Smeal's career office reports increase in professional development, events

The number of corporate events and information sessions for 2013-14 more than doubled compared to the previous academic year, reports the Penn State Smeal College of Business Career and Corporate Connections office.

“In 2012-13, we had just under 30 corporate events and information sessions for students, but this year that increased to 85,” said Meg Brower, the office’s associate director for corporate outreach. “These corporate events are a great way for students to learn more about a company.”

The 2013-14 academic year also boasted increases in enrollment for the office’s Career Planning and Strategies course by more than 100 students and increases in appointments with the office’s professional development staff by more than 300.

“It’s encouraging to see that, not only are we continuing to strengthen ties with companies who recruit here at Smeal, including with our corporate associates, but students are also increasing their utilization of our many services to help them prepare to make connections with recruiters and begin their first jobs.”

-- Meg Handley, director of career and corporate connections, Smeal College of Business

“It’s encouraging to see that, not only are we continuing to strengthen ties with companies who recruit here at Smeal, including with our corporate associates, but students are also increasing their utilization of our many services to help them prepare to make connections with recruiters and begin their first jobs,” said Meg Handley, director of career and corporate connections.

The office hopes to continue this pattern of growth in the next academic year. In support of its continuing professional development activities, the office has hired a new assistant director of professional development.

Ashley Pepsin, who began her new post in June, will manage the planning of existing events as well as work to develop new events to educate students on topics related to leadership, job-seeking and transitioning to the workplace.

“I’m excited to begin working with students this fall and look forward to sharing some of our new initiatives with the Smeal community,” said Pepsin. “Leadership development in particular will be an important theme for this year’s new programming.”

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Last Updated July 31, 2014