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 Tuesday, November 9, 2004, IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Career Services Fosters Professional Development
By Vanessa Lozano, junior, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Career Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder encourages students to become actively involved in their own professional development.

"We provide a centralized place for students to explore their professional goals," said Lisa Severy, director of Career Services. "We offer services that range from big picture career counseling to more concrete skills like resume writing and interviewing practice."

In addition, staff members organize an abundance of seminars and activities related to career development for students. For example, "Dining for Success" is an etiquette dinner held each semester that allows students to learn about socializing, networking and dining etiquette. Six career fairs are hosted by Career Services each academic year, offering on-campus recruitment from a variety of employers and opportunities for internships and volunteering.

According to Severy, internships are at the heart of Career Services because they help students develop professional skills and test their tentative career choices.

Career Services recently hired Erin Doherty-Ratay as internship program coordinator. Doherty-Ratay was formerly a college recruiter for the investment bank Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. She has also been the career development consultant for many organizations such as the United Nations, New York University and the University of Denver.

"We are very excited to have Erin join our team," Severy said. "Having worked in the career services field, she has been able to hit the ground running. Also, as someone who has traveled extensively and learned about cultures around the world, she is a walking advertisement for the power of experiential learning."

Doherty-Ratay and her husband recently earned the Guinness World Record for the longest motorcycle ride by a team on two bikes. From May 1999 to August 2003 they traveled through 50 countries in 6 continents and covered 101,322 miles. They had not set out to earn the record, but simply wanted to see the world.

For more information on Career Services Programs, visit the Web site at

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