Students today, employees tomorrow

Mount seniors prepare for the future with development conference
February 13, 2017


Phil Royle, head of Community and Project Relations of Legoland New York, discussed the possibility of a new park in Orange County and how it would create job opportunities.


With fewer than 100 days until graduation, Mount Saint Mary College seniors flocked to the “Students Today, Employees Tomorrow, Knights Forever” professional development conference on February 10.

Sponsored by the college’s Career Center and the Office of Student Activities, the fourth annual conference featured breakout sessions, a panel of successful Mount alumni, and a networking reception. Topics included salary negotiation, grad school preparation, pointers on searching for a job, how to give a great interview, and financial tips for young adults.

The alumni panel consisted of Alexander Florez ’15, a mathematics teacher at Most Precious Blood School in Walden, N.Y.; Tabatha Mays ’14, a human resources associate and receptionist at The Arc of Orange County; Jessica Mlinar ‘13, J.D., a medical malpractice litigation attorney; Karen Neary ’15, a registered nurse at Westchester Medical Center; Anthony Ragaglia ’16, a productions trainee with the NBA; and Margaret Treacy ’13, a marketing and new business associate at Cornerstone Family Healthcare.

Florez warned the seniors against dismissing job opportunities “because they aren’t ideal,” citing flexibility as one of the keys to career success. There are many different ways to use a Mount degree, he noted.

Other Mount alumni offered their advice in written form in a packet given to each participating senior. Che-La Devonshire ’14, a registered nurse at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, suggested that the seniors be “relentless” in their job searches. “Know what you want and work toward it,” she said. “Become a part of where you want to work and get your foot in by volunteering time to their facility.”

Steven Neuhaus ’96, Orange County Executive, touted the value of internships, noting that he interned with the State Assembly while he was a student at the Mount. “It opened doors and provided the experience that led me to become Chester Town Supervisor, and later, Orange County Executive,” he explained.

Phil Royle, head of Community and Project Relations of Legoland New York, was the event’s keynote speaker. He examined the impact the proposed Legoland theme park could have on Orange County from an employment perspective.

According to Royle, the park would generate 800 construction jobs, 500 fulltime jobs, and 800 part time/seasonal positions. He noted that Legoland typically attracts about 1.5 to 2.5 million visitors a year, about 30 percent of which would be tourists.