Sophomore Surge: Part 2!

By Christina Faulkner, Career Advisor, G’16


Last month, we mentioned some options for gaining experience and exploring your interests to help prepare you for success. This month, we’ve got a few more tips to help you discover paths and lead you toward exciting experiences and post-graduate happiness:

Reflect on Strengths, Interests, Goals, and Values

Notice when you do particularly well in a class discussion, delegate tasks to team members, or any other natural talent you might have and write it down. Think about your goals and what type of environment you’d like to work in. This will help you be prepared to answer interview questions with confidence but will also make searching and deciding easier.

Job Shadowing

If you have a few different ideas about careers you’re interested in, consider job shadowing to learn more and to imagine yourself doing the job every day. Alumni can be great people to ask, or you can “virtually job shadow” an SU alum by following @workingorange on Twitter.

Career Conversations

Connect with family friends, alumni, or anyone who does something you have interest in. Ask them about their job and what they like and dislike about. The best perspectives usually come from someone who lives it. We can help you find people to chat with!

Establish Relationships with Faculty

Faculty are a great resource! Get to know them and their background, you can learn so much outside of the classroom from them too! Additionally, they might be willing to give you a reference or recommendation, proofread your resume, or refer you to a contact.

Attend Seminars on Campus

Keep an eye out for seminars, speakers, or events on campus where you can learn and network. Approach a speaker or presenter after to ask questions and learn more about your field. There are so many to choose from!

Mentor and be Mentored

Start mentoring freshman via fullCIRCLE or other mentoring programs and you can also be mentored by staff, faculty, alumni and employers in the area. Or find a mentor in the area after you connect with someone in a career conversation. Mentors can be caring and motivating and will tell us what we can improve on if they are a good match. Ask us how to develop a mentoring relationship organically.

Already doing all this? That’s awesome! Feel free to come in and chat with us for more ideas!

Orange Central: a phenomenal chance to meet alumni!

By Kim Brown ’06, Assistant Director for Alumni Programs

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


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

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

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

Listen to Ruth Ross. Ruth graduated from Syracuse University and, after a very successful career in HR for top companies like Estee Lauder, Wells Fargo, and Charles Schwab, she’s now an author and speaker on the topic of employee engagement. What does that mean? It means finding a career you love, a job you feel passionate about that makes you want to go to work every day. Ruth is amazing, and she’s speaking to students and signing copies of her book at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 10. You don’t want to miss the chance to hear her advice!


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

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

Hope to see you at Orange Central 2014!

Achieving SUccess during #SUCareerWeek

By Tracy Tillapaugh

Image of students and employers at Career Fair @ the Dome

This fall, Career Services will bring in more than 90 employers to meet YOU at our Career Fair. We’ve already written about how to prepare for the fair, and posted a video telling you what to do after the Career Fair, but what do you do when you’re actually at the Career Fair? I’ve compiled some tips for making the most of your Career Week.

First, you will want to make sure you take a directory and map of employers at the fair. With more than 90 employers to meet with on Tuesday, September 30, it’s important to know where the employers you want to meet are set up. Take a few minutes when you first arrive to get acquainted with the setup and decide which employers you will visit first!

Second, you will want to greet each employer with a smile and a firm handshake. As you approach the employer, extend your hand, make eye contact, provide a firm handshake, and introduce yourself. One of the best things you can do as you speak with the employer is to tell him or her a few things about yourself that show that you are interested in and qualified for their opportunities (you’ll know about the opportunities since you’ve already done your research).

Third, ask for business cards! You will want to end the conversation by asking for a business card so you can then follow up to continue the conversation you started in person. It’s also helpful to find the person on LinkedIn and send a personalized connection request. Finally, send an email thanking them for their time at the Career Fair and attach an electronic copy of your resume to that email.

Following these tips will help to ensure that you have a SUccessful experience during our #SUCareerWeek events!

Summer's not quiet in Career Services!

By Magnolia Salas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Experience the Power of the #OrangeNetwork at SUccess in the City!

By Kim Brown, Assistant Director of Alumni Programs

Classes are over and that means the start of our annual SUccess in the City networking events, hosted by our Office of Alumni Relations, with support from Career Services. Searching for a job or internship? Looking for new professional contacts? Anxious to brush up on your networking skills? Then you definitely don’t want to miss our SUccess in the City events.

A photo from one of our past SUccess in the City events!
A photo from one of our past SUccess in the City events!

First up is Syracuse/Central New York on Monday, May 5th. In addition to our amazing advisors, several Central New York companies that are currently hiring will join us on: Eric Mower + Associates, Good Monster, O’Brien & Gere, ShoreGroup, and Terakeet will all be there. 40 Below Syracuse will also have a table at the event and they can provide you with a wealth of information on living and working in Central New York.

Established in your career and interested in attending as an alumni advisor to offer career advice to our students and young alumni? Please e-mail Tina Casella in our Office of Alumni Relations:

If you’re a student or Generation Orange (years ’04 – ’14) alum interested in networking with our established alumni, it’s easy to register by clicking on this link.

We start in Central New York, but also host events in several other cities throughout the summer. Here are the dates we have lined up so far, so mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information!

Syracuse/CNY: May 5
Philadelphia: May 29
Boston: June 3
DC: June 4
New York: June 23, 24, 25 (alumni only, different industries TBD on each night)
Denver: July 23 (not an official SITC, but I will be there for a conference and we are doing a joint networking evening for alumni of several schools)
Atlanta: July 23
Miami: July 24
San Francisco: TBD, likely August
Chicago: TBD, likely August

We are not doing a SUccess in the City LA this year, but we will be offering several career programs for alumni in June through SUinLA. Kelly Barnett, Tracy Tillapaugh, Mike Cahill and I will be in LA from June 7-11 offering programs on career transitions, LinkedIn, and what recruiters look for when searching for candidates. Stay tuned for more information on those!

And finally, we are trying something new this year for SUccess in the City and are building websites for each city, featuring the advisors that our students and Generation Orange (years ’04-’14) young alumni networkers can expect to meet at the events. Here’s the one we built for Central New York: MEET OUR ADVISORS.

I look forward to seeing you at a SUccess in the City event this summer!

Agents of C.A.R.E.E.R.

By Shannon Feeney Andre, Assistant Director

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to better connect Career Services with the student body.

Career Services Student Ambassador ProgramCareer Services is looking for students to join the Student Ambassador Program for the 2015-16 academic year.  The Student Ambassador Program brings together an elite group of students with diverse talents that are interested in assisting their peers as they navigate the career development process and engaging in the employer relations activities on campus.  Student Ambassadors act as the official liaisons between the Career Services office and the student body.  Ambassadors do this by providing feedback on any new ideas for Career Services’ programs and events, promoting and publicizing events and services, and serving as a role model and resource for their peers.  While serving as a Student Ambassador, your assignments could range from volunteering at an employer event, to participating in a focus group, to providing suggestions on marketing (and more!).

For students interested in gaining campus leadership experience, helping their peers, and marketing the work of Career Services, the Student Ambassador Program is for you!

Do you have what it takes?  Then apply via OrangeLink today (Job #74079).  Candidates need to submit a resume and cover letter explaining why they want to join the team.  The deadline to apply is July 1st.

*Updated to reflect new dates

Alumni Networking in D.C.: How One Intern Made the Most of His Summer

Billy FletcherBy Billy Fletcher, ’14

This summer I had the privilege of working in Washington, D.C. for the American Trauma Society, a health care advocacy organization, as a policy intern. As a rising senior, soon to be entering the job market, this summer was critical to opening doors for my post-graduation job search. I took a risk with an unpaid internship, and my risk has, without a doubt, paid off. The success of my internship can be credited to networking with great SU alumni and going above and beyond what was asked of me as an intern at work.

A crucial aspect of the success of my internship occurred not only inside the office but also outside as well. Since I went to D.C. as an unpaid intern, I realized that the value of my internship would come from the networking opportunities. I was quickly able to form relationships with those working in my office, one of whom was a Syracuse University alumnus who offered me the internship, and then use those relationships to branch out to other policy organizations in DC. I quickly found myself interacting with senior management at American Trauma Society who, after seeing my drive, were eager to help me form connections with other policy organizations related to my career aspirations.

I found a fondness for attending organized happy hours and meeting for conversations over coffee, and almost everywhere I went, there were friendly SU alumni with whom I could immediately form a connection. Contacting Syracuse University alumni, especially those alumni of organizations I am involved in on campus, was critical to my success. Even those alumni who weren’t necessarily politically aligned with my interests were eager to help me get in touch with those who were. On one visit, I was meeting with a friend of my boss, and after telling him I was a Syracuse University student, he immediately introduced me to two other alumni working in the office, and both kindly offered to meet with me in the future. Seizing opportunities to interact and connect with different people across different organizations was invaluable, but none of it would have been possible without focusing on the work I produced at the American Trauma Society.

My success in D.C. wasn’t derived solely from the networking, but rather was made possible by focusing on the projects that were assigned to me in my office. Without the commitment of coming to the office early, leaving late, and finishing projects before deadlines, none of the opportunities I had outside of the office would have been possible. My supervisor and other management were only willing to introduce me to others in the policy field because of the hard work and dedication I displayed while at the American Trauma Society. My dedication paid off as not only was my supervisor willing to help me form connections within his own network and the Syracuse DC alumni network, but I was also asked to continue working from school at the end of my internship, with incentive to do so.

I was fortunate to have such great resources to assist me during my internship, but the success of the internship wouldn’t have been possible without taking advantage of every opportunity and challenge put before me.

Billy Fletcher ’14 will be graduating in May and is eager to return to Washington, D.C. to begin a career in policy.

#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.

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!

#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!


Spring Break: use it to spring ahead on your job search!

By Kim Brown, Career Services’ Assistant Director, Alumni Programs

Spring Break has arrived! While we’d all love to escape to sandy beaches and sunshine, this week is actually the perfect time to take some significant steps ahead when it comes to your career. Here are a few ways to do that!

Informational Interviews (but you don’t need to call them that…)
Use this week to be productive! Hopefully you’re familiar with LinkedIn and our ‘CuseConnect group. In that group, you can reach out to alumni who, by joining the group, have indicated that they are willing to help you with job search questions and career advice. Identify some alumni you’d like to learn from and don’t hesitate to reach out to them with questions. You can even arrange to meet for a cup of coffee or a brief meeting at their offices during Spring Break.

You may hear these meetings referred to as “informational interviews.” Personally, I’m not a fan of that term. Consider them friendly chats! They offer you a chance to get to know our alumni and the various career paths they’ve followed. Ask questions about how they got where they are today. It can feel a bit intimidating, but just know that your alumni love SU as much as you do and will very likely be willing to help. Remember, too, that these chats don’t NEED to be limited to SU alumni. Meet with friends of your parents, former internship supervisors, etc. The more people you know, the better off you’ll be when it comes to landing your internship or job.

For some advice about the best ways to connect with alumni on LinkedIn, check out this fantastic blog post by Lindsey Pollak.

BigEastHave you heard about the Big East Career Fair?
Nearly 100 companies are registered for the Big East Career Fair, which takes place during Spring Break! While we’re still part of the Big East, Syracuse University students and alumni are encouraged to attend.

Here’s what you need to know:

Who? Employers registered to attend include SONY Music Entertainment, GEICO, Federal Reserve Board, Abercrombie & Fitch, Oracle, First Investors Corporation, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and many more!
What? The Big East Career Fair!
Where? Madison Square Garden, New York
When? Friday, March 15, 2012, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Why? Well…that goes without saying – to land a job and/or internship, of course!
How? To register go to

For more information, to see the full list of companies, and to register for the fair, visit:

Remember, too, that our office is open during Spring Break and is generally VERY quiet. If you’re staying in Syracuse, break week is the best time to secure an appointment with one of our staff members. Just give the office a call at 315-443-3616.