GMercyU Career Development: The Season of Giving

Career Development

Author: Kara Brown
Associate Director of Career Development, Gwynedd Mercy University

If you have ever visited Gwynedd Mercy University‘s Career Development Career, we will tell you the importance of developing your skills through academic experiences, leadership experiences, externships, internships, and part-time jobs in order to be successful in your career. However, you can also develop important job skills through volunteering.  Volunteering helps both people and the community. You are also making an impact on your own life because you will open yourself up to new opportunities and networks of people.

The Career Development Center encourages you to participate in a volunteer experience this holiday season. We also challenge you to commit to that experience even after the holiday season, and we’ll join you in this challenge.

Director of the Career Development Center Nick Schaefer has committed to volunteer with the World Wildlife Fund as a Panda Ambassador, where he will work to influence government officials to protect the wildlife and environment. Associate Kara Brown has committed to providing resume workshops to adults and teens at the local YMCA.

Please share your own volunteer experiences with us. If you need some ideas of how/where to get started, we have provided a list of volunteer opportunities taking place this holiday season. If you need additional ideas please visit us in the Keiss Library and Learning Commons or email us at

  • Collect and serve holiday meals for families in need.
  • Collect and serve new toys for children for the holiday season with Toys for Tots.
  • Help build a home in the area with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Spend time with individuals in nursing homes and/or shelters.
  • Volunteer your time at a local ASPCA or animal shelter.
  • Send holiday care packages to troops.
  • Become a Big Brother or Big Sister. 
  • Tutor or babysit for a family in need.

The Ninth Inning: How Seniors Should Prepare to be Job Ready

Career Development

Author: Kara Brown
Associate Director of Career Development, Gwynedd Mercy University

Not only is the end of baseball season fast approaching, but so is the end of summer. For some of you this is your final year before the “real world”. Before you start quoting Vitamin C, it’s time to get serious about preparing for your next steps. Most of you will be applying to jobs and some of you may be continuing your education. Regardless of what your plans are there are a few things you can do to be better prepared.  Read More

Tips for Career Counselors and Dealing with Interview Anxiety

Career Development

Gwynedd Mercy University’s Career Development Center supports students and alumni with the resources they need to be successful in their chosen careers. Through individual appointments, virtual resources and workshops, the GMercyU Career Development Center is there to help you at every step of your career, whether you’re looking for your first job or switching career paths.

One of the best resources the Career Development Center offers is practice interviews. These are a great resource to practice your skills and get over any anxiety you may be feeling. From nervous laughter and sweating to crying, Associate Director of GMercyU’s Career Development Center Kara Brown has seen it all. To help her fellow counselors better understand and support their students and alumni, Kara shared tips she learned in a recent blog post for the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Read More

Catch Some Sun, Catch a Wave, Catch Some Experience This Summer

Career Development

AUTHOR: Kara Brown
Gwynedd Mercy University, Associate Director of Career Development

Congratulations! You have finished your last final and Memorial Day is upon us, which means summer is almost here. I don’t know about you, but after this winter I am dreaming of the sun, sand, and water. The summer is a really important time for you as a student for several reasons. First, it is an excellent chance to relax and refresh. Secondly, it is also a great time to take advantage of your professional development.

While relaxing is important, it is also important to sharpen the skills that you have learned throughout the year. If you are finding it difficult to come up with things to do this summer here are a few to think about: Read More

The Power of LinkedIn


AUTHOR: Kara Brown
Gwynedd Mercy University, Associate Director of Career Development

Today’s college students use several forms of social media to advertise and create an image. We see this through the use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media outlets. The image that is created lets others know what our interests are, what we care about, and what’s going on in our everyday lives. All of these things are important things to convey to friends and family; however, when it comes to finding a job, how are we letting employers know who we are, what our interests are, and what we care about?

Just like everyone else, employers are taking to social media to vet and find potential candidates to fill their job openings. This is great news to those who have a strong professional online presence, but this is bad news for students who don’t have a professional online presence.

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When the Employer Requires Experience and You Have None

Jacquelyn Smith, from Forbes, answers the question we are always asked in the Career Development Center, “How am I supposed to get a job if every job requires experience?”

This article explains how students’ experiences in college can count towards related experience when applying to jobs. Read this article to learn more:

For more information about how to gain experience while you’re in college, please visit the Career Development Center located in the Keiss Library and Learning Commons. You can also contact us by phone: 215-646-7300, ext. 21230  or Email:

March Madness and Job Searching

 March Madness is upon us. If you have ever filled out a NCAA Tournament Bracket, you know that there are two ways to make picks. First, random selection based off of team colors, mascot, or familiarity with their name.  However, if you’re a more serious bracket fan then you do your research. This is how your job search should be completed. 

Steve Dalton, author of The 2-Hour Job Search, encourages job seekers to create an extensive list of employers within a specific industry of interest. After this list has been created, the research begins. This research helps job seekers narrow down their employer options. In some ways, this process is similar to the process of creating a bracket. During this March Madness season, I encourage you to make an employer bracket. To make the job search process more manageable follow the timeline of the actual NCAA Tournament, and do not attempt to fill it out all at once. 

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5 Career Tips for Spring Breakers

Maximize your job/internship search during Spring Break. 
  • Update your family, friends, and neighbors on what you’re doing in school and what kind of jobs interest you.
  • This is the perfect time to conduct informational interviews. Reach out to professionals in your field of interest, and learn more about a specific organization or job.
  • Are you going to be on a long plane and/or train ride? This is a great opportunity to network by starting a conversation with the person sitting next to you.  You never know who you are going to meet.
  •  Whoever you connect with during Spring Break make sure that you stay connected with them. Send them updates and do not be afraid to reach out. Make a list of who you spoke to or connected with to stay organized.
Gain more insight about how to network effectively at
If you have any questions or to set up an appointment, contact Career Development at or by phone 215-646-7300, ext. 21230.

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Skill of the Week: Problem Solving


Why it’s important: Employers want to see how you can resolve problems and overcome challenges that you may encounter. They also want to see the decision-making process that goes into your ability to solve problems.

Sometimes employers ask brainteaser questions to evaluate the process of how you solve a problem. Here is a sample question that Bose asked candidates: “If you were asked to unload a 747 full of jelly beans, what would you do?”

How would you go about answering this question? There is not one correct answer. The point of this type of question is to understand the process and steps you would take to solve this problem. Also, depending on the company they may be evaluating your creativity.

This website offers some advice about how to answer these types of questions:

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Skill of the Week: Communication

Communication skills are essential to possess at school and in the workplace. Employers search for candidates that have strong written and verbal communication skills. When you land your first job you want to make sure that you are able to effectively communicate with colleagues face-to-face, through emails, letters, and social media.

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