Sherry Rice

Director of Professional Development & Programming

Sherry Rice

Sherry Rice has been working at Penn State for 6 years and joined the BCC team in March of 2017. She graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in Psychology in 2007 and obtained her M.Ed. in Counselor Education with her certification in Secondary School Counseling from Lehigh University in 2009. After earning her Master’s degree, Sherry spent 3 years as a high school and middle school counselor before transitioning to higher education. As a school counselor, Sherry provided career, academic, and personal/social counseling to all students to help them be prepared for their post-secondary plans. Before coming to the Smeal Business Career Center, Sherry worked at Penn State Career Services as the Career Fair Coordinator. In that role, she managed numerous career fairs and career development programs for students. She also assisted with drop-in career appointments and presented workshops on various career-related topics.

As Director for Professional Development & Programming, Sherry is responsible for creating, delivering, and assessing an expanded professional development curriculum in collaboration with internal and external units, faculty, and corporate partners. These programs and workshops help enhance students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities to be career ready, including leadership development, job and internship search strategies and the job and internship search process. In addition, Sherry provides career coaching to the Smeal undergraduate student body and assists with Sapphire Leadership Training. Her favorite thing about working at the BCC is getting to work with amazing Penn State Smeal students and helping them pursue meaningful internship and job opportunities. She also loves how collaborative and forward thinking the BCC office is!

In her spare time, Sherry likes traveling, hiking, live music and concerts, and watching all of the Marvel movies. Her favorite thing about Penn State is the community, traditions, and pride that is overwhelmingly present within Penn State. She loves that you can find Penn Staters everywhere!

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Career After College: What to Consider Before Accepting Your First Job

Graduating from college is an exciting accomplishment. All of the work you’ve put into studying has finally paid off, and you’re now ready to embark on the next chapter of your life. For many, this entails applying for and accepting …

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Take Advantage of the Resume Assistant in Microsoft Word!

Resume Assistant in Microsoft Word helps you to create effective resumes by providing you content suggestions to include in your resume. Based on the role and industry you’re interested in, you’ll receive suggestions regarding work experience summary, skills, and also …

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#Adulting, Making Social Comparsions

How did they land that awesome internship?
How were they able to hold executive positions in 2 student organizations and still maintain a 3.5 GPA?
They always know what to say!

These are just some of the comparisons we ask …

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Is the Rise in H-1B Petitions from U.S. Employers a Good Sign for International Students?

Last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received 201,001 petitions from U.S. companies for H-1B visas this year, a 6 percent increase over the number it received last year and the first time in three years …

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#Adulting: Be proactive and actively engaged

How can you stand out and showcase what you bring to an internship, job, student organization, or the classes you take? Be proactive, ask questions, and be willing to observe! Being proactive builds your personal brand and reputation at work, …

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#Adulting: Google it! Don’t get bored in your internship and take the initiative

Internships are a great way to gain industry specific skills and learn what it takes to be successful in you chosen career field, but what do you do when there is down time? Trust me, there is down time in …

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#Adulting: Don’t Take Criticism Personally

We as individuals are not perfect.  We as individuals make mistakes. We as individuals will do something wrong at some point.
Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because, his editor said, he “lacked imagination and …

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Good Negative Qualities to Say During an Interview

You’ve got an interview at an awesome company, and you’re eagerly waiting to tell them why you’re so excited about working with them. During the interview, you answer all of the questions from the hiring manager with ease.

“What do …

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How staying current with company news can help in the internship process

How can you stand out when connecting with recruiters and companies at networking events, career fairs, interviews, etc.?

Stay up to date with current company news!

“Being in the know” is one of the most valuable ways to be successful …

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Job Scammers Are Getting Better, But You Can Protect Yourself

“Considering the very personal information shared by job applicants, scammers have targeted job seekers for more than a decade.

Much advice is available telling job seekers to “trust your gut” when it comes to spotting job scams. Five years ago, …

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