Keene State does offer career help, services
To the editor: I am writing in response to the article, "Mind the Gap," published in the May 20-June 2, 2011 issue of NHBR. The article contained the following quote given by a Keene State College student: [KSC provides] "no classes or seminars on how to prepare a resume or how to interview or anything like that. They don't even give you anything on how to research the background of a company you might be interested in."This statement is false, and the reporter never contacted career staff at Keene State College to fact-check the statement.The KSC community provides opportunities for students to explore career options, develop professional skills, build professional networks and learn how to market themselves and be competitive in the job market. One office providing these opportunities is the Academic and Career Advising Office. Career Advising, through individual appointments, workshops, special events, programs and online resources, offers students a comprehensive career planning process which includes setting educational and career goals, exploring opportunities for experiential learning, developing professional resumes and cover letters, practicing interview skills, identifying job search strategies and making career choices.Some Career Advising facts for the 2010-2011 academic year:• Nearly 2,300 students attended over 70 workshops, classroom presentations and special events sponsored by Career Advising. Topics included: writing professional resumes and cover letters, developing interview skills, social media and branding, applying to graduate school, preparing for a job fair, networking, job search and professional dining etiquette.• Over 650 students and alumni were seen for individual appointments. Individual appointments include one-on-one time to discuss job and internship search strategies, receive resume critiques, take part in a videotaped mock interview, plan for graduate school and identify career interests and skills.• Over 400 students attended job fairs and networking events sponsored or co-sponsored by Career Advising.• For the past two years, KSC has had the highest representation of students attending the annual New Hampshire College and University Council job fair held in Manchester. Students are prepared for the event through workshops and individual appointments and are provided bus transportation to the event.• KSC students and alumni are recruited for full-time and part-time jobs and internships by local, regional and national companies and organizations through our job posting site, JobWISE.• The Academic and Career Advising website (www.keene.edu/aca) provides a wealth of information and resources for students on a variety of career topics.Ultimately it is up to students to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities available to them at Keene State College, or wherever they attend college. The opportunities are available and they are publicized.Kelly Graham, Associate Director Academic and Career Advising, Keene State CollegeREBUTTAL: Cindy Kibbe replies: "The public relations office of Keene State College was called several times for this article, but no calls were returned. The article also mentions that all colleges included in the story do have career resources for students but that the students interviewed for the article did not seek out such resources on their own."