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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

2 Benefits of Talking to Professionals

By Tim Weaver, Marketing and Communication Intern

Speaking to professionals (also known as Informational Interviewing) is a great way to explore career options and find a job.

I experienced first-hand how powerful Informational Interviewing can be when the Career Development Center assisted me in connecting with professionals in career fields that I am interested in. The helpful tips and career insights that I attained from this experience cannot be learned elsewhere.

As an aspiring videographer and photographer, I had the opportunity to speak with someone who operates his own videography business and has traveled the country to pursue his dreams. I also spoke to a professional who has worked with several television series on the A&E Network, as well as music and movie festivals.

Through both phone and email conversations, I was able to get a better understanding of what it is like to be in a professional’s shoes.

Conducting Informational Interviews can assist students at Gwynedd Mercy University with meeting professionals in their desired fields in a couple of ways, including:  

  1. Discovering what you want- Students often question what they’d like to do after graduation.  Informational interviewing allows people to decide which jobs are appealing, and which ones are not. Students can learn more about the pros and cons of specific careers.
  2. Networking- this process is crucial in order to improve one’s understanding of careers and gain employment. Informational Interviewing allows people to speak with individuals in their desired fields, while establishing and maintaining relationships. Informational Interviews can build your confidence with talking to others and allow you to further assess yourself, as well as gaining insight on areas that need improvement. You can constantly meet new people and foster relationships.  
Conducting an Informational Interview is as simple as sending an e-mail. Many professionals are willing to converse about their careers. Students have nothing to lose by utilizing this technique, and the benefits are notable.

Students can greatly help themselves by becoming more comfortable with talking to professionals. Goals or dream careers can be discovered as a result of Informational Interviewing. 

For additional information visit 
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Student Shares Interviewing Lessons

Interviewing for a job or an internship can be unfamiliar to students. I’m certainly not an expert on interviewing, but I’d like to share some thoughts on previous experiences that may help you with a future interview.

Currently engaged in my second internship, I’ve learned some valuable lessons in regards to handling an interview.

My recent internship’s interview process was fairly traditional. Aware that a job opening existed on campus with Career Development, I sought further details. Everything happened quickly, and I found myself scrambling to compose a legitimate resume and cover letter. I now recognize that it’s key to have these things prepared ahead of time, since you never know when an opportunity may arise. Looking back, this process would have been less stressful if I would have had these documents organized.

Aside from a professional appearance, personality and demeanor are critical. Confidence is crucial during an interview. It’s important to relax, but also to be open and enthusiastic.  Now is the time to break out of your shell a bit. Don’t be afraid to elaborate on your statements during an interview. This assists the employer in seeing a truer you, and in gaining a more-detailed answer. Make sure to back up any positive claim about yourself. Always provide further information.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Questions can often show your intelligence and your interest in the company and position. Prepare yourself by researching your employer prior to meeting. 

After the interview, always send a thank you email. Make sure to follow up with the employer and be prompt with returning messages.

By Timothy Weaver, Career Development Intern

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gwynedd Intern to Share Video and Photo Talents

My name is Timothy J. Weaver and I’m a senior majoring in Communication at Gwynedd Mercy University (GMercyU). I’m currently taking on my second internship with Career Development at GMercyU. I recently completed an internship with Delaware Valley Outdoors; a long-running television series that aired on PBS.

While with this organization, I was given the opportunity to work with the producer. I furthered my experience with shooting and editing videos, as well as capturing and editing photos. I learned about video and photo production as a whole, as well as social media management and promotion.

I decided to gain additional professional experience by connecting with Career Development after completing this internship.


As the new Communications and Marketing intern with Career Development I will assist and promote GMercyU’s Career Development services. I will manage social media platforms while producing student success story videos. These videos feature students who have traveled across the world to deliver healthcare to those in need, students who used their spring break to assist disadvantaged individuals in varying cities, and a student who completed an internship with the National Basketball Association. 

I will also contribute through the creation and management of social media accounts, as well as extensive writing pieces. As a Communication major with an interest in video production, photography, and writing, this internship offers limitless opportunities. I look forward to walking away with a well-rounded experience and a greater knowledge of what it takes to pursue my dreams, while educating the GMercyU public on student accomplishments and Career Development resources.

Future Plans

I plan on spending my future behind a camera. I love anything from photojournalism to cinematography.  Video and photo production is something I could do every single day for the rest of my life. It’s always been my dream to contribute to National Geographic or the History Channel.

Check out some of my work

©Timothy J. Weaver Photography 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

5 Simple Ideas to Blow the Socks off Your Next Interview

Good article from LinkedIn that discusses interviewing. Number 2 is one that the Career Development staff focus on with students and alumni. 

Two: Prove every strength with a specific example. General statements about strengths like, “I’m a real problem-solver,” or “I’m a strong team player,” are meaningless and quickly forgotten. However, you’ll receive a different reaction entirely when you prove these statements with an actual example of an accomplishment that best demonstrates the strength. Hiring managers remember the accomplishment and, based on the details provided, conclude on their own if the candidate possesses the ability they’re seeking. Come up with an example to prove each of your strengths.

Read the full article at:


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

4 reasons to job shadow a professional

The Career Development Center at Gwynedd Mercy University is once again offering an Externship (Job Shadowing) program for students. Here are the basic details of the program. 
The program consists of a one day job shadowing experience that allows students to spend time observing a professional for the purpose of investigating a career field. Students are given the opportunity to shadow an alumnus or friend of Gwynedd Mercy University to experience a typical professional work environment in a field of interest.
The benefits that students receive from participating in this program are invaluable:
1. Help you match your interest and skills with different careers options
2. Develop your confidence when making career related decisions
3. Provide opportunities for networking and possible internships or informational interviews
4. Gain real world experience and see how to apply your education in a professional setting
Here are what students and hosts are saying about the Externship Program:
  • I learned about a typical office atmosphere. I also learned a lot about the types of educational backgrounds and special training it takes to make it in this field.
  • From this externship I learned that there are different jobs within the career field I am interested in and there are several organizations that offer internships in my field.
  • He taught me to not give up on what I am pursuing. I learned that networking plays a very big role in any type of business.
  • The externship that I experienced was very informative and made me realize this is definitely what I want to do. The experience was very helpful.
  • I had a great job shadowing experience. I know the student is looking at internships for next year and, because of a great externship experience, I would be happy to host her for an internship next fall.
For more information in shadowing a professional go to

If you are interested in being a host go to