April 04, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Ashley Woodin ’15 (right), a school psychologist at Kaplan Career Academy, returned to her alma mater to mentor a new generation of students.
About a dozen successful Mount Saint Mary College graduates headed back to their alma mater recently to mentor the forward-thinking students of today.
The Tenth Annual Meet a Mentor Dinner, organized by the Office of Alumni Affairs, provided Mount scholars with valuable insight into the work world while breaking bread with a variety of alumni.
The alumni discussed how they got started on their career path, their current and past job responsibilities, and a plethora of professional tips, noted Michelle Iacuessa ’94, director of Alumni Affairs at the Mount.
Keynote speaker Corri Nicoletti ’10 MSED ’15, a technical support analyst for Lumen Learning, encouraged students to keep an open mind when searching the job market. There’s more ways to use a degree than one might think, she noted.
“There’s a lot of jobs out there – remember to be flexible on your career path,” said Nicoletti. “I’m not doing what I thought I’d be doing, but I love it just the same.”
Nicoletti attributed much of her professional success to keeping in contact with supervisors from previous internships and not “burning bridges” with former employers.
“There’s so much value to networking, maintaining relationships, taking educated risks, and always focusing on what’s important to you and your career,” she said. “I wish I had started building those relationships sooner.”
Claudia Larsen of Bethel, Conn., a Media Studies major with a concentration in Journalism, said the dinner provided an excellent chance to connect with professionals in many fields.
“Journalism is all about making connections,” she said, “and searching for jobs can be the same way, so I jumped at the chance to come to this dinner. Students, no matter what major, should network early.”