A successful Career Day boosts students’ career networking, internship exploration, and resumé-building

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2024

How do you meet potential employers? How do you find out more about the world of internships? 

And how in the world do you turn your draft resume into an eye-catching document that will grab attention? 

A standing-room-only audience of PCA&D students and alumni recently had the chance to step up to these challenges and more at the College’s fifth annual Career Day. Organized and hosted by Assistant Dean of Career Development & Internships Maria Provencher; Justin Phillips, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs; and Holly Mosher, Chair of the Business in Creative Industry department and Director of Distance Learning, Career Day 2024 was a three-hour fair of potential employers, resumé advice, and learning about the boost internships can give your career search. 

There was something for every student no matter their major, Provencher said. 

“It’s primarily targeted to juniors and seniors, but all students are encouraged to attend whether they’re a (Foundation Year student) eager to explore different industries or a senior preparing to enter the workforce,” she added. 

This year, Career Day was divided into three focus areas:

Employer Networking: A chance to meet representatives from companies and organizations that are eager to engage with talented students. It was an excellent opportunity to learn about different career paths, company cultures, and available job and internship opportunities. 

Informational Internship Session: An opportunity to learn about the benefits of internships, what employers look for in candidates, and how to make the most of an internship experience. Guidance whether a student is exploring opportunities for the summer or looking for a part-time internship during the academic year. 

Resumé Assistance: Representatives from PCA&D’s Writing Center were on hand to provide personalized feedback and tips on how to make a resumé stand out. It was a chance, Provencher says, for students to take either a first draft or an existing resumé and refine it to better highlight skills and experience. 

“By attending Career Day,” Provencher said, “I hope our students (gained) not only insights into various employment opportunities but also the confidence to explore their interests, the determination to pursue their dreams, and the understanding that their potential is limitless.”

And, she added, none of it would be possible without the “invaluable collaboration” with community partners. 

“Their commitment to providing meaningful opportunities and guidance to our students is truly commendable,” Provencher said. “Together, we are empowering the next generation of PCA&D students with the knowledge and resources they need to shape their futures. (We appreciate their) dedication and for being instrumental in fostering a brighter tomorrow for our students.”