Job: Executive Director, University Career Services
Staying Fresh: Clay-Rooks is constantly updating the programs and web resources offered to ensure they are timely and relevant to students in their career search. While plenty of resources are available online, she looks to provide students and recent graduates with other opportunities—the biggest of which are the connections her staff is able to facilitate between students and employers, alumni, or faculty. More than 20,625 students and alumni take part in these programs annually.
Be Your Own Advocate: Job hunting? No matter how much experience and talent you might have, Clay-Rooks stresses that you must be able to communicate your abilities to employers in cover letters and in interviews. She recommends taking advantage of mock interviews and resume clinics to get feedback.
Alumni Interactions: More than 600 Mason alumni serve as career mentors, participating in career fairs, mock interviews, and resume workshops each year, but “It can be as easy as chatting with students about your job and how to prepare for a similar one, or letting them shadow you around your workplace for a few hours. It can make a world of a difference for a Mason student,” she says. (Interested? Call 703-993-2370 for more information.)