Career Development and Placement Center Assists Alumni Job Seekers

News Story: September 1, 2011
Stephanie Rice '09, left, talked with Daniel Mastacciuola of PriceWaterhouseCoopers during Career Develpment's annual career fair in February 2009.  In back is PriceWaterhouseCoopers Senior Tax Associate Danielle Forenza, a SHU alumna from the class of 2005.

In today’s tough economy, both recent graduates and older alumni may find themselves in the job market. Sacred Heart University’s Career Development and Placement Center can help. The Center offers a variety of services for those looking for a new place to work.

“There is sometimes a perception that the Center is just for current students and recent graduates, but that is not the case,” said Emily Rohman Gillette, interim director of Alumni Relations. “We have resources available to all alumni who are looking for employment.”

Rick Delvecchio, director of Career Placement, points out that the Center’s job listings have been specifically sent to SHU by hiring managers who are very open to hiring Sacred Heart alumni. “There are entry-level jobs and jobs for experienced candidates,” he said. “And even if you don’t see the specific job you’re looking for, all the employers in the database have agreed to be contacted directly. Having a contact name at a company where you are interested in working is a huge advantage.”

In addition to the postings, job searchers can get online help or live coaching in such areas as writing cover letters and resumes, preparing for interviews and negotiating a salary. “The Center also employs career counselors who are experienced in interpreting self-assessment tests and can provide career counseling to alumni who are interested in changing careers,” said Trish Aquila Klauser, MS, LPC, NCC, executive director of the Center.  “Some schools only offer these services for the first few years after graduation. That is not the case at Sacred Heart.”

The Career Development and Placement Center also recently implemented a program for alumni who are currently employed and want to mentor current SHU students. Interested alumni create a profile, and students can search the database for people who work in an area of interest to them. “The relationship is entirely managed by the students and the alumni,” Delvecchio said. “Our hope is that this program will help students all along the spectrum – from freshmen who haven’t selected a major yet to juniors and seniors who wants guidance from someone in their chosen profession or want to get a foot in the door.”

The service is free to both students and mentors and is only open to current students and alumni.  All contact remains within the system unless those involved choose to extend the conversation outside the system. Volunteer mentors can also set a maximum number of students they wish to mentor to ensure they are not inundated with request while working with one or two students.

Delvecchio said Center staff members are excited about the program, which will go live later this month. “We already have 87 volunteer mentors. My experience has been that our alumni are very generous with their time.”

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please visit our page.