Internships, part-time jobs helpful

GRADUATES GEARED FOR WORK

May 28, 1993|By Ed Brandt | Ed Brandt,Staff Writer

More than half of the 167 students who received diplomas from Villa Julie College yesterday aren't worried about the sparse job market. Many already have jobs or are going on to graduate school.

"And we expect more than 90 percent to be employed by the end of the summer," said school president Carolyn Manuszak.

It was on that note that Del. Timothy F. Maloney, a Prince George's County Democrat, told the school's 40th graduating class that it was "joining the most educated segment of U.S. society," from a school whose "faculty is committed to their students and their success."

"You should be enthusiastic about what you have chosen to do," Mr. Maloney said. "It's not what you do, but how you do it."

He was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters.

Villa Julie, on Greenspring Valley Road in Stevenson, is a private, two-and four-year college that specializes in business education.

Michelle Searcy of Eldersburg, who majored in business information systems program, is representative of many of the graduates.

"I got an internship at BG&E beginning in March through the career services office here," she said. "I start full-time next week, and I like the smooth transition."

She will be an associate systems analyst at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

Stephanie Wing of Abingdon got her position as a paralegal -- a Villa Julie specialty -- with Semmes, Bowen & Semmes through an internship and interviews during an on-campus recruiting program.

"I think many of the students who have their employment lined up started months ago through internships or work-study programs," she said. "You can't afford to be left behind."

Admissions director Orsia Young said that while the job market was difficult last year, "we still had about 90 percent of our students in jobs by August, and we've averaged 93 percent over the last three years.

"I think we'll do 90 percent this year," she said.

Said Ms. Manuszak: "They know it's tough out there, and they have to hit the ground running."

Julie Musch of Towson started working part-time and as an intern at McCormick & Co., in 1991 and will begin there full-time on Monday in research and development.

Frances Elaine Dodd of Joppatown and Kenneth Snyder Jr. of Sykesville won high honors among the four-year graduates.

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