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Students size up 'U' career center services

BY MICHAEL KAN
Daily Staff Reporter
Published March 4, 2004

The Business School tends to have a close connection to its
students, which could create an image that Business School students
are getting more opportunities, added Cotrone.

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Career Center librarian Leigh Formicola gives LSA freshman Rick Bastien advice on summer internships. (TREVOR CAMPBELL/Daily)

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Business School senior Ben Bershad agreed with Cotrone and said
the idea that Business School students get jobs without any work is
presumptuous. “It’s very difficult and competitive to
get a job. There are a lot of qualities companies look for, and you
are going to have to study hard,” he said.

Bershad added, “If everyone in the B-school relied on the
recruiters, not everyone would get a job. There’s a lot of
people who have family businesses or connections and so go work for
them.”

Unlike some other job-searching seniors, Bershad attained a job
back in November, after a month and a half of searching. He said a
bias toward hiring Business School students does exist, but not
because of the different career programs.

“To some degree (the Business School is) a trade school.
In LSA you can’t find a lot of jobs with just a political
science or psychology major. You need more requirements. In the
(business world) money changes hands and the B-school prepares us
to kind of negotiate that exchange of money. It prepares you for
those specifåic job functions,” he said.

Still, Bershad added that some of his classmates did not find
jobs as fast as he did and have also struggled to find jobs just
like many other seniors.

Contrary to Bershad’s view, other Business School students
said they feel a bias exists within the institutions themselves.
Business School senior Andreas Penna, who also acquired his job in
a month and a half, said he felt students in LSA were at a
disadvantage in terms of job-searching skills when compared to
Business School students. “All my friends in LSA don’t
know what the hell is going on with job searching.”

“And you know, it’s because I think in the Business
School they force it, they teach it to you. But I think if you are
in LSA, you really have to take initiative,” Penna said. He
added that LSA students will probably have to seek out counselors
in the Career Center in order to learn those skills.

Even though a bias may exist, students should not avoid the
Career Center. Tom Halasz, a former Career Center advisor now
working at Dartmouth College, urged students to use the
center’s services. “Students have bought in to the
media’s belief that they can’t have jobs. That’s
something career centers have to deal with, but students can get
jobs. The students we don’t find successful are the ones that
don’t use the career centers,” he said.

LSA senior Ruben Duran said the Career Center has been valuable
to his job search, as it has recently helped get him an interview
and also reviewed his resumes. Duran added that the Career Center
has done its best to assist his job search and has helped him
locate potential job offers he would have never been aware of.

He added that any disappointment with the Career Center would be
unfounded because the center has to serve a large population of
students, all studying different majors. “(The Career Center)
has a much more weightier task than the Business School or any
other school, because they have students that potentially have no
marketable skills.”

Other students who have used the center for its resources have
found some of the resources to be limiting. Kinesiology senior
Philip Hoffer, who is still searching for a job, said,
“I’m a sports management major and therefore I’m
looking for jobs in sport business-related jobs, and the Career
Center just doesn’t have a lot of resources for jobs in the
sport business industry.” But even with these difficulties,
Hoffer said the Career Center has provided him with websites and
job source books to assist his job search.


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