Jarred Merriweather

Big City Dreams

MerriweatherJarred Merriweather ’15 always had a creative flare. When he began his collegiate career at Alvernia he was able to put his artistry to work through graphic design, social media and as the vice president of a new student-run marketing firm.

“I always knew I had an eye for design,” explained Merriweather “The classes and clubs I have been exposed to help guide me to put my work to use. My ultimate goal is to work for a public relations or design firm in a large city such as New York.”

For now, he is gaining the experiences he needs through his internship at the Greater Reading Economic Partnership where he is playing a lead role with their blog posts, Twitter and Facebook accounts. His main ambition is to generate business for the city of Reading and get businesses to return to the Berks County area.

“I declared communication for my major and it has been so useful not only for my internship but for the nonprofit student-run marketing club, The Professional Edge,” he said. “I serve as the vice president of the club. Our objective is to help local non-profits and organizations develop their brands by developing their marketing materials and leveraging social media.”

For now, the lights are looking bright for this Alvernian to break out into the big city!

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A National Leadership Council for Liberal Education and America's Promise study found that participating employers and recent college graduates agreed on the necessity of out of the classroom experiences. The study emphasizes the importance of providing students with important knowledge and skills but also experience putting that knowledge and skills to practical use in "real-world" settings.

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Seventy-six percent of participating employers put "teamwork skills and the ability to collaborate with others in diverse group settings" at the top of their list of desired capabilities in new employees, according to a National Leadership Council for Liberal Education and America's Promise study. These are among the skills fostered by real-world learning experiences.

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Service learning is a method of providing personal and academic development through work with established nonprofit organizations in the community. It is an avenue to introduce students to a professional environment without the extensive commitments of an internship.

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Service learning provides ideal real world learning opportunities. According to SmartBlog on Leadership, doing volunteer and service work for a non-profit organization that is connected to your major or academic program of study helps develop leadership skills, expands your perspective of the world, allows you to discover new skills in a safe environment, and develops a larger network of real world contacts to draw upon once you graduate.

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Service learning can take you outside of your comfort zone, giving you an opportunity to work with new challenges, people, politics and interpersonal dynamics. It also offers new perspective on priorities. Hanging out with people who have had different life experiences encourages you to tackle challenges from different angles. Julie Zolfo, founder of Make Success Matter said that she volunteered for six weeks at the schools in New Delhi, India.

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"Alvernia's Career Development Center works with students to find avenues for employment, internships, co-ops, career exploration, resume development, and graduate school options. Center staff help students assess their options and identify their own "brand" to complement their life after Alvernia.

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A recent career fair at Alvernia attracted more than 55 employers who were seeking to hire employees, co-ops and interns for their organizations. Career fairs like this one are fertile ground for students seeking real world learning opportunities and to reap the benefits of such as employers look to to hire staff members who have honed their skills and abilities via practical experiences in real situations.

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Since its inception, Alvernia has offered real world opportunities with an emphasis on service and careers that help those in need. Field experiences in areas like criminal justice, social work, nursing, occupational therapy, health care science and teacher training among others provide our students with rich learning opportunities to test drive what it's like to work in that profession.

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In a recent American Association of Colleges and Universities survey of 302 employers, 79 percent said institutions of higher learning should emphasize helping students apply what they learn in real-world settings, and 66 percent said that completing an internship or community field project would help prepare students for success.