Kicking Off the Career Search

Career Services' New Workshop Captures Seniors' Attention


Rebecca Doser '16

Last fall, Career Services helped ease seniors’ nerve-racking brainstorming of their post-graduation plans by offering a new workshop called Career Kickoff at the beginning of the semester.  Sessions named Job Search Jump Start, Navigating the Graduate School Application Process and Exploring My Options: For the Undecided Senior proved more effective in helping seniors prioritize their tasks and post-graduate journeys than previous attempts that unfortunately fell off students’ priority lists, Career Services personnel reported.

“There is so much going on first semester in regards to career connections,” Associate Director of Career Services Sarah Coburn said. “We didn’t want seniors to miss anything important.”

So as to capture seniors’ attention prior to their return to campus, new Director of Career Services Ron Albertson sent an informational letter home over the summer. Free pizza, prizes at each session and an informative sheet outlining important deadlines for formal employer recruitment, workshops and networking events created a buzz that brought approximately 180 seniors in total to the Career Kickoff. 

 “We were really happy with the response,” Coburn said. “Doing it right off the bat was important to get students thinking.” 

“I learned how important LinkedIn is in regards to the job search,” Abbey McRae ’16 said. “It was very helpful to realize this in the first week of classes because then I could work with someone in Career Services to really build up my LinkedIn profile before applying to jobs.”

“I gained a sense of peace and understanding that life after college is going to be all right,” Stephanie Ramirez ’16 said. “St. Lawrence really does provide the basic foundation, the necessary resources and a vast alumni network to help me start planning for my future.”