Alumni and Local Business Professionals Assist Students With Future Careers
Each academic year the Dolan School hosts the Professional Development Series (PDS) to provide students with opportunities outside of the classroom to gain knowledge and skills that complement their coursework. A key focus of the PDS series is helping students find success in the working world as they search for internships and interview for jobs following graduation. This past semester, two popular PDS events focused on interview skills and the internship search process for finance majors.
Marketing Mock Interviews
Earlier this semester, Nestle Waters, Estee Lauder, and other esteemed employers joined Dolan School students for a series of mock interviews. Understanding that interviewing for a job can be challenging, the Marketing Club, in collaboration with Dolan School faculty and staff, hosted 15 employers as part of Marketing Mock Interviews, a PDS event that was repeated due to popular demand.
Interviews proceeded just as a real job interview would, beginning with introductions, a review of the student’s resume, and questions from the employer. Each interview lasted about twenty minutes and students had the opportunity to receive real-time feedback about how the interview went, where they excelled, and where they had room for improvement.
Caroline Fagan ’18, who participated in mock interviews, found the experience rewarding and valuable. “The mock interviews are an opportunity that I believe all marketing students should take advantage of,” she said. “My interviewer was a Fairfield alum, which was a great opportunity for me to network and build a connection. The feedback I received after my interview was valuable advice that will help me in future interviews throughout my career.”
Finance Internship Kick-Off
As the semester came to a close, Tom Luglio ’86, director of Shadowhound Ltd., hosted a PDS event for finance students specifically interested in investment banking internships. Luglio covered topics including how to assess internship opportunities, resources to find internships, and requirements for applying.
Kieran Rooney ’18 attended the event and was thankful for the insights he learned. “I'm really happy that I attended the Summer Internship Kickoff,” said Rooney. “Mr. Luglio and Dr. Hlawitschka provided many helpful tips on networking and preparing for the application process, and Sarah Bollinger gave us useful information to stay organized when applying to banking internships. Dolan students are so lucky to have events like these and alumni who are always willing to help. I felt more prepared walking out of the room than I did walking in.”
According to Walter Hlawitschka, PhD, associate professor of finance, “Students see that preparation for an interview takes time, research, and networking. Tom Luglio pointed out to students that once they secure an interview it is important to reach out to someone in the firm to gain a better understanding of the job, the industry, and the firm. I believe that if students buy into the notion that getting a job is a job, they stand a much better chance of success."