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Students prepare for the world beyond Moravian

Ashley Forsythe, assistant director of Career Development, prepares the students about to participate in Backpack to Briefcase.

Photos by Brenda Lange

About 70 students filled a lecture room in PPHAC, met with volunteers from the business community for mock interviews and shared an “etiquette dinner” as part of Moravian’s annual two-day Back to Briefcase event, an interactive experience that helps prepare seniors for post-graduation life.

Coordinated by the Career Center, this event has been growing every year. Over the two days, the students heard presenters (including several Moravian alumni) who travelled from as far as New York City and Washington, D.C., to share their knowledge with Moravian students.

Some of the topics were Social Media and You; A Day in the Life of an Intern; Workplace Etiquette; Networking: Who, What, Why and How; Marketing your Experiences to Employers; and Life Management Skills: Budget, Debt and Avoiding Pitfalls.  Companies represented included Mars Chocolate, Deltek, Post Road Management, Mars Financial Services, Kutztown University, BBraun, POMAC, Wells Fargo and BuzzFeed.

Alumni and local businesspeople volunteer to lead mock interviews for the participants.

“This is another avenue for students to prepare for life after Moravian College,” says Amy Saul, director of career development, who assists students with exploring career options and preparing them for the job market or further education.

Students get to practice their networking skills as well as participate in mock interviews and resume reviews offered by professionals from a variety of fields, often giving the students the chance to interview with someone in their intended field.

Thirty-five volunteer interviewers turned out, a substantial number of Moravian alumni among them. "The interviews give students a boost of self-confidence that can help in future job or admissions interviews," adds Saul.