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Career Speaker Series
Career Speaker Series

What do I do after college? How do I find a job after graduation? What do I need to be doing now to prepare? How do I decide which career path to pursue? These are questions many of our students ask themselves as graduation approaches.

The Career Speaker Series offers students a way to learn about many types of businesses – what they do, what the company culture is like, what kinds of internships and careers they offer, what skills students might need to land those opportunities – before they leave campus. Each semester, the series features presentations by companies from around the region, and often, the presenters are Keene State alumni.

Andrew Metell ’08 majored in chemistry and is now a manufacturing process developer at Chroma Technology, a company that designs and manufactures optical filters. He recently visited Keene State to speak about his career. “It’s a rewarding experience to meet with and talk to students just starting out on their careers in technology. Students asked interesting questions concerning Chroma’s quality approach, data processing and yield tracking, and our software systems. It was great being able to speak to all the technologies that go into making our product and being able to connect the dots of my Keene State experience and how that helps me each day in my job. I’d be happy to do it again.”

Peter Knox attended the presentation by Omega Optical, a designer and manufacturer of optical interference filters based in nearby Brattleboro, VT. A junior majoring in graphic design with a minor in sustainable product design and innovation, Peter learned about the event through a design and sketching class. “It was pretty interesting,” he says. “I wanted to get information about the world of optics. I’m amazed by how many things optics are used for.”

Keene State grad Melina Comstock ’17 will return to campus for a panel about transitioning to life after college on March 19. “I loved being a student at Keene State. KSC provided with me with so many great resources to be successful in a career post grad. I am excited to return to campus so I can share a bit about my experience and offer advice to students. The transition from college to the workforce can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be! I love what post grad has to offer.” Melina, a math and economics double major, now works at C&S Wholesale Grocers as a business analyst.

The next Career Speaker Series event is “Mock Interviews with C&S Wholesale Grocers” tonight, February 26, at 6 p.m. in Science 101. Click here to learn more about the event series.

For questions about the Career Speaker Series, please contact Daniel Henderson, director of corporate partnerships and strategic initiatives, at dhenderson@keene.edu.

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