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Job Out of College: No Guarantee

Job Out of College: No Guarantee

The Baltimore Sun, Maryland

August 07, 2009

Lorie Logan-Bennett, associate director of the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s career services center, says her office works with students early on and helps them identify their strengths and careers that are good fits for them, develop skills and prepare them to be marketable when they graduate.

When it comes to the job-search process, Logan-Bennett says UMBC’s career center provides multiple ways, such as job fairs and on-campus interviews, to assist students.

“There’s no guarantee of employment,” she says. “We want to put some responsibilities on the students to make sure they’re preparing themselves along the way and doing all they could to prepare for lifetime career management and employment.”

Carol Vellucci, interim director of the University of Baltimore’s career center, says the notion of job placement is outdated.

Vellucci sees her job as fulfilling two goals: helping students translate their skills, interests and traits to an employer; and creating opportunities for students to connect with employers.

“We don’t place anyone,” she says. “We help them market themselves to the best of their ability because they’re in control of their careers. We believe that people are in control of their own lives and careers, and they need advice and guidance. We can’t manage your career by placing you in a job.”

Workplace tidbit: If you work in Baltimore, you’re in the right place when it comes to a raise.

WorldatWork, a human resources association, announced this week that Baltimore ranks No. 10 on a list of major U.S. metro areas for getting a raise this year.

WorldatWork says Baltimore-area workers will see an average raise of 2.1 percent this year.

Washington topped the list with an increase of 2.3 percent.

The firm looked at the top 10 metro areas for getting a raise based on results of its survey of more than 2,600 respondents.

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