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College Career Crossings Office provides students networking, career opportunities

| Wednesday, August 31, 2022

The Saint Mary’s Career Crossings Office (CCO) will be holding a variety of events for all students to attend throughout the year. In addition, Career Crossings will also be holding events specifically designed for sophomores, juniors and seniors, respectively.

These different events cater to different needs in each class according to Angie Fitzpatrick, the assistant director of the CCO.  Sophomore Springboard will take place Aug. 31 6 p.m.- 7p.m, and both Junior Jumpstart and Senior Start-Up will occur Aug. 30 from 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.

The specific class events are “in person and actually showing them the tools they have at their fingertips, including their career app, which is where we go for everything, Handshake,” Fitzpatrick said.

CCO additionally gave students copies of the action plan at their first event of the year called “POP on Over to Career Crossings!”

Fitzpatrick said the CCO places an emphasis on important experiences that Saint Mary’s students have through learning. The CCO has been focused on expanding student access to essential workplace values in the past few years, Fitzpatrick highlighted.

“Communication is definitely first and foremost,” she said. “Learning about equity, inclusion… and we here at St. Mary’s, strongly promote that.”

Students have the chance to learn in a variety of different ways at CCO, Fitzpatrick said. One example are “Career Chats,” where students can go if they have a question on their resume or want to participate in a mock interview. Additionally, this year the CCO will also be hosting both in-person and virtual career fairs.

Students can also learn how to use Handshake where jobs and internships are posted. Handshake is a component of some events and one of many resources available to students. 

While most CCO events are tailored towards upperclassmen, the office also has plans to work with the first-years. First, the CCO will be partnering with associate director of student equity Christin Kloski. Additionally, the office will be speaking in first-year classes and doing events in residence halls, Fitzpatrick said.   

“We show them a lot of different things,” Fitzpatrick said. Including, “making sure your resume is up to date with every leadership involvement, clubs, if you [gained] new skills.”

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