Michelle Burke – Copy Editor
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.