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How to Stay in Touch as an Alumnus

Congrats on graduatingBy Emilee Smith G’16 and Jenna Turman

Congratulations, Class of 2016! The great thing about Career Services and Syracuse University is that our assistance doesn’t discontinue once you graduate. Our guidance, resources and time will always remain available to you, even after you walk across the stage at graduation.

Here are a few ways to keep in touch with us after you graduate…

  1. Update your contact information! Syracuse University will contact you about events in your area based on the information we have. If your address says Syracuse but you live in Washington, DC, you won’t hear about all of the events occurring in that city. Make sure to update your information each time you move to stay in touch.
  2. Check out the alumni club in your area. There are over 70 clubs in many cities throughout the world.
  3. Participate in the Alumni Webinar Series, a monthly professional and personal develop webinar presented by alumni experts in various topics. Check out the Career Services website, and follow along on social media for updates and schedules.
  4. Stay virtually connected! Follow @SUAlums on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for up-to-date information. Also, check out @WorkingOrange to job shadow other alumni. As part of Generation Orange, graduates from the last 10 years, you have even more ways to stay connected. Follow @SUGenOrange on Twitter.

So whether you are seeking counsel immediately following graduation or considering a career change later, know that our doors are always open. Aside from stopping by in person, you can call us at 315.443.3616, to set up a phone or Skype appointment.

Accelerate Your Career as a Student Ambassador!

By Janak Khilnani G’15

Janak Khilnani, a 2014-2015 Student Ambassador shares his experience.
Janak Khilnani, a 2014-2015 Student Ambassador shares his experience.

My experience as a Career Services student ambassador was extraordinary.

One random afternoon, I walked into Sue Casson’s office. Sue used to be the associate director for employer relations in Career Services. I mentioned that I wanted to be involved in an on-campus activity that would give me exposure to new people from different cultures and academic backgrounds. Coincidentally, she was looking for student ambassadors and asked me whether I would like to join. After discussing the opportunity with her, I decided to apply to become an ambassador and was excited to be selected.

Since I had just recently moved to Syracuse from India, and as an introvert, I feared that my communication abilities would be mocked, but I kept that fear to myself. I met the rest of the student ambassadors, all of whom were diverse, talented individuals. We had a fun first meeting where we introduced ourselves to the team, learned about our responsibilities, and shared one recent good and bad experience. By the end of the session, I was comfortable interacting with my peers and left on a positive note.

Soon we each received custom polo shirts with our names printed on them; the polos looked amazing! Then came the workshops, information sessions, and career fairs where our role as ambassadors was to assist with student and  employer check-ins, promote events to our networks, guide students and employers to the venues, and so forth. There were thousands of students and hundreds of employers from various industries attending these events.

My interactions with students helped me effectively interpret and communicate despite the cultural differences, and my interactions with employers helped me to build a strong network with good relationships. One relationship was so strong that when I saw a returning employer at a different career fair, the employer said, “Oh I remember you! If you are looking for an opportunity at my company, give me a copy of your resume and I shall forward it for review.” It felt humbling. Being an ambassador also allowed me to work in close collaboration with the Career Services staff, who are always willing to help in the best possible way. They became my family away from home.

If I had to describe my experience in a nutshell, I am glad I received the opportunity to serve as an ambassador this past year as it allowed me to effectively communicate, to think on my feet when I had to answer questions from employers or students, to adapt to diversity, to multitask while balancing my academics and other on-campus roles, to grow as a team member and occasionally a leader, to motivate myself and others to succeed, and to be innovative and think critically while planning and managing events attended by tens to thousands of individuals. I am grateful to the Career Services team and I credit a major chunk of my success to them. I have been fortunate to have constant support from them in accomplishing my goals.

Would you like to be a Career Services student ambassador? The application to become a 2015-2016 ambassador is available now.

To apply, visit this link: tiny.cc/studentambassador. The deadline to apply is July 31st. 

Meet Dan Olson-Bang, Associate Director, Graduate Student Services

Dan Olson-Bang
Meet Dan Olson-Bang!

Our new Associate Director just joined the office on Monday, November 3! We thought this would be a great time to introduce him to you, so we asked him to answer some questions about himself.

Slice of Advice: Tell us why you’re so excited to start working at Career Services/SU and/or why are you excited to be in Syracuse?
Dan Olson-Bang: One of the things that I look forward to in my role in Career Services is to meet with a wide variety of graduate students from across SU’s campus. I really like to hear about the kinds of projects that people are working on and to learn about different disciplines. My own interests run toward the eclectic (I really like to learn about the science of cooking and I enjoy biology, for instance), so I hope to learn some cool things from everyone! I also think I am going to learn quite a bit from everyone in the Career Services office, which is really exciting to me.

I also look forward to spending more time outdoors than I could where I used to live. Since I know about snowy Syracuse, I’m looking forward to learning how to ski. But I also like to camp and hike, which should be a bit easier than it was for me near New York City.

SOA: Tell us your favorite hobby.
DOB: Cycling. I love everything about bikes: I like to fix them, I like to have them, and I like to ride them. I particularly like old ones. I have a classic Italian racing bike from 1963 that I got at a garage sale that is my pride and joy (even if parts periodically fall off of it). I also follow professional racing like the Tour de France. My dream is to get a “snow bike” as they call them, which is a mountain bike with huge tires, to ride in Syracuse’s snowy winters!

SOA: Tell us an interesting fact or skill you have.
DOB: I was born in Germany. People always ask if I was an Army kid, since I came to America at 18 months, but my dad was an opera singer, singing in Germany and Austria. You could say that he is a recovering opera singer now. As for me, I play a few instruments myself (badly), and am a music lover like everyone else in my family.

SOA: I f you could have any superpower what would it be?
DOB: I can tell you what superpower I would like to have: speed! I love going fast on my bike, so it would always be great to go just a little faster. A more dubious superpower that I have been told that I have is an ability to spot grammatical errors at a hundred feet, a skill that I will hope to use with all those cover letters I’ll read in Career Services.

Starting your first-year career!

By Shannon Andre and Tracy Tillapaugh

Discover & Explore ... First-Year Career

Welcome to Syracuse University, class of 2018! We hope your transition to college has been fun, exciting, and full of new experiences so far. We know the term “career” may sound intimidating for some and it may be the last thing on your mind since you are just starting your college experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Essentially, exploring your future career starts now!  The decisions you make, the experiences you gain, and the people you connect with during your time here will all impact the next step in your journey after college…and Career Services is here to help!

At Career Services we want to help you early in your career development, and that can start as soon as you want it to.  If you are looking to discover more about yourself and your work style, explore options when choosing your academic major, build your first resume, or start your internship search, we encourage you to come visit us. We are also hosting the following events to help you explore your first-year career:

True Colors Workshop – Tuesday, Oct. 21 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – 115 Hall of Languages *RSVP in OrangeLink required; must be present for entire session

  • Why attend?  True Colors is a FUN workshop that offers insight into your personality and communication style. Learning this early on in your career can help you understand the differences between others’ ways of communicating; ultimately leading to more meaningful professional and personal relationships. Great for working in teams, building leadership skills, and identifying preferred work environments.
Major Mixer Panel & Discussion
Last year’s Major Mixer & Panel

Major Mixer & Panel Discussion – Tuesday, Oct. 28 – 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Career Services, 235 Schine *RSVP in OrangeLink appreciated as refreshments will be served

We hope to see you soon!

Fall 2014 Events and Programs

Welcome back to campus, #OrangeNation! While you have been away enjoying your summer and looking forward to returning to campus, we have been busy putting together programs and events for you. Here are a few workshops and programs taking place this fall:


  • Open House: Stop by to see the office, meet the staff, ask questions, or just cure your curiosity! (August 29, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 235 Schine)
  • Advice on the Quad: We’ll be on the quad with Dan Klamm of Syracuse University’s Lubin House in NYC a great time to learn about alumni networking opportunities and more. (September 2nd, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., the Quad)
  • Networking with LinkedIn: Learn about how you can fully utilize LinkedIn to develop an outline presence and connect with professionals and alumni in fields that interest you. (September 5th, 235 Schine, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Please RSVP in OrangeLink as space is limited.
  • Exploring Grad School: Featuring information on what to consider when exploring grad school, the application process, and how to research your options for the first hour. In addition, there will be a panel of current graduate students who can speak to their personal experience, struggles, and enjoyment of grad school as well as respond to YOUR questions in the second hour. There will be a brief 5 minute break between the two sessions. (Wednesday, September 10th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Bird Library).

Ongoing Workshops:

  • Resumes for Undergraduates and Masters Students: Take your resume to the next level with these half-hour sessions during lunchtime. (Check OrangeLink via MySlice for dates, 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m., 235 Schine).
  • OrangeLink 101: Did you know that you can use OrangeLink for more than just job and internship searches? This workshop will teach you the basics of OrangeLink as well as some strategic tips and tricks to increase efficiency to leverage this system. (Check OrangeLink via MySlice for dates and times, 235 Schine).
  • Prepare for the Career Fair:  Get ready for the career fair by learning how the career fair works, what to wear, what to bring, how to approach potential employers, and how to navigate the fair. Ask questions and leave ready to take on the Career Fair! (Check OrangeLink via MySlice for dates and times, 235 Schine).

Get Hired

It’s also never too early to start preparing for #SUCareerWeek or #SUCareerFair!

  • Resumania:Friday, September 19th & 26th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., 235 Schine Student Center
  • Local Internship Fair: Wednesday, September 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Panasci Lounge, Schine Student Center
  • iCareer Day: September 29, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Hinds Hall
  • Career & Grad School Info Fair: Tuesday, September 30th, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Carrier Dome
  • Diversity in the Workplace: September 30, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., the Dome
  • Engineering Career Connections Fair: October 1, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Student Center
  • Whitman Career Fair: October 1, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Student Center
  • Law School Info Fair: Thursday, October 2rd, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Panasci Lounge, Schine Student Center

Keep an eye out for more information on these events and the others from our office. We look forward to seeing you in 235 Schine and around the campus this year!

Summer's not quiet in Career Services!

By Magnolia Salas

Enjoy your summer Happy summer! Your dedication to your classwork, campus involvement, internship and work experiences, and long hours have paid off and now you get to enjoy a little relaxation. As you sink into the summer months, we wanted to reach out and let you know Career Services is still here. As you explore internships, co-ops, graduate school, and career possibilities, we are here to help you make sense of it all. We also wanted to let you know of a few events taking place this summer to keep on your radar.

Every summer, Syracuse University’s Alumni Association hosts SUccess in the City  networking events, which help current students, recent grads, and alumni to connect. They’re amazing opportunities to meet Syracuse University alumni who are established in their careers and are ready to help you meet your professional goals.

If you live in or near any of these cities, join us for conversation, new friends, and food:

Philadelphia: May 29
Boston: June 3
Washington, D.C.: June 4
NYC: June 23, 24, 25 (open to classes of 2012, 2013, 2014 due to space limitations)
Atlanta: July 23
Miami: July 24
San Francisco: July 31
Chicago: Date to be determined

If you are in NYC this summer, keep an eye out on the professional events hosted at Lubin House. From apartment hunting help to resume writing to networking opportunities, there is a little something for everyone.

Apartment Hunting Tips: Google+ Hangout, May 21, 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Resume Writing: May 28, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Making the Most of Your Summer Internship: June 3, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

In addition, it’s never too early to start thinking about participating in fall career week events from September 24 – October 2:

Local Internship Fair: Wednesday, September 24, Panasci Lounge
Resumania: Friday, September 26, 235 Schine
iCareer Day: Monday, September 29, iSchool
Syracuse University Career & Graduate School Fair: Tuesday, September 30, The Dome
Diversity in the Workplace: Tuesday, September 30, The Dome
Engineering Career Connections Fair:
Wednesday, October 1, Goldstein Auditorium
Whitman Career Fair: Wednesday, October 1, Goldstein Auditorium
Law School Information Fair: Thursday, October 2, Panasci Lounge

If the fall semester seems too far away, you can always reach out to us this summer to answer pressing questions or to prepare for next year. We are available all summer via phone, Skype, and in-person, both for our drop-in sessions and full hour-long appointments.

Have a great summer and we hope to see you in 235 Schine this fall!

If you’re a member of the Class of 2014, congratulations! If you have figured out your post-graduation plans, please share your good news with us by filling out this short survey.

MythBusters: Career Services Edition

By Danchen Zhou ’14, Career Services Intern

I recently saw a comment from a first-year student saying he was too nervous to go to the Career Services office. I’ve also heard a lot of students wondering what the office has to offer and how students and alumni can get help from the office. My internship at Career Services has allowed me to see how the office works, and here are just a few things I learned:

First of all, Career Services is always there for you. Whether you are nervous about an interview next week, you have trouble with your job search, or you are an experienced alumni considering whether to pursue an advanced degree, you are always welcome to come to us for the services we offer. You can always visit suite 235 in the Schine Student Center, call (315) 443-3616, or leave us a comment on our Facebook page or Tweet us!

It is not just an office, but a hub for you. Our staff are passionate and professional and are here to offer students advice and instructions related to their careers. The passion can be seen through all the hand-written notes left by our students on each staff members’ shelves. The professionalism is evident because we have knowledgeable career consultants and dedicated communicators to connect students, alumni and employers. To familiarize yourself with our office before you stop by, get to know the staff.

You cannot directly find a job here, but they have the tools to help you get there. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” From self-positioning, to application material review, to interview techniques, at Career Services you will always get the help and mentorship that can have a lifelong benefit to your career. However, do not expect a job offer out of the office – you need to do the work too!  Be patient and build the door first.

Want to volunteer with Career Services? We are looking for students of all years to apply for our Student Ambassador Program to assist the office in different aspects. For more information, read our last blog post or go to OrangeLink and search for job number 61131.

Experience the Power of the #OrangeNetwork at SUccess in the City!

By Kim Brown, Assistant Director of Alumni Programs

Classes are over and that means the start of our annual SUccess in the City networking events, hosted by our Office of Alumni Relations, with support from Career Services. Searching for a job or internship? Looking for new professional contacts? Anxious to brush up on your networking skills? Then you definitely don’t want to miss our SUccess in the City events.

A photo from one of our past SUccess in the City events!
A photo from one of our past SUccess in the City events!

First up is Syracuse/Central New York on Monday, May 5th. In addition to our amazing advisors, several Central New York companies that are currently hiring will join us on: Eric Mower + Associates, Good Monster, O’Brien & Gere, ShoreGroup, and Terakeet will all be there. 40 Below Syracuse will also have a table at the event and they can provide you with a wealth of information on living and working in Central New York.

Established in your career and interested in attending as an alumni advisor to offer career advice to our students and young alumni? Please e-mail Tina Casella in our Office of Alumni Relations: tscasell@syr.edu.

If you’re a student or Generation Orange (years ’04 – ’14) alum interested in networking with our established alumni, it’s easy to register by clicking on this link.

We start in Central New York, but also host events in several other cities throughout the summer. Here are the dates we have lined up so far, so mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information!

Syracuse/CNY: May 5
Philadelphia: May 29
Boston: June 3
DC: June 4
New York: June 23, 24, 25 (alumni only, different industries TBD on each night)
Denver: July 23 (not an official SITC, but I will be there for a conference and we are doing a joint networking evening for alumni of several schools)
Atlanta: July 23
Miami: July 24
San Francisco: TBD, likely August
Chicago: TBD, likely August

We are not doing a SUccess in the City LA this year, but we will be offering several career programs for alumni in June through SUinLA. Kelly Barnett, Tracy Tillapaugh, Mike Cahill and I will be in LA from June 7-11 offering programs on career transitions, LinkedIn, and what recruiters look for when searching for candidates. Stay tuned for more information on those!

And finally, we are trying something new this year for SUccess in the City and are building websites for each city, featuring the advisors that our students and Generation Orange (years ’04-’14) young alumni networkers can expect to meet at the events. Here’s the one we built for Central New York: MEET OUR ADVISORS.

I look forward to seeing you at a SUccess in the City event this summer!

Agents of C.A.R.E.E.R.

By Shannon Feeney Andre, Assistant Director

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to better connect Career Services with the student body.

Career Services Student Ambassador ProgramCareer Services is looking for students to join the Student Ambassador Program for the 2015-16 academic year.  The Student Ambassador Program brings together an elite group of students with diverse talents that are interested in assisting their peers as they navigate the career development process and engaging in the employer relations activities on campus.  Student Ambassadors act as the official liaisons between the Career Services office and the student body.  Ambassadors do this by providing feedback on any new ideas for Career Services’ programs and events, promoting and publicizing events and services, and serving as a role model and resource for their peers.  While serving as a Student Ambassador, your assignments could range from volunteering at an employer event, to participating in a focus group, to providing suggestions on marketing (and more!).

For students interested in gaining campus leadership experience, helping their peers, and marketing the work of Career Services, the Student Ambassador Program is for you!

Do you have what it takes?  Then apply via OrangeLink today (Job #74079).  Candidates need to submit a resume and cover letter explaining why they want to join the team.  The deadline to apply is July 1st.

*Updated to reflect new dates

It's Madness!

By Shannon Feeney Andre, Assistant Director

NCAA basketball teams aren’t the only ones immersed in March Madness – Career Services is too!  Every March and early April, employers will visit our campus to conduct interviews and in some cases make offers to students for internship and full-time Tournament Bracketopportunities.  The on-campus recruiting process can sometimes be overwhelming and unfamiliar to students, so here we use some bracketology to help explain…

Regular Season – Employers are assessing students’ skills, aptitude, and potential during events like career fairs, information sessions, meet and greets, and workshops.  Employers may start to identify potential top seeds for their roles.  These interactions will factor into the decisions employers make later on after resumes are submitted.

Breaking the Bubble – Employers will assess resumes and the applicant pool to make selections on the candidates they would like to interview.  Depending on the number of slots they can fill, not all applicants will make it to the on-campus interviews.

The First RoundThose selected from the applicant pool will interview on-campus during the first preliminary round.

Being Sweet & EliteOften times, employers will conduct more than one interview, especially with a stellar candidate pool.  The candidates that make it past the second round could likely face new interviewers, some they may have never met before during the regular recruiting season.

Final FourAs employers narrow down their top selections, there will only be a few candidates left to consider.  The next phase could also include an interview with one of the leaders in the company or organization, such as a vice president, hiring manager, or department head.

ChampionshipThere can only be one winner in the NCAA basketball tournament, but there can always be multiple hires!  If you receive the offer, congratulations on a great job-hunting season!

This process does not have to be madness; in fact, Career Services can make it much easier!  If you are looking for a job or internship and need some help, stop by our office during drop-ins or schedule an hour-long appointment with one of our career counselors by calling 315.443.3616 or signing up via OrangeLink.