Alumni encourage students to speak up during internships to make an impression

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Christine Lee

During the course of the event students had the chance to network with graduates from various majors and backgrounds to get a better understanding of what the workplace will have. The advice was invaluable with helping students point themselves in the correct direction and field in the often time anomic post-graduation life.

Sara Davis, Staff Writer

Kristin Klemish, a 2004 Wilkes graduate, and Donna Sedor, a 1985 graduate, sat at a communications representative table during the Connect the Dots ceremony.

“The professors were very inspiring and allowed the students to work with hands on activities,” Sedor said.

The two were part of a seminar that connected Wilkes alumni with current students. The alumni gave advice to students and spoke positively about their experience at the university.

Sedor said she was originally a member of the speech and debate team at Wilkes, and that led her to earning her position at her first job.

“My boss heard me speak and offered me an interview for the job,” Sedor said.

Sedor is vice president of the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and said Wilkes was successful in preparing her for her “job in the real world.”

Klemish, a marketing coordinator at Vibra-Tech Engineers Inc., agreed with Sedor’s statement that her experience at Wilkes was a success.

“In addition to my communications classes, I also took art and graphic design classes which helped me stand out from the other competitors searching for the same job as me,” Klemish said. “I was also able to complete three internships while I was at Wilkes, which provided me with over a year’s worth of experience on my resume.”

Klemish and Sedor provided suggestions to students who are planning to enter the job market in the future.

“Don’t be quiet when you are hired as an intern,” Sedor said. “A lot of companies are looking for the ‘go-getter’ attitude, and if you are quiet you may miss out on establishing useful connections.”

Klemish added that students should look into developing a variety of skills outside their major of choice.

“Companies are looking for people who have experience in areas beyond their major,” Klemish said. “I now do one job that used to be three separate jobs.”