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'Spotlight on Industry' is opportunity knocking



John Dewey, an American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer, once said, "To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness."

If that is indeed the case, the College's Center for Career Development is not just helping students find internships and job opportunities; the Center is helping them find happiness.

Each year the Center presents five Spotlight on Industry events during which business recruiters station themselves throughout the building, just waiting for students to ask questions and to learn about their businesses. They also accept many student resumes.

These events are not just for students nearing graduation and the job market. Greg Goodwin, a Center career counselor, said students just starting out in the College benefit by meeting seasoned business representatives to learn about the various areas on which they may want to focus their educations. However, for the senior whose graduation is imminent, these events can be career launchers.

Last September the "spotlight" was on state and local government jobs, and in October consulting and information systems representatives paid a visit with career information. Insurance and finance companies visited in January, and in February 15 hospitality and tourism businesses visited, including The Greenbrier Hotel, Snowshoe Resort, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Waterfront Place Hotel. In March retail and small business representatives will visit.

In addition, each year the Center brings a federal government speaker to campus. Last fall it was Lauren Bailey, deputy director of online communications for the Department of Veteran Affairs. She opened the Spotlight on Government Jobs week, speaking to approximately 400 students during her day-long visit to B&E classes.

Moreover, the Center provides five rooms where companies can conduct on-campus interviews; Mountaineer TRAK, an online jobs resource; one-on-one career counseling; for-credit internships opportunities; individual company recruitment events; a weekly e-mail to students with the latest job and internship listings; and each February holds a full-course business etiquette dinner.