Summary: While attending Rivier College, Michael actively participated in numerous campus organizations. As a member of the Student Government Association, he was nominated as Student Body President. Senior year, Michael had the honor of serving as the President of the Class of 2008. Throughout his academic career, Michael was able to develop his leadership skills by holding various officer positions in Model UN, Rivier Theater Company, and the Student Ministry Group. He continued to demonstrate those leadership abilities through his membership with the Student Development Committee.
What type of preparation did you do to help you obtain your internship?
I found out about the internship through a job posting I saw on Craig’s List. It sounded like a good fit for my strengths and skills, and so I sent them my resume. Once I discovered they were interested and wanted to call me in for an interview, I did a little further research on the company, as I like to be as prepared as possible during an interview. My faculty advisor, Bryan Higgs, was very helpful in preparing me for the internship.
Did your internship experience help you obtain your current position with eCopy?
The internship was at eCopy, and they hired me as a fulltime employee one week after I graduated. So yes, I would definitely have to say that the internship helped me obtain my current position! I have gained a lot of practical knowledge and experience from this job that I’m sure will prove invaluable for future employment opportunities. The internship was a wise move!
How has your college experience helped you with your current career?
Being a student leader at Rivier helped me to develop very strong communication, interpersonal and time management skills. These skills have continuously served me well in my career and in my life in general. These positions also helped cultivate within me an ease for interacting with people, which I believe served me well during the interview process for my current position.
What was your most important accomplishment while attending Rivier?
My most important accomplishment was my successful completion and presentation of my Senior Year Honors thesis. It was the most intense project I’ve ever worked on, and was my biggest academic accomplishment to date. It took a great amount of drive, focus, and determination, and I had to overcome a lot of obstacles academically and personally in order to complete it. Of course, I am proud of all of my work at Rivier (in the classroom and in the clubs) and of my internship, but I really struggled with this thesis, and I am immensely proud of the fact that I completed it, that it was very well received, and that I am confident that I completed it to the best of my ability.
What Career Development Center services did you utilize?
When I first started looking for an internship, I went to the Career Development Center for help, as well as the website. They were able to point me in the right direction and helped get my resume in order. It was through this process with the CDC that I first learned about careers in the software quality assurance field, which helped me narrow in on eCopy as a potential employer. Obviously, this experience ultimately led to the position I hold today.
Based on your experience, what advice would you give current students to better prepare them for their careers?
You definitely need to find a career that interests you, even within your major. I have a C.S. degree, and there are many, MANY types of jobs within the C.S. field that I have no interest in. The best way to do this is through research. Really get to know the different types of jobs that are out there.
What job search techniques did you find most valuable?
Student activities and involvement were invaluable for me. They really helped me focus and develop key skills (time management, communication, leadership, interpersonal, etc.) that have served me well after college. Equally as important is finding a good internship. I was lucky, and my internship turned into a fulltime job. While this may not be the case for everyone, internships are the best way to gain real world job experience that future employers will look for. In this job market, graduating college students need all the experience they can get to help set them apart from the rest of the pack.