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How I Survived This Year’s Student-Alumni Networking Mixer By Taylor Ha ’18, BA in Journalism There’s nothing wrong with networking. It’s a fabulous opportunity – you meet people who might become mentors, colleagues or bosses. Even if your conversation doesn’t transcend a LinkedIn invitation, you probably learn something useful. But for people like me – shy students who are reluctant to throw themselves into a room packed with ambitious, assertive strangers – it’s the mosh pit of doom. When I first heard about the 8th Annual Students and Alumni Networking Mixer, I told myself I wouldn’t go. It’s not necessary,…

Since roughly 85 percent of jobs are obtained through personal contacts, more time should be spent on crafting the core messages you’d like to send to your network, while building and maintaining authentic relationships. If you’ve convinced yourself that networking isn’t for you, maybe it’s because you feel uncomfortable meeting new people or it’s not natural for you. That’s not a problem: we’ve pulled together 3 networking myths that often limit career growth, and debunk common misconceptions to help you benefit the most from this powerful technique. Myth #1. You have to be a born networker or a natural at…

We are living in a fast-paced world, with a strong need for immediate gratification. External expectations to achieve career success are high and your available energy for remaining focused and motivated is often low. Even if we have some time to think about our next career step, our minds are swarming with the many other things we need to do, which makes it hard to focus and engage with the task at hand. The latest studies show that mindfulness improves focus, emotional regulation, relationships, and decision-making; all of these skills are required and essential to making strategic career decisions. Mindfulness…

Monica is a Business Development Manager at Google where she leads merchant partnerships for Android Pay. She has launched numerous integrations with national brands including Panera Bread, Dunkin’ Donuts and Walgreens; all while enabling frictionless commerce experiences for users on the Android platform. Previously Monica was a Finance Manager at American Express, where she led deal modeling and advisory on consumer co-brand programs and commerce innovation. She was a key player in driving the American Express Apple Pay partnership, enabling AmEx customers to make purchases in-store on a mobile device. It was during this time that Monica became fascinated with…

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…

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