Browsing: Your Career Matters

The transition from student to professional can present unique challenges. College has expectations and norms that are very different from the workplace. The first year in a new job requires adjustment to expectations, attitudes and behaviors. Here are some tips cited by Ed Holton in his article, Managing the Transition to Work: Twelve Essential Steps to a Fast Start to Your Career, to help you out: Identify success-related attitudes. Look around and find those people in the organization who seem successful and respected by others. Model your attitude after theirs. Adjust your expectations. Frustration is nothing more than the difference…

You’re smart, but are you money smart? Maybe you recently graduated and are starting to think about planning for the future, or you graduated a few years ago and are still living paycheck to paycheck; either way, dealing with personal finances can at times be emotional, stressful, and time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be! Do you have a plan, but you’re not sure how to get there? Are you somewhat financially settled but long-term strategies, such as retirement savings, are not yet on your radar? According to Renee Pelletier ’03, ’08, financial literacy and default management specialist at…

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…

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…

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…

January is often the time many seek to reestablish career intentions and start anew. Everyone has different approaches to structuring a plan to create their desired reality, which often involves some level of “career happiness.” No matter what method you use, here are three common techniques to achieve your desired goals: Be present. Focusing on past failures or future hopes can deprive you of enjoying the moment. Start small. The “big picture” is overwhelming. Separate your plan into achievable action items. Introduce new information. Increasing knowledge can lift perceived barriers and open new doors. Learn more with our Alumni Career Services…

We have an eventful month of webinar and workshop topics developed exclusively for three distinct groups of alumni—recent, mid-level and experienced alumni. At a recent webinar, “Reactivate your Network,” participants learned how to build and enhance their current network by focusing on quality instead of quantity, develop a more positive mindset about networking, and effectively maintain their newly established contacts. “Encore Careers,” scheduled for Thursday, November 14 at the Stony Brook Career Center, will invite experienced alumni to explore a career geared toward giving back for the common good and living a more flexible and balanced lifestyle. We will close…

I’m thrilled by my new role as senior career consultant for alumni and with it, this unique opportunity to help you and your fellow alums with your job search, networking and career advancement. On Oct. 10, we will host “Changing Careers?,” a workshop just for you on how to transition to your next job. Here is a preview of some of the top tips: Understand what’s behind your desire to make a change: People you work with, skills used, etc. Be practical: Set measurable action items and adjust when needed. Do something every day to work toward your goal: Take…