Lycoming College students attend Senior Transitions Conference

Four Lycoming College students recently attended the Senior Transitions Conference in Harrisburg. Kendra Bitner, of Newville; Maralee Fye, of Bellfonte; Andrea Herrmann, of Rocky Hill, Conn.; and Julia Cuddahy, of Trenton, N.J., were accompanied by Anne Landon, institute for management studies internship coordinator and Rachel Manchester, career adviser and student life coordinator.

The event provided opportunities for seniors to improve upon their ability to transition from college to the real world and to network with potential employers and students in a professional environment. Sessions addressed personal branding, dining etiquette, repaying student loans, reading a benefits package, professional image and using social media to help land that dream job. Landon and Manchester facilitated the large-group networking session.

“The conference was a great networking event between students, alumni and local business professionals,” Bitner said. “The workshops and speakers reinforced many of the skills Lycoming teaches to its business students.”

The conference included mock interviews with business professionals and recruiters.

Jim Scott, a 1970 Lycoming graduate and founder and principal of CareerChoiceFirst, was a mock interviewer and also presented a session on evaluating the job offer and benefits package. Linda Scott, a 1977 Lycoming graduate and portfolio associate at Morgan Stanley, also participated as a mock interviewer.

Students from Bloomsburg University, East Stroudsburg University, Lock Haven University, Mansfield University and Susquehanna University also participated in the two-day event. All six schools are part of the North Central Pennsylvania College Consortium, which is a network of career services offices.