By Kim Brown, Career Services’ Assistant Director, Alumni Programs

Spring Break has arrived! While we’d all love to escape to sandy beaches and sunshine, this week is actually the perfect time to take some significant steps ahead when it comes to your career. Here are a few ways to do that!

Informational Interviews (but you don’t need to call them that…)
Use this week to be productive! Hopefully you’re familiar with LinkedIn and our ‘CuseConnect group. In that group, you can reach out to alumni who, by joining the group, have indicated that they are willing to help you with job search questions and career advice. Identify some alumni you’d like to learn from and don’t hesitate to reach out to them with questions. You can even arrange to meet for a cup of coffee or a brief meeting at their offices during Spring Break.

You may hear these meetings referred to as “informational interviews.” Personally, I’m not a fan of that term. Consider them friendly chats! They offer you a chance to get to know our alumni and the various career paths they’ve followed. Ask questions about how they got where they are today. It can feel a bit intimidating, but just know that your alumni love SU as much as you do and will very likely be willing to help. Remember, too, that these chats don’t NEED to be limited to SU alumni. Meet with friends of your parents, former internship supervisors, etc. The more people you know, the better off you’ll be when it comes to landing your internship or job.

For some advice about the best ways to connect with alumni on LinkedIn, check out this fantastic blog post by Lindsey Pollak.

BigEastHave you heard about the Big East Career Fair?
Nearly 100 companies are registered for the Big East Career Fair, which takes place during Spring Break! While we’re still part of the Big East, Syracuse University students and alumni are encouraged to attend.

Here’s what you need to know:

Who? Employers registered to attend include SONY Music Entertainment, GEICO, Federal Reserve Board, Abercrombie & Fitch, Oracle, First Investors Corporation, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and many more!
What? The Big East Career Fair!
Where? Madison Square Garden, New York
When? Friday, March 15, 2012, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Why? Well…that goes without saying – to land a job and/or internship, of course!
How? To register go to http://www.bigeastcareerfair.org

For more information, to see the full list of companies, and to register for the fair, visit: http://www.bigeastcareerfair.org/

Remember, too, that our office is open during Spring Break and is generally VERY quiet. If you’re staying in Syracuse, break week is the best time to secure an appointment with one of our staff members. Just give the office a call at 315-443-3616.

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