Mount seniors prepare for the future with development conference
February 13, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
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
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
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
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.