March 04, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Patrick Legare ’92 puts his Mount Communications major to use in writing program descriptions for HBO products found on iTunes, Amazon, HBO On-Demand, and more. He was happy to return to his alma mater to mentor the next generation of Mount students.
Dozens of Mount Saint Mary College seniors connected with leaders in the entertainment and communications fields at the Real World Connections networking event on Wednesday, February 27.
Coordinated by the college’s Career Center, Real World Connections is held several times during the year for senior Mount students. Each event brings dozens of professionals from different industries together, offering networking and opportunities for personal connection that larger job fairs often can’t provide.
At the most recent event, Mount students benefited from the expertise and advice of professionals from the organizations like Success Communications Group, Home Box Office (HBO), New York Public Radio, and more.
Steve Fowler, assistant editor at Hudson Valley Magazine, told students to be flexible with their job search. “There’s more ways to use your degree than you might think,” he explained. “Your major in college can seem like you’re choosing a set path for the next 45 years. But you don’t have to stay in one field for your entire career. Using your skills in new ways can open a lot of new doors.”
Patrick Legare ’92, a writer and editor with HBO, said that making contacts and participating in internships are the “single most important things” in obtaining a job with big companies like HBO. “As a student, I wish I had known more about the importance of internships,” he said.
Business major Tyler Mannix of Waterbury, Conn. was pleased that the event allowed the Mount seniors to explore many kinds of careers and speak with professionals they may not have had the chance to meet otherwise.
“I was given some advice from some of the professionals on ways to make my résumé stand out,” he explained. “I would never have had an opportunity to make these connections if it wasn't for the Career Center and the events they host.”
The Mount’s Career Center prepares students for varied career opportunities in the Hudson Valley, New York City, the Capital Region, and beyond. Each semester, it hosts programs such as interview and search strategies workshops, on-and off-campus professional visits, and more to help pre-professionals explore and succeed in a variety of career paths.