Career Services: Launching tomorrow's leaders
Marianne McCarley knows what it's like to be an Auburn student in desperate need of an internship before graduation. She was once a liberal arts student in media studies with a dream of interning and one day working in New York City. Luckily for her, she traveled to New York during spring break of her senior year to interview for an internship at HBO, and they hired her. She ended up staying there for 20 years before returning home to Auburn to complete her master’s degree in communication. Now, as a career services specialist for the College of Liberal Arts, McCarley has the opportunity to give back to students who are in that same position she once was.
Three resources available to students through the Office of Career Services include career communities, career treks, and individual advising sessions. Through these resources, students cultivate professional skills with guidance from industry experts, alumni, and employers in their chosen field of interest, giving them an edge in career placement post-graduation. Kayla Boyd, a junior in media studies, had this to say about her experience: “The career trek to Atlanta was a great way to get an inside look at the multiple career paths a liberal arts student can take. It helped me gain perspective and gave me a better idea of what I want to do after I graduate. It’s definitely worth the trip!”
It is not just students who benefit from developing a relationship with McCarley and the office she is working to build. “I’ll say one of the big things we need are recent graduates who want to be mentors or who can help bridge a gap in industry,” McCarley said. “This is my call to action for everyone, all alumni, who are in a position to help us with these programs and initiatives: reconnect with the students we have now. Know that we’re going to work to build this office so that we can help our students have an easier go of the job market once they graduate.”
Visit the Office of Career Services website for more details about career communities, career treks and individual advising sessions.