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When I was a student of literature at Stony Brook back in the late 80s, the standard question was always, “What are you going to do with an English degree?” I’m sure that’s still being asked today. The same could be asked of a degree in anthropology or sociology or history. Unless your major is accounting or engineering or computer science, chances are that you are going to be questioned not only why you chose your major but, more practically, how are you going to apply it in the real world. Welcome to the plight of the student of the…

Reflective Practice: a simple and common sense strategy for an effective educational environment. There are many valuable tools within each of our classrooms that can expand the understanding of the educator on a daily basis; those tools are generated from the wisdom of the young, our students. Exploring their readiness to learn, facilitating their classroom experiences, giving the learners strategies to combat insecurities and being a good listener are key elements in securing a valued character building classroom environment. The tools are simple and easy to incorporate into every classroom environment. One strategy of logic that I use and talk…

Finding career direction is often guided by our personality, experiences and passions. Career exploration is a continuous process of self-discovery. When making career decisions, identifying personality attributes, strengths, skills, accomplishments and values can allow us to achieve greater self-awareness. Understanding ourselves better will also increase our ability to communicate well with others, enable us to thrive in teams, and can lead to better decision-making. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a psychological assessment tool which provides insight into one’s personality and helps provide career direction. MBTI provides a four letter “type,” which tells us where our energy comes from – internally…

It is early in the morning, and I am wondering, as I often do—how did I get here? This goes back to an earlier and very important question—why am I here? It is this common question that has been my guide, leading me through the twists and turns of my early career in music and social services, and one, I hope, that will not cease to bring me into a future full of the unexpected! My identity as a musician was established at an early age. Whatever musical opportunity was presented to me, I accepted and dove in deeply. Singing…

By design, a degree defines your set of skills in the job marketplace. Or does it? “Bachelor of Arts in Political Science” would denote that one should be studying the geopolitical relationships in South America rather than, for example, engaging in project management for a marketing campaign. What goes unspoken is the variety of skills hidden behind that categorization emblazoned on the degree—the writing, research, or body of work that earned it. As a job-seeking graduate, it is your job to convey that the skills learned earning a particular degree can be almost universally applied to most jobs in the…

There is no doubt professionals need an online presence to market their unique skills and accomplishments for networking and job searches. LinkedIn provides professionals with a platform to present career achievements, search for jobs, research companies, expand professional network and engage in professional growth opportunities. Here are three tips from our upcoming April 22 webinar “LinkedIn for Beginners” with José Miguel Longo, Social Media Strategist and Internship Consultant, Stony Brook University Career Center: Be strategic. Write personalized invitations to connect and expand your network. Use the “Find Alumni” feature to connect with alumni who are working in your field of…

Being stuck isn’t fun. Immobile. Fastened. Motionless. Unable to move. Staying in one place without progress.We get to those points in our lives and careers where we feel stuck. It’s normal. It happens. I’ve lived it. A couple of years ago, I started honestly evaluating where I was in my career. I liked what I did (although not as much as I once did), and I liked the people I was working with. But, I wasn’t genuinely happy. I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep doing this for the next 5, 10, 20 years. I had a great title, salary,…

When I attended SUNY Stony Brook, I majored in French Literature and participated in Stony Brook’s first study abroad Philosophy program at La Sorbonne University in Paris, France. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. So what did I end up doing in the real world? I became a Certified Public Accountant working in various management roles throughout my career, most recently as a Chief Financial Officer of a Long Island financial institution. You are probably wondering how I went from being a French major to becoming an Accountant. Many of my engineering, math, and science friends…

In 2002, Daniel H. Pink wrote The New York Times – Best Seller book “Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself.” Pink brought to light that over 25 million Americans were self-employed and uncovered a shift in attitudes about the workplace and economy. Increasingly, individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit start a business with little thought put into mapping out their vision or plan. With a ton of enthusiasm and ambition, coupled with little experience, most “free agents” fail because they do NOT invest time and energy into writing their business plan. According to Ronni Rosen, Senior Business Advisor from NYS Small…

Mapping out a business plan and vision is essential to the success of every entrepreneur. Here are three tips from Ronni Rosen, Senior Business Advisor from NYS Small Business Development Center, who presented our recent webinar: “Business Start-Up Basics and How to Write a Business Plan:” Outline your financial needs. Start by asking yourself what kind of financing you are likely to need. What initial investment will your business require? Do your homework and set objectives. What is the current state of the marketplace you’re seeking to enter? Competitors? Target customers? What are perceived threats and opportunities? Try writing a…

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