National and regional employers recruit at Mount Saint Mary College

March 31, 2014

Newburgh, NY -

Employment Fair 2014

Sue Rottenbucher of River Medical Recruiting, Inc. (seated) discusses career opportunities with Kaeley Miller of Newburgh, N.Y. a senior biology major (left), and Elisa DiGiacopo, a junior public relations major.

Mount Saint Mary College students and alumni came equipped with résumés and dressed for success, as employers offered fulltime positions, internships and summer jobs recently during the 14th annual Employment Fair at the college.

Interviewing more than 300 Mount students and alumni, some 50 employers from civic, corporate, and non-profit organizations were present, including:

Advance Testing Company, Inc.
Anderson Center for Autism
Army National Guard
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
Crystal Run Healthcare
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Fox News Channel
Health Quest
Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
New York State Police
NYC Department of Education
Occupations, Inc.
St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital
United States Navy
United States Army Healthcare Recruiting
Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP

The event was sponsored by EOS Medical Group and Nature’s Pantry alternative grocery store, and conducted by the Mount’s Career Center.

Employment Fair 2014

Brittany Marrone ’12, a registered nurse representing St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany (right, seated) discusses career options with several Mount students.

“The recruiters were thoroughly impressed with the quality of our students’ preparation, presentation, professional attire, polite manners, well-prepared résumés, engaging personalities, eye contact, and motivation,” said Janet Zeman, executive director of the Career Center.

Kaeley Miller of Newburgh, N.Y., a senior biology major, said that the Employment Fair at the Mount is “great for us students.” She pointed out that there were plenty of networking opportunities for intrepid future professionals.

Elisa DiGiacopo, a junior public relations major, agreed.

“I found a lot of internship possibilities,” she said.

Successful Mount alumni were in no short supply as employers. Sean Glander ’06, a CPA with Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP, encouraged students to prepare an “elevator speech” – a two minute talk that encapsulates one’s strengths, and can be given at any time.

“If you meet someone unexpectedly and you don’t have a résumé on hand, this speech is how they are going to remember you,” he explained.

Registered nurse Brittany Marrone ’12 represented her employer, St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, N.Y.

“This is such an excellent opportunity for students to put themselves out there,” she said. “That way, when we’re going through applications looking for the best candidates, we have a great sense of who that person is and what they can bring to the organization.”

Marrone earned a technical care associate position at St. Peter’s Hospital though the Mount’s Career Center, which led to her current position.

“The Mount’s Career Center and the School of Nursing help students in every way they can,” she said. “The Mount really prepared me for my career.”

Employment Fair 2014

Jonathan Torres, a sociology-criminology major from the Bronx, N.Y., speaks to Lt. Joseph Saski about a career in the U.S. Navy.

Prior to the event, the Career Center helped students enhance their résumés, and held mock interview sessions with employers such as Orange Regional Medical Center, Hudson Valley Magazine, Goshen Central School District, and Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

The Career Center also hosts programs each semester to help pre-professionals explore a plethora of career paths. For example, the recent forum “Careers of Science Majors” featured a question and answer session with a panel of Mount alumni professionals, including: William Maelia ‘09, a chemistry teacher in the Somers Central School District and an adjunct at the Mount; Joe Palamara ‘98, an associate veterinarian at Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center; and George J. Kaknis ‘83, an optometrist whose practice is located in Fishkill, N.Y.

Early results from the Mount’s 2013 survey of graduates show that 89 percent were employed, with 79 percent working in a field related to their studies.