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Students, Alumni Find Success Through Career Services

03/02/2020

Sophomore Parssa Sazdar knows how he’ll be spending his next summer – as a software engineering intern with AT&T.

Alumna Hannah Bailey (CSB ’14) landed her dream job. What do the two Billikens have in common?

Both worked with Saint Louis University’s Career Services Center to get the help they needed to make their professional aspirations reality.

Sophomore Parssa Sazdar in the Career Services Center with a banner in the background.

Sophomore Parssa Sazdar will spend his summer interning with AT&T and getting a jump-start on his software engineering career after receiving help from SLU's Career Services Center. Photo by Amelia Flood

With a newly-renovated space in Griesedieck Hall and expanded mission to support SLU students and alumni as they build their careers, the office has launched a new Student Success Stories initiative to capture the unique ways that University support has helped them become the working professionals they want to be.

“The stories allow audiences an insider’s perspective on how Career Services can support them in their career development journey,” Ahmar Ursani, career counselor, said. “These narratives are motivating and inspiring for students to get started on their career development.”

The initiative also seeks to help academic departments and programs across the University highlight the careers their alumni pursue after graduation. Current success stories include alumni and students who are working or interning in fields from the health sciences to meteorology to the nonprofit sector.

“Every academic unit has a student success story in regards to career development,” Ursani said. “Career Services are here to be a conduit to springboard these stories into the light, on campus and beyond.”

Read Parssa’s Success Story

SLU’s Career Services is unique in offering its professional expertise to University alumni free of charge and regardless of graduation year. Alumni and current students can seek help including career counseling, resume development support, cover letter review among other services.

“We have a lifelong commitment to our Billikens, no matter what stage in life they are at,” Ursani continued.

Learn How SLU Helped Hannah Land Her Dream Job

Share Your Success Story

Send in your story to let your fellow Billikens know how Career Services has helped you on your professional journey.

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Want to Jump-start Your Career Dreams?

Check out Handshake, SLU’s careers database for opportunities and events


Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic institutions. Rooted in Jesuit values and its pioneering history as the first university west of the Mississippi River, SLU offers nearly 13,000 students a rigorous, transformative education of the whole person. At the core of the University’s diverse community of scholars is SLU’s service-focused mission, which challenges and prepares students to make the world a better, more just place.

Story by Amelia Flood, University Marketing and Communications.