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Countering Some ‘Myths’

Career Matchmakers

By Lisa Munniksma

Feature article: Career Matchmakers

College career center specialists try to set the record straight on what they consider misconceptions about the services they offer employers.

The first notion is that only large universities can be good sources of talent and that small colleges aren’t worth recruiters’ time. Says Denise McGee, senior vice president of employment at National City Corp., a financial services company based in Cleveland: “We have had success across the organization in both large, visible campuses and prominent schools as well as local community colleges.”

Noting that Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa., has about 1,500 students, Mike Ellis, director of career and life education, says: “At a school our size, we really know students well. We interact with them on a regular basis. We can really provide the HR person with a lot of information.”

Another notion that career services professionals say isn’t true is that student candidates must be less experienced than the general job-seeking population.

Remember that the average age of a community college student is around 30, notes Katrina Jordan, director of career services at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.

“Over 50 percent of community college students have five to six years of work experience already. And up to 20 percent already hold a bachelor’s degree or beyond,” she says. “We have a diverse population, so I would think that employers should feel very comfortable that they will get qualified applicants to fill their positions.”

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