R-MC's Boot Camp was sponsored by The EDGE program.
Randolph-Macon College students gave their career development a kick-start during
Boot Camp weekend January 4-5, 2013.
Sponsored by R-MC’s EDGE program,
the Boot Camp was held at the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Conference Center in Glen
Allen, Virginia. The EDGE, within the
Center for Personal and Career Development, is a four-year program designed
to help students identify their career passions, compete for meaningful employment
apply to graduate schools. The Boot Camp was just one of
many initiatives offered by The EDGE.
“Career development is a journey,” explains Director of The EDGE
Linda Carne. “It requires a ‘passport,’ and Boot Camp provided students
with a ‘visa entry stamp’ for success in their personal and career development.”
Students attended seminars, had simulated interviews and learned the importance
of business etiquette, communication styles and professional attire.
“Boot Camp helped students hone skills that are vital to any career,” says R-MC
President Robert R. Lindgren. “With the help of hands-on instruction, they are prepared
to put into practice what they learned. And the experience was made even richer
by alumni who facilitated some of the workshops.”
Whitney Forstner ’98, the founder of Momentum Resources, and Jill
Lemon, partner at Momentum, presented “Telling Your Story” and stressed the documented
fact that within the first 10 minutes of an interview, the initial impression of
how interviewees tell their stories prevails.
Jim Johnston ’68 facilitated a Boot Camp mock-interview workshop.
“Prior to my retirement from Reynolds Metals Company, one of my Human Resource functions
was recruiting seniors from big colleges,” wrote Johnston in an e-mail to Carne.
“I can tell you categorically the R-MC students I interviewed during Boot Camp can
compete head to head with students from any college. They were poised, focused on
their career goals and able to effectively communicate their stories. Clearly, they
represent the best of a liberal arts education.”
For Olayemisi Ogunshina ’14, the weekend was an eye-opening experience.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of Boot Camp and its impact on my outlook,”
says Ogunshina. “The greatest thing was that, despite the participants’ differences,
we all supported each other for the common cause. I now have an Action Plan in place,
which will help me make important career decisions.” Fellow Yellow Jacket Lindsy
Greene ’14 posted this on Twitter: “Attending the EDGE
Boot Camp was one of the best decisions I’ve made in college thus far.”
Carne considers The EDGE a springboard for career and
“With the help of The EDGE program, R-MC students have
a network of colleagues, faculty, staff and alumni with whom they can partner throughout
their lives,” she says.