Alumnae offer career advice

first_imgFour Saint Mary’s alumnae visited their alma mater Monday to talk about professional networking and social media at a panel discussion in the Student Center. The panelists were Janelle Schenher, a 2000 alumna, Angela Rupchok-Shafer, a 2003 alumna, Meaghan Veselik, a 2011 alumna and Corrie Mieszczak, a 1997 alumna. The  Career Crossings Office sponsored the discussion. Mieszczak, owner of Soaring Winds Marketing and a marketing manager for Chicago-based consulting firm Aptude, recalled her college years without some forms of modern communication and social media. “I didn’t have email when I was in school,” Mieszczak said. “I didn’t make one until grad school.” Compelled to reenter the job hunt after having her first child in 2011, Mieszczak said she realized she needed to acquaint herself with the modern job search. “People were finding work in an entirely new way,” she said. “These days, companies use technology as a recruiting tool.” Mieszczak explained the importance of using potential employers’ websites to determine if they reflect personal values like social responsibility. She reminded students networking is key in cultivating new relationships and encouraged utilizing social media outlets like LinkedIn and Twitter. Schenher, an account manager at Chicago-based marketing firm the Weinstein Organization, said as members of a younger generation, current college students have an incredible advantage once hired. “You guys can teach your elders,” she said. “You have no idea how lucky you are. This stuff is free. There’s no excuse to not use it to your advantage.” Veselik, a communications assistant at Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, said for those born into the Internet generation, “using LinkedIn or Twitter comes pretty easy. It’s almost intuitive.” Even a basic knowledge of Facebook makes a person employable, Veselik said. “Half of what I do for my job is on my iPhone,” she said. Veselik said she was initially unsure how effective establishing a Twitter account for the University’s School of Architecture would be, but she deemed it successful after an influx of alumni began following it. “Social media allows potential employees to hear about you and look for you,” Veselik, whose boss found her through LinkedIn, said. “My boss was a Saint Mary’s alumna and she wanted someone with the same education background and values as she.” Rupchok-Schafer, a social media and constituent engagement manager at Church World Services in Elkhart, Ind., said social media aptitude is a necessity in the current job market. “If someone doesn’t have a Twitter handle, I won’t even consider employing them,” she said.last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: KELLY’S CENTRA CLASSIC CAR AND TRACTOR SHOW RAISES MONEY FOR DONEGAL HOSPICE

first_imgAbove is a selection of photos from our classic car and tractor show at the weekend.With 70 cars, over a dozen tractors and a selection of steam engines turning out, it was a fabulous day. Which has triggered management at Kelly’s Centra to make it an annual event.They raised a fantastic €1,604.00 for the Donegal Hospice.Michael mcBride was on hand to help oversee proceedings on the day.Kelly’s Centra want to thank all out staff who volunteered on the day with a BIG UP for Tony Russell who helped organise this successful event on TR taxis. PICTURE SPECIAL: KELLY’S CENTRA CLASSIC CAR AND TRACTOR SHOW RAISES MONEY FOR DONEGAL HOSPICE was last modified: July 23rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsNoticespicture speciallast_img read more