Alumnae and students to network at annual career fair.

Students can get career advice from, and make contacts with, alumnae at the Career Networking Fair.

By Emily Harrison Weir

Students curious about career possibilities can talk with—and get tips from—Mount Holyoke College alumnae during a career networking fair on Sunday, September 20.

More than two dozen MHC alumnae will return to campus for the annual event, which is cosponsored by the College’s Alumnae Association and Career Development Center. The fair offers students and recent alumnae the opportunity to learn about a variety of career fields and to perfect their networking skills.

Bharati Manandhar ’14 said that last year’s fair taught her “to think long-term about where I want to be in my life, rather than worrying about my first job out of college.”

The program, which runs from noon through 5:00 pm, includes workshops in dressing for success and leveraging the alumnae network. There also will be panel discussions about careers in global business; law and public policy; nonprofit organizations; journalism, media, and communications; health and scientific research; and education. A networking reception for alumnae, students, and faculty will close the event.

“This event helps strengthen the power of the Mount Holyoke network and allows alumnae to showcase how a liberal arts education has propelled their career trajectories,” said Jonencia Wood, senior director of programs for the Alumnae Association.

Alumnae panelists and moderators are expected to include Kathryn Kinzel Ahnger-Pier ’08, an epidemiologist for the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services; Beth Lynch ’95, executive director of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation; Marla Allisan ’78, founder and director of Full Circle Adoptions; and Demet Duran ’11, executive assistant at the Turkish consulate in Boston.

The career networking fair is part of MHC’s Lynk experience, which helps students connect their academic interests with career preparation.

“This is a great opportunity to make connections with practitioners in a variety of professional fields, and to learn firsthand how alumnae have used the skills they developed at Mount Holyoke in their career paths,” said Career Development Center Director Liz Lierman.

Mount Holyoke College students can register for the event online.