New Program Teaches Students Skills Critical to Landing A Job

New Program Teaches Students Skills Critical to Landing A Job

Oct 27, 2015

Free professional clothing, mock interviews with actual corporate recruiters, resume feedback and advice on acting professional in the workplace are all part of a new program aimed at helping FSU students land their dream jobs.

About 30 students signed up to take part in the Suitable Solutions Program, which was launched by the Office of Career Services and Employer Relations in partnership with the with a national retail company and the United Way of Tri-County.

The program kicked off on October 22nd with a seminar on professionalism led by Jen Maseda, the Chief Philanthropy Officer at the United Way. Following the seminar, students held one-on-one mock interviews with local corporate recruiters and received feedback on their performance.

“This is just a fabulous opportunity for our students to gain the professional skills that employers say are lacking in college graduates,” says Dawn Ross, Director of Career Services and Employer Relations. “I’m so grateful to our partners for their tremendous support of this program.”

Students in the program will visit the corporate headquarters of a national retail chain for a merchandising career presentation and tour. In November, they will get the opportunity to have a professional fitting at Shoppers World in Framingham. Each student will receive a stipend to purchase clothes, which was generously provided by the Suitable Solutions sponsors, including the United Way, Enterprise Holdings, Inc., and donations from FSU alumni through the Suitable Solutions Fund.

The program wraps up with a fashion show at FSU on November 19th at 6:30 pm in McCarthy Center Forum featuring the professional outfits the students purchased and all are welcomed to attend.

“This is such a wonderful opportunity for the students to learn the professional skills that are going to set them apart,” says Fashion Design and Retailing Professor Virginia Noon.

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.