By: Amanda Carroll, Contributing Writer
Towson’s Career Center hosted an informal open house for students Sept. 7 as an opportunity for the campus community to meet the staff and to learn more about the center’s resources.
Career Center Director Lorie Logan-Bennett emphasized that “all students are our priority” and that the Career Center resources and staff aim to help all students reach their professional goals.
Logan-Bennett noted that the fall semester is the ideal time to start laying the groundwork for professional opportunities such as summer internships and post-grad employment, even though the academic year has just begun.
Recruiters looking for the best students grab them up early on, according to Logan-Bennett, so it’s important for both undergraduate and grad students to shift their mindset to focus on the fall semester.
Senior Evonna Allio stopped by the event while her resume was being reviewed by the center’s staff. She left her appointment satisfied with the constructive criticism she received, the “helpfulness of the staff” and ease of walk in appointments, according to Allio.
Career Center graduate assistant Isaiah Bell encouraged undergraduate students to think about graduate school readiness when they think of the Career Center.
Staff can help students refine their personal statements so that they can get an edge in the applications process.
Marketing and IT Director Keith Jones notes that the Career Center’s calendar of fall events is geared toward connecting students with internship and part-time job opportunities, as well as providing opportunities to build professional skills to start the academic year successfully.
Their largest event is the Fall Career and Internship fair at SECU arena on Oct. 7, which will bring over 200 employers on campus who are interested in students from all majors.
Interested student organizations, faculty and other groups on campus can request customized workshops through the Career Center that focus on resume building, interview skills or other professional topics.
Students unable to attend events are encouraged to visit Hire@TU, a portal for job and internship postings to connect with both on campus and off campus employers who are seeking employees or interns.
According to Logan-Bennett, there are 10,000 opportunities posted to the site every year, with new positions added every day. Hire@TU also hosts a career mentor database, online registration for Career Center events and information about on-campus recruiting.
The Career Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with designated drop-in express hours from 12 p.m.to 4:30pm.