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College to offer on-the-go career advice

Megan Loney | Thursday, September 17, 2009

For students with tight schedules, the Career Crossings Office (CCO) of Saint Mary’s is now offering CCO on the Go from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday in the atrium of the Student Center for those who want quick career advice without having to set up an appointment.

The Career Crossings personnel in the atrium offer the same services during this lunch period that they do in the office, but CCO on the Go is intended to answer more immediate needs, Tricia Dunton Assistant Director of the Career Crossings Office, said.

Topics addressed by CCO on the Go include internship and job searches and resume reviews, Duton said.

“Students can drop off their resumes and have us look over their resumes while they eat lunch,” Dunton said.

The wait is usually no longer than five minutes, Dunton said. If students have more in-depth questions, she advised them to make an appointment at the CCO.

Senior Communications major Emily Van De Somepele used CCO on the Go Wednesday to revise her resume in time for the career fair that took place later that night.

“I used it [CCO on the Go] as a follow-up from a meeting I had at the office in order to make sure my resume looked right,” Van De Somepele said.

She said juniors and seniors should seriously consider turning to the CCO for help.

“It’s really important for juniors and first-semester seniors to start solidifying things and looking for a job,” Van De Somepele said. “Juniors can start looking for internships through CCO.”

Juniors and seniors are not the only ones who can benefit from the services offered. Freshmen often ask about internships and what they can do to position themselves in their chosen career field, Dunton said.

Dunton said CCO on the Go is valuable to the Office’s mission.

“I think it is important to remind people that we are here,” Dunton said. “It’s to remind them that we can answer a quick question, and they don’t want to have to wait for a week to wait for an appointment.