Preparing for graduation in today’s economy

In today’s economy, it is difficult for men and women who have been in the workforce for years to get a new job. Imagine the stress this economy has put on college seniors as they get ready to graduate and enter the “real world”.

As they purchase their graduation caps and gowns, send out their invitations, and have family coming in to see them walk across the stage, one thought may be lingering in the back of their minds: “What next?”

Fortunately for students of Sam Houston, Pi Sigma Phi has teamed up with Career Services to bring students a business seminar, “What Matters Most in the Professional World”, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 15 from 7-8 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center, room 315. During this hour-long seminar, Pi Sigma Phi has asked Pam Laughlin, Director of Career Services, to guest speak about what it takes to make it in the business world as seniors prepare to graduate.

Along with members of Pi Sigma Phi talking about leadership skills in the work force, Laughlin will be going over general business guidelines, including interviewing and resume tips.

“If you’re not prepared, it will be very difficult to get a job,” Laughlin said. “Prior work experience and internships are an advantage, but they key to being successful is to be prepared.”

Students who attend the seminar will also be receiving handouts going over everything talked about, along with Job Choices magazine, a magazine written specifically for seniors, with details and information on everything from making a cover letter to handling rejection in a positive way.

Laughlin is no stranger when it comes to sharing knowledge with students on making a smooth transition from one phase of their lives to another. She has been the Director of Career Services at Sam Houston since January 2003, and currently teaches the “First Year Experience” course at Sam Houston. Prior to Sam Houston, she taught a “First Year Experience” Course at Stephen F. Austin, along with being the Associate Director Career Services.

“I want to empower them, and give them confidence as they make the transition from student to professional,” Laughlin said.

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