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Job Search Tool for NSU Graduates

NATCHITOCHES, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – Brittany McConathy is not waiting until graduation to start her job search.  The Northwestern State University junior business administration major from Pineville is utilizing MyEdu to look for employment. MyEdu is a social network that helps students succeed in college, pursue internships and find jobs by creating a profile that lists the courses they have taken, work and volunteer experiences and other qualifications that prospective employers can view.  

"I am building my profile now so that when I do get close to graduation I am not scrambling for a job," McConathy said.  "I would advise any college student to use this wonderful program because it's free to sign up and employers are always surfing MyEdu looking for prospective employees.  This is such a helpful and user friendly site."

Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, director of Northwestern State's School of Business, made her students aware of MyEdu after Dr. Sandra Woodley, president of the University of Louisiana System, described how Texas universities are using the network.  Woodley forged a partnership with MyEdu with the intention of matching students with prospective employers.

"The University of Louisiana System is doubling its efforts to help students succeed in college and connect with employers.  As a system, we have always worked diligently to provide access to a high quality education for the 90,000 students we serve, but we also want our students to finish their degrees quickly with a seamless transition to the workforce.  That is why we are so excited about our partnership with the cutting-edge technology company MyEdu that provides the online platform to fuel this important new initiative," said Woodley. 

"Since a section of my business communication course deals with employment -- how to search for jobs, how to write a resume and how to apply for jobs -- all my students were required to create an account," Kilcoyne said.  "Some of the students used the site when they were told to find a job that they could apply for upon graduating with a business degree and write a cover letter and create a resume to match the job description. Based on student feedback it is an awesome tool."

Students can search for internships and future jobs, post career-related information and documents to be used by employers, Kilcoyne said. The platform creators are also willing to come to Northwestern State to demonstrate the site for students and faculty.   

 "I personally love MyEdu. I have used it various time to search for jobs and internships around my hometown," said Lacy Seals, a junior from Kenner.  "I became aware of it through my BUAD 2200 class with Dr. Kilcoyne. I originally signed up for it because Dr. Kilcoyne asked for it. However, after I played around on the website I really loved it. It makes finding a job easy and fun. I also like being able to customize my profile, which gives other people a chance to see me and know a little about me. I have recommended it to some friends at other school as well."

Kathleen Sylvester, a senior accounting major from Natchitoches, also signed up with Kilcoyne's encouragement. "It has been beneficial in my assignments of having to find a job listing and helping me look for an internship this summer," Sylvester said.  "It has definitely helped me with my coursework and for that I am thankful."

MyEdu collects data from student users around the country on courses and degree programs that allows students to customize their academic path to align with the job market in their field. The site allows employers to connect with students, communicate what their company has to offer, target job postings and browse student profiles. The company's website says its network engages more than 1 million students, more than 800 schools and companies as recognizable as Macy's, ADP and Waste Management.

"It is a way to showcase students' knowledge and skill sets to potential employers. This network would apply to all majors seeking jobs. The bottom line is every student will be seeking employment and this is an awesome network to use," Kilcoyne said.

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