Experience the Orange Advantage during ACC Week in NYC


By John Boccacino ’03

Syracuse University Career Services is your lifelong partner when it comes to professional success, and the office is pleased to partner with the Syracuse University Alumni Association to bring the Orange Advantage professional development series to the metropolitan New York City area. Several events are planned March 9-10 as part of “Orange in the City” ACC Tournament Week.

The series of events will offer participants one-on-one career counseling, resume reviews, and opportunities to work on interviewing skills with Jenna Turman, assistant director of alumni programs in Career Services.

In conjunction with the Office of Alumni Engagement and assorted local alumni clubs, the Orange Advantage events will occur on the following dates:

  • Northern New Jersey: 8 a.m. Thursday, March 9 at the Eppes Essen Deli & Restaurant (105 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston, N.J.). Cost is $10 and breakfast is included.
  • Central New Jersey: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9 at the Salt Creek Grille (1 Rockingham Row, Princeton, N.J.). Cost is $10 and drinks and hors d’oeuvres are included.
  • Friends of Syracuse University (in partnership with the Office of Program Development): 12 p.m. Friday, March 10 at the Syracuse University Lubin House (11 E. 61st, New York). Cost is $10 and includes lunch and a panel discussion with Rosann Santos ’94 and Shemeka Brathwaite ’04 on the job search challenges and opportunities unique to African-American and Latino communities.
  • Big Apple Orange and Whitman NYC: 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 10 at the Lubin House (11 E. 61st, New York). Cost is $10 and drinks and hors d’oeuvres are included.

Additionally, at the Northern New Jersey, Central New Jersey, and Big Apple Orange/Whitman NYC events participants can enjoy the True Colors program, which focuses on your personality and how you interact with others in the workplace.

Career Services will also offer one-one-one career counseling and resume review sessions from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 11 at the Lubin House (11 E. 61st St., New York), and from 9-11 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. Monday, March 13 at the Fisher Center (19 E. 31st St., New York). These sessions are free to attend.

To register, visit

Orange Central: A phenomenal chance to meet alumni

By Kim Brown ’06, Assistant Director for Alumni Programs

Have you heard? Orange Central is this week! Our Office of Alumni Relations welcomes everyone to celebrate their love of Orange – and with so many alumni visiting campus, it’s an incredible opportunity for students to make amazing career connections with alumni who want to help the next generation of Orange.


So how can you take advantage of Orange Central as a student?

Check out the list of events – and sign up to attend them. Many Orange Central events are open to students. You’ll find the whole list here. Take some time to go through it. There is, without a doubt, something for everybody! You’ll even find some events, like Slice of Orange Days, Trivia Night, and Camp ‘Cuse, that are specifically for YOU!

Don’t be afraid to say hi. Most of our alumni will be checking in at the Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center, which is right next door to Bird Library. If you’re leaving the library and see alumni mingling around GAFC, say hello! You never know who you’ll meet, and our alumni are always thrilled to have conversations with current students. They miss SU, and you offer them a chance to live vicariously. Tell them what you love about this special place!

Offer help. For many of the alumni who come back for Orange Central, it’s been years since they were on the Syracuse University campus. Whitman is new. Ernie Davis is new. Dineen Hall is new. If you see folks looking lost, offer to help them find their way to a campus building. Again, you never know who you might meet!

Aspire to win an Arents Award. The George Arents Award is Syracuse University’s highest alumni honor, presented annually to alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their chosen fields. Check out this year’s winners, who will be awarded at Orange Central 2014, and then chart your own path to becoming an Arents Award Winner!

Hope to see you at Orange Central 2015!

*updated for Orange Central 2015

Reflections on Spring Break in the US Capital Region

By Vanessa Salman ’17

Vanessa Salman outside the White House
Vanessa Salman outside the White House

I vividly remember the December morning I received my acceptance into the 2015 Immersion Week Program, as if it were yesterday. My feet had just touched the snowy Syracuse ground after a 5-hour bus ride from New York City when I received the email from Tracy. As I read the words “CONGRATULATIONS,” I nearly tripped and fell on my face. I guess you could say I was ecstatic, although that is definitely an understatement. I am grateful and appreciative that my love for our nation’s capital shined and landed me a spot on this life-changing trip.

On our trip, we visited some pretty awesome places. Our week included visits at The Washington Post, National Geographic, The National Press Club, The Capitol, just to name a few. It’s still pretty surreal that we got to walk through the newsroom of WaPo where the Watergate Scandal broke. Oh yeah, and the FBI headquarters – totally got to be Derek Morgan for a day. It wasn’t just the places that were fascinating, but the alumni that we met at each location. Each place we went to, the alums recalled their years at Syracuse University and their journeys from the land of Orange to the workforce.

The one thing about D.C. that is so unique is there’s a piece of history on every corner. From the different monuments, to landmarks like Ford’s Theater, to the White House, there is a piece of American history everywhere you go; it’s inescapable (but like, the good kind).

Before going on this trip, I didn’t understand how united, kind, and truly supportive the Syracuse University alumni network is. I mean, we hear about it all the time; SU alumni have awesome jobs, connect with them! But this trip gives you the opportunity to do this in person, as opposed to on digital platforms like LinkedIn.

If you’re a sophomore, I strongly suggest you apply this year. Regardless of what college you’re in or what your interests are, this trip is a helpful learning experience. You will learn and grow so much over the span of just one week from improving on your interpersonal, networking, and team building skills. I saw so much growth in not only myself, but the group I traveled with as well quo.

Oh, and D.C. has AMAZING food. If you’re down to splurge, there’s Founding Farmers, which is an organic restaurant close to the Farragut West metro. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’re in luck because you can vote on the Georgetown Cupcakes vs Baked and Wired debate. I am totally Team Baked and Wired, just saying.

The application for the Immersion trip is open in OrangeLink through November 13. Career Services will host an information session on October 21 in 232 Schine from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. to answer questions and provide more information on the immersion experience.  For questions or more information, please contact Christina Faulkner at All students who have sophomore standing in credits are encouraged to apply.

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.

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:

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!

5 Valuable Tips from Career Crash Course

By Danchen Zhou, G’14, Career Services Public Relations Intern

Danchen Zhou, public relations intern at Career Services.
Danchen Zhou, M.S. ’14, Career Services Public Relations Intern

On Friday, March 28, Syracuse University Career Services hosted a crash course on campus providing students with five career-focused workshops.  Presenters were recruiters from IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Northwestern Mutual, O’Brien & Gere, and U.S. Secret Service.  Here are some of the most valuable tips and insights regarding resume writing, personal branding, networking, interviewing, and financial management-

1.  Resumes: “Just a tiny little minute, but eternity is in it.”*
The recruiting manager from JPMorgan Chase said he would not spend more than one minute reviewing a resume. With only one minute, it’s important to learn how to tell a whole story explaining why you are a good fit for the position on a one-page resume. Also, use numbers to show the outcome and impact of your experiences. Finally, proofread your resume. Make sure your resume is typo-free, which indicates that you are a detailed-oriented person.

2.  Personal Branding: Make yourself stand out and be your own boss.
Take a few minutes to think and write down the strengths that make you stand out. If you have trouble identifying your strengths, ask your friends who know you well, or utilize some online tools, such as StrengthFinder 2.0. Once you realize your strengths, manage yourself like a boss manages its company. Take ownership of your career because it’s your choice where you lead your own path.

Students in J. P. Morgan Chase's resume presentation.
Student listen to advice from JPMorgan Chase about building effective resumes during the Career Crash Course.

3.  Networking: Don’t just take – give.
Whether you are searching for a job, or you are trying to connect with an alumnus, a common mistake is that you emphasize what they can offer you.  But why don’t you try to think about what you can give to them instead? You have connections and some information that matters to them, too. In a way, the networking process should be beneficial for both of you.

4.  Interviewing: Bring out your thoughts that can add value to the company.
The representative from IBM talked about the importance of doing research before the interview. For instance, reading balance sheets of any publicly-traded company can help you learn more about their business strategies and then you could reference this information during an interview. It’s also a way to take charge of the interview by offering your own thoughts.

5.  Financial Management: Start early and have a plan.
The representative from Northwestern Mutual shared a point that rich people get rich because they stay away from debt. To eliminate the amount of loans and avoid a poor credit score, you need to start planning your finances even while you are still in college.  The first thing is to determine what you need rather than what you want. Mint is a good App to record and calculate your expenses so that you are aware where your money has gone.  It will also help you establish a long-term strategic plan for savings. In addition, you need to familiarize yourself with financial policies and procedures, such as 10-99 Form, W-4 Form, and W-2 Form.

*Benjamin Mays Poem God’s Minute

How I Met My Major: Three Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Major

By Christina Faulkner, G’16

I’m going to tell you an incredible story, the story of how I met my major. It was the year 2014 and I had tried biology, marketing, and sociology, but none seemed like the right fit. A career counselor encouraged me to consider the following three questions on my quest toward choosing a major:

interestsWhat interests me?

I considered this question and wrote down a list of my interests. It also helped to write down what I didn’t enjoy.

Looking at the list of majors on the website, I found many options that would complement my interests! Some of the majors that caught my eye were anthropology, citizenship & civic engagement, fashion design, graphic design, information management & technology, modern foreign language, public relations, and writing & rhetoric. I contemplated my options and considered the courses required of each major and whether they appealed to me.

I decided to explore a few different options by taking classes in different programs. I really enjoyed my modern Spanish art and leveraging emerging technologies classes, but not my communications and society class.

What am I good at?

Although I thought graphic design or fashion design would be interesting, I was never very good at drawing beyond stick figures and you need a portfolio to apply for those programs. I considered some of my other strengths like writing, speaking Spanish and technology and realized that anthropology, citizenship & civic engagement, information management & technology, modern foreign language, public relations, and writing & rhetoric majors could still be a good fit!

What are my goals and how does this major fit with them?

I had always imagined myself living in a big city after graduation and/or traveling around the world on occasion. I preferred to work for a nonprofit organization or small start-up company because of the culture and environment those types of organizations offer. I looked at the Placement Report to see what students in a few different majors have done after graduation and thought that some of the information management & technology and public relations grads were doing cool jobs related to my goals. Really, I had many options, but after a few semesters of experimenting with different classes in different majors, there was one that really stood out…it’s going to be legend-wait for it…dary!

Now, remember that everyone is different and although these questions are a great starting point, meeting with a career counselor can be helpful for generating ideas, sorting through the options, and finding resources to research different paths.


While you can discuss your major at any time, next week Career Services offers Major Dilemma Drop-Ins dedicated to students who are in the process of a choosing a major! Stop by Schine 235 Monday, March 24 through Thursday, March 27 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. to meet with a career counselor about YOUR major match!

Looking Ahead: Majors, Workshops, & Fairs

By Magnolia Salas

Spring break is around the corner and we are sure you are looking forward to a week-long rest. But as you get ready to pause, don’t pause in your job or internship search. Take the time next week to build new relationships, discuss your career aspirations with friends and family and reflect on your career journey. In addition, mark your calendar with these events taking place in the coming weeks.

Major Dilemma 15 Minute Drop-Ins
March 24, March 25, March 26, & March 27, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., 235 Schine
Not sure about your major? Come to us about choosing it, switching it, or what to do with it once you’re out of school!

Career Crash Course
March 28, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 304ABC Schine
A one-day crash course on career essentials such as resumes, interviewing, networking, and job search resources. Workshops will be led by employers including GE, Macy’s, and JPMorgan Chase.  You can attend, one, multiple, or all sessions to gain knowledge about landing your next internship or full-time job. RSVP in OrangeLink.

SEC & ACC Virtual Career Fair
April 1 – 3, online via CareerEco
Attend this virtual career fair from anywhere and connect with more than 45 employers hiring in engineering, business, IT, sales, accounting, science, human resources, and many more. To RSVP and to view the full-time and internship opportunities and employers participating, please visit this link.

Keep an eye on your emails for updates on these events. Enjoy your spring break and we’ll see you back on the blog in two weeks!