Alumni Relations

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.

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!

A Syracuse Success Story at Success Academy

By Kate Hansen-Roxas, Class of 2001

Usually when I tell people what I do, I get blank stares.

“I’m the Associate Director of Network Operations at Success Academy Charter Schools!” I say.

“Come again?” they say.

Kate Hansen-Roxas '01. Success Academy
Kate Hansen-Roxas ’01. Success Academy

So then I explain: Success Academy is a network of 22 public charter schools in New York City that serves mostly underprivileged kids in struggling neighborhoods. There are so many unique and wonderful things about the organization, but one of the best things is that teachers and administrators at the schools focus solely on teaching and learning. Everything else — policies and procedures, health and safety, reporting and compliance, implementation of tech systems, enrollment, training (really, everything else) is handled by an operations team at each school. My job, with my department’s support, is to help those operations teams figure out what to do — and how best to do it.

I never imagined that I’d end up here. I started out protesting sweatshops on the ‘Cuse Quad. But, truly, it’s not such a leap from there to here. I was fighting injustice for kids and families then, and that’s what I’m still doing — because that’s another great thing about Success Academy. We don’t just operate high-performing schools; we also advocate for education reform so that all children everywhere will have access to high-quality schooling (we’re in NYC but we share our best practices far and wide). For me, the best part so far has been finding out that just because I didn’t study education, or know when I was 12 that ed reform would be my life’s work, here I am, smack in the middle of the education world, and I love what I do.

How did I get here? Well, it was roundabout, but a common thread runs through my experiences. At Syracuse, I earned my BA in International Relations (I also served on the student government, played ultimate Frisbee, and spent a semester in Italy). Afterward, I spent five years working for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. As a nonprofit working to empower people, the organization was connected to my core interests, and it got me started in program management, a big part of what I do now. I went on to earn a Master of Public Administration from NYU. For a brief interlude, during the worst of the recession, I was front desk manager at a spa. Then I worked for a public health insurance enrollment program. That led me to Success Academy, where I started out focusing on schools’ health and medical-form issues and ended up doing so much more.

Look, I can’t play cool about it — I really love what I do. I want all Syracuse grads to feel this way about the jobs they end up with. Here’s what I can tell you about building a career: Work hard. Lay your foundation; it’s not about moving up the ladder at first. Prove yourself solid and engaged, and opportunities will come. Also, one thing will lead to another. Your experience and knowledge, whatever they are, are transferable — maybe not to every job in every way, but what you have always means something.

As far as how to land a job, here are a couple simple interview tips (I should know, because I’m in the throes of hiring for dozens of positions): Start with a firm handshake, eye contact, and a smile. These are small things, but they mean a lot. Often you’ll find yourself in a round-robin interview situation or facing a panel. Be prepared to ask each person involved a question. If you run out of job-specific questions, ask for personal perspectives: What do you think the culture of the organization is? What’s your favorite part of the job? What are the top three characteristics for success at the organization?

From my experience, it comes down to pursuing what you love; believing that your path will come clear, even if you can’t see it right now; having a sense of humor but being serious too (professionalism requires both humor and seriousness, and learning which is appropriate when); and pushing yourself to improve continually. You can do it, ‘Cusers. And if Success Academy sounds interesting to you, please check out SuccessCareers.org!

Tomorrow, April 10, Kate Hansen-Roxas ’01 will take the helm of @WorkingOrange. Follow her day at Success Academy with us!

A Worthy Week in Washington, D.C.

By Karen Castro, ’16

Instead of choosing to go to Costa Rica or somewhere where it felt like spring during Spring Break, I decided to take a part in the Washington, D.C. Immersion Experience sponsored by the Greenberg House, Career Services, and the Office of Alumni Relations. Despite the lack of warm weather, I would go through the D.C. Experience Immersion all over again if I had the chance to do so!

I had an amazing trip in which I met successful, powerful, and humble SU alumni.  All alumni I met were very kind and willing to help us undergraduates find our personal and career paths.

Perhaps because it was my first time in Washington, D.C., or because it was hard not to be impressed by the strong Syracuse presence (16,000+ alumni!) in town, but Washington, D.C. won my heart. I came back to ’Cuse inspired and confident in the majors I am currently pursuing.

Overview of our intense, fun, and worthy spring break trip:

We got to D.C. on a Sunday afternoon. After a casual pizza dinner at the SU Greenberg house, and an introduction to Mary Anagnost, the director of programs at the Greenberg House, all of the students hopped on a trolley and had a private tour of famous monuments in D.C. The sky bled a soft pink-orange behind the Washington monument as we circled around town.

Monday morning was the first time we all had “the art of breakfast” at the Omni Shoreham Hotel–what a beauty. As someone who does not get up early for breakfast, I woke up early every day during Spring Break to indulge in a delicious breakfast before our day would start! Our week consisted of interacting with SU alumni that provided insight of their academic and professional career, and a good balance of exploration in the city.

To say I was impressed by the alumni I met during this Immersion Experience would be an understatement. I became inspired, challenged, and motivated by all the SU alumni. From the Washington Post, to Under Armour, to the Office of Budget and Management, to even Google, the presence of Syracuse University alumni is evident in Washington, D.C.

If I had to pick my top favorite events I would pick the following:

1. Dinner with an alumnus: Mary and David Bartell, director of development, had the brilliant idea of having the 20 students be taken out to dinner in smaller groups by members of the D.C. Regional Council. Two other students and I met up with Anthony Noble at Circa, a trendy American-style restaurant in Dupont Circle on Wednesday night. Although I was initially wary about this dinner, because I was afraid of an awkward, silent experience, it ended up being one of the most memorable moments of my trip. Besides the delicious dinner we were all treated to, we all got to know Anthony in a more intimate setting, and I was able to gain insight about his academic and professional endeavors, particularly because I am interested in going to law school, and Anthony also has a law degree.

Google2. Google! Not only are Megan Stull and Travis Mason energetic, wise, and brilliant, but we all got a personal tour of the Google office in Washington. I learned that getting a job with Google is harder than getting into Harvard, and that Google employees cannot be more than 40 feet away from food at all times. Usually when I think of Google I think of technology and the internet, but Megan and Travis, who both work on the policy department of Google, opened my mind to the broad employment opportunities available at Google. The visit to Google was one of my favorites, because I walked away with a different perspective on how technology and policy interact with each other in our globalized world. Plus, parts of the Google office looked like a playground!

3. Maybe because I appreciate architecture and art, the tour of Capitol Hill was beautiful. The Immersion Experience marked my first time in our nation’s capital, so I was especially in awe of all the white buildings that resemble Greek and Roman architecture. I could have spent hours staring at the Apotheosis of Washington in the rotunda of the Capitol building.  The D.C. Immersion Experience is relevant and worthy in continuing to be offered to sophomore students. Through such an experience, I have become conscientious of the power of networking and the influence of SU alumni in Washington. More importantly, I have come in contact with the supporting network of alumni – one that is willing to share their experiences, wisdom and knowledge.

I would like to thank the Office of Alumni Relations, the Paul Greenberg House in Washington, D.C., and Syracuse University Career Services for providing me with the opportunity to take part of the immersion experience. I would particularly like to thank Mary Anagnost and Tracy Tillapaugh for the hard work they put into making the Immersion Experience thriving, knowledgeable, and fun for all the 20 students that were selected to attend. I hope that in the future students are offered the opportunity to gain networking skills and become inspired through the Washington, D.C. Immersion Experience.

#SUDCI2014 – A Trip of a Career Lifetime

Supreme_Court Under_Armour[1]By Adriana Curto, ’16

It’s been about a week since the spring breakers returned from their tropical, relaxing getaways and, although a fresh tan and sand in my bag would be nice right about now, my Spring Break experience offered something bright and golden, too. My getaway afforded different kinds of “souvenirs” but ones that I already know will last a lifetime.

This past Spring Break, as a participant in the Syracuse University D.C. Immersion Program, I was given the amazing opportunity to visit different professional settings and meet with Washington D.C.’s most impressive Syracuse alumni.  I would like to extend my thanks to The Paul Greenberg House, Alumni Relations and Syracuse University Career Services, for providing all 20 of us who participated in the program with a trip to the nation’s capital that we will never forget.

Unquestionably, I can say now that D.C. is one of the most amazing cities I have ever visited.  It is not only home to many national monuments and landmarks, but is also full of positive, energetic people who give D.C. a certain edge that’s exciting, appealing and electric.  On our first night there, we took a moonlight trolley tour of the monuments and I couldn’t help but spend most of the time staring at the Lincoln Memorial, observing its architecture and glowing beauty.   Heading back to the Omni Hotel, students were comparing their “selfies” with MLK and Abraham Lincoln, unaware that after one week the relationships built on this trip would last past our college years.  The schedule-tight days were busy but very rewarding, with an intinerary including, but not limited to, visits to The Supreme Court, Washington Post, Google and Capitol Hill.  At these locations, we met with prominent alumni and spoke to them about their experiences at Syracuse and how they were able to channel what they learned in college into a professional career in our nation’s capital.  On Tuesday night, our third night there, The Greenberg House hosted a Young Alumni Reception where we were able to network with recent SU graduates, ask questions and learn more about what it’s like to live and work in DC.

As an added benefit this year and in addition to the networking reception, we were honored to be taken out to dinner in a smaller group setting, by members of Syracuse’s Washington D.C. Regional Council.  Along with two other students, I dined at Circa at Dupont with Anthony Noble (’99), who offered us not only insight and guidance in professional matters, but on a personal level as well. Each alumnus stressed how much Syracuse had an influence on what they are doing today and how they hold Syracuse close to their hearts.  Let’s just say there was a considerable amount of Orange Pride in each room we entered whether it was the orange and blue ties or SU paperweights on desks and tables.  Even though D.C. is Hoya territory we still paid a little visit to Georgetown’s campus, on the DL of course, but not without a cupcake from the famous Georgetown Cupcakes.

This trip provided me with a whole new outlook on my college experience.  It taught me to take advantage of everything Syracuse has to offer and to explore new paths. There is no doubt that this Spring Break getaway was worth the long bus ride, which consisted of GroupMe updates and new LinkedIn connections.  My favorite souvenirs are, by far, the relationships made along the way, but I will also treasure the stack of business cards that were given to me by 20 SU alumni, with my notes written on each.

I would like to thank two individuals particularly, Tracy Tillapaugh and Mary Anagnost (’86), for the time and energy they put into organizing this trip for us.  Who knows, maybe I’ll end up in D.C. after graduation! As said by the legendary SU alumnus, Ken Sparks (’56, G’61, G’64), “Opportunities show up so be prepared to go with the flow.”

My Spring Break in Washington, D.C.

By Erin Miller, ’16

Every day I am thankful that I go to Syracuse University.

All of us at the Greenberg House, Syracuse University Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
All of us at the Greenberg House, Syracuse University Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

By the spontaneous happenstance that is my life, I was selected to be a part of a group of 20 second-year students to spend a spring break in Washington, D.C. There we would meet and connect with amazing alumni from the academic institution we hold most dear, Syracuse University. Simultaneously, it was also a trip to immerse ourselves in the Washington, D.C. life and culture. A pretty great opportunity if you ask me.

Our group consisted of students from all realms of study from citizenship and civic engagement to pre-med to advertising and public relations. Who knew that our nation’s capital could be a place for those other than the politically inclined? Who knew there was more to D.C. than government buildings from the movie “National Treasure?” I was skeptical, but the experience proved me wrong by a long shot.

emma and erinThe alumni that met up with us during the week were extremely generous to share their time with us at the Greenberg House, various dinners, and/or the places they work. They told us their Syracuse University story and their unpredictable journey through life after college. They shared how they found passion through their work and how we should never stop dreaming. I was inspired how humble everyone was amidst their successes. It reminded me that people are not defined by their job title, but what they do and how they give back to the people and organizations that helped them get where they are today.

Anthony Noble said that we are all bound by our affinity and love for Syracuse University, and I believe he is right. Even though I bleed orange 24/7, I had not felt a truly deep connection to my school until this trip. I know that I want to make my story awesome and unique, just like theirs. I know one day I want to get a cool job and show SU students my super fly workspace. I want to be a cool alumna. I realized that Syracuse University is a defining chapter in my life. College is honestly what you make of it. It is a time to surround yourself with positive energy and find a niche that you click with. It is a time to find your path to change the world.

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In addition to cool people that were once students at the great Orange school, I got to bond hardcore with current students that I would not have spent quality time with if it were not for this trip. Many selfies were taken. Such laughter was shared. Fine times were had by all. I sincerely believe that we are going to keep in touch and continue the fine times. I cannot wait to see where our journeys will take us in the near future.

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There are some key people I would like to thank for making this trip a golden part of my spring break. I am truly grateful for them. So thank you:

Tracy Tillapaugh (aka T-Tilly), for your precise communication, relentless enthusiasm, and overall cool factor that exceeds the standard charts.

Mary Anagnost (aka Queen of D.C.), for your Greenberg House mastery, your vast historical knowledge of anything, everything, and everyone, and your deep love for making mutually beneficial connections.

Megan Stull and Travis Mason (aka the supreme wizards of Google), for not only sharing a meal, but also life truth.

Anthony Noble (aka the SU alumnus we all wish to be), for being a great example of humility and being a living definition of your last name.

Syracuse University Career Services (aka the secret gem of SU that shouldn’t be a secret) for providing endless connections to those that seek them.

Karen Castro (aka my motivational roommate for the week) for your contagious awe.

Wherever you go, there is a part of Syracuse somewhere nearby. Go Orange!

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Alumni Reflect on the @WorkingOrange Experience

By Kim Brown, Assistant Director of Alumni Programs

We’re celebrating the one-year anniversary of @WorkingOrangeTuesday’s blog post offered top advice from some of our alumni who took over as guest tweeters during the past year. Today, our alumni share what it was like to be the voice of @WorkingOrange for a day and encourage other alumni to sign up to tweet!

Josh Lukin, @coffeeon3rd, Director of Club Initiatives at MLB Advanced Media
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Access. As a sports and social media professional (yes, you can do this for a living!) I routinely preach to teams and colleagues that above all else, being able to offer fans unique access to a world once reserved just for the athletes themselves is what makes social media in sports so powerful. Through social media, you can not only take fans inside the locker room, on to the sidelines and aboard the team bus, but you can also connect the team and players directly to their fans. Similarly, @WorkingOrange has done the same for students and alumni across the professional spectrum, giving access to workspaces and workplaces you might otherwise never get to see. From MLB Advanced Media (that’s me if you can’t tell by now) to Twitter HQ itself, the account offers aspiring journalists, teachers, engineers, politicians and more an all-access tour of what it might be like to do just that for a living at some of the most sought after employers in the country. And just like in sports, it also offers the chance to connect those alumni (pretty cool that we’re the ‘athletes’ in this analogy) directly to those students to answer questions and offer advice. It was a joy to be given the keys to the account, and I’ve enjoyed following along ever since. I encourage students do the same and for alumni to open up their Tweetdecks for one day to show future Orange grads how great it is to be you.

Marc Lomasky, @marclomasky, Duke University Law Student
MarcLomaskyThrough @WorkingOrange, I was not only able to share law school advice with students/alumni, but I was connected to SU alumni and current students who are planning on attending/or are currently in law school. I was particularly connected to two alumni – a first-year law student at Syracuse Law and a first-year law student at Brooklyn Law – and have served as a mentor to them in their studies in their first year. 

Brittany Campbell, @bcampp, Google+ Marketing Associate at Google
BrittanyCampbellWorking Orange is a great way to give SU students a quick glimpse of what the real world is like. It feels great for us as alumni to stay connected with the Orange community post-graduation because networking never really ends – even though we are lucky and have jobs right now, staying connected with fellow Syracuse alums and current students will always be a positive thing for the future.

Jen Voss, @jvoss0712, Account Supervisor, Social Marketing at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
JenVossI was honored to be part of the first week of Working Orange and to help Syracuse continue its role as a leader in higher education/social media innovation. Not knowing how many students would participate in week one of a new initiative (and with my early morning hours!) I was extremely pleased with the number of questions and amount of interacting I did with current students and appreciated the feedback and questions from alumni as well. I’ve developed relationships with several students through Working Orange and spoke with them after my Working Orange day about the public relations industry, the pros/cons, how I got my start, and so forth and continue to speak with them as they have left Syracuse or are about to leave and start their professional careers. 

Matthew LaFleur, @doodlematt, Design Director at Trend Publishing, Freelance Illustrator, and Homebrewer
MatthewLaFleurWorking Orange, for me, was a way to demonstrate to students that it’s possible to do freelance illustration, have a full time job, and make your own work to promote yourself (homebrew labels).


Mitch Bernstein, @mitch_bernstein, Manager of Operations at MAXX Sports & Entertainment

MitchBernsteinHaving the opportunity to take over the Working Orange Twitter Handle for one day was a very great experience.  I was able to share my story with current students while answering their questions about the industry I work in, as well as providing advice to them, based on my time in the “real world” thus far. I encourage all Syracuse Alumni to participate in the opportunity, as it has allowed me to broadcast my story to all of the Working Orange followers and give current students a chance to reach out to me.  Thanks to this experience, I have been able to network with many students and have given these students additional industry contacts to reach out to based on their career interests and experiences. Some of the students that I’ve helped have been great about keeping in touch and I hope these relationships will grow over time.  Giving back is something that I’ve always prioritized in my life and after taking over the Working Orange account, I feel great that I now can mentor and help students with career advice.

Matt Cohn, @mattdcohn, IMG Clients at IMG
MattCohnI had a senior sport management major reach out and have been helping him in his job hunt. It was great interacting with students, especially considering I was in their position only a few years ago. I have continued to follow along and it’s fun seeing fellow classmates and where they ended up. Only problem is @WorkingOrange was not around when I was at SU!

Katie Walpole, @katiewalpole, MPA Candidate at the London School of Economics
KatieWalpoleBeing able to participate on the @WorkingOrange account was a great experience in giving back to the Syracuse University Community. I’m not able to attend too many alumni events due to my location as well as graduate school schedule, but this was a great opportunity. The SU community is full of amazing people, and I was so happy to interact with them even virtually! After tweeting on the @WorkingOrange account, I was able to help a bunch of current students and alumni with questions about living abroad (SU study abroad or grad school). I’ve also given out a bunch of tips about what to see and do in England!

Scott Spinelli, @spinelli_scott, Baseline Producer at MLB Network and Author of “congratulations?”
ScottSpinelliWhen I participated on @WorkingOrange, I wasn’t sure what to expect. And what I got totally blew my mind in a great way. Questions, comments, interactions for literally the whole day. The ease of twitter and innovative accounts like this one really make it so there’s no excuse for recent grads… it’s networking made easy. So take advantage!

Jeff Kaczmarzyk, @jkacz, Associate Manager at PBS Distribution
JeffKaczmarczykStudents who were working on a social TV presentation for a class contacted me while I was on @WorkingOrange and used my insights directly in the presentation. I also got some good response on Twitter!


Clark Van Der Beken, @ClarkGVan, Strategist at One Mighty Roar

ClarkVDB@WorkingOrange provides a really great opportunity to give unfiltered advice while talking about what we love about our job or company. It’s a win-win for everyone. I enjoyed being able to talk about one of the lesser known majors at SU – Communication and Rhetorical Studies – and provide a connection between classes and work life.

Andy Hetzel, @andrewhetzel, VP of Corporate Communications at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
AndyHetzelLiterally, as soon as I took over @WorkingOrange for the day I had people at another university’s alumni relations department, who follow me on Twitter, talking about doing something similar!  It’s another great example of Orange innovation and leadership.  I loved the opportunity to interact with students and alums about career insights and my daily work.  I strongly encourage other alums to get on board. It’s a unique way to contribute your insights, experience and wisdom to help make others better prepared and more knowledgeable – like making a guest lecture on campus, but at 140-characters at a time.

Sandy Prisbell, @sandypantalones, Project Designer at Mattel
SandyPrisbellTweeting for @WorkingOrange was a great opportunity to share my experiences to help other BFA students bring their talents into their future creative careers but also to connect with other alumni and learn about their experiences and careers!

Amelia Sugerman, @AmeliaSugerman, Online Community Marketing Specialist at Collette
AmeliaSugermanI opened some great conversations and am beginning to mentor a graduate student who is now looking for work. I think the biggest thing for me has been that I want to give back- and this is a great way to do so for those who unfortunately just can’t send financial help to the university yet. I feel so honored that others look up to my advice and I know that I got where I am today because of the relationships I’ve made – so I’m hoping that others will learn to pay it forward!

Rachel Chang, @RachelChang, Senior Editor at Us Weekly Magazine
RachelChangI was a fan of @WorkingOrange before I had the chance to be one of the guest tweeters, sharing my day at @UsWeekly. Not only is it a unique peek into what the actual day-to-day life of different careers are like for students, but for professionals, it’s a fascinating way to break stereotypes and truly learn how other industries work, which ultimately can help you on your own job. Plus it was just so fun to interact with students and alumni during the day — it made me appreciate my own job more too!

Matt Friedman, @mattfrieds, Co-Owner/Co-Founder of Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications
MattFriedmanI truly enjoyed the @workingorange experience. It allowed me to put my career in perspective, distill some thoughts into succinct terms and, hopefully, help students and young alumni to focus on their careers while giving them a glimpse into mine. I highly recommend participating in this and dedicating the time, throughout the day, to shed light on what you do and why you’re doing it and share what you have learned since graduation that helped you get where you are. It’s a given we couldn’t have accomplished success without SU. @workingorange lets you tell the rest of the story and provide access to your workday that a “career day” would never otherwise share. Selfishly, the highlight of my @workingorange day was the Direct Message I received late that night. A student who had been following, and picked up on my obsession with SU basketball, used a connection to the team to invite me to sit in on a practice. Six weeks later, when I was visiting campus for the annual WJPZ Alumni Weekend, I got to watch a practice courtside and meet my favorite Orange basketball player of all time – Gerry McNamara. It was fan’s dream come true, all possible thanks to @workingorange.

Angela Tucciarone, @A_Tooch, Digital Media at PepsiCo
AngelaTucciaroneI’m not just saying it but… Syracuse really does have one of the best alumni networks. When I tell colleagues and friends about the WorkingOrange Twitter handle, HS mentor programs like SUMMA and all of the events that go on at Lubin house they are shocked (and jealous). Most are invited to engage in one thing a year from their universities…homecoming.

Matt Josephs, @brosephs950, Producer at ESPN Radio 950
MattJosephsIt was a good chance for the followers to see what covering training camp was like. I got to know a few students and alumni who asked questions and have a few more friendly followers who love the Orange and talk sports.

Nicole Marie Milano, @nicolemariemil, Writing and Editing Specialist at Writing Solutions Group
NicoleMarieMilanoWhile it wasn’t a direct result of my involvement with @WorkingOrange, I recently passed on my old job at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra to another SU grad whom I recommended to my supervisor. I’m always willing to help another Orange!

Taylor Carr, @taylorcarr90, Account Associate, Corporate & Strategy, at WCG, a W2O Company
TaylorCarrBeing a recent graduate, Working Orange allowed me the opportunity to offer students advice and feedback on topics that I always had questions about as a student. I covered topics like transitioning to the workforce, the best way to connect with potential employers or deciding which city would be best for me. I was thrilled that so many students engaged with me, followed me, and have continued to communicate with me.

Harsh Mall, @harsh_mall, Digital Marketing Associate at Richard Attias & Associates
HarshMallMy biggest takeaway from following @WorkingOrange over the past year was the sheer spectrum of opportunities that are available to students. Learning how each alumnus connected their major to their career is so fascinating! The questions I received when I was working the account actually made me look harder at the work I was doing. Before, I hadn’t thought much about “branding” my work- that is, how do I make my work and my company’s work seem attractive and valuable to someone who knows nothing about us? So I went back to the drawing board to rework some basic branding language for us, thanks to @WorkingOrange.

Miko Horn, @mikohorn, National Tour Director/Father Knows Best & FISLL Curriculum at the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation
MikoHornI had an awesome time being on WO and sharing a little about my work experience and various projects I’ ve worked on and people I’ve worked with and for. It was great to meet so many fellow current Orange students and some fellow working Alum.  I had a chance to connect with some in the sports industry and look forward to working on future collaborations with them.  It was also great to meet and speak with some students that are interested in careers in sports and having an opportunity to pass along an opportunity with one young lady that may lead into a summer internship and who knows maybe a possible future job. I encourage other Alum to participate on WO and continue to spread valuable insight on career opportunities.  Nothing like that SU Brand!

Matt Park, @mattpark1, Voice of the Orange at Syracuse University
MattParkI’d encourage anyone to take part because Working Orange is a very creative, easily consumable demonstration of the variety of careers that are possible through the Syracuse experience. You never know who or what might be sparked by exposure to what our alums are doing.

Naysa Mishler, @naysamishler, LinkedIn Corporate Solutions
NaysaMishlerI loved participating in @WorkingOrange! It was such a unique and creative way to reconnect with the SU community.  I also recommend the LinkedIn Alumni Tool to connect with SU graduates. (Editor’s note: this is a great tip from Naysa! The tool is very powerful!)

Ryan Balton, @ryanbalton, Studio Operator at ESPN
RyanBaltonI had a lot of fun being part of @WorkingOrange. It allows direct communication between alumni in the workforce and students that in other forms is difficult to organize.

 

Happy birthday @WorkingOrange and THANK YOU to all of our alumni, students, and friends who have made the account a SUccess!

If you’re a Syracuse grad interested in taking over @WorkingOrange for the day, please e-mail me at kmbrow04 at syr dot edu.

Thanks and GO (WORKING) ORANGE!

As @WorkingOrange Turns ONE, Alumni Share Their Best Advice

By Kim Brown, Assistant Director of Alumni Programs

On January 14, 2013, we launched @WorkingOrange. One year and 100 guest alumni tweeters later, the account has grown to more than 2,600 followers. This is the first of two blog posts looking back on the first year of @WorkingOrange. Thanks to all of you for making it a SUccess!

For our first post, we asked the Syracuse University alumni who had taken over the account during the past year to share their top piece of career advice. Here’s what they had to say!

Lauren Wannermeyer, @colormelauren, Community Manager at MXM Social 
LaurenWannermeyerDon’t limit yourself to careers that are directly in line with your major. Many majors have transferrable skills that can be applicable in a variety of fields if you do the right internships and have the right on-campus experiences. 

Marc Lomasky, @marclomasky, Duke University Law Student
MarcLomaskyI feel it’s important for prospective law students to know what they are getting themselves into. It is much easier said than done to decide on attending law school. Students must be fully aware that entering the field of law is a major time commitment. The law school process is three years, but coupled with LSAT and Bar exam studying, it comes out to a little over four years of non-stop tireless work. All that said, I couldn’t be happier with my personal decision to attend law school as it has made me into a well-rounded individual and has taught me to think outside the box in various situations. 

Dane Lopes, @danelopes, SVP/Sales Leader – US East Region, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
DaneLopesStand out and be different. Think for yourself. Take chances. As Mark Twain said, twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.


Matthew LaFleur, @doodlematt, Design Director at Trend Publishing, Freelance Illustrator, and Homebrewer

MatthewLaFleurSome of the most interesting courses I took were outside of my major (acting for non-majors, sophomore fiction workshop, films of Steven Spielberg thru Newhouse, Animation via Film school, The Soling Program). Take advantage of everything Syracuse offers. 

Catherine LaPointe, @LaPointeArt, Book Illustrator and Designer
CatherineLaPointe It may take days or decades to succeed, but if you give up you’ll never know which it was. The first step is never glamorous, but take it anyway, and see where it leads. 


Adam Britten, @AdamBritten, Social Media Coordinator at Taco Bell

AdamBrittenAlways be looking for new connections. Reach out to people within your industry who are just starting out, on the same level as you, and 10 years your senior. You never know when a small connection will turn into a big break. @WorkingOrange is a great place to start, as you have a natural connection to anyone tweeting from the account since we are all part of Orange Nation.

Katie Walpole, @KatieWalpole, MPA Candidate at the London School of Economics
KatieWalpoleDon’t give up! I’m just starting the job search process, but even during the graduate school admission process I was rejected from first choice possibilities. Keeping a positive energy is the best way to move forward!


Sean Keeley, @NunesMagician, Creator and Writer for the blog Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician 

SeanKeeleyTake advice but trust your gut. More often than not in life, the people who told me what I should do didn’t actually extend any help to make it happen. It’s easier to tell someone not to do something risky than to help them accomplish it. Remember that sometimes advice comes cloaked in “what’s safe for you” and not “what’s best for you.” You’ll know the difference when you hear it. It’s your life, don’t live it through the filter of other people’s hopes and dreams.

Daryl Wolke, @DarylWolke, Director of Development at Gesher Jewish Day School
DarylWolkeMy advice for new grads entering the job market as well as those of us whose diplomas are a little on the yellow side and are looking at career reinvention would be “think outside the box!” In my day, a Broadcast Journalism major went to local news, a PR or ADV major to an agency, etc. We collected an amazing box of skills during our time @cuse and @Newhouse, how can they be used “off label” so to speak? In 1984, I would never have considered philanthropy a CAREER, it was something my mom did because she didn’t work lol. Every day, as a professional fundraiser, I use the public relations, writing, advertising and rhetorical skills I learned at SU.

Menotti Minutillo, @44, Technical Program Manager at Twitter
MenottiMinutilloYour career path is only obvious and knowable in retrospect, so spend less time trying to plan it. Focus instead on identifying opportunities in the moment and developing a trusted network of professionals that you’d be delighted to work with in any capacity.

Victoria Chan, @VictoriaChanINC, Executive Director at Values Academy
VictoriaChanWhen you go to any kind of conference, understand that it is more important to build relationships than to collect business cards. For every ten cards that you receive, take two minutes aside to write down an interesting fact about the person so when you email them later, there’s a personal touch.

Sandy Prisbell, @SandyPantalones, Project Designer at Mattel
SandyPrisbellMy career advice for SU students is to do what you love! The best tool you can bring to your job is a real passion for what it is that you do- no matter what industry you are in.  It was great to be a part of the @WorkingOrange twitter community for a day! My job is creative and unique and I’m thrilled to be part of a company, like Mattel, and to be able to share my day to day inside these amazing walls with the SU community. My Surface Pattern Design major and BFA from SU played a big part in laying a foundation of skills to design for consumer products and character brands.

Kafele Khalfani, @kafele, Director of New Student Orientation/CLUE & Residence Life at the College of Staten Island
KafeleKhalfaniI think one of the best pieces of advice is to make connections with alumni especially those on Working Orange.  We want to build relationships with the current students. Who doesn’t love sharing their wisdom and sage advice?

Rachel Chang, @RachelChang, Senior Editor at Us Weekly Magazine
RachelChang
Don’t underestimate the value of networking with those in the field you have your eyes set on. Even if they may not have any job opportunities at their companies, they may know others in the field looking for employees — and someone who comes recommended always beats the pile of resumes to sort through. Cast your net wide — it only takes one position at one company to open up for you to land your dream job! Stay on target and don’t let being turned down from one job get you down… it’s all about the perfect fit at the right time and your time is coming!

Hillary Berman, @hillaryberman, Founder/Owner of Popcorn & Ice Cream
HillaryBerman
When you first start in a new job, focus on listening first and contributing second.  While demonstrating your knowledge is important, you can answer questions more intelligently and provide far more value with greater perspective on the company, the context of a situation and a general understanding of culture.  Employers may note eagerness to participate, but they’ll really appreciate your desire to learn and provide the most valuable contributions possible.

Don McPherson, @DonMcPherson, Social Education Innovator and Entrepreneur, College Football Hall of Famer, TV Show Host, and more
DonMcPhersonMy advice is always to follow your passion.  Make money your last deciding factor and go with what makes you happy, smile and feel like you are fulfilling your purpose in the world.  I know that sounds fluffy but nothing is worse than missing that one person who can make you happy…YOU!!

Chris Velardi, @cvelardi, Anchor of Good Morning CT on WTNH/NEWS8
ChrisVelardiIt sounds simple, but “hello” is such a powerful word. It’s a door-opener, a conversation-starter and the glue of networking. Whether you’re reaching out to someone for the first time or reconnecting with someone after a long time, it begins with “hello.” During my day as @WorkingOrange, a few “hellos” led to some new connections – professionally and personally. You never know how the people you meet may help you. And you never know how you may help them. But the world – and particularly our Orange world – gets a little smaller when you start with “hello.”

Scott MacFarlane, @MacFarlaneNews, NBC 4 I-Team Reporter – Investigative Journalism
ScottMacFarlaneAs a reporter, I’m paid to be resourceful. I’m paid to find things no one else can find. I’m paid to find solutions when surrounded by problems. To succeed professionally, keep this in mind: Resourcefulness shouldn’t be limited to reporters. No matter what field you choose, always strive to be resourceful. When setting up a networking session, or a professional meeting, don’t rely strictly on GOOGLE to do your pre-meeting research. Call people in the industry. Ask around. Knock on doors. Do some *real* research. Go into the meeting having done some homework.  You’ll have an edge, you’ll have a more successful meeting and you’ll demonstrate the type of resourcefulness EVERY employer craves.

Angela Tucciarone, @A_Tooch, Digital Media at PepsiCo
AngelaTucciaroneStalk alums on social media. Follow them, send them a FB message, tweet @ them, favorite their tweets (only if you genuinely are in like :)) Social media is a more casual, engaging way to get noticed without having to send that awkward introductory email.

Matt Josephs, @brosephs950, Radio Producer at ESPN Radio 950
MattJosephsMy advice is to soak up as much info from the alums as possible. We’re good resources to help out and I’m always willing to listen to someone who went to the ‘Cuse.


Nicole Marie Milano, @nicolemariemil, Writing and Editing Specialist at Writing Solutions Group

NicoleMarieMilanoNetworking is everything. While I’m confident in my skills, I know that most of the jobs I’ve gotten since graduation have been due to connections, not my resume. Always be networking, and keep in touch with connections even when you’re not looking for a new job. You never know when you might need them.

Fiona Andrews, @fionalandrews, Marketing Consultant and Yoga TeacherFionaAndrews
Don’t pigeonhole yourself, and make your own opportunities – sometimes, all you have to do is ask! 
I studied opera at SU, intending to pursue a secondary degree and a career as a musician. Instead,  I asked a company I had interned with for a job and then graduated a year early to take it – I ended up working with them for over two years, working my way up, taking on extra responsibilities, and learning a lot. Then, I decided I wanted to pursue yoga – so I emailed a yoga master asking if I could study with him, moved to India, and completed my advanced teacher training. Now that I’m back stateside I teach yoga classes and also work as a marketing consultant – but everything I do is a result of something I learned from an out-of-the-box opportunity I simply asked for.

Nick Martin, @NickAlanMartin, Regional Recruitment Admissions Communications Manager at City Year
NickMartinMy advice for any graduating Orange is to do a term of service with AmeriCorps. The term will be incredibly challenging and rewarding as it accelerates your career path. There are currently 18 Syracuse Alum serving with City Year and many more have served before. 

Ben Tepfer, @bentepfer, Marketing Specialist at Adobe
BenTepferI have two pieces of career advice. The first is to learn to grow within a changing environment. Changes occur on your team, but also at the company level. This time last year I was at a company of around 300 people. Now, as the result of an acquisition, the company is around 12,000! Change can be great for you personally and your career. Just don’t let it overwhelm you. The second is that it so always learn. Try to learn new skills as often as you can. You should never be bored at work, in my opinion, because there is always something new to read or a way to hone your skills.

Harsh Mall, @harsh_mall, Digital Marketing Associate at Richard Attias & Associates
HarshMall– If you’re an international student, you’re going to have to put in twice the effort into everything. And in this job market, that means putting twice the effort into putting twice the effort!
– You may be applying for a job but you’re applying through a person. Pitch to the person not the position.
– At entry level, you will experience rejection, creative frustration, and rigorous working conditions. Deal with it. Working hard will sharpen your skills and provide with you a crucial asset in your workplace: dependability.

Bill Voth, @billvoth, Cofounder of Spiracle Media
BillVoth
The day I took over @WorkingOrange, I was covering the NCAA Tournament, but not in the way I would have thought when graduating from Syracuse in 2001. Back then, the traditional media ladder was intact. In order to cover big sporting events, you did so with a television station, newspaper or radio station. But 12 years later, that ladder had essentially disappeared. I covered this year’s tournament for a participating school that used my company, Spiracle Media, to do its video production. It was an example of how athletic departments, teams and athletes have used the emergence of digital and social media to become their own media outlets. My advice to current SU students would be to look beyond any ladder or traditional route they think they need to use to achieve their dreams. The media landscape has been blown up, and while that is in some ways scary, it also means there’s infinitely more ways to creatively pursue career ambitions.

Miko Horn, @MikoHorn, National Tour Director/Father Knows Best & FISLL Curriculum, Allan Houston Legacy Foundation
MikoHornFind an industry that truly interests you and compliments your talents, learn as much about the field and people currently working in that space, research opportunities to intern or volunteer and most importantly work harder than anyone else.

Matt Park, @MattPark1, Voice of the Orange at Syracuse University
MattParkIn any industry, one of the most important keys to success is personal relationships. It’s not always easy, but nurture your network when you’re not necessarily job seeking or in need of something so that it’s there when you are.

Naysa Mishler, @naysamishler, LinkedIn Corporate Solutions
NaysaMishlerMy “slice of advice” is to build your network now, so when you need it, it’s there. I also recommend the LinkedIn Alumni Tool to connect with SU graduates. Compare their skills to what you’ve learned to see how you stack up, and where you might need to bulk up. Reach out to them for an insider’s perspective about a company and how they got there. We’ve found that most people want to help out fellow students and alumni, and are open to informational interviews. It’s a great way to get your foot in the door. #orange4life

Ryan Balton, @ryanbalton, Studio Operator at ESPN
RyanBaltonMy biggest pieces of advice for students are to get involved with activities on campus, especially ones that give you practical experience in your field, and to work part-time and freelance jobs on campus, especially those that give you customer service experience, like at the library or a computer lab. Also, in general I would avoid unpaid internships if you know what you’re doing, otherwise they’re just taking advantage of you and your skills.

Joe Bator, @joeb300, Senior Vice President at Eastern Bank
JoeBatorWhile it is important to have an idea on where you want to go, don’t wear blinders that keep you from an opportunity that doesn’t fit your view of your future.

 

Veronica Ripson, @veronicaripson, Digital Planner at Essence
VeronicaRipsonEveryone makes mistakes and it’s okay! Always take responsibility for your role and try to come to the table with three things; what happened, how to fix it in the short term, and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Your bosses will respect your honesty and appreciate your ability to think through the issue. 

Chasity Cooper, @chasityscooper, Inbound Marketing Coordinator at 2U
ChasityCooperWhen it comes to starting out your career, be willing to lay a firm foundation above all. Yes, there may be grunt work and long hours, but the hard work will ultimately pay off. Stay hungry, remain humble, ask questions and never be afraid to fail. Finally, always show gratitude because your passionate spirit will always shine through.

Nick Cicero, @nickcicero, Lead Social Strategist at Livefyre Storify
NickCiceroNever stop hustling. One of the things that I’ve found to be most beneficial to successful people is their tenacity and desire to create amazing things. Surround yourself with people and organizations who never stop asking questions or challenging traditional ideas.

Charles Oehrlein, @droehrlein, Podiatrist
DrOehrleinDo something interesting, way outside of your major.  I played tuba in the Marching Band for four years as well as taking fencing.  These were the two topics my med school interviews focused on.  Everyone takes all the bio courses and pre-requisites so if you can find something really fun and not what everyone else is doing you can set yourself apart.  Plus you’ll meet people you probably would never have met elsewhere.  

Thanks for reading! Tomorrow, we’ll hear from some of our alumni about what being on the @WorkingOrange account meant to them.

If you’re a Syracuse grad interested in taking over @WorkingOrange for the day, please e-mail me: kmbrow04 at syr dot edu. Thanks and GO ORANGE!

Alumni Networking in D.C.: How One Intern Made the Most of His Summer

Billy FletcherBy Billy Fletcher, ’14

This summer I had the privilege of working in Washington, D.C. for the American Trauma Society, a health care advocacy organization, as a policy intern. As a rising senior, soon to be entering the job market, this summer was critical to opening doors for my post-graduation job search. I took a risk with an unpaid internship, and my risk has, without a doubt, paid off. The success of my internship can be credited to networking with great SU alumni and going above and beyond what was asked of me as an intern at work.

A crucial aspect of the success of my internship occurred not only inside the office but also outside as well. Since I went to D.C. as an unpaid intern, I realized that the value of my internship would come from the networking opportunities. I was quickly able to form relationships with those working in my office, one of whom was a Syracuse University alumnus who offered me the internship, and then use those relationships to branch out to other policy organizations in DC. I quickly found myself interacting with senior management at American Trauma Society who, after seeing my drive, were eager to help me form connections with other policy organizations related to my career aspirations.

I found a fondness for attending organized happy hours and meeting for conversations over coffee, and almost everywhere I went, there were friendly SU alumni with whom I could immediately form a connection. Contacting Syracuse University alumni, especially those alumni of organizations I am involved in on campus, was critical to my success. Even those alumni who weren’t necessarily politically aligned with my interests were eager to help me get in touch with those who were. On one visit, I was meeting with a friend of my boss, and after telling him I was a Syracuse University student, he immediately introduced me to two other alumni working in the office, and both kindly offered to meet with me in the future. Seizing opportunities to interact and connect with different people across different organizations was invaluable, but none of it would have been possible without focusing on the work I produced at the American Trauma Society.

My success in D.C. wasn’t derived solely from the networking, but rather was made possible by focusing on the projects that were assigned to me in my office. Without the commitment of coming to the office early, leaving late, and finishing projects before deadlines, none of the opportunities I had outside of the office would have been possible. My supervisor and other management were only willing to introduce me to others in the policy field because of the hard work and dedication I displayed while at the American Trauma Society. My dedication paid off as not only was my supervisor willing to help me form connections within his own network and the Syracuse DC alumni network, but I was also asked to continue working from school at the end of my internship, with incentive to do so.

I was fortunate to have such great resources to assist me during my internship, but the success of the internship wouldn’t have been possible without taking advantage of every opportunity and challenge put before me.

Billy Fletcher ’14 will be graduating in May and is eager to return to Washington, D.C. to begin a career in policy.

Alumni weigh in: what to expect after graduation!

2013We asked Syracuse University alumni for some advice on what you can expect, as well as what you should do to be successful in your first year of employment after graduation. Here’s what they had to share:

On Twitter:

@KristySmorol: I would say expect to keep learning. While college classes give you a GREAT step up, hands-on learning is different

@EilishMitchell: Adjust your sleep schedule as soon as possible for a regular day. No more staying up till 2am on weekdays!

@christinelan3: Patience is key. When you first start, everything will feel like its progressing painfully slowly.

@AmeliaDeCesare: Job descriptions are constantly evolving and you should expect/offer to do anything and everything!

@SunnyinSyracuse: Be flexible, be fluid…and you’ll need help sometimes…that’s okay.

@AlyssaHenry: Don’t live & die by the job description, roles evolve as you grow into them. Don’t expect micro-management; take initiative!

From ‘CuseConnect on LinkedIn:

Michael C. Hay: Network, network, network! You can never have too many connections.

Murugan Pandian: Be daring and take risks!

Julie Weinstein: Know that there’s a reason if your manager asks you for something – a report, some numbers, some information. It’s most likely to help her/him provide information to someone else. In most cases, the more you can help your manager, the better it will be for you. Also know that there are plenty of people who want you to succeed in your job. When you succeed, your company does too!

Jason Goldberg:
* Participate in every networking group possible.
* Join a recreational club sports league and participate in all of their cost-effective social activities.
* Take on a leadership role with a local volunteer organization.
* Become an expert in whatever field you enter. Regardless of your current employment, you should start a professional blog, generate white papers, and apply for speaking positions at association conferences. The youngest component of the US professional workforce has a significant technological edge above older counterparts…use this to your advantage.
* Transition to Adulthood (i.e. go to sleep earlier, wake up earlier, no more weekday partying, stay current on all local and national news).
* Learn to find common-ground with ANYONE. No more Greek Life, no more social clubs. If you want to climb the social and corporate ladder, you must be a likable person.
* Represent your alma mater well. Syracuse University has an excellent academic reputation that makes us highly employable.

Michelle Dalton:
— Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You’re a recent grad, not someone with 20 years of hands-on experience. You’re not expected to know everything.
— Remember you were hired because you are smart and your boss saw something in you no one else had. Take the opportunity to learn everything you can about the job, the company, and the industry it’s in.
— Using shorthand when you’re texting is fine. Using shortcuts in business correspondence is not. For that matter, forget every emoticon you’ve learned.
— Jobs are hard to come by these days, but that doesn’t mean you should allow yourself to work 80 hour weeks to prove you’re dedicated. The company is investing its personnel to train you and they want their investment to pay off. Having someone burn out in the first year doesn’t do anyone any good.

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Check out additional tips from ‘CuseConnect!

Need more inspiration and direction? Here are some of the commencement speeches given to the Class of 2013. We wish you all the best!