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Alumni Reflect on the @WorkingOrange Experience

By Kim Brown, Assistant Director of Alumni Programs

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Thanks and GO (WORKING) ORANGE!

As @WorkingOrange Turns ONE, Alumni Share Their Best Advice

By Kim Brown, Assistant Director of Alumni Programs

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rachel Chang, @RachelChang, Senior Editor at Us Weekly Magazine
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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
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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
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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!

#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.

Alumni weigh in: what to expect after graduation!

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

On Twitter:

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

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

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

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

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

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

From ‘CuseConnect on LinkedIn:

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

Murugan Pandian: Be daring and take risks!

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

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

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

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Check out additional tips from ‘CuseConnect!

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

Alumni weigh in: what to expect after graduation!

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

On Twitter:

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

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

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

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

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

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

From ‘CuseConnect on LinkedIn:

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

Murugan Pandian: Be daring and take risks!

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

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

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

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Check out additional tips from ‘CuseConnect!

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

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!

 

 

In their words: Alumni Speaker Series begins 10/19!

by Kim Brown
Alumni Programs Coordinator

From a “Spirit Junkie” to a health coach to a marketing executive to a grad who calls the Pentagon his office, this semester’s line-up for the Alumni Speaker Series is truly exciting! Mark your calendars, because these events are ones you DON’T want to miss.

First up is Gabrielle Bernstein, who graduated from SU in 2001. Gabrielle is the #1 bestselling author of the book Add More ~ing To Your Life: A Hip Guide To Happiness and she returns to SU as part of the tour for her new book Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road To Self-love And Miracles.

Gabrielle is a phenomenal speaker. In Spirit Junkie, she talks about how she totally changed her life for the better, calling it “a guidebook for overcoming fear, changing perceptions, and creating a life you’re psyched to wake up for.”

When we asked Gabby how she feels about coming back to SU to speak, she said, “It is always incredible to return to my alma mater. Since graduating from Syracuse in 2001, I’ve been on a unique entrepreneurial path and it’s a pleasure to share my story. I hope to inspire students to follow their passion and open their minds to career possibilities beyond their wildest dreams.”

You can learn so much more about Gabrielle by visiting her website.

Gabrielle’s lecture is on Wednesday, October 19th at 7:30PM in HBC Gifford Auditorium. Copies of both of her books will be available for purchase, and Gabby will stay to sign them all! Refreshments will be served.

Joining Gabrielle on October 19th is fellow 2001 alumna Robyn Youkilis. Robyn is a holistic health coach based in NYC, who leads nutrition workshops and does individual health and nutritional coaching. She’s a self-proclaimed “foodie,” after years of struggling with food. You can read more of Robyn’s story here and meet her, along with Gabrielle, on October 19th.

Then, on October 28th, we welcome Mindy Stockfield back to campus. Mindy graduated from Newhouse with her Advertising degree in 1993 and is now Vice President of Digital Media and Marketing at Disney’s Hyperion Books. Mindy’s background is in digital media and entertainment, and she made the move to publishing a few years ago from TV to transform the way we look at books.

Prior to her work at Hyperion, Mindy was Vice President for the Disney Channel & Jetix Digital Media Group (now Disney XD).

Mindy will be handing out copies of Michael J. Fox’s book A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future, which was published by Hyperion.  It’s all about his experience of taking many different paths to achieving his dream. She’ll also have a list of the open internship opportunities across Disney!

Mindy’s lecture is on Friday, October 28th at 3:00PM in Newhouse 3’s Hergenhan Auditorium. A reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and a chance to network with Mindy will immediately follow her talk.

Finally, our Alumni Speaker Series for the Fall semester wraps up with a visit from Jason Yaley, Strategy and Policy Advisor to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Jason, who has both his BS (in 2005) and MPA (in 2006) from Syracuse University, works out of the Pentagon and describes himself as a bit of a “catch-all” for the Vice Chairman, our country’s second-highest ranking military officer.

Jason Yaley during a recent trip to Afghanistan

Jason is the Vice Chairman’s one-man director of communication, serving as his chief speechwriter and managing the integration of communication efforts including media, legislative, social engagements, etc. In addition, he is also a think tank of sorts for the Vice Chairman, reviewing policy binders and making recommendations where appropriate to the Vice Chairman.

This is an incredible opportunity to learn from someone who has accomplished so much, just six years removed from his undergraduate experience at Syracuse University. Jason will talk not only about his career path, but will offer advice on how to succeed in government jobs.

Hear Jason’s exciting career story on Wednesday evening, November 2nd, at 7:30PM in Maxwell Auditorium. Refreshments will be provided.

Hope to meet many of you at these great events!

Employer Spotlight: How SU alum Nick Martin launched a career at City Year

by Nick Martin, SU ’09

My wardrobe mostly consists of Orange t-shirts, not necessarily my favorite color, but an indicator of my Syracuse pride.  At Syracuse University I majored in International Relations, International Security and Diplomacy, with a geographic concentration in the Middle East and a minor in Communications and Rhetorical Studies.  Obviously, I chose my major based on the length of its name.  Joking aside, my addiction to current events and news grew exponentially throughout my college career.  In selecting the major that I did, I made the decision to not turn a blind eye to the many pressing issues we see in our global community every day.

First steps after college…

I finished my degree in International Relations and merged my personal passion for volunteerism into a pursuit of a humanitarian career path.  I committed to a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA(Volunteer in Service to America) with the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay in Disaster Services.  I worked to improve emergency preparedness efforts and relations in 145 communities through the execution of a strong liaison program with government, volunteer community, and non-profit partners.  I was responsible for leading a team of Red Cross responders in over 26 local disaster scenes, assisting more than 150 individuals with disaster relief services.

The experience stretched me out of my comfort zone, humbled me beyond belief, taught me how to utilize my untamed passion for impactful good and showed me the path I wanted to follow when my year was up and beyond.

Turning My Passion into a Career

My year of service ended in Boston on a Friday and I started at City Year the following Monday in New York City.  I now proudly serve as an Admissions Manager at City Year for a regional team based out of New York.  Every 26 seconds, a student gives up on school in America; we can’t ignore this crisis.  High school dropouts are three times more likely to be unemployed and eight times more likely to be in jail or prison.  I’m propelled by this challenge and more importantly the successes of our efforts.

City Year is a national organization that partners with schools to improve the chances that students will graduate from high school.  We focus on neighborhoods where 50% of the students are at risk for dropping out and have strong evidence our programs are working.  As the Admission Manager I recruit, interview, and hire idealist, 17 to 24 year olds, to give a year of their lives to serve full-time in some of America’s most under-served schools.  We provide critical services like tutoring and after-school programs, giving students the role models they need and making the schools more engaging places to learn.

I share in the City Year founding vision that one day every student will turn to his/her peer and ask the common question, “Where are you doing your year of service?”  I applied to City Year because so many of the ominous issues we see in our global community can be directly tied to education.  I encourage you to answer the call to service and put more Orange in our Red Bombers.

For more information about City Year, please visit www.cityyear.org

The SU Network

By Ira Berkowitz, SU ’82

Before I start, let me tell you the important stuff about me. I graduated from SU in 1982. My wife graduated from SU a year after me. Our daughter graduated from Newhouse in May of this past year and our son will be class of 2014. At our wedding, 9 of the 12 in the bridal party were SU grads and we are still very good friends with all of them (well, almost all).  Oh, and our dog’s name is Cosmo. Questions?

SU Class of '82! From left, Zeta Psi fraternity brothers Mike Solondz, Jeff Pappalardo, Ira Berkowitz,and Dave Grossman

In 1992, after 10 plus years of working in the TV commercial production business in the big city, I left that world for life in the world of graphic design and print advertising in suburban New Jersey. The business I was going to be a partner in, Monarch Graphics (now Monarch Communications), was an existing business that was spending more money than it was taking in. The owner needed somebody to market the company, as that was not really her strength.  It was going to be my job to go out and sell, sell, sell.

My first order of business was to alert everyone I knew about my new career. My thinking was not everyone shoots TV commercials for national advertisers but anyone who had their own business needed some sort of graphic design and/or printing. I put together a mailing list (remember, this is before internet and emails) trying to think of everyone I knew who owned a business or worked in a business that could use graphic design services.

Many of the folks I reached out to were contacts I had made at SU or alumni I had become connected with since I graduated. That first mailing list included my roommates from junior and senior years, fraternity brothers, classmates and many local NY/NJ alumni I had met over the years.

One of the first things I noticed as I became more involved with my new business and the business community outside New York City was the amount of networking opportunities there were. Chamber of Commerce meetings, formal and informal networking groups, social and religious organizations, all offered me the opportunity to promote Monarch and our services. This was very different from my life in the high profile, high-speed world of New York City advertising. You didn’t really network as much as you socialized.

Being out in “the burbs” gave me a chance to learn about life in small business America. From the day I left SU, I had worked on national advertising accounts with major 6 figure budgets for one 30-second TV commercial. Now I was looking at projects with budgets in the thousands, sometimes even in the hundreds. I knew that I had to build long, sustainable relationships with my clients so that as their businesses would grow, so would mine.

And here I am, almost 19 years later. New technologies such as voicemail and email have made person-to-person networking even more important to my business.

You can tweet, you can text, you can send emails, but the best way to close the deal is getting in front of your clients and potential clients. I use social media to open doors and keep those doors open but I still make sure that when I am working on a piece of new business, that I get to see the client in their work environment. If I am going to help advertise and market what they do, I better understand it and get a first-hand look at it.

In those 19 years since I left the business world in the big city, SU alumni have proven to be a great resource for my business and me. My client list today includes my roommate from my last 2 years at SU, a contact I made at an SU golf outing a couple of years ago, people I have worked with and met through my involvement with the local alumni club, and others. Since July 2005, I have been president of the local SU alumni club, SUNNJAC (that’s www.NorthJerseyOrange.org if you are interested). This has given me very high visibility in the local SU community and has generated many leads and referrals for my business. As a matter of fact, Monarch’s two newest clients are both SU grads; one is an active participant in our club’s monthly business-to-business breakfasts, which is how we met and how he came to utilize the services of my company.

In the spring of 1982, when I graduated from SU, if you had told me that Syracuse would be such a big part of my business and personal life, I probably would have laughed – but I’m not laughing now. So here’s my lesson for anyone who is at SU now or is an SU graduate and is looking for ways to promote themselves and/or their business: Your networking opportunities don’t begin the day you leave SU. They begin the day you first arrive and, if you’re smart, they will continue for a long, long time.

Introducing 'CuseConnect! A new way to connect SU alumni and students

Logo by @RussoNoon (Thanks Jennifer!)

By Kim Brown
Alumni Programs Coordinator

I’m really excited to use my first blog post to announce ‘CuseConnect – our new LinkedIn group that’s meant to connect SU students and alumni. ‘CuseConnect members are alumni who WANT to offer students career advice and help you through the job and internship search process.

Want to join? Just click here!

‘CuseConnect replaces a program called Mentor@SU, which many of you (especially if you’ve already graduated from SU) likely used.  We’ve spent a lot of time looking into different ways to make these great Orange connections happen, and truly feel that having a LinkedIn group is the best way for us to stay relevant.

Though the main purpose of ‘CuseConnect will still focus on career information and advice, it will also allow alumni to share job and internship leads.  Alumni can use the Jobs tab within the group to post Orange Leads – opportunities that you learn about and would like our students/your fellow alumni to know about as well! Who doesn’t love companies with a lot of Orange?

Alumni will be admitted to the group as soon I see your request to join. There’s also a subgroup of ‘CuseConnect that’s just for you. You can find that by going to the “More” tab and scrolling down to “Subgroups.”

Students – both undergrads and grads – must complete a ‘CuseConnect Orientation before being accepted into the group. You can easily sign up for one through OrangeLink, which you can access via MySlice.

Students, once you’re in the group, don’t hesitate to start discussions that you may want all of the alumni members to see. You’ll notice there are many discussions already taking place! Make sure to take a look at the Jobs tab as well for those Orange Leads.

Alumni, please take a moment to look through the discussions and see if you might be able to offer your advice to the students who are posting. Start your own discussion if you have something to share with everyone!

For both students and alumni, the “Members” tab is an important one. After clicking on Members, click on “Advanced Search” – and that toolbar on the left side of the page will allow you to narrow your search results to alumni who may be the best connections for you.

Remember – when you’re making a connection request on LinkedIn, ALWAYS PERSONALIZE THE REQUEST! Tell the person why you’d like to connect with him or her. Don’t write a book (in fact, LinkedIn won’t let you), but DO tell a bit about yourself and how you think he or she could help in your career.

Have suggestions on how we might improve ‘CuseConnect? Please don’t hesitate to share them with me!