Students soon to have career connections

Alexis Johnson, Managing Editor

By participating in the newly developed Career Connections program, FMU students can prepare for their post-university life.

Dr. Ron Miller, Jr., director of Career Development, explained the program’s purpose.

“The purpose of Career Connections is to allow students to prepare for their careers even well before they graduate,” Miller said.

The program, which will take place over two individual sessions, will allow students to learn how to create resumes, cover letters and personal statements. Students will also learn interviewing techniques, networking skills and job search strategies.

According to Miller, students of all majors and classifications are welcome to participate.

Miller explained the program’s creation. He noted that Teresa Ramey, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, played a key role in its development.

“This was an idea that Dean Ramey had, and that I started to develop,” Miller said. “Dean Ramey will be an integral part of this; she will be a guest speaker at one of the sessions.”

Tim Hanson, chair of the Department of Mass Communication and associate professor of mass communication, and Dr. Jan Serrano, assistant professor of finance, will also serve as guest speakers.

Upon completing the program, students will receive a certificate recognizing their involvement. Miller added that students may add the program to the professional development section of their resume.

Miller noted that freshman management major Martha Armstrong has played a crucial role in the program’s development as well, having completed the logistics for the program.

Session one of Career Connections will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19 and session two will be held on Tuesday, Mar. 5. Both sessions will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will be held in the University Center, room 218.

Students interested in participating must turn in completed application by Monday, Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. in the Office of Career Development, located in the University Center, room 210. Students can obtain an application from the Office of Career Development.