Nichols College News

Panels Give Seniors Head Start on Career Search

Three days of lunchtime panel on careers in academia, business, and the non-profit sector provided seniors and other upperclassmen a detailed look into their futures in a program presented by the Nichols Office of Career Services.

The gatherings in Davis Hall during the last week in September offered an array of career options, as well as a higher education about the corporate world and some practical advice on finding work there.

The event—entitled “Interviewing Best Practices” an held on September 26th—featured three corporate recruiters (pictured), who focused on the difference that a good interview can make to the job search. “It was a terrific opportunity to hear interviewing advice from three seasoned college recruiters,” noted Career Services Director Elizabeth Horgan.

The presenters included the human resources director of Alexander, Aronson, Finning & Co., P.C., a public accounting and consulting firm; the product development and technology recruiter for Meditech, a national leader in creating software for medical record keeping and sharing; and the manager of entry level recruiting strategy, Nancy Gervais ’98, for the financial services company State Street.

“Don’t play the interview game,” Meditech’s Kristopher Stone cautioned the student audience. “Explain the kind of employee you will be, and add your personality and don’t embellish your resume.”

Alexander, Aronson, Finning’s Ryan Soldo made a similar request for candor. “Interviewers can spot sincerity, just like your mother,” he warned.

When it came to the interview preparation, State Street’s Gervais stressed, “Practice, practice practice.”

The next afternoon, students heard from the veterans of non-profit organizations including the Peace Corps, the Massachusetts Service Alliance, and Teach for America—which was represented by Michelle Lariviere ’05, currently an adjunct English professor at the College.

Lariviere described her take away from Teach for America, a teaching corps that goes into underserved urban and rural areas of the country. “For me, it’s been seeing my students growing into a adults, and the large impact I’ve had on some,” she said. Now I love hearing about my students and their successes, even students who drove me craze for the three years I was there.”

“Each of these organizations offers very rewarding opportunities to give back and make a difference,” added Nichols Career Services’ Horgan.

The career series kicked off on September 25th with two faculty panels focused on going to graduate school. The first, devoted to further studies in psychology, included Nichols Professor of Psychology & Psychology Program Chair Thomas Davis and Cheryl Leary, the director of the Graduate program in Developmental Psychology at Bay Path College.

A panel discussing other graduate opportunities consisted of Nicholas Barnes, an assistant professor of Business and Law and the Information Technology Management chair at Nichols; Mauri Pelto, a professor of Environmental Science and the chair of the school’s Science Program; and Nora Luquer, the College’s assistant director of enrollment services, for Graduate and Professional Studies.