Are You Ready for CAS Connect?

Posted on: February 11, 2014

Janet LillieGuest Blog by Janet K. Lillie, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

Each year CAS Career Services looks for new ways to ensure our students are well positioned to compete for the best internships, summer employment and career opportunities in the global marketplace. To reach the largest number of CAS students possible and connect them with outstanding alumni and employers, we are taking a new approach this year with our first "CAS Connect" event on Friday, Feb. 21, from 1-4 p.m.

For alumni and employers, this is an excellent way to connect with amazingly talented students looking for internships, summer employment and rewarding careers after graduation. It's also a great way to share your wealth of experience with students anxious to learn from the best in the field.

For students, CAS Connect offers unique benefits over any other career networking opportunity around in that these employers are specifically interested in connecting with students in our college. Only CAS students will be participating in this event and since it will be held right here in the CAS building on the first floor, it's convenient for everyone. (Lots of parking nearby!)

Another new feature that will be used at CAS Connect is the RecPass. First used at the MSU Career Gallery last fall, we are excited to be able to bring this new technology to our CAS Connect. The RecPass is a laminate card with a personalized QR code that can be scanned to readily access a student's resume and portfolio.

To acquire a RecPass, students just need to go online to set up an account and upload their resume and portfolio, and then stop by Career Services in Room 181 to print their pass. We prefer students visit Career Services first, before uploading any information, so they can benefit from having professional career peer advisors review their resumes to make sure they are as polished as possible.

During CAS Connect, all participating employers are provided an iPad to scan RecPass QR codes. Employers can categorize, flag or make notes on those student records that they want to connect with in the future. After the event, employers have ready access to select information so they can schedule follow-up interviews or forward referrals.

The evening before, CAS Alumni Board member Roger Tremblay (Advertising BA '70 and MA '71) will hold a prep session for students. Just this past October, Tremblay received the 2013 MSU Alumni Association's Alumni Service Award and I am sure his deep commitment to mentoring our students had a lot to do with his selection for this honor. With more than 35 years in the media industry working in sales management and general management for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Southern Living, Texas Monthly, Chicago Magazine and the Media Networks division of Time, Inc., as well as several years working for global executive search firms, Tremblay has a wealth of experience to share with students.

To sign up to attend the prep session on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. in CAS Room 147

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