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'The Career Trail Online' will provide a wide variety of services aimed at connecting students with their first jobs as college graduates and serve as a resource for alumni.

MCLA Rolls Out New Career Development Platform

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Center for Student Success and Engagement at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has launched a new, online career software portal to help prepare students for employment.

"The Career Trail Online" will provide a wide variety of services aimed at connecting students with their first jobs as college graduates and serve as a resource for alumni.

According to Dale Osef, MCLA's career development specialist, "The Career Trail," by Purple Briefcase, is a top-of-the-line, industry standard for connecting students to employers, faculty, staff, alumni and more.

"MCLA saw a need for a fresh, new approach to career development on our campus," Osef said. "The Career Trail gives us the right platform to engage all internal and external stakeholders in helping MCLA students to think about career development as a holistic process that corresponds directly with their academic experience here."

The Career Trail Online includes professional development training and assistance; a place to post resumes and search for jobs, as well as a place for employers to search for recent graduates; allows students to make career counseling appointments at CSSE; and provides ways for students to connect directly with MCLA alumni or an employer who is willing to be a mentor.

According to Osef, Career Trail will connect students not only to local, regional, and global employers, but also to others, such as faculty and alumni, who also can assist them with their job searches.

"One of many very exciting features of the Career Trail software is that employers large and small, near and far have easy access to this software. Students have the opportunity to connect with international employers like Wells Fargo, and also may apply to local organizations like Barton Associates and Berkshire Business Interns," Osef said.

In addition, The Career Trail comes with a mentor module, which is being sponsored this year by MCLA's Advancement Office. Approved mentors who are interested in connecting with students simply create an employer account and select how many students they wish to take on as mentees.

 The Career Trail also is available to all MCLA alumni, and serves students in all degree programs. For more information, click here. To view a short video about The Career Trail, click here.

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