3rd Annual Career Mentoring Event a Huge Success

Career Event Raised Students' Awareness About Future Careers
By Chelsea Tougas '12

The 3rd Annual Career Mentoring Event, "Piecing Together Your Career," brought Worcester State University students to the Student Center's Blue Lounge to listen to career advice and tips from WSU alumni, faculty and staff on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

A panel of four business people started off the program by discussing their career paths and answering students' questions.  Alumni Association's Advisory Board Vice President Kristina Jackson '93, Worcester State Foundation Board President Gregg Rosen '86, and Foundation Board members Dan Mastrototaro and Kerri Melley made up the esteemed panel.

Jackson discussed how to always "look for someone who could possibly be a mentor at your work" so they can help you grow as an employee and become a better businessperson.  She spoke about her past mentors and how they always made her strive to be better, encouraged her to pursue her master's degree and to seek more responsibility in her work.  Rosen revealed to the students that "networking is key" and that students should strive to "become an expert at what you do" to succeed in any field of work.

After the panel discussion, dinner was served while the students mingled with the faculty, staff and alumni. Three twenty-minute break-out sessions followed the dinner.  Break-out session topics included: "Know Yourself, Find Your Way -- Reflection, Self Assessment and Discovering Your Path," "Social Media and Networking 101," and "Exploring Your Options -- Work, Grad School and Entrepreneurship."

Each student who attended rotated between the three different sessions to experience and learn from the alumni, faculty and staff who were leading each group discussion.  Overall, the students were able to connect in a positive way with the presenters as well as to get a better understanding of what will happen after graduation.

As a graduating senior, this career event helped me prepare for what is to come. I liked the personal experiences shared by panelists and it was nice to hear that it often took a lot of hard work to begin their career.  The panelists simply encouraged the students to do what they love, work hard and be focused on their career path.  Even if a job won't last forever, all experiences can have a positive spin to them.  In my opinion, the event was a huge success and helped the students have a better understanding of their future beyond WSU.