Students spin positive out of COVID-19 closing schools

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BRANSON, Mo. – Students have taken this extra time off out of school to be more productive in their future.

Students at the College of the Ozarks have used this time to focus on building resumes, their LinkedIn profiles and other ways to help them get a head start on finding a career.

Jim Freeman, director of the Career Center at C of O, says more students are finding jobs with their senior year being shortened.

“Just last week, three of my students I’ve been working with all received full time positions in careers they were excited about and wanted to move forward in,” said Freeman.

Lindsay Pemberton, a college senior, says College of the Ozarks and the career center have always been available, even after she left campus.

“Which communication is best? Should I email? Should I call? Since we can’t meet in person,” said Pemberton. “They were great and still staying with me whenever I needed them even though I wasn’t on campus anymore.”

Pemberton now has a position with Branson Public Schools as a digital communications specialist.

“I think it will be a really fun position,” said Pemberton. “I know I’ll get to learn a lot and use a lot of things I’ve learned at C of O through my classes and jobs there on campus. I’m really looking forward in being able to implement that. I think it will be so much fun. I’m so excited.”

Though the pandemic is a stressful situation, Pemberton says to not give up.

“This isn’t a forever situation,” Pemberton said. “Just doing what you can right now will still help you in the future.”

Every Thursday, the career center at C of O is hosting Facebook live career chats. Students are able to ask questions and get feedback from advisors to help them find a job.

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