Alumni offer advice to students at career networking dinner

April 13, 2010

More than 100 alumni and students gathered for a networking event sponsored by Alumni Relations and Career Services to exchange contact information and share tips on making the post-graduate transition in a tough economy.

Alumni representing diverse educational and professional backgrounds offered students their counsel on everything from choosing an apartment as a graduate student to reviewing resumes for entry-level work.

Senior Brittany Cooper found a perfect mentor at the networking event. The English major met Jill Stone ’06, a public librarian in Mount Airy, Md., and an alumna of University of Maryland’s graduate program in Library Science. Cooper has been accepted into UM’s program and may be headed there this fall.

“Jill was incredibly helpful in answering my questions about graduate school and definitely put me at ease,” wrote Cooper in a recent email.

“I asked her about the different tracks in Library Science, about the job placement process after graduate school, and about how graduate school differs from undergrad,” Cooper said. “I had a relatively good idea about my career plan, but I was very nervous about going into grad school, and Jill helped answer all of my questions.”

Stone also gave Brittany added confidence and assured her that McDaniel prepares its students very well for grad school. “We will probably stay in contact,” added Cooper.

“I would encourage my classmates to attend the networking events, even if they have had negative experiences in the past, because you never know how an event will affect your life. I almost did not go to the dinner this year…but the experience was an invaluable one,” Cooper added.

To get involved in next year’s networking events, contact the Alumni Relations Office by calling 410-857-2296.