today’s top employers.

“The institution itself is attractive to employers because of our reputation in the area. We’ve been playing a role to add to the economic development in Northern Virginia,” Barricelli says. “Also, our location in the D.C. metro area plays a big role with the businesses located around here as well.”

Many of the top employers of recent Mason graduates are in technology field, such as America Online (AOL) and IBM. Others, such as the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense, are part of the federal government. Others belong to the financial sector, such as PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“We are actively developing relationships with employees through arranging interviews on campus, various workshops throughout the semester and resume clinics. These relationships bridge the gap between students and employers, and provide students the opportunity to network,” says Barricelli.

“AOL has had a lot of luck hiring Mason engineering students who participate in our engineering co-op program,” says Thomas Dunn, technical director of software engineering at AOL. “We’ve been able to effectively gauge whether or not AOL is a good match for the student and vice versa. All the students who participate in the program develop into valuable employees who actively contribute to the company.”

The program also helps to accelerate the job hunt, by providing assistance in resume writing and job search skills, and as well as researching companies that fit with a particular student’s skills and interests.

“I have several job offers on the table right now, so I am just weighing my options,” says Jim Truong, a graduating finance major and former career services patron. “I especially thought the PatriotJobweb site was great in helping me find the jobs that best fit me.”

For more information, visit the Career Services web site.

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