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3 Things I Learned From Bridge to Business

By Maryann Akinboyewa ’15

I know I can’t be the only student on campus who sometimes feels overwhelmed and unsure when it comes to thinking about their career. One of my goals for 2014 is to get unstuck and tackle those feelings. What do I really want? Who do I want to be?

During winter break, I participated in Career Services Bridge to Business trip. Sixteen other SU students and I spent two nights in New York City with Career Services’ employer relations team, Shannon Andre and Sue Casson. We visited companies like Macy’s, AOL, J.P. Morgan Chase, GroupM, and Teach For America. Even though we all came from different majors, backgrounds, and class years, we quickly bonded as we each took a step towards figuring out our careers.

Here are 3 things I learned from the Bridge to Business trip:

  1. It’s all about the attitude.
    The Bridge to Business group at Macy's Inc.
    The Bridge to Business group at Macy’s Inc.


    We had to wake up at 6 a.m. each morning to prepare for the day’s events. The lastday of the trip was most challenging because everyone was exhausted from the previous day. When we finally stepped out onto the streets of New York City, it was freezing! At one point, I couldn’t even feel my own toes! Despite the harsh weather conditions, not one person complained. I realized then how important it is to have a positive attitude. Searching for jobs and internships can be an emotional experience, but I truly believe we can choose how we react to adversity. This semester, I’m going to make it a goal to take things in stride. After all, if one door closes, know there is always one waiting to be unlocked.

  2. Interviewing is a two-way street.
    I was really impressed with the diversity of the companies we visited. Some of the companies we visited had a more “laid-back” office culture where employees wore t-shirts and jeans while other companies prided themselves on putting in long hours and maintaining a conservative office culture. It is so important to understand what you are looking for in a company. When interviewing, ask probing questions that can help you decide whether the company is right for you. During the trip, I quickly discovered how important work-life balance is to me. In addition, I thrive in creative environments and need to be around people who share the same values.

    Networking with alumni
    Networking with alumni
  3. Networking… you better work!
    One of my favorite moments of the trip was when we worked late into the night crafting elevator pitches and honing our networking skills. Once we had written our pitches, we had to recitethem to five different people. Creating my elevator pitch was a challenge, but I felt encouraged and motivated by my peers. Everyone wanted to see each other do well. The skills I learned that night were especially helpful when it came time to network with employers and SU alumni. Because we had practiced, I felt a lot more comfortable in my ability to communicate my skills and interests to others.

I came back from the Bridge to Business trip with 16 new friends and a better sense of what life could be like after SU.  I can’t say I’ve figured it all out yet, but I’m definitely on my way.

With a little faith (and a few trips to Career Services), I know 2014 will be the year I get unstuck and work towards the life I’ve always dreamed of.

Maryann went to New York City to interact with these companies, but guess what? Dozens of companies are coming to YOU next week. If you are looking for ways to engage with employers and practice the tips Maryann shared, make sure you stop by the Syracuse University Career Fair (12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium, Schine) and Diversity in the Workplace (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Panasci Lounge, Schine) on Tuesday, February 11!  Take the opportunity to learn more about the types of companies you may want to work for and build that network!

 

3 Things I Learned From Bridge to Business

By Maryann Akinboyewa ’15

I know I can’t be the only student on campus who sometimes feels overwhelmed and unsure when it comes to thinking about their career. One of my goals for 2014 is to get unstuck and tackle those feelings. What do I really want? Who do I want to be?

During winter break, I participated in Career Services Bridge to Business trip. Sixteen other SU students and I spent two nights in New York City with Career Services’ employer relations team, Shannon Andre and Sue Casson. We visited companies like Macy’s, AOL, J.P. Morgan Chase, GroupM, and Teach For America. Even though we all came from different majors, backgrounds, and class years, we quickly bonded as we each took a step towards figuring out our careers.

Here are 3 things I learned from the Bridge to Business trip:

  1. It’s all about the attitude.
    The Bridge to Business group at Macy's Inc.
    The Bridge to Business group at Macy’s Inc.


    We had to wake up at 6 a.m. each morning to prepare for the day’s events. The lastday of the trip was most challenging because everyone was exhausted from the previous day. When we finally stepped out onto the streets of New York City, it was freezing! At one point, I couldn’t even feel my own toes! Despite the harsh weather conditions, not one person complained. I realized then how important it is to have a positive attitude. Searching for jobs and internships can be an emotional experience, but I truly believe we can choose how we react to adversity. This semester, I’m going to make it a goal to take things in stride. After all, if one door closes, know there is always one waiting to be unlocked.

  2. Interviewing is a two-way street.
    I was really impressed with the diversity of the companies we visited. Some of the companies we visited had a more “laid-back” office culture where employees wore t-shirts and jeans while other companies prided themselves on putting in long hours and maintaining a conservative office culture. It is so important to understand what you are looking for in a company. When interviewing, ask probing questions that can help you decide whether the company is right for you. During the trip, I quickly discovered how important work-life balance is to me. In addition, I thrive in creative environments and need to be around people who share the same values.

    Networking with alumni
    Networking with alumni
  3. Networking… you better work!
    One of my favorite moments of the trip was when we worked late into the night crafting elevator pitches and honing our networking skills. Once we had written our pitches, we had to recitethem to five different people. Creating my elevator pitch was a challenge, but I felt encouraged and motivated by my peers. Everyone wanted to see each other do well. The skills I learned that night were especially helpful when it came time to network with employers and SU alumni. Because we had practiced, I felt a lot more comfortable in my ability to communicate my skills and interests to others.

I came back from the Bridge to Business trip with 16 new friends and a better sense of what life could be like after SU.  I can’t say I’ve figured it all out yet, but I’m definitely on my way.

With a little faith (and a few trips to Career Services), I know 2014 will be the year I get unstuck and work towards the life I’ve always dreamed of.

Maryann went to New York City to interact with these companies, but guess what? Dozens of companies are coming to YOU next week. If you are looking for ways to engage with employers and practice the tips Maryann shared, make sure you stop by the Syracuse University Career Fair (12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium, Schine) and Diversity in the Workplace (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Panasci Lounge, Schine) on Tuesday, February 11!  Take the opportunity to learn more about the types of companies you may want to work for and build that network!

 

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
JoshLukin
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!

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!

#SUCareerFair Recap

Thank you to all the students and employers who attended the #SUCareerFair!  We hope it was successful!

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Save the dates for Spring Career Week, February 10th – 14th!

New to SU? Get started on your first-year career!

By Shannon Feeney Andre, Employer Relations Coordinator

To the new members of the Orange family, Career Services welcomes you!

We know the term “career” may sound intimidating for some and it may be the last thing on your mind now that you are starting your college experience, but it doesn’t have to be.  Essentially, your career starts now!  The decisions you make, the experiences you gain, and the people you meet 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 learn 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.FYC Final Flyer

 

We are also hosting the following events to get you started on your first-year career:
True Colors Workshop – Tuesday, Oct. 15 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – 500 Hall of Languages
*RSVP in OrangeLink required; must be present for entire session

  • Why attend?  True Colors offers insight into your 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 – Wednesday, Oct. 23 – 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Career Services, 235 Schine
*RSVP in OrangeLink appreciated as refreshments will be served

  • Why attend?  Making that major decision can be tough. Hear from a panel of upperclassmen about their journey declaring majors, switching majors, picking up duals and minors, and facing pressure.

Resume Review Blitz Week – Monday, Nov. 4 – Friday, Nov. 8 – 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Career Services, 235 Schine
*RSVP required; space is limited per session

  • Why attend?  Not sure on where to get started with your resume? These sessions can help you get the process started and make it easier to edit your resume in the future.

In addition, for the next four Fridays, we invite new students to visit our office (and you’ll receive a flash drive!).

Career Services
235 Schine (down the hallway between Cash Ops and Box Office windows)
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

We hope to see you soon!

#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!

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.”