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Pathways to Success

Alumni and Students Connect through New Career Initiative

Clare Tauriello assists student in the MSMU Career CenterOne hallmark of the Mount is the alumni network that numbers 17,000 strong. An exciting initiative this year is Career Pathways, which taps into that network to create new opportunities for the Mount’s current students. The program currently offers tracks in the fields of finance, STEM, and government.

Career Pathways seeks to create clear, convenient networks between students and alumni who work in an industry of interest to the student. Students are put in contact with an alumni agent who then connects the student to additional alumni who provide connections to jobs, internships, and other experiences.

Clare Tauriello, director of the Career Center, heads the program.  “We’re approaching career search and alumni relations in new, more specialized ways,” Tauriello explained. “The concentrated focus we are putting on familiar services allows for exciting new opportunities and clearer connections to alumni working in these specific fields.”

Joe Dowd, C’92, Career Pathways committee co-chair, echoed Tauriello’s statements. “This program is an enhancement of what the Mount has always done well. I’m honored to play a role in its success and to create an opportunity that wasn’t available for me.”

In addition to placing students in contact with relevant alumni agents, Career Pathways provides services and events to ensure student success. Currently, special events include Accounting Evening in the fall, a STEM job fair in the spring, and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Day in March—all of which have opportunities for networking and résumé reviews.

“The Career Pathways program really embodies the spirit of the University,” said Pat Goles, C’64, President’s Council chair and Career Pathways committee co-chair. “You might leave the Mount, but the Mount never leaves you. We have a responsibility to keep paying it forward to future generations so that the blessing continues.”

Next year, the Career Center hopes to introduce additional pathways. Though the specific programs will depend on student and alumni interest, Tauriello feels reasonably confident that marketing and sales will be among them.

We need You to make Career Pathways successful. Alumni can reach out to Clare Tauriello at to learn more.

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