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Web Based Career Office Faster, Easy

By Kristen Landino
staff reporter

Led by newly appointed director Christopher G. L. Pratt, the Office of Career Services and Preprofessional Advising has undergone significant changes in the past year including a move to web-based services accessible via the Internet.

"The move came about primarily due to the requests of many students, faculty, and alumni for these types of services," said Pratt.

This move to the web is expected to enable students to more easily take advantage of the office.

The transition to the web offers many other advantages. The nature of the internet affords more opportunities for students to connect with employers from all parts of the globe. According to Marianne C. Wisheart, associate director of the career services program, there are currently there are over 900 students and 500 employers in the database.

The 24 hour accessibility of the system is also more convenient for students who are often busy during the normal business hours of the Career Services Office. In addition, documents will be updated more frequently in the new web-based office.

Office also for underclassmen

According to Pratt, in the past there has been a misconception that the office was an simply an on-campus recruiting system restricted to graduating seniors and students looking to land jobs outside of MIT.

Pratt hopes to attract students in their freshman year in the hope that they will explore the services available to them from the office. "My biggest goal as a new director is to make the Career Services Office a place which helps students learn," Pratt said.

"Not only does the office provide job placement by scheduling interviews and matching resumés to employers, but it also allows students to to learn about resumé writing, salaries, available internships, as well as profiles of jobs so students can match their interests to jobs in a particular field," stated Elizabeth Reed, associate director of the career services program.

The services provided by the office have been reorganized and, because of the move to the web, personnel in the office will have more time to meet individually with students and further personalize the job placement process, Pratt said. The staff has also been more than doubled in order to further this goal.

Student reaction mixed

According to Wisheart, some students appreciate the possibility of this time-saving change, while others are frustrated with the adjustment needed to get acquainted with the new system. Pratt expected the initial transition period might be rough at first, so workshops are being offered this month in order to facilitate learning of the new web services.

The new recruitment system can be reached at http://web.mit.edu /career/www