March 2, 2009
From VisionSMU newsletter
Economic uncertainties and a tight job market have been in the headlines for much of the past year. For help in meeting those challenges, SMU students and alumni increasingly are turning to the Hegi Family Career Development Center.
“In this era of globalization, where the only sure thing is rapid change, students and alumni are finding they need a strong network, fluid strategies and resources that keep them competitive for a lifetime,” says Troy Behrens, the center’s executive director. “The center provides all of these tools.”
In 2001, Jan ’66 and Fred Hegi ’66, along with their family, provided the lead gift for a $3 million endowment and expansion of SMU’s Career Center in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.
Each year, thousands of students and alumni visit the Hegi Family Career Development Center in person and online for career planning, job and internship searches, résumé and internship workshops and career fairs, among other services.
“The career development process should start with first-year orientation and continue through- out a graduate’s lifetime as we re-pot ourselves during our careers,” says Fred Hegi, who serves on the SMU Board of Trustees and as co-chair of the Dedman College Campaign Steering Committee. “Whether you’re 18 or 78, the center offers significant resources for career transitions and growth.”
Behrens says donor support is critical for the center to increase vital services, including domes- tic and international internships for students, most of which are unpaid positions; a Career Advantage Plan, to help students develop career goals beginning their first year; and an expanded alumni network, including a job database and mentoring program.
“Our vision is for the center to provide every student a life- changing experience,” Behrens says. “We also want to provide employers with well- prepared graduates.”
Matt Grosmann ’08 credits the Hegi Center with helping him land an internship as a student and his current analyst position at an investment bank. He has served on the Hegi Center’s Advisory Board as a student and now as a graduate, and says he hopes to build on the center’s successes.
“My goal is for everyone – students in all disciplines and alumni in all fields – to turn to the Hegi Center for direction, just as I have,” he says.
To learn about supporting the Hegi Family Career Development Center, please contact Associate Director of Development Arlene Manthey at 214-768-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.