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Student Success Story: Stephanie Keele

October 31, 2012
Stephanie is a senior studying International Business, Women’s Studies and Spanish at Merrimack College.

Brought to you by The O’Brien Center for Student Success

The O’Brien Center for Student Success provides an education setting where undergraduate and graduate students have at their fingertips resources and services to prepare them for the 21st century workplace. Students are welcomed at the O’Brien Center to explore their personal and career interests in a variety of real-world settings; polish their professional brand; and utilize coaching and career resources to take proactive steps to achieve their personal and career goals. Members of the O’Brien Center enthusiastically provide Merrimack students with opportunities that include but are not limited to: career and networking events, professional development programs, cooperative education, internships, self-exploration assessments, employment opportunities, and one-on-one success coaching. The Center’s peer advisors assist in this education by offering students aid through resume and cover letter critiques and general career advisement. Overall, the learning opportunities provided by the O’Brien Center for Student Success help prepare Merrimack undergraduates and graduates to compete successfully in today’s global workforce.

The O’Brien Center’s academic year kickoff event – the Career Carnival - provided an opportunity for students to connect with staff, explore resources and learn about upcoming programming opportunities. In addition, Thursday, the O’Brien Center welcomed 25 accounting and finance employers to campus in an effort to give students the opportunity to network and engage with professionals of the field. The event also provided students with the ability to showcase resumes to employers for prospective internship, co-op and job opportunities! A series of on-campus recruiting dates have been scheduled with employers interested with interviewing students, all of which can be found on Advantage, the campus recruiting network. To access advantage, visit In the coming weeks, the O’Brien Center will host a Non-Profit Career Fair, Internship/Co-op Panel, Science/Engineering/Technology Career Night, and more. Interested? Check out the opportunities available on Advantage!

Stephanie Keele, a senior at Merrimack College studying International Business, Women’s Studies and Spanish has taken advantage of what the O’Brien Center has to offer – and it has paid off! Aside from actively engaging in some of her passions, which include scrapbooking, swimming, walking her two dogs and participating in community service, Stephanie is a determined and successful student. In May of 2013, Stephanie will graduate from Merrimack College and enter into her new position at BAE Systems. Stephanie states “I am excited to be a part of their company and their mission; we protect those who protect us”.

Stephanie reached her dream job by actively engaging in the opportunities at Merrimack College. “I would always attend Career Event Nights when I was available. I believe it’s an awesome experience for networking” she explains. Taking advantage of these opportunities led her to her current internship as Finance and Contracts Intern at BAE Systems. This internship provided her with a guaranteed, full-time position at BAE following graduation. In expanding upon her internship experience, Stephanie also offered some valuable advice for current Merrimack students, “Get an internship and get help with your resume because standing out is really important”.

In addition to her internship, Stephanie took the lead in the classroom. “I always took the advantage of being the leader in group projects”. In particular, Stephanie describes her success on a specific assignment, the X-Culture Project, which allowed her to further pursue her career development. Stephanie worked with a team of six other Merrimack students to develop a business plan for a global company. The process landed her a spot at an upcoming Business Conference in Florida this October. “I enjoyed working across borders with this project, and I believe it helped me with my job search. During interviews, employers said that this project differentiated my resume from others,” exclaims Stephanie.

In the end, Stephanie provides this advice to other students: “Network! I heard that word multiple times, but it really helps especially with the economy today”!

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