Concorde Blog - Mar 15, 2021
GRADUATE ASSISTANCE DURING PANDEMIC CHALLENGES
As part of our commitment to our student success, Concorde offers graduate assistance to all of our students regardless of program enrolled in. We understand that students might need some extra help at various points during their education and we are here to help.
Students often use the resources when they are preparing to graduate and start interviewing for jobs. The idea of interviewing can be scary for students and the graduate employment specialist is there to help ease the process with resume preparation, interview techniques, assistance in placement, and career opportunities.
"Things have been going really well," says Monica Carlos, Garden Grove Graduate Employment Specialist, "I will say at the beginning of the pandemic things were a little rough with job opportunities, but now they are going really well. The graduates have been very responsive and understanding of what is going on."
Brianna Hodge, 2019 Medical Assistant Grad from Miramar, wasn't having much luck finding a job after graduation, "After completing the program, it was extremely difficult for me to find a job or simply get an interview. Then in November of 2019, Reina Resnik (Miramar Sr. Graduate Employment Specialist) contacted me with multiple job opportunities."
Brianna discusses her experience in further detail: "Reina helped submit my resume to different offices, and she kept in contact with me about offices that we were hiring. In doing so, she kept me in good spirits when I was going to give up. I had an interview at a doctor's office at the very beginning of everyone learning of Covid-19, but the office ended up closing. Despite this setback Reina made sure I stayed positive and kept telling me that whatever office I work at will be the right one for me and it will fit. I ended up interviewing at the same office a few months later and it didn't feel like a great fit.
Then in late August, Reina sent my resume to a doctor's office in Pembroke Pine, a few days later I had my interview and I heard from them the next day saying I got the job. Even after getting the job Reina still calls and texts to check on me to be sure that I was okay and doing well in my new role. I love the job, it's absolutely the best place for me to be. Reina is simply amazing, and I really can't thank her enough for all her help and support. I wish everyone could have a Reina on their side."
To learn more about the services alumni and students can use, contact your campus student affairs team and they will be more than happy to help or check out our resources page at Concorde.edu/admissions/resources.