• Career Services celebrates a successful 2008 Career Week

11/24/2008

Boston, Ma- October 27 kicked off the annual Career Week at Career Services and Cooperative Education. The week was filled with workshops, panels and career expos. The events were designed to give students access to working professionals, including Suffolk alumni, to help them gain insight into the working world, and ways to find success in their career search. Over 400 students attended the 15 events.

 Many of the events included noted alumni and speakers from various organizations. For example, “Higher Education Careers” featured alumni from Suffolk’s Master of Education in Higher Education Administration program. The panel gave students an idea of what the road ahead would look like for those interested in following career paths in student affairs and academic affairs. “Unique Careers for Crime and Justice Majors” also featured two Suffolk alumni on its panel, as well as a speaker who provided information on working in areas such as victim witness advocacy and substance abuse counseling.
 Other events helped students with the subtler parts of the job search process, such as appropriate dress. Gary A. Wallace, Associate Director of Cooperative Education, coordinated “Dress for Success,” in which students learned the finer points of appropriate dress for interviews and the work place. Wallace was very pleased with the program and how engaged the students were. He also noted that men as well as women attended.
 The week also featured several fairs and expos: the Commonwealth Career Discovery Expo for public sector jobs was held at University of Massachusetts Boston; The Partnership Career Expo- College to Career Job Fair for Students of Color was a chance to network at John Hancock Hall in Boston, and the Graduate Student Career Expo attracted over 75 Suffolk students and 17 Boston area employers.
 Finally, the week culminated with the popular event, “Professional Dining Etiquette.” Winston Jenkins, an Etiquette Consultant from Mannersmith, instructed over 90 students on proper etiquette for lunch meetings and business dinners. The dinner took place at the Holliday Inn on Blossom Street and included a soup, entrée and dessert. Students learned everything from table setting, to how to order and who pays, and appropriate behaviors when hosting a client, and when being a guest. According to the Betsy McDowell, Associate Director of Career Services, students enjoyed the dinner, asking questions throughout, and several stayed afterwards to continue to ask Jenkins advice.

Though Career Week has ended, Career Services and Cooperative Education is continuing to bring events to the students throughout the year to aid them in their job and graduate school searches.

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