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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.
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If you are interested in being a host go to

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Article Snippet: How to Impress When You're the Youngest on the Team

Regardless of the field you are pursuing, as a young graduate it can be tough to shine when you are new to the world of work. Here are 4 quick pointers to help:

Learn the Business
You are new to not only your company but your field so there is still a lot to learn. Dedicate time to researching and exploring your company before you start the job and as part of your regular routine.

Be Unfailingly Reliable
This includes everything from being early, completing projects on time, following up on commitments and presenting yourself professionally in all circumstances.

When Mistakes Happen, Own Them
Mistakes are part of learning and growing and they will happen. When mistakes do happen own them instead of excessively apologizing or attempting to cover them up.

Go the Extra Mile
Complete assigned duties with a positive attitude. Learn to anticipate what will be asked of you so you can come prepared and ready to go. Be willing to venture out of your comfort zone and do things outside of your job description. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Career Development recently created a 4-step program to help students/alumni achieve their goals. 

The HIRE Education program is a 4-step plan that assists you with your career development process. The program will help you choose a major/career path and develop job search skills. Career Development supports students throughout the HIRE Education process through our programs, resources and services in order to transition students from student to a successful professional.

Check out the 4-steps on our website at

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Jobs and internships

Gwynedd Mercy University students and alumni have access to the school's online job and internship website, College Central. Go to to get free access to the following:

  • Search for jobs posted exclusively to Gwynedd Mercy University; search the Jobs Central® national job board and the Intern Central® national internship board.
  • Build a résumé with Résumé Builder, or upload a résumé file to Resume Central® so it can be searched by employers (if you so authorize).
  • Review your job search history.
  • Gain access to announcements, upcoming events, career advice documents, career advice videos, podcasts, and career articles from over 125 authors.
  • Build an online portfolio in Career Portfolio Central® to support your résumé and demonstrate your best work to employers.

College Central Network®

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

4 Tips for Staying in Touch

This is an article from InternMatch that discusses how to stay in touch with those you worked with during your internship (or job). 

You loved your internship, you impressed your manager, and you left with tangible accomplishments. Now what?
If you’re like most interns, you strive hard all summer to do well. After meeting weekly with your manager, you exceeded all of your goals and received a favorable end of summer evaluation.  You also learned from previous conversations that internships can sometimes lead to future opportunities, but the key is to stay in touch. So, how do you do that?
Here are 4 tips to help you stay in touch:
Read the article at