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Undergraduate Office of Professional Development Ready to Serve Students

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This September, undergraduate business students will have a new career resource on campus – the Office of Professional Development, located in Shea Commons of the Hariri Building.

Designed to complement the offerings at the university’s Cawley Career Education Center, the office will deliver programming designed specifically for business students, including coaching, mentoring, and guidance to help them capitalize on their individual strengths.

“As a top business school, it is important that we provide individualized career counseling to ensure that McDonough students are prepared to enter the marketplace when they graduate,” said Norean R. Sharpe, senior associate dean and director of the Undergraduate Program. “We have a great track record of success working with the Cawley Career Education Center, and this new Office of Professional Development will continue to expand this partnership.”

The office will build upon the school’s success in preparing and placing students in internships and jobs. According to the most recent Businessweek ranking of U.S. business schools, Georgetown McDonough placed in the top quintile for both the percentage of students having internships prior to graduation and median starting salaries. In addition, Georgetown’s own senior survey revealed that 91 percent of graduating seniors in the Class of 2013 were either employed full-time or enrolled in graduate programs.

The Office of Professional Development was established through the generous support of several McDonough parents and alumni who have made commitments to the project.

“We are grateful to our parents and alumni for their generous support,” Sharpe said. “We are fortunate to have such a dedicated network.”

Rebecca Cassidy has been appointed the assistant dean and director of the Office of Professional Development. She holds an MBA from George Washington University and has several years of experience in advising students at both Georgetown and Johns Hopkins University.

“By offering our students opportunities for self-reflection, career education, and networking, they will be better prepared to launch their careers upon graduation,” Cassidy said. “I am looking forward to helping students navigate the job search process.”

As Director of the Office of Professional Development, Ms. Cassidy will engage the vast Georgetown alumni network in the mentoring and hiring of Georgetown McDonough students. Additionally, she will strengthen current relationships and develop new partnerships with top employers to ensure Georgetown McDonough is a premiere university partner.