STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES
Name: Pat Casey
Class Year/Year of Graduation: Class of 2013
Major/Graduate Program: Psychology/Communications Major
Newly hired as : Rotational Operations, Federated Group
Where did you hear about this professional opportunity, and what do you think contributed to being hired? I learned about this job opportunity through the Career Development Office and their reciprocity program with other Jesuit schools in the country. Through this program, Xavier students are allowed to use other Jesuit schools’ career center resources to help find jobs in other cities and states. I wanted to explore job opportunities in cities outside of Cincinnati, and began researching various jobs in Milwaukee, Boston, and primarily in Chicago. After a meeting with the CDO staff, they helped me gain access to Loyola University Chicago’s student job portal. I also had the opportunity to meet with a Loyola career counselor to help me further my search for jobs in the Chicagoland area. By using these resources, I was able to get a foot in the door with Federated Group, and landed a position with them before graduation.
How did Xavier's Career Development Office help you along the way to achieve this accomplishment? I had been going to the Career Development Office throughout my 4 years at Xavier; whether it was a quick resume check, searching for summer internships, or with help preparing for job interviews, the CDO always provided great assistance with any problem I had. Staying persistent and meeting with the staff at the CDO once or twice a month my senior year helped me keep focus and motivated on getting a job before graduation. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the CDO and their incredible staff.
Based on your own experiences, what advice do you have for students as they gear up for their job/internship search? Stay motivated and keep your options open. Whether you are applying to a summer internship, graduate school, or a fulltime job after graduation, you cannot limit yourself by only applying to your “dream jobs” or “dream schools”. Cast a wide net when searching for positions, and explore positions and opportunities that may be out of your comfort zone. Also, take advantage of the resources you are given during your time at Xavier. Don’t forget that outside of the CDO, your professors and your peers can be a valuable resource.