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May 5, 2004


SOON-TO-BE GRADS PREPARE FOR FUTURES

    OSWEGO -- A total of 1,343 Oswego students are eligible to take part in commencement ceremonies May 15 before turning their attention to what they will do after graduation.

    Many will look for jobs and or continue their education. Some, like Amy Ohler, a broadcasting major from Brockport, have already found employment in their field. Ohler started as a part-time reporter for NewsWatch 50 in Watertown on April 12.

    Ohler was already interning for the station when she learned of a part-time opening. Through her internship, resume tape and knowledge of the field, Ohler won the job and was doing on-air work on her first day as a professional.

    "I'm just glad to get my foot in the door," Ohler said of her job as a general-assignment reporter three days a week. "It's so hard to get a job in the newsroom."

    She believes that having three internships, working at WTOP since her freshman year and learning through some hands-on work in the classroom helped her make the immediate transition. Already knowing how to report, write and shoot meant NewsWatch 50 didn't have to train her on the job, she said.

    Megan Ingersoll, who will start as an auditor at Fust Charles Chambers in DeWitt in October, credits classroom work and internships for already securing a position in her field.

    "The classes were taught by excellent professors who were very knowledgeable and helpful," said Ingersoll, an Oswego native who will earn her MBA this month. "I learned a lot of useful information when I did an internship with Audrey Owens, a CPA in Oswego."

    Before starting, Ingersoll will take a break this summer to travel with her family. She will also study for the CPA exam, which she plans to take in the fall.

    Doreen Bergman, a childhood education major from Volney, can combine continuing her studies and  working in the months ahead. Bergman earned a full-tuition scholarship to Syracuse University's library sciences and school media program as a Preparing Librarians for Urban School scholar.

    "I will begin classes this summer. The majority of classes are distance learning so I will be able to accept a teaching position while I work on my master's," Bergman said.

    "I look forward to teaching and credit the professors at SUNY Oswego with inspiring me to succeed," Bergman explained. She added Bonita Hampton and Barbara Beyerbach were "especially inspirational and instrumental in my choosing a graduate program that will allow me to focus on multicultural and social justice issues."

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