#lifeafterSU

Summer's not quiet in Career Services!

By Magnolia Salas

Enjoy your summer Happy summer! Your dedication to your classwork, campus involvement, internship and work experiences, and long hours have paid off and now you get to enjoy a little relaxation. As you sink into the summer months, we wanted to reach out and let you know Career Services is still here. As you explore internships, co-ops, graduate school, and career possibilities, we are here to help you make sense of it all. We also wanted to let you know of a few events taking place this summer to keep on your radar.

Every summer, Syracuse University’s Alumni Association hosts SUccess in the City  networking events, which help current students, recent grads, and alumni to connect. They’re amazing opportunities to meet Syracuse University alumni who are established in their careers and are ready to help you meet your professional goals.

If you live in or near any of these cities, join us for conversation, new friends, and food:

Philadelphia: May 29
Boston: June 3
Washington, D.C.: June 4
NYC: June 23, 24, 25 (open to classes of 2012, 2013, 2014 due to space limitations)
Atlanta: July 23
Miami: July 24
San Francisco: July 31
Chicago: Date to be determined

If you are in NYC this summer, keep an eye out on the professional events hosted at Lubin House. From apartment hunting help to resume writing to networking opportunities, there is a little something for everyone.

Apartment Hunting Tips: Google+ Hangout, May 21, 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Resume Writing: May 28, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Making the Most of Your Summer Internship: June 3, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

In addition, it’s never too early to start thinking about participating in fall career week events from September 24 – October 2:

Local Internship Fair: Wednesday, September 24, Panasci Lounge
Resumania: Friday, September 26, 235 Schine
iCareer Day: Monday, September 29, iSchool
Syracuse University Career & Graduate School Fair: Tuesday, September 30, The Dome
Diversity in the Workplace: Tuesday, September 30, The Dome
Engineering Career Connections Fair:
Wednesday, October 1, Goldstein Auditorium
Whitman Career Fair: Wednesday, October 1, Goldstein Auditorium
Law School Information Fair: Thursday, October 2, Panasci Lounge

If the fall semester seems too far away, you can always reach out to us this summer to answer pressing questions or to prepare for next year. We are available all summer via phone, Skype, and in-person, both for our drop-in sessions and full hour-long appointments.

Have a great summer and we hope to see you in 235 Schine this fall!

If you’re a member of the Class of 2014, congratulations! If you have figured out your post-graduation plans, please share your good news with us by filling out this short survey.

A Syracuse Success Story at Success Academy

By Kate Hansen-Roxas, Class of 2001

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

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

“Come again?” they say.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#LifeAfterSU with Caitlyn Ferber

Otto & Caitlyn!

Our #LifeAfterSU series continues with School of Education alumna Caitlyn Ferber!

1) Name, Major:  Caitlyn Ferber ’13; Majors: Selected Studies in Education and Sociology; Minor: Disability Studies

2) What are you doing after graduation?  I will be participating in the Syracuse Urban Inclusive Teacher Residents (SUITR) program at SU! Through the SUITR program I will be pursuing a master’s degree in inclusive special education (7-12) and working in the Syracuse City School District.

3) What tip do you have for those going to graduate school/finding employment?  The best piece of advice I have for anyone about to graduate is to take time and think about your long-term goals. It is a daunting task but it will make the process of applying to graduate schools and jobs easier. Another important thing to do is to be open to the idea of taking different paths to reach your goals, as flexibility is a very important skill in the workplace.  I would also encourage you to network with your professors and peers. Networking is a great way to meet new people and a wonderful opportunity to hear new ideas/opinions that may influence you.

4) How did Career Services help you? (Or, what tips would you give to others on using Career Services?)  I first visited Career Services my junior year, but I wish I had realized sooner just how many different services the office offers. These services range from advice on choosing a major to helping with the job search process. When I first met with Tracy in Career Services I had no idea how to approach my graduate school search. Career Services helped me through the whole process from personal statements to final decisions. Throughout my junior and senior year, I also attended Career Services’ events such as drop-in hours, the career fair, graduate school fair, LinkedIn workshop and more. I would advise you to start using the resources that Career Services offers as soon as possible!

Good luck at SUITR Caitlyn, and thanks for sharing your post-grad plans with us!

Stay tuned for more #LifeAfterSU stories!

 

#LifeAfterSU with Jesse Feitel

Jesse FeitelIn our continuing series on post-SU plans, Jesse Feitel ’13, lets us know where he’s headed next (hint: SU is involved)!

1) Name, Major: Jesse Feitel, Major: Political Science, Minor: Public Communication Studies

2) What are you doing after graduation?  I will be attending Syracuse University College of Law as a 1L student in the fall!

3) What tip do you have for those job searching? While I haven’t been in the job market during this hectic time of the year, I do believe my experience applying to law schools is useful. I think the best tip I can offer is to try hard to make personal connections with our dedicated and passionate alumni base. I’m always even more honored to be an SU student after speaking with these incredible individuals who give back so much to our University. Our graduates are employed throughout the entire world, in jobs spanning the entire spectrum of career opportunities. Many of them are more than willing to discuss networking and employment opportunities with students.

4) How did Career Services help you? Or, what tips would you give to others on using Career Services? While Career Services is always available to assist students in finding employment or answering questions about resumes and networking, many of their services require students to be proactive. Much like on the job search, students who are proactive in seeking opportunities will be best-suited for employment after graduation. The more a student seeks the help of the Career Services office, the more they are likely to get out of that experience.

Thank you Jesse for sharing your post-grad plans. Good luck at the SU College of Law!

Stay tuned for more #LifeAfterSU stories!

#LifeAfterSU with Heather Cosson

Heather Renae Cosson
Heather Renae Cosson

In our continuing series on post-SU plans, Heather Renae Cosson, G ’13, lets us know how she will be using her M.S. in public relations!

1) Name, Major/degree: Heather Renae Cosson – M.S. in Public Relations

I have always been a social and opinionated person. I chose to embrace this and jump into public relations and communications. While earning my master’s degree, I worked with a PR agency in NYC. I enjoyed working there, but I knew something was missing.

That same summer, I attended a conference where President Bill Clinton spoke about mutual cooperation and bringing communities together to solve problems. Everything clicked. From that moment, I knew I wanted to work toward something greater. After meeting the team at National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, I had found my “something greater”. I joined the fight to end senior hunger.

When I’m not working, I spend my free time trying out new recipes, exploring museums and playing with my new puppy. I am also slightly addicted to coffee and Twitter.

2) What are you doing after graduation? I will be the communications associate for the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger. It’s a new nonprofit in the DC area that spun off from Meals on Wheels America.

3) What tip do you have for those job searching? Network! I know everyone says this, but it really is the most important step. Talk to the people you know and let them know what you’re trying to do. Don’t ask them for a job. They usually can’t give you a job, but if they know what type of job you’re looking for, they can keep an eye out for opportunities.

Update your LinkedIn profile. Add relevant courses and projects you’ve worked on. Make it easy for recruiters to find you.

Do not stop applying for jobs. Getting an interview is wonderful, but it does not mean you’ve been offered a job. Don’t stop.

4) How did Career Services help you? I used Career Services many times for resume and cover letter review. It helps to have a fresh pair of eyes look over your resume. A resume is how you sell yourself; take the time to get a second or third opinion on it.

Thank you Heather for sharing your post-grad plans. Stay tuned for more #LifeAfterSU stories!

#LifeAfterSU with Azhar Ali

Azhar Ali '13
Azhar Ali ’13

As we say “good luck” to all of our students graduating this year, we wanted to share some of what the Class of 2013 will be up to as they start #LifeAfterSU.

We’ll get started with one senior who loves higher education so much, his career will continue to make the experiences of others more fulfilling!

1) Name, Major: Azhar Ali, Selected Studies in Education

2) What are you doing after graduation? I will be working as an Assistant Hall Director at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

3) What tip do you have for those job searching? One tip for those job searching is to know the field you are trying to get into, particularly the typical hiring schedules/timelines because it may be easy to get discouraged when friends are getting hired months before you even have your first job interview. Another tip would be to not simply create a perfect resume, but rather practice speaking about and presenting your resume so that your presentation is as strong as the content on your resume.

4) How did Career Services help you? Career Services helped me create multiple drafts of my resume and cover letter throughout my job search. I also went to the Ace the Interview Senior Session in February as well as several Alumni Speaker Series events during the past couple of years. I would encourage students to reach out to Career Services as early as possible before their senior year and to take advantage of the different workshops and Alumni Speaker Series events that are offered. I would also suggest utilizing drop-in hours to have someone briefly look over your materials as you continue to edit them. Lastly, it helps to have some sort of rapport with the consultants before you enter your last semester of senior year and are desperately seeking a job, so I would recommend connecting with Career Services somehow, even if it is just on Twitter.

Thanks to Azhar for helping us to kick off this series. Stay tuned for more #LifeAfterSU stories!

#LifeAfterSU with Azhar Ali

Azhar Ali '13
Azhar Ali ’13

As we say “good luck” to all of our students graduating this year, we wanted to share some of what the Class of 2013 will be up to as they start #LifeAfterSU.

We’ll get started with one senior who loves higher education so much, his career will continue to make the experiences of others more fulfilling!

1) Name, Major: Azhar Ali, Selected Studies in Education

2) What are you doing after graduation? I will be working as an Assistant Hall Director at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

3) What tip do you have for those job searching? One tip for those job searching is to know the field you are trying to get into, particularly the typical hiring schedules/timelines because it may be easy to get discouraged when friends are getting hired months before you even have your first job interview. Another tip would be to not simply create a perfect resume, but rather practice speaking about and presenting your resume so that your presentation is as strong as the content on your resume.

4) How did Career Services help you? Career Services helped me create multiple drafts of my resume and cover letter throughout my job search. I also went to the Ace the Interview Senior Session in February as well as several Alumni Speaker Series events during the past couple of years. I would encourage students to reach out to Career Services as early as possible before their senior year and to take advantage of the different workshops and Alumni Speaker Series events that are offered. I would also suggest utilizing drop-in hours to have someone briefly look over your materials as you continue to edit them. Lastly, it helps to have some sort of rapport with the consultants before you enter your last semester of senior year and are desperately seeking a job, so I would recommend connecting with Career Services somehow, even if it is just on Twitter.

Thanks to Azhar for helping us to kick off this series. Stay tuned for more #LifeAfterSU stories!