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Mallory is an Administrative Business Partner for Ads Quality. She has worked as an associate for the CEO of Henry Schein, strategy intern, marketing coordinator, co-hosted events raising breast health awareness. Company: Google Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Business Management What’s your 30-60 second elevator pitch? Hi, I’m Mallory and I’m currently an Administrative Business Partner for an Ads Team at Google. I’m passionate about empowering youth and mental health awareness so outside of work, I volunteer and partner with the organizations, Miracle Corners of the World and Crisis Text Line. There’s nothing I find more…

Introducing SBU Campus Tap! The Stony Brook University community is rich with talent and stewardship. With over 180,000 alumni, we are represented in all career fields and have a wealth of career knowledge to offer within our community. Join in our effort to create a culture of connecting through CampusTap (our mini-LinkedIn) and tap into your Stony Brook network. The Career Advisors Network (CAN) program seeks to connect students with alumni/friends and faculty/staff to network and to set the stage for mentoring relationships. CampusTap is a platform that leverages our alumni network to improve the student experience and reinforce our commitment…

In the career world, we have to make choices and decisions every day — some big and some small. Finding the right job and company where we can thrive can be more challenging if we choose to create that reality. We can choose to live our career lives on automatic and go through the motions with little independent thought, and as a result, embody a mindset that everyone else is in more control over our career lives than we are. Or we can choose to wake up each morning with the intention to remain present, develop unique skills and nurture…

Throughout our journey of career exploration and development, there tends to be a collective emphasis on traditional methods that are meant to help us achieve a sense of career direction. During the beginning stages of career exploration there is a focus on using self-assessment tools to learn more about likes and dislikes, and reading reliable information to increase career knowledge. After almost 10 years of being a career counselor, I have learned many people struggle to better understand themselves. This makes career thoughts extremely challenging because understanding who we are is at the foundation of making good career decisions. A…

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.” —Gautama Buddha For decades professionals have placed a heavy emphasis on trying to improve weaknesses with the hope that these weaknesses would become strengths in the future. But what if shifting your thoughts and focus to working on your strengths, instead of placing an over-emphasis on your weaknesses, could make you even more productive and effective? It turns out a vast amount of research suggests that an emphasis on unique talents and strengths will make employees more engaged and productive. There are many factors that make up who we…

Mindfulness is being aware in the present moment and being able to react without judgment. This can be difficult when we lead busy lives and are constantly distracted by our past and future. However, when you focus on the “here and now,” mindfulness provides a peaceful place to visit when you are feeling overwhelmed with life. The more you utilize this skill, the more it becomes a part of your daily life, helping you to relieve stress, remain focused and reflect on your daily experiences. Through this process, you will develop an open mind and become fully aware of new…

As a career counselor, I often hear, “I feel lost and I don’t know where to begin.” No matter what stage of career development, this continues to be the sentiment when people have trouble finding the right career fit. It can be hard to find the right resource to motivate and move you in the right direction. During our last Alumni Book Discussion, we featured the book Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities, by Richard J. Leider and Alan M. Webber. This book explores the process of getting “unstuck” when the comfortable status quo isn’t working anymore, provides a…

The average person makes about 70 decisions a day, according to Columbia University Professor Sheena Iyengar. She asks compelling questions: Is the desire for choice innate or created by culture? How much control do we really have over what we choose? Too much choice can overwhelm us, especially as it relates to career options. Making career choices can stir up mixed thoughts and emotions, which may make it hard for us​ to see multiple perspectives, have confidence, and develop plan​s​ of action. If our choices define us and shape our lives, it’s important to feel a greater sense of control…

Searching for a new job can evoke feelings of vulnerability and being overwhelmed. It’s hard to feel a sense of control when it seems others are determining your career fate. Whether you are new to or revisiting the job search process, there are ways to maintain control and better organize your various job search methods. Here are three tips to provide you with support while managing your job search process: Challenge limiting thoughts and past habits. Base your actions on well-researched factual information, not hearsay. Moreover, don’t expect different results by doing the same thing, over and over again. Be…

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