Creating New Connections
December 7, 2018
Tameka Edwards ’16 earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University at Albany and went on to receive a master’s degree in communications from her alma mater in 2018. She was working as the Graduate Assistant in the Advancement Events office, down the hall from the Alumni Association office, when graduation was approaching.
With graduation approaching and her career looming in the distance, Tameka wanted to connect with an alum who worked in a creative industry in New York City. She knew about UCAN, the UAlbany Career Advisory Network, but had yet to take advantage of it. Keep reading >
Leveraging the Power of Networking
January 19, 2018
When Meghan Monroy, ’17, graduated from UConn in May with a Master’s degree in Microbiology, she immediately began a contract position that lasted her through September. Up until that point, Meghan says, opportunities had just fallen into her lap—but once the contract position was up, and it was time to look for new work as not a student, but a graduate, she found herself uncertain on how to proceed.
Broadening Career Searches
November 29, 2017
When Hiba Doudar ’17 graduated from the American University of Beirut (AUB), she knew that she wanted to find a job related to her major, Environmental and Chemical Engineering. But after a few months of searching, Hiba grew frustrated. She hadn’t yet found a position, and she didn’t know what she was doing wrong—after all, she had a strong background, one that also included a minor in chemistry and another in public health.
Building Connections in Finance
September 14, 2017
When Reid Larkin ’19, a senior at Bowling Green State University, was trying to figure out his best career move after college, he attended a conference run by his fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi. There, Reid picked up a flyer that informed him about the Alpha Sigma Phi Mentor Network, a platform that connects fraternity alumni to current students. Keep reading >
Homing in on a Desired Career Path
July 20, 2017
When students go to college, they often have some inkling of what career they’re interested in. However, that career path may morph and change over time as students learn more about their desired jobs—a process that relies on that student learning more crucial information about different career paths. Keep reading >
It’s Not All About The (Technical) Skills
June 29, 2017
Advisor Preston Webb (‘10, ’11) has a lot of experience mentoring students on AGGIEvisors, Texas A&M Mays School of Business’ alumni mentorship platform. A Manager in the Technology practice at Deloitte Consulting, Preston primarily consults with MBA and MIS (Masters of Information Science) students looking to get into the consulting field.
His surprising advice to them? Focus less on technical skills, and more on “soft” skills in your résumé in order to land consulting jobs. Keep reading >
Overcoming Writer’s Block
May 25, 2017
Mica Kelmachter (’13) isn’t your typical alum: after graduating from the University of Maryland, she pursued a career in international journalism, landing pieces in Forbes, The Times of London, and more. But to reach the next level of her career, Mica turned to the UMD Alumni Advisor Network, connecting with an advisor who happened to be in exactly the kind of position that Mica aspired to. Keep reading >
Finding Advice Outside the Box
May 18, 2017
When Yolonde Smith (’17) entered Southern Nazarene University’s MBA program, specializing in Health Care Administration, she hoped that her new degree would catapult her into a successful career as a healthcare administrator. However, with little guidance and information about career paths, Yolonde struggled to figure out the best direction forward. Keep reading >
Crafting a Story in the Professional World
May 11, 2017
When Rommel Del Fierro (‘16) returned from his post as a sergeant in Afghanistan, he enrolled at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) to start a new life. But when he found that he didn’t have a community as strong as what he had in the Marines, Rommel took matters into his own hands: he became the founding father of the Kappa Eta Chapter for the Sigma Nu Fraternity at UCSB. Keep reading >
The Importance of Attitude in a Technical Field
May 4, 2017
When Jeevan Venkata (’16) began searching for a career in information technology, he knew preparation was key. After reaching out to his student communications team at Central Queensland University for a résumé critique, Jeevan was directed to the CQUni Career Connection platform. There, he completed a career consultation and took his new knowledge—and newfound confidence—with him through the application and interview processes at Toll Group, a global logistics solutions company. And—Jeevan didn’t land the job. Keep reading >