Annual Conference Eases College to Career Transition Anxiety

MANSFIELD, PA— The fifth annual C3: College to Career Conference was held at the Best Western Country Cupboard Inn in Lewisburg, PA on November 11.C3 Conference participants

A collaborative venture of career centers from eight Pennsylvania colleges and universities; Mansfield University, Cedar Crest College, East Stroudsburg University, Kutztown University, Lock Haven University, Lycoming College, Millersville University and Penn State Harrisburg, the Senior Transitions Conference is designed to provide students with the necessary skills for a successful transition from college to career.

Students heard from a variety of speakers on topics such as understanding employment benefits, personal budgeting, interviewing and the student loan repayment process.

The conference opened with keynote speaker Albert Keynote speaker Albert JonesJones, director of Human Resources with First Quality Products, whose powerful presentation “All the Way: Nothing Can Stop You…But You!!” left students realizing that they control their own reality and choices made now can have an immense impact on the rest of their lives.

Participants also heard from recent alumni who shared their experiences on transitioning from college to career.

“I was excited to be a part of the C3 conference recent alumni panel this year”, said Meredith Shewell, a 2014 Mansfield graduate. “It was great to see how far the conference has come since I attended as a student in 2014. Navigating the ‘real world’ isn’t an easy task, and I’m thankful that I’m able to give pieces of advice to soon-to-be graduates by sharing my story and experiences.”

Shewell is currently employed as a Media Coordinator with the Pavone Marketing Group in Harrisburg, PA.(L-R) Meredith Shewell '14, Nichole Lefelhoc, MU Career Center director, Kelly Ann Ryan '05, Heather McCarthy '15 M'17

“As a first-year student, I’m really glad I chose to attend the College to Career Conference,” Mariah Conrad, an MU freshman majoring in Social Work, said. “Graduation may be a few years away for me; however, having this learning experience now gives me the opportunity to practice the tips given about professionalism, resumes, interviews, and other areas. I feel like I’ll be that much more ready when those job opportunities do present themselves.”

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