Practical Learning Drives Career Goals
The O’Brien Center for Student Success is Merrimack College’s full service career and professional development center that offers students award-winning services essential for competing in today’s job marketing. With a focus on self-exploration and experiential learning, students are encouraged to engage in opportunities that build practical skills and translate classroom theory into relevant, professional preparation.
Two years ago, the O’Brien Center for Student Success asked twenty-five students about their future career goals. Their varying responses resulted in a campaign lining the walls of the O’Brien Center on the second floor of the Sakowich Campus Center. Recently, we followed up with those who participated in the campaign, such as Ashley Costa, a May 2013 graduate who studied Communications. Ashley’s future career goal read “I will be a news reporter.”
Ashley’s practical experiences, such as her internship with 7News guided her towards video production. “I had this dream of becoming a news reporter. But after my internship at 7 News, and putting my hands in all sorts of work, I developed a new passion for video production.”
Today, Ashley is pursuing her new passion at Everett Community Television where she is in front of the camera hosting shows, as well as participating in the production process. Ashley explained that as she was “on the road to finding a career” she was able to land a position that allows her to experience various positions of the industry; stating “Not only do I get to do all the behind the scenes work, I am also in front of the camera, continuing that small dream of of delivering news to local residents and viewers.”
Ashley utilized the O’Brien Center for Student Success’ services while she was enrolled at Merrimack. By building and continuously editing her resume, and attending the Annual Spring Career Fair, she was able to network with organizations and employers she may not have interacted with otherwise. This year the O’Brien Center is hosting its Inaugural Fall Career Expo on October 7, 2015 and its Annual Spring Career Fair on March 9, 2016.
“Being at Everett Community Television has opened many doors for me. I have been able to use the skills I learned at Merrimack and take them to the next level.”
Ashley’s internship experience, combined with her coursework and co-curricular involvement while at Merrimack helped shape her career goals, leading her to new passions and ultimately identifying long term opportunities.
The O’Brien Center for Student Success works with current students and young alumni through all stages of their career and professional development process, as well as offers assistance in developing a recruiting relationships between organizations and the College. For more information, visit www.merrimack.edu/obrien or call 978.837.5480.
- Maria Russo
ContactThe O’Brien Center for Student Success
315 Turnpike Street
2nd Floor Sakowich Campus Center
North Andover, MA 01845