Alumni, Students Connecting at Career Programs
Providence, R.I.--The Office of Career Services, the Office of Institutional Advancement, and alumni are teaming up to give Providence College students the opportunity to gain insight and career advice during winter break programs.
One initiative, the Winter Break Shadowing Program, has been a mainstay at PC for more than 20 years. This interactive program matches alumni volunteers from different career fields with students interested in learning more about a specific area.
With more than 100 alumni involved every year for the past five years and PC boasting the highest participation rate in the BIG EAST Conference, the Winter Break Shadowing Program provides a distinct advantage for PC students, according to career services staff and past participants.
This year’s program involves 107 alumni volunteers and 125 students. Career fields represented include financial services, legal services, health care, and marketing.
“This program helps students to identify their strengths and what steps they should take next to prepare for their career. It also helps students practice their networking and communication skills,” said Stacey Moulton, associate director for career education in the Office of Career Services.
Networking nights nationwide
Also during the break, there will be three networking nights to help students gain advice from alumni professionals on topics ranging from general career information to job-searching strategies. These alumni represent a range of career fields, including several in business and other disciplines favored by undergraduates.
Networking nights will be held in Boston on January 10 at State Street Bank and Trust, Marina Del Ray, Calif., on January 11 at the Jamaica Bay Inn, and New York City on January 12 at the New York Athletic Club. The programs will include keynote addresses by alumni.
Brian Potvin ’91, a senior account executive with Proctor and Gamble and treasurer of the College’s National Alumni Association, will give the keynote speech in Boston. He boasts an impressive résumé with experience in sales management, retail management, consumer marketing, and business development.
The guest speaker in California will be Mary-Jo Gagliardi ’89, senior vice president and director of human resources for Wells Fargo Capital Finance. Gagliardi, who joined Wells Fargo in 2002, has worked in human resources throughout her career, including with Fidelity Investments.
Some of the students who are expected to attend the Marina Del Ray networking reception also will be taking part in a three-day INHOLLYWOOD program led by Hollywood producer Todd Slater ’97. INHOLLYWOOD gives participants an overview of the Hollywood film industry and an opportunity to interact with industry leaders.
Ryan Olohan ’96 will be the featured speaker at the New York networking night. Olohan is the head of consumer packaged goods/home and personal care for Google, Inc. His career expertise comes from years of experience in consulting, finance, and with Internet start-up Next Jump, Inc., where he served as director of business development.
For more information on the above events, go to www.alumni.providence.edu and click on Events.
--Robbie Smith-MacDonald ’12