Mount seniors connect with local professionals

April 13, 2017

The Real World Connections events at Mount Saint Mary College pair employers with students in a casual networking situation. Here, Kyle Bender of W.B. Mason (left) discusses his work with business major Alex Harcher of Wallkill, N.Y. 


Mount Saint Mary College graduating seniors got a jump on their professional networking at two recent Real World Connections events.

Hosted by the college’s Career Center, the Real World Connections series unites seniors of all majors with professionals in a variety of fields, including high profile recruiters and successful alumni. The reception-like gatherings provide a low pressure environment for students to mingle with the professionals.

In total, more than 30 professionals, including successful Mount alumni, networked with dozens of Mount students.

Knowing how to communicate one’s skills to an employer is an important part of obtaining a job, noted Kori Rogers ’01, employment services coordinator at Orange Works/Orange County Employment and Training Administration.

“Know your value, know what you have to offer, and be able to articulate that to an employer,” she said. “And be persistent. The job search can be a stressful process, but never give up.”

Upcoming Real World Connections programs will include professionals in the fields of nursing, public relations, marketing, and more.

The Mount’s Career Center prepares students for varied career opportunities in the Hudson Valley, New York City, the Capital Region, and beyond.