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A Service Year after College: The Right Next Step?

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Marymount promotes a culture of giving back with a wide range of service opportunities in the local community and abroad. Service learning is also an integral part of many programs. And, Marymount students enthusiastically embrace volunteering as a key element of their lives.

The desire to serve doesn’t end at graduation, nor do the opportunities to serve. It’s possible to have a job after college that provides the same rewarding experience on a full-time basis while also strengthening key skills for future employment in the field of interest.

For those motivated by a desire to be of service to others, to broaden experience and knowledge of the world, and to make a difference in other people's lives, a long-term volunteer service program might be the right next step along their personal and career path.

Long-term service is an excellent way to develop relevant career experience, gain greater awareness of interests and strengths, and ultimately achieve greater direction as a new professional.

To help students explore options, Marymount’s Center for Career Services and Campus Ministry are holding the university’s first annual Long-Term Service Fair on Tuesday, November 5, between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. in the Lee Center Recreational Gym.

With 37 diverse volunteer organizations on hand to talk about their unique programs, including paid opportunities, students can explore what would be the best fit for them. From Habitat for Humanity and the Peace Corps to Teach for America and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, there’s something for everyone! View the full list of attending organizations here.

In addition, on Monday, November 4, there will be a Long-Term Service Dollar Dinner Panel Discussion from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Gerard Lobby. Four panelists, all young professionals who pursued a long-term service opportunity post-graduation, will be present to discuss their experiences and the impact of long-term service on their lives.

No RSVP is needed to attend either event. For more information, contact Carin Usrey at carin.usrey@marymount.edu.