Browsing: Alumni Careers

Renee Pelletier ’03, ’08, ’16 has worked in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services for 17 years. For the last five years, she’s served as a financial literacy and default management specialist. She also oversees Stony Brook’s Money Smart Seawolves financial literacy program. Do you ever get stressed out over your financial obligations? Does it sometimes feel like you don’t have enough money to do all the things you want to do? Are you a recent graduate stressed out about your future student loan repayment? You’re not alone! Managing your personal finances is not always easy, but knowing…

Stony Brook’s Kimberly Joy Dixon is a recipient of the 2017 Innovation in Diversity & Inclusion Award granted by the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE). Dixon is Assistant Director of Employer Relations & Diversity Recruitment at Stony Brook’s Career Center. The Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) develops educational programs and creates connections between employers who hope to hire college students, the career services staff who help those students, and the associate members who serve the profession. The Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion Award honors EACE members who have made outstanding contributions and demonstrated innovation in work with diverse populations.…

By Frank A. Loglisci ’07 Many students graduate college with a dream of being successful in their field, and while the definition of what it is to be a success is different for each person, my advice is always the same. It’s a given that you need to be smart, driven and work hard, but one of the hardest and most important things you need to be able to do is communicate. I don’t mean being able to write or speak in a professional manner (though both are important, of course). I’m talking about being able to speak to your…

By John Rosenfelder ’88 John is a business intelligence analyst with proven results applying technology to strategy through data investigation, statistical analysis and visual presentation. He received his BA from Stony Brook in English Composition and Art History and an MS from Columbia University in Technology Management. John has been an SBU CAN Mentor for several years. It is a widely accepted fact that most jobs come from personal referrals, not by using online applications or career sites. If you have no network because you are just starting your career or changing professions, how can you find people in your…

By Joe Campolo, Esq. ’94, Managing Partner, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP Negotiation is a crucial business, management and leadership skill. We all negotiate every day, in daily life with family and friends, in business, in political life and government, in academia and in deal-making, conflict resolution, problem-solving and decision-making. Yet too often, negotiations fall apart due to lack of preparation and an inability to be willing to create a win-win (or win-not lose) solution. We recently saw this play out on the national stage. Donald Trump holds himself out as a master negotiator and “dealmaker,” frustrated by the gridlock…

Every year, the Stony Brook Alumni Association and the Career Center organizes a large-scale networking mixer to help promote and facilitate connections between students and alumni and also provide opportunities for alumni-to-alumni networking. On Thursday, March 30, Stony Brook students, alumni and friends connected for several rounds of networking at the 7th Annual Students and Alumni Networking Mixer. More than 80 alumni and friends attended as mentors, and 100 students and alumni attended as mentees. Twenty-one “career tables” were arranged, representing various occupations including: communications, teaching/education, engineering, government, entrepreneurs, executive management, human resources and health care. Prior to the mixer,…

by Mallory Rothstein ’15, BA in Psychology This past fall, I decided it was the right time to leave my former employer and find a new job. My goal was to start a fresh chapter by landing a position in the tech industry. The only catch? Never before had I worked at a tech company, and I didn’t have many close connections within any tech companies, either. I knew that in order to get a job, I would have to be a standout applicant. And I succeeded! But how did I do this? I was able to use social media…

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…

When was the last time you did something to help a colleague look good? Or went that extra step, not because you had to, but because it was the right thing to do? You might think that it doesn’t matter, and that nobody is watching, but you never know. As a mentor, I am often asked how I got started in my career, and I’m always happy to share this story. When I was just starting out, I was offered a temporary assignment in midtown Manhattan in the marketing department of CBS/Fox Video, the leader in home video at the…

There is roughly a 60 percent chance that the New Year resolution you committed to back in January is no longer a thought in your mind. People use many different approaches to try and accomplish a goal with the hope that they will ultimately reach success. Most of us start with thinking of something we want to change in our lives and then set a specific and actionable goal — maybe write it down — and hope for the best. If you’re working on career growth and development, changing careers or preparing for a job search in the same career…

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