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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!

20 Tips for SUccess When Networking In-person

By Kim Brown, Assistant Director for Alumni Programs

A few networking tips to get you started networking on the right foot.
A few networking tips to get you started networking on the right foot.

We thought this would be a timely post as many of you prepare to head home for Thanksgiving Break. Believe it or not, family/friend gatherings are networking events even though they don’t have the official title! And while some of these tips are geared more toward the “official” events, we thought they’d help you get ready for all of the in-person networking that’s ahead of you during break…and beyond!

  1. Your name tag goes on your right side.
  2. Do your homework prior to attending an event. Google attendees or find them on LinkedIn to see their photos, learn a bit more about them.
  3. Being a wallflower won’t work. Think about what you have in common with people and strike up a conversation!
  4. Try not to approach two people in conversation. It’s best to approach groups of three or more. You’ll be less of an interruption and feel more welcomed.
  5. Say the other person’s name two or three times during the conversation. You won’t forget it, and it shows that you are actively engaging with him/her.
  6. Make eye contact, but don’t make it a stare-down contest.
  7. Keep business cards in an outside suit coat or purse pocket. They’ll be easy to access and you won’t be passing along a sweaty, crinkled card that came out of your pants pocket.
  8. Write yourself notes on the back of business cards you receive. When you leave the event, you won’t be asking yourself, “now who was that person again? What did he promise me?”
  9. No food and drink at the same time. Keep one hand free to shake hands!
  10. Speaking of food, be mindful of your selections. Spinach dip might be a bad choice.
  11. Observe people we might call “mingling mavens” and try to replicate what they do.
  12. Read newspapers, books, movie reviews. Have things to discuss that are not necessarily career-related.

    A few go-to conversation starters.
    A few go-to conversation starters.
  13. It’s OK to “prepare” small talk. What are your go-to topics?
  14. Try asking a question to start an interaction. Ask the question, then stop talking.
  15. Try making a statement to start an interaction. Make your statement, then stop talking. For example, “What a well-attended event this is!” Then let the other person speak. Sometimes, networking is all about simple, casual conversations that lead to more.
  16. There are differences between hand shakes, hand breaks and dead fish. Have a firm hand shake.
  17. Ask questions of the other person that show you are paying attention.
  18. Remember your “elevator pitch” and practice it. Your elevator pitch is the short description of yourself and what you do/what you hope to do. You might use it if you had only a few minutes in the elevator with the CEO of your dream company.
  19. How do you get away? It’s OK to use colleague/food/restroom as excuses.
  20. Say thank you when leaving a conversation. For particularly helpful conversations, consider following up afterward with a personalized LinkedIn connection request or a handwritten thank-you note.

We hope these tips offer a helpful start!

Out at Work: Navigating LGBTQ Identities and Your Job Search

By Shannon Andre, Assistant Director, Campus & Employer Relations

Out at WorkOn Monday, October 28, Career Services, in collaboration with the LGBT Resource Center, held the inaugural “Out at Work: How to Navigate LGBTQ Identities and Your Job Search” panel discussion.  This event brought together SU students, staff, and faculty for a discussion about the process of determining whether to come “out” about your sexuality and/or gender during your job search and the added stress to career considerations.  We welcomed LGBTQ executives and SU community members on our panel from General Electric, Northwestern Mutual, JPMorgan Chase, The Q Center, and Syracuse University to share their advice and guidance in navigating the job search process.

Here are some key considerations the panelists shared:

–          When looking into companies you would like to work for, utilize resources like the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.  This resource rates companies based on their policies and practices pertaining to LGBT employees.  (252 businesses recorded a 100% this year)

–          If you are unsure of a company’s support for those with marginalized genders and sexualities, look online for their stated value of diversity or nondiscrimination policy.   Does it include gender identity and sexual orientation?

–          When applying for a position, you should focus your resume on the skills you bring.  Let your results and performance speak for themselves on your resume and in the workplace.

–          Inquire about benefits when considering an offer.  Is the company’s health insurance policy transgender-inclusive?  Do the benefits cover same-sex partners or spouses?

–          When you enter the workforce, some companies will have employee resource groups (or affinity groups) that bring together diverse populations within the company.  Joining an LGBT and Ally employee resource group will provide you with opportunities to not only network, but also advocate for the community.

The panelists also stressed the importance of authenticity, not only to yourself but those you work with.  You need to be comfortable where you work and coming “out” will depend on the company culture, your relationships with the people at work, and your own readiness.  Ultimately, it is up to you when to come “out” during your job search process, and in the workplace you may have to make this decision multiple times.

Thank you again to our panelists for sharing their insight, advice, and stories!

Megan Lucas' #LinkedInSUccess Story

May 2013,  The Advisory Board Company
May 2013,
The Advisory Board Company

Continuing our series on #LinkedInSUccess stories, Megan Lucas ’13, shares how she leveraged LinkedIn in her job search!

I graduated Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences in May 2013, and like everyone else, was very worried about finding a fun full-time job that would potentially turn into a career. I studied international relations, Spanish, and economics as my undergraduate work, and was very reliant on the Maxwell Career Services and LinkedIn. I went to a few networking events in Syracuse and DC before graduating and right after graduation, but relied a lot on online applications and portals.

Beginning in June 2013, I was working an unpaid internship at the Center of Hemispheric Defense Studies at National Defense University. I enjoyed the work and networking opportunities, but knew that I was “burnt out” in doing research for academic institutions, as well as working for non-profits. I wanted to join the private sector, and geared my job search that way. I stumbled upon a job opening at The Advisory Board Company via LinkedIn, and applied. After my first failed interview at Advisory Board, I noticed a few more job positions and decided to apply and subsequently prepare myself better for the interview. I researched the positions as well as the company, and physically wrote down pages of answers to common interview questions, as well as notes detailing my strengths, weaknesses, and how those character traits contributed directly to the position and the firm.

During this process, LinkedIn was invaluable. I was able to research the company, other positions, as well as other Syracuse alumni on the network. I noticed a particular alum had graduated from SU one year before me with the same major (international relations), and asked for a “LinkedIn Introduction” via Kim Brown, one of our many connections in common. We messaged on LinkedIn, exchanging phone numbers, and had an informal phone call shortly after. Not only was I able to feel out more about the company and its inner workings, I used our shared history and career desires to apply to my personal fit and career trajectory. During my next set of interviews, I mentioned the previous voluntary outreach anecdote, and wholeheartedly believe that it was this fact that showed I was able and willing to take all necessary steps for the company and role; to “go the extra mile” (which is ironically one of the company’s cultural values).

The bottom line: getting a job is not only about personality, work ethic, and work history. It is not just showing skills and answering all the interview questions with confidence (never arrogance). Yes, you must be able to read, write, think, comprehend, react, and do simple math and logical deductions in your mind. But a lot of the time, getting the job comes down to fit: not only should you be a well-tailored fit for the company, but the company should be a well-tailored fit for you. LinkedIn is one of the websites that expedites this process; I believe to find a well-suited position, you need to utilize all the tools that LinkedIn provides.

Good luck, Megan and thank you for sharing your story! Stay tuned for more #LinkedInSUccess stories!

…Career Fair is Coming

careerfairiscomingWith Career Fair at the Dome less than a week away, there’s only a little time left to get ready to impress the employers visiting campus!  Here are some quick tips to help you along the way:

1)      Have an up-to-date resume.

Remember that your resume is a marketing tool.  Most recruiters will spend less than 10 seconds reviewing a resume.  You’ll want to make a great impression!  Spend some time reviewing the Career Services Career Guide for all the basics of building a resume.  Make sure it’s free of grammar and spelling mistakes too!  Once it’s ready, have it reviewed by one of our career counselors during 15 minute drop-ins, or visit us during Resumania on Monday, September 30.  Employer experts will review resumes from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

2)      Do your research.
One of the most frequent criticisms we hear from employers is that our students have not done their research when they approach the employer’s table.  Before you attend the Career Fair, it’s important to check out the employers visiting, the opportunities they have available, and to learn a little bit about the company.  Utilize resources like OrangeLink, LinkedIn, Twitter, and the company’s website to do the background research.  It will make you stand out!

3)      Practice your elevator pitch.
When you approach an employer, you’ll give them a firm handshake, introduce yourself, hand them your resume, and then have a few moments to explain why you are a great candidate for their position.  Be prepared to speak for 30 to 60 seconds about your qualifications, experiences, and goals as they relate to the position you are interested in (this is where that research is really important).  Don’t be afraid to write it down and practice!

4)      Dress for SUccess.
First impressions are key, which is why dressing the part is so important.  Make sure your clothes are ironed and appropriately cut.  Some suggestions for business dress include: dress pants, khakis, button-down shirts, collared shirts, suits, ties, skirts, and blouses.  Remember comfortable shoes too!  Check out Career Services’ Pinterest board for some examples.

If you need additional help preparing for the fair, Career Services is hosting a ‘Prepare for Career Fair’ workshop this week –  Thursday, September 27 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Learn how the Career Fair works, what to wear, what to bring, and how to approach employers.

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday, October 1st, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Dome for Career Fair!

#GECuse: Advice from SU Alumni at GE

General Electric is taking over the SU campus this week! On Wednesday, September 11, GE will be here to connect with students and share information on their leadership development programs.

GE will host tables in various academic buildings from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., conduct office hours in Career Services (235 Schine) from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., and conclude with a major kick-off event in 304ABC (upstairs, Schine Student Center) from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  You’ll also hear from SU alumni all week on @WorkingOrange!

In preparation for GE Day, four SU alumni share their tips for success:

Matt Benvie ’08 – Public Relations and Psychology – Communication Leadership Development Program

  1. Writing ability and interpersonal skills are two of the most important skills for communicators. Two books you need to read over and over:
    • On Writing Well by William Zinsser. I’m not a great writer. You’re not a great writer. Regardless of your chosen profession, you’ll be expected to communicate with clarity and brevity. No one wants to read a five-paragraph email that could have been three sentences. Academic writing and “real world” writing are two completely different animals. Please read this book as soon as possible.
    • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Fair or not, many of our elders view millennials in a less than favorable light. This will be your biggest challenge to overcome in your first few months on the job. You can whine about it, or you can proactively address the stigma by incorporating Carnegie’s lessons into your work and personal interactions. Thank me later!
  2. Whatever job you accept after graduation, learn everything you can about the history of your chosen industry, not just the company where you work. Why? Institutional knowledge = instant credibility.
  3. I’ll be crushed for this, but networking is overrated. Focus on perfecting your communication skills and building your resume, then worry about your network. Good managers and companies want the best talent. For me, a superior resume and work portfolio beats a connection every day of the week. I like helping people I know, but I love hiring the best talent. Why worry about my network when my work is all over the net?

Mike_GEMichael Jones ’09 – Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management – Edison Engineering Development Program

  1. GO ABOVE AND BEYOND what is asked.  Exceeding expectations as an early engineer is critical to gain visibility and show the required dedication to excel.
  2. LEAD in all aspects.  Lead on small projects, lead on big projects.  Ownership is how you get to put your name to impactful projects.
  3. ASK WHY, don’t just agree.  New engineers won’t have the answers…and that’s ok!  Ask why you’re assuming this value or why there are advantages to the conventional design.  The more you understand the background, the sooner you can understand the implications and levers in problem solving.
  4. GET EXCITED always.  Passion in what you do is critical to happiness and success.  If you don’t love what you do, find what does make you happy.  Engineering is everywhere, in everything.  Love what you do.

Rima_GERima Rana ’13 – Accounting and Finance – Financial Management Program

  1. Be a hard worker and go the extra mile. Don’t settle for just doing what’s expected or requested of you; stop and think about what the real objective of the assignment is, and provide more insight, more research, more value.
  2. Do not be afraid to ask questions! People expect that you know very little about your job since you just started so speak up and ask questions and there is no such thing as a dumb question. Keep asking yourself why? until you really understand and have a good grasp.
  3. Build your mentality to network with people within your department and the company overall regardless if they are senior leaders or day to day professionals.
  4. Take the lead whether it be on a small project for your role or an affinity group event so you can build your reputation and make an impact.
  5. HAVE FUN and BE YOURSELF! It is important to create that work life balance. 🙂

Kaitlin_GEKaitlin Lambracht ’08 – Information Technology and Entrepreneurship – Information Technology Leadership Program

  1. Network as much as you can.  Talk to people.  Ask questions. You never know where your next job opportunity will come from.
  2. Get involved.  You will be quite busy with your normal work but it’s good to set aside time to help out in the community and/or get involved with program activities.  It’s both a nice break from day-to-day work and a great way to enhance your internal resume.
  3. When you interview, just be yourself.  The best thing you have going for you is your uniqueness and the set of experiences you have had to make yourself who you are today.  Use your extracurricular activity experiences to your advantage and be sure to highlight them in your interview! You have developed some of your most important skills for the workplace at your sorority, your sports team, or your favorite club.
  4. Come prepared with questions to ask your interviewers.  You will also be asked at the end for what questions you have.  Ask about what some of the first initiatives you will be working on or when you can expect to hear back from them on the results of the interview.
  5. Have your set of 3-5 stories that you can pull experiences from when asked questions during your interview.  You can likely answer all questions when referring to one of these stories that you have in your back pocket.
  6. If you have the capacity, ask for more work.  Tell your manager about a project that you feel is needed and that you are interesting in taking it on.

Thank you to our GE bloggers!  To learn more about these programs, come to the GE kick-off or follow along on @WorkingOrange.

#LinkedInSUccess: Think Quality, Not Quantity

Nichole May '12
Nichole May, Our Ability

We asked alumni about their LinkedIn success stories through a Google + Hangout a few weeks ago. We got so many amazing stories we wanted to share a few!

Kicking off the #LinkedInSUccess series is Nichole May, a 2012 Whitman grad who used LinkedIn during a career change.

Ever since I was a teenager, my dad always used to tell me that “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”  I never understood the true meaning of this phrase until I began my first career transition.

Flashback to December of 2012:  I knew I wanted to make a career change, but how?  Being so new to the workforce, it was tough to figure out what were the first steps to a successful career change.  Syracuse University has an amazing set of resources: its faculty, staff and alumni.  After reaching out to a few of the university’s MVPs of social media and job searching, I had a set plan.

Plan:
1. Network
2. Network
3. Proofread resume and cover letter
4. Network

With this plan in full swing, I began to reach out to alumni in the Albany, NY area in the marketing/communications industry using the advanced search option on LinkedIn.  When I began to make connections and apply for jobs, I realized that it is not the quantity of people that you reach out to, but the quality.  In other words, it is more important to have five solid new connections that know your personality and what you are interested in rather than 15 connections that you spoke to one time and will not remember you in two months.

In January 2013, I reached out to Class of 1990 Newhouse graduate John Robinson (CEO of Our Ability) on LinkedIn.  From when I reached out to John until mid-April 2013, we spoke on the phone and met in person roughly four or five times.  John was not originally looking for someone to join his team, but through persistence and a genuine interest in him and his company, I was able to show him what a valuable team player I could be.  As I look back on my job search some of the key factors that have allowed me to land that perfect job were: a positive forward-thinking attitude, networking and social media.  Social media, as you all know, has become such an integral part of our everyday lives and it has become even more essential in the job search world.  What hiring managers find out about you online can make or break your chances of being hired.  LinkedIn is a great place to outline your professional and academic accomplishments.

I know I am biased, but Syracuse has some of the most friendly and helpful alumni.  As long as you are genuine in your message and you aren’t just looking for “a job,” but rather advice or guidance, alumni are always willing to lend a helping hand.  Thank you for reading and as always Go Orange!!

If you would like to connect with me, please follow me on Twitter, @nichole_may, or add me on LinkedIn.

Thanks to Nichole for sharing her story! If you would like to share your LinkedIn story, let us know via @CareerSU. Stay tuned for more #LinkedInSUccess stories!

Utilizing Technology in the Job Search

David RosenBy David Rosen, ’11, G ’12

Job searching isn’t fun, no doubt about that. After four months of job searching myself, I started with Responsys in New York City in July. The job search process has gone high-tech, and so should you. Below are some tips I used during my process, hopefully they can help you too!


Get Notified

There are hundreds of job boards and even more job board aggregators, it will drive you nuts if you try to check each daily.  Instead, utilize the notification functionality to be alerted of updates. Sign up for notifications from companies where you’d want to work as well as from the job boards and aggregators. Pick the “notify me immediately” option (not daily/weekly digest); this gives you an advantage over all the other applicants. You’d rather receive the same posting multiple times than miss it even once.

Track Your Emails & Follow Up
Marketing companies know the second you open their email, why shouldn’t you use the same technology? Boomerang is a Gmail extension that will not only alert you when a recipient opens your email, but will also remind you to follow up if you don’t receive a response.

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Don’t be afraid to follow up weekly, it shows perseverance.

Utilize LinkedIn
Your LinkedIn profile is super important, sometimes even more than your resume. Recruiters will search for your profile, so make sure it’s complete.

  • How you appear in search: Have a photo and relevant slogan, this is what someone will see prior to your profile.
  • Complete profile: Have a complete profile. Often this will be seen even before your resume. Make sure it shows you in the best light.
  • Find recruiters: When you find a job/company, research the recruiter and look at his/her page. You’ll appear in their “who viewed your profile” list. This is a good way to get your name in their mind, they might even look at your profile (and could make the connection to an email you sent too!)
  • Connect with everyone: Connect with everyone you know/have worked with (always customize the request, this is only possible on your computer, so never use your mobile device for sending requests). Then when you research a company you’ll see any mutual connection who can perhaps make an introduction for you.
  • Use your connections: With connections you can see if you know anyone at a potential company. Even if the company’s employee is a friend of a friend who you haven’t spoken to in years, reach out.  For the company’s employee they very often will receive a referral bonus, so it’s in their best interest to help you.

Find new job boards
Everyone uses Monster, it’s almost ironic. When applying for a job you are often asked to select how you heard of the position from a list of job boards. The other listings here are often a good place to find more positions in the field.

Everyone likes coffee
Recruiters receive a ton of emails, make yours stand out. I’d offer to buy people coffee with a subject like “Let’s connect over coffee (my treat!)”. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but there wouldn’t be as much pressure. If they like you they might be able to help (either know of an opening or introduce you to a connection of theirs).

Don’t discount experience
You didn’t have a summer internship, you had a “summer position” or were a “summer employee”. Don’t discount internships or helping someone on a project as not important, it’s all about how you spin it. Talk to your former supervisor (after you send them a LinkedIn request) to make sure you’re using a relevant title to describe your experience.

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Hopefully some of these tips can help you. The entire process requires a lot of persistence (and even a little bit of luck) but is definitely doable. Everyone understands this and is often willing to help make a introduction. If I can be of any help, reach out (email, @dhrosen).

Three Tips to Steer Your Career Path During the Summer Months

Guest post by Kevin Cary, who writes about topics related to the college experience for job-hunt.org.

With the spring semester over, many Syracuse students are doing summer internships or continuing their education through summer classes. But while many students are taking a break until the fall, experts say the summer time is not a time to pause from making decisions about your career path.

“The summer months may be a down time as far as not having classes or major distractions, but that’s a great time to focus on which particular field you want to pursue after college,” said Geoff Peterson, a recruiting expert and the managing principal of General Lead.

Those who have lined up summer internships are one step ahead, but for those who haven’t, here are three key things to do to help narrow your focus:

Research, research, research. Learn as much about potential career fields as possible. What is the job outlook for a particular field? What are the expectations in the field?

Peterson advises using search engines such as Indeed.com to determine the expected growth of a particular field. There may also be other opportunities to explore fields, including volunteering or shadowing a professional in the field.Bob Roth, a Syracuse alumnus who later served as a college recruiter and wrote the book “The College Student’s Guide To Landing A Great Job,” said that students should also not hesitate to use a parent to give them guidance.

“Parents may be a positive influence because they may be able to remember areas where the student had success in the past,” Roth said. “Of course, the parents have to remember that they can’t impose their will on the student. If the student truly loves and respects their parent, they will listen to them, but if they don’t, they won’t.

”Roth said that students can also consider older relatives, or even older students who helped mentor them early in their college life. But, ultimately, the decision will be up to the student. “Listen to everybody, but ultimately pick something you like,” he said.

Engage through social networks and more. The explosion of social media can be greatly beneficial to college students as they navigate their career paths, Peterson said. He recommends that students read industry blogs and make connections with corporate and agency recruiters through LinkedIn.

“Be very detailed with your bio and add a good number of keywords,” he said. “Recruiters find people inside LinkedIn using advanced search, mainly searching bios for keywords.”There are other techniques to succeed on LinkedIn, but networking doesn’t have to be limited to social media. Roth said students should use the career services department, but should also consider every resource available to them on campus.

“Every person on a campus has a network,” he said. “Students need to realize that everyone they interact with can help them. Each person on campus probably knows at least 75 other people. There is a vast network that is often not used.”

Don’t procrastinate. Research and networking can help narrow down career choices, but don’t be paralyzed from the new information. There may be other factors that can create anxiety and delay decisions, but experts say it is vital to narrow down your career choice as soon as possible.“Ideally, you’d want to get started during the senior year of high school,” Roth said. “Determine your major, determine what employers expect, and develop a semester-by-semester plan. Get involved in some kind of work, whether or not it directly relates to your field, to help build references for your work history.

It may be tempting to consider the summer as a “break” period, but Peterson said that can be a major mistake that can create more work and financial burdens down the road. “If students drag their feet into the third year and beyond, they risk spending more time in school, having to take more classes and adding additional tuition costs,” he said.

Making a decision to pursue a career path doesn’t mean you can’t ever change your mind about it. But, the earlier the initial decision is made, the more time you have to better understand what to do next.

“If you start early enough, it gives you a little time to adjust your plan,” Roth said. “Every year that slips by means you have a little less time. The time to start is now.”

 

A little "Soul" is coming to the SUccess in the City series!

By Kim Brown, Assistant Director, Alumni Programs

It’s hard to believe that four SUccess in the City networking events are already in the books for the 2013 SITC season…with five more on the horizon! SUccess in the City events give our new graduates the opportunity to meet established alumni in nine different cities across the US: Syracuse, Philadelphia, DC, Boston, NYC, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. We are proud to partner with the Office of Alumni Relations and alumni clubs in each city to make them happen!

Alumni Andrew Laver, Rob Long and Jenny Sacks at SITC Philadelphia!
Alumni Andrew Laver, Rob Long and Jenny Sacks at #SITCPhilly!

We kicked off the series at Eric Mower and Associates in Syracuse’s Armory Square. Eric is an SU alumnus, and we were thrilled to hold the event at a company owned by one of our own. Attendees heard 2012 grad Alison Neufang’s fantastic success story and enjoyed a great night of Orange networking. The series continued on a gorgeous night in Philadelphia, where we shared all of the recent changes to LinkedIn and how our students and alumni can take advantage of the Orange networking opportunities that are abundant within that platform. It was a wonderful evening – and we had difficulty clearing the room as the night ended!

#SITCDC – put on by SU’s Greenberg House – and #SITCBoston were also excellent events. In every city except for NYC (where our alumni population is so huge), we encourage current students to attend SUccess in the City. It’s always amazing to watch our up-and-coming Orange alumni make connections with our established grads. Smart networking starts early on in your college career!

Gabby Etrog Cohen, VPA '02, will speak at #SITCNYC
Gabby Etrog Cohen, VPA ’02, will speak at #SITCNYC

Speaking of NYC, that’s our next event…and we’re THRILLED that Gabrielle Etrog Cohen will be our featured speaker at #SITCNYC. Here’s where the SOUL part of the blog post comes in. Gabby is a 2002 VPA alumna and is the PR and Marketing Director at SoulCycle – arguably the HOTTEST workout on the market these days. Gabby has an incredible career story to share, including the fact that she was recruited for her current position thanks to LinkedIn! We hope you’ll consider joining #SITCNYC on June 27th. Click here to register and here to learn more about Gabby before attending the event.

And remember…if you call Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, or San Francisco home, then we’ll be making a stop in your city this summer! You’ll find all the details here. Hope to see you at a SITC near you!