Carey’s Career Madness, Other Events Make Landing Job a Slam Dunk

Luke Lavoie

Luke is a writer and editor working in Carey’s Marketing and Communications Department. His writing encompasses the work of exemplary students, faculty and alumni at Carey, as well as coverage of events and other initiatives. Prior to joining Carey, Luke was a journalist for the Baltimore Sun Media Group covering Howard County. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University Maryland.

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When it comes to finding a job, it can be hard to know where to start.

What should my resume look like? Where should I look? What should I say in the interview? All of these are valid questions for business school students.

But where are the answers? For Carey students, many can be found through the Career Development Office. Starting March 21 with Career Madness Week, the office has launched a series of events and initiatives aimed at helping students get through the stretch-run of job-hunting season.

“We are getting to the crest of the hill,” said Russell Rogers, Carey’s director of employer relations. “Around the end of March and in April is when students should be solidifying their internships and full-time opportunities. And it is also the time of year where employers are looking to fill their remaining open internships and jobs.”

This year was the first time Career Development held Career Madness, a March Madness-themed initiative packed with 18 events spanning eight days at Carey’s Baltimore and DC campuses. The series of events, which was held from March 21 through March 28, included interview coaching, a job search boot camp, a social media branding session, a speed-dating style mock interview event and an informal “Coffee and Conversations” event with former Maryland Governor and visiting Carey professor Martin O’Malley.

Rogers said the week was “a totally different approach” for the department, an innovative creation from Kathleen Bovard, director of coaching and education.

He said it has traditionally hosted career-oriented events this time of year, but that this year the offerings have been enhanced and the platform has been condensed into a single week. Rogers said the new event lineup helps showcase the full spectrum of work done by the office including interview coaching techniques from Bovard. Each workshop was held at both the Baltimore and Washington campuses.

On March 25, Rogers and Roger Williams, assistant director of employer relations, delivered a presentation called Employment Market Insights, which provided attending students with data and trends in the fast-moving job market. The presentation also highlighted ways for students to position themselves in the market, specifically leveraging their resources in the Career Development office like Carey Compass, a resume database that the department uses to match students with interested employers.

And while Career Madness is over, there are more career-oriented events on tap for April. On April 10, the office is sponsoring a StartUP! Fest, an event geared toward students looking for opportunities at up and coming companies. It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Harbor East Campus.

On April 17, Career Development will host the first annual Carey Career Fair at the Harbor East Campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will allow students valuable face time with employers. For more details about the career fair, please click here.

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