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October 28, 2009

ULM students make mark - A guest editorial by Brenda Allen, Director of Career Connections and Experiential Education, published October 28, 2009 The (Monroe, La.) News-Star

One year ago this month, I had the opportunity to accept the position of director of the University of Louisiana at Monroe's Office of Career Connections & Experiential Education.

Our office works with students to help them bridge the gap from student to employee — to market their skills in the workplace and find employment. Building career plans, exploring networking and job search opportunities, teaching resume best practices and perfecting interviewing skills are all a part of the services we provide.

It had been more than 20 years since I had spent any considerable time on campus, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. As it turns out, I have found one of the best kept secrets in Louisiana ... and quite possibly the country. Even though this has arguably been one of the most challenging times to find employment in many years, ULM students are making their mark on the world.

A few examples include:

Local companies like CenturyLink, St. Francis, and Glenwood have been long been great partners with ULM. They provide internship and practicum opportunities for our students and hire our graduates. We are very fortunate to have these and other companies supporting our university.

Great things are going on at ULM. We have a beautiful and well-groomed campus. If you live locally and haven't had a chance to see our campus in a while, bring a sack lunch one day, sit on a bench near the bayou or the fountain in the quad, and get a first-hand look at your local ULM students. You'll be proud you did.

If you are a ULM student or alumni finding yourself in need of career guidance and/or resources, call 318-342-5338 today to make an appointment.

If you are a local employer, visit our Web site at: to schedule an on-campus interview.

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