Servicing students for career success Reply

Kelly Buckley (L) and Sallyann Kakas (R), career counselors at the Office of Career Services, provide students with resume, portfolio, networking, and interview help. Photo By Michelle Burke

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The Office of Career Services is avail­able to help prepare students for any job or internship. The office, located on the second floor in Edwards Student Center, is open by appointment and select drop-in hours every weekday. Career counselors, Sallyann Kakas and Kelly Buckley, are en­couraging all students to utilize the office to its full advantage.

Kakas and Buckley meet directly with students to enhance resumes and create portfolios. They critique each student’s interviewing skills and even record a mock interview to be reviewed after. The counselors teach negotiation skills and have helped students in the past add an extra $20,000 a year to their salaries, by teaching to negotiate prop­erly with potential employers.

Kakas and Buckley specialize in in­forming students on the importance of networking. “Eighty percent of job offers come from networking. Cold applications (job interviews without previous network­ing relations) only result in five percent of job offerings,” said Kakas.

This means that an online resume, such as LinkedIn and Facebook pages, are vital in today’s job market. Students can make an appointment in the office to focus on creating online resume profiles.

Aside from counseling students, Kakas is in charge of employer relations. She re­cruits companies to come on campus and has connected 10 employers directly to Lasell. Large companies, including TJX and Reebok, recently hired several students af­ter visiting the campus.

The employer partnership program holds meetings with employers outside of Valentine Dining Hall during common hours. Participating employers can ask students for interviews at these events. Kakas is working to have employers set up informal meetings to give students advice on how to interview to land jobs within their companies.

In preparation for future jobs, Profes­sor Sarah Burrows, Director of Internship Programs, has made getting an internship as easy as possible.

“Internships are the cornerstone of Lasell’s connected learning philosophy,” said Burrows. She has created a data­base of more than 500 internships that students can search through online on Self Service or MyLasell. Professor Bur­rows assists students in sending their completed resumes to employers, and follows up with companies and students until a position is attained.

There are resources available on cam­pus to help get a successful internship or job. Burrows suggests beginning the search process a full semester before an internship is required.

“Push yourself, there are plenty of op­portunities out there,” Burrows said. “If students manage their time and take ad­vantage of the resources being offered to assist them on campus, they are more than likely to succeed.”

To achieve any career goal, the Office of Career Services recommends students begin involvement before arriving to Lasell as a freshman. Kakas and Buckley are avail­able for online meetings and phone calls to future, current, and alumni students. During freshman year, students are encour­aged to take the interest inventory tests in helping to select a major based on specific career interests.

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