Grads and parents advise, inspire during Career Week 2011

It's no secret that Gettysburg College parents and alumni are successful. Seven of them recently returned to campus and shared the secrets to their success with students during Career Week 2011.

The annual event, hosted by the Center for Career Development Sept. 23-30, featured informational sessions primarily led by parent and alumni guest speakers on job searching, interviewing, and graduate school. Discussions on careers in corporate finance and banking, digital media, entertainment, non-profits, and federal government were also held.

"Career Week is a great way for students to learn more about the variety of industries and begin the networking process with professionals," said Katherine Mattson, associate director of career planning. "We really appreciate alumni and parents coming back to campus and participating in this experience."

Nick Johnson '90Nick Johnson '90, senior vice president of digital media sales at NBC Universal, spoke to students about careers on the business side of the entertainment industry. "I'm passionate about giving back to Gettysburg," Johnson said, who has hosted externs for the past three years in New York City.

David Blount P'14, a civil servant for the U.S. Department of Defense, offered insight and advice to students interested in working for the federal government. "I am excited to go to work every day," said Blount. "It brings me great joy to serve my country."

As a result of Career Week 2011, students found multiple opportunities to learn new and innovative ways to apply for jobs, network with business professionals, transition into the working world, and find a graduate school. In addition, students received helpful advice, support, and inspiration from industry leaders connected to the College.

View the Center for Career Development's upcoming events and programs. Get involved as a volunteer.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Tracey Dukert, assistant director of news content, 717.337.6521

Posted: Tue, 11 Oct 2011

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