First impressions are critical in an interview setting, and knowing what to wear is key to success. The MCC Alumni Association partnered with Career Services at the spring Opportunity Fair to coach students.
Knowing student budgets are tight, Diana Occhiuzzi and Mary Chavez, members of the MCC Alumni Association Advisory board, purchased professional clothing at thrift stores. Using mannequins provided by MCC’s Fashion Design Program, each display included a tag that cited where the items were purchased and total cost for the ensemble. Students also received information on the subtle message that various colors convey.
“Many students were surprised to learn that orange should be used judiciously because it conveys fun and playfulness, which may only be appropriate to certain company settings,” said Diana. “Google, which uses bright orange, was at a nearby table and perfectly illustrated my point.”
Alumni volunteers assisting Diana and Mary noted how many students stopped by the display and were interested in and appreciated the information.
If you’re interested in volunteering to help MCC’s current students consider submitting an interest form to serve on the alumni advisory board at mesacc.edu/alumni-board.