Name: Irvin Scott
Graduation Year: 2014
Industry: Financial Services, BNY Mellon and Acting, Eaux de vie Bluespark Collaborative Documentary
Favorite Class: Bible and Literature- Professor Kee and Cording
Campus Involvement: Interdenominational Services, BSU, D1AA Varsity Football
College Internship/Work Experience (if you were in Summer Internship Program, Academic Internship Program, other programs): Northwestern Mutual College Intern Program (Junior Year)
What were some of the most defining events/opportunities/aspects of your time at Holy Cross? My most defining moment was when I spoke at my class’ Holy Cross Baccalaureate Mass.
What is one thing someone should be certain to do before they graduate? There is no one right answer to this question, but I’d say receiving some professional exposure in whatever field you are looking to become involved in is essential. If you don’t know what particular field is, shop around, try things out but whatever you do, don’t sit around and wait.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in your field? The financial service industry is extremely lucrative with an array of avenues you can go down. The most important thing to do is become familiar with the field you are looking to go into quickly. If it’s insurance, get certified as soon as possible. If it’s banking, get your securities license (Series 6, 7) early. Get your foot in the door early through internships. Reach out to Alumni in the financial service industry.
The acting is more of a hobby than a career, but getting involved after college is essential.
What skills have you found most useful in your professional life that you attribute from learning at Holy Cross?
My ability to learn new material is something I attribute from my Holy Cross education. You will notice that you are an anomaly in most work settings because of your natural intuitive skills. Being able to clearly articulate my thoughts is something I attribute to my background in English.
What is the most important advice you could give a student on obtaining an internship or a job?
Don’t put too much emphasis on landing the “BIG TIME” internship or job. Understand what your strengths and weaknesses are and see where you can be both an asset and sponge. Apply to as many companies as possible. Whether it’s an internship or a job, pick whatever company or industry you feel provides the most stability and education. There will never be a company that’s the absolute perfect fit but make the most out of every opportunity that presents itself. As I mentioned before, spend less time thinking about what you want to do and more time trying out what you think you want to do.
Graduation Year: 2013
Major: English, with a Creative Writing Concentration and Pre-Med
Job: Marketing Operations Assistant at Scholastic
Favorite Class: It’s hard for me to choose just one! I really enjoyed the upper level English classes I was able to take, particularly the seminar I did on Jane Austen. I also loved my courses focusing on 19th century British literature and all the Creative Writing classes. I had an opportunity to take Screenwriting and learned so much more than I ever thought I would about movies. I have to say Biology as well, just because it was always a passion of mine.
Campus Involvement: Student Health Awareness Peer Educators (SHAPE), Running Club, Sigma Tau Delta, SPUD
College Internship/Work Experience (if you were in Summer Internship Program, Academic Internship Program,other programs): I participated in SIP and did an internship with Nickelodeon for a TV show on Nick Jr. called “Team Umizoomi.”
What were some of the most defining events/opportunities/aspects of your time at Holy Cross?
Without SIP, I am not sure I would have ever moved to New York City. That program definitely shaped my life because I had the opportunity to try something completely new, and it was incredible. It gave me the push I needed to reach outside my comfort zone. From that point on, I knew I was going to New York after graduation. I knew I wanted to do something with education and children, and it ultimately led me to where I am today.
What is one thing someone should be certain to do before they graduate?
Make sure you have your resume ready to send out to potential employers. I would suggest also writing as many cover letters as you can and to take advantage of Career Planning. Have people read your resume and cover letters to get feedback. Before you know it, you’ll be sending out so many of these and you’ll want to feel comfortable and confident. The same thing also goes for interviews. Practice definitely helps! Go to networking events and look at the Career Advisor Network (it’s not so easy once you’ve graduated!). Even just talking to people about what they do might help you narrow down your own interests and aspirations.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in your field?
Keep an open mind. Any position in publishing, whether it’s editorial or marketing, will teach you so much about the industry. If you’re not sure where exactly you want to be, just apply to everything and go from there. There’s so much opportunity for movement in publishing, and you can really do anything (online game design included!). If you can, try to find a mentor in another department. Their insight and advice will be so valuable to you. Learning about the industry from their perspective will not only broaden your understanding of publishing, but it will help you discover what you might ultimately be interested in.
What skills have you found most useful in your professional life that you attribute from learning at Holy Cross?
Project management is a huge part of my job, and I learned that just from juggling my own homework, activities, and personal life at Holy Cross. Because the course load and studying consumes so much of your time, you have to prioritize and make room for meetings, events, and time with friends. I feel comfortable keeping track of deadlines and schedules at work because I used that type of organization every day in college.
You also interact with alumni and professors so frequently at Holy Cross that you grow accustomed to speaking and writing professionally. I did not feel as intimidated once I started looking for a job because I was so used to corresponding this way.
What is the most important advice you could give a student on obtaining an internship or a job?
Someone once told me, “Don’t stress too much. You will get a job.” I definitely stressed, but they were right. It did happen, and it will happen for you. It might take a while, and sometimes you’ll feel frustrated and scared, but don’t give up. Also, don’t be afraid to say no to a job offer if it doesn’t feel quite right for you. You might apply to so many different jobs and go on so many different interviews, but remember that you’re also looking for a good fit for you. If something just doesn’t feel like the direction you want to go in, it’s ok to wait and try for something else. It’s also ok if you have no idea what you want to do. Any position you end up taking will help lead you to your dream job.
Is your resume looking a little dull? Here are 4 tips and tricks we found helpful to boost your resume game!
1.) Job Description
If you can’t seem to describe your job/experience or are having a hard time remembering what you did, Google it. Hit the search tab and Google: “(your job) description” and see how others describe it. Maybe this will give you an idea. For example, this summer I was a hostess, but when I went into the Career Planning Center to add my new experience I couldn’t think of how to describe what I had done.During my meeting a career counselor gave me this simple idea, which is one of the most helpful tips I’ve ever gotten.
You can never overly-check your resume for spelling errors, because spell check will not catch every mistake.
Use present action verbs for current positions. (ex. “resolve” not “revolved” )
Keep your positions organized in reverse-chronological order by END DATE within each section. Recruiters want to know what you’re currently doing or what you’ve done most recently, so make sure that’s listed first.
The Summer Internship Program (SIP) offers a select group of Holy Cross students the opportunity to work directly with Career Planning employees throughout the year to hopefully attain one of the designated SIP internships for the upcoming summer season. However, SIP is only one of the resources available to students for finding summer internships. In reality, Hogan 203 is around to aid students with their various questions concerning applications, potential internships and/or careers whether they are part of SIP or not. I am writing this to give everyone a generalized list of steps that I have learned, both through personal experience and by working in the Career Planning Office, that will help one become a competitive applicant for internships this summer.
Come to the Career Planning Center! Drop-in hours are every day from 1pm-4pm, so as long as you are willing to devote 30-40 minutes of your day to sign-in, wait for an available counselor, discuss your queries and schedule any sort of follow ups, then you are taking productive steps to finding an internship. I work in the office every day of the week (except for Wednesday) and I can tell you that I see some students coming into the office multiple times a week, and it definitely pays off (and will if it hasn’t already). And if you need somewhere to begin looking for prospective positions, Crusader Connections and the resources page on the Career Planning site (http://offices.holycross.edu/careerplanning/resources) are a great place to start. Over 500 internships are posted to Crusader Connections every year that are open to all students! Plus, you have access to the LACN Internship Database through Crusader Connections, too. Finally, if you feel like drop-in hours don’t provide you with enough time or attention for whatever you need help with, then you can come in and easily schedule an appointment (which can last for up to an hour) with Noriah or Beckey at the front desk.
Keep editing and revising, while maintaining routine trips to the Career Planning office for the advice of our counselors. The mantra you should follow with regard to your resume is ‘practice makes perfect’ because you will never construct the best resume you can the first time around. Your resume is supposed to show employers the best of the best with regard to your past work experiences, education, leadership positions and skills. The more attention you devote to this aspect of your application the better, because it gives employers a holistic view of what you can bring to their company. Personally, I have met with the counselors in Hogan 203 probably around five times total (from the very end of last year to the first few months of this year) solely for critique of my resume. I have found that the more times you bring it in, the better, because chances are you will get multiple views on your resume which allows for different aspects of it to be revised or improved.
If at first you don’t succeed, try again. There is no limit to the amount of places you can apply – this aspect lies solely on your persistence in searching for internships that suit you. Don’t get down on yourself or give up if you don’t get hired for a summer position after your first few applications. There are people out there who sent their resumes to 246182946 companies and still fall short of landing a position, so don’t worry (unless you are actually approaching that arbitrary amount).
This is one of the most important parts of the intern (/job) searching process. As Holy Cross students, we sometimes fail to admit to ourselves what our weaknesses are and what sets us apart from the rest of the applicant pool. Some people are really bad with interviews, some may even have problems with nit-picky grammatical mistakes in their resume or cover letter. Whatever it may be, it is crucial that you figure out what you aren’t the best at, and work towards finding a remedy for those faults. The counselors in Career Planning are there to help you with whatever you need help with! Come in to schedule a mock-interview or to go over your written materials, and the counselors will tell you what (if anything) falls short and how you can mediate those problems.
So that concludes the steps that I think are pivotal in searching for potential internships. Again, don’t fret if you weren’t accepted into SIP because you can still find a summer internship perfectly fine, as long as you are committed to the process. With this said, counselors in Hogan 203 don’t discriminate and/or care if you are in SIP or not – as long as you come to the office with your concerns and have the willpower to improve your various application materials, then you should have no problem finding a summer internship.
After the first week of school, as students we become overwhelmed with homework, exams, and school activities. We tend to forget about our future plans (summer internship, winter break activities, applications, networking opportunities, etc.). All of us, whether a freshmen, sophomore, junior, or senior experience the feeling that we have too much to do, but don’t possibly have enough time to do everything. We find ourselves debating between writing the cover letter for our dream internship or studying for the exam we have in a couple of days. It may seem like we only have one choice, however with these tips we can do both!
First make a to-do list with your class assignments and times/location of events to attend. It’s important to have a big monthly calendar to visually see upcoming events, so you are more likely to remember deadlines in advance. Make sure to not only include school assignments but also application deadlines, info-session tables, career fairs, networking events, luncheons, conferences, etc…
It’s important to go to events where you will be able to network with people in the field of your interest, even if it doesn’t land you an internship or a job immediately. Keep in touch and reach out if you find a job or internship at their organization that interests you. The people you meet just might be the ones to connect you to the recruiter or hiring manager for a great internship or job later on.
Remember that your goal is to complete the to-do list you made! When making your daily plan, your can list you activities from the most important to the least important. It’s also helpful to check assignments off as you finish; seeing those check marks will keep you motivated to keep going !
How much time do you spend doing each assignment/activity? Schedule time to do your work before adding any additional commitments to you schedule. If you don’t think you can apply for something because you schedule looks too busy, simply break it down to bite-sized pieces. Work on an application for 30 minutes a day, bring a first draft into the career planning office for drop-ins another day, fix the errors, and then submit it when you’re ready.
Stay calm and collected and know that everything will be okay. Try not to get overwhelmed and slowly take your time finishing your work. Remember, you have a bright future ahead of you! If you need advice on your next step in life come to the career Planning Center.
College of the Holy Cross has many great opportunities, one of them being the amazing alumnus who want to give back to current students.
Joshua Rivera’15 and Yachira Torres’10 Ron Lawson ’75
The ALANA Networking event gave ALANA students on campus the opportunity to speak with alums. Alums shared tips and advice for students as they explored possible career opportunities.
Terrill Harris’ 04, Michelle Jin’17, Julia Galvao’15 , and DeLeaver’74
It was a beneficial experience networking with alums, both regarding career exploration and life on the hill. It’s always great to connect with alums who understand our day to day experiences on the hill because they’ve taken the same steps as we have.
As a second-year student, I feel as though most of my peers access the Holy Cross homepage solely to navigate to Moodle or STAR, and thus don’t see all of the helpful resources affiliated with different office & group pages. The Career Planning Site, located at http://offices.holycross.edu/careerplanning, offers students multiple tips & tricks, resources and guidelines to successfully find an internship or a job post-graduation.
I was charged with exploring these Career resources (found on the “Online Resources” tab http://offices.holycross.edu/careerplanning/resources) to see what sites (slash databases) were the easiest to use and the most helpful for students.
Here’s my top 3:
1. What Can I Do With This Major ( http://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/major/ )
Personally, I thought that this site was pretty cool. This site is a great starting point for students who aren’t sure as to what career fields come out of their major and, on the other side, what kinds of majors work in the career fields students are interested in. It’s definitely useful and interesting because it gives several “typical” career plans for graduates with the degree you’re seeking. It doesn’t go too in-depth with describing specifically what jobs are available, but it helps students to see the amount of positions available for their desired majors. To see the full potential of this site, I would suggest that users click through the majors listed and do some research onwhich major leads to their preferred career. The information gathered from this site is informative and gives students a good foundation to continue their search for an ideal major / career path. (I would recommend thatstudents who are at this stage of their search also check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/ to see the actual metrics behind different occupations).
2. CareerBeam (http://cb.careersearch.net/login/?school_id=2475)
CareerBeam is probably the most comprehensive tool listed on this page of resources. It requires registration, which may deter some students, but it takes around 3 minutes to sign up and start navigating the site. The ‘careersearch’ feature on CareerBeam is both simple and user-friendly, allowing students to search for positions/internships in certain areas. I feel as though this feature extends some of the capabilities of Crusader Connections (the main internship/job posting database for the Career Planning Center) because a good portion of Crusader Connections postings are based in the New England / Tri-state area, while CareerBeam is nation-wide. In addition, CareerBeam has supplementary pages on different techniques for finding jobs and impressing employers. Overall, I believe that CareerBeam can be an invaluable resource for students who actually devote the time to using it.
Lynda.com is a new resource that Holy Cross has acquired for all students to use. After navigating Lynda.com and seeing its numerous features, it was necessary to add it to my top 3. This service provides multiple online video tutorials from topics in software development to photography and audio mixing. What’s best about Lynda.com is that it offers a diverse range of videos in very desireable skill sets. For students who are looking to dabble in say a programming language or digital publishing (these are just random examples), Lynda’s informative and interactive video / practice series allows you to see if something sparks an interest in you thatyou may not necessarily have a chance to see in the classroom. Finally, Lynda is very easy to navigate and the extensive support of the site means that new content will always be added.
So there’s my three top resources on the Career Planning page! I hope you readers find some time in your busy schedules to check them out.
Also, don’t forget to apply to the Summer Internship Program (SIP) by 11:59 on Thursday, October 2nd!
Have you seen the NEWEST FEATURES on the Career Planning Center Site?
Welcome aboard to a Virtual Tour:
Direction: Click on the tab with the label “student”
Home › Career Planning Center › Students
One of our newest features includes selecting your class and being able to seek advice depending on where you currently are in your Holy Cross career. Click on your class!
Once you’ve clicked on your class you are now able to see the career planning center’s suggestions.
Direction: Click on the tab with the label “Find an Internship”
Home › Career Planning Center › Students › Find an Internship
EXAMPLE: Interested in gaining some experience in a field your interest in. Let’s find you an internship!
This link helps you use different tools offered by the Career Planning Center to find out:
Spotlight on Careers
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Direction: Click on the tab with the label “Affinity”
Home › Career Planning Center › Affinity Groups
REPETITATIVE**Do you describe yourself in one of these categories? We made a page just for you! Once you’ve clicked on a box, you will be able to find tools that will aid you in career services.
Direction: Click on the tab with the label “Calendar” Home › Career Planning Center › Calendar
Are you in the loop on what’s happening right now? Click on calendar and see today’s events! You can even print the whole month and be prepared for future events.
Direction: Click on the tab with the label “Calendar”
Home › Career Planning Center › How to Make an Appointment
Come in and see a counselor today! All the information you need to get your questions answered.
Congratulations–you’ve received a job offer! While the compensation and benefits packages are probably the first things you’ll look at, consider the other benefits of the job as well; namely, how much happiness will your job bring you?
Why does it matter and how can you figure it out? Check out “The Guide to Finding Workplace Happiness” from Rasmussen College.
Whether you are trying to land your first job or thinking about making a major career change, you might be tempted to accept the highest-paid job offer without thinking twice. But is a high paycheck really enough to bring complete job satisfaction? Many of the happiest working professionals say that money isn’t everything.
For instance, administrative assistants, who make an average of $29,050 (Bureau of Labor Statistics) were ranked among the top-ten happiest professionals in America, according to a CareerBliss study based on 200,000 independent company reviews. Many administrative assistants said—rather than salary—they were happy particularly because of their day-to-day tasks and the people that they work with.
So before you make your next big career move, think about whether or not your time and dedication is really fulfilling? Consider the following top 10 factors that directly contribute to workplace happiness, according to CareerBliss experts:
1. The Person You Work For
Your relationship with your boss has a direct relationship on your happiness; plus it directly effects how well you can maneuver your career in the direction you want. With a great relationship, you can much more easily communicate to your boss about your progress as well as your future career goals—not to mention maintain a great reference. The person you work for is instrumental in achieving your long-term goals.
2. The People You Work With
Coworkers have a direct impact on team-oriented projects. If you have coworkers with whom you enjoy collaborating with, chances are you will have a greater opportunity to improve your teambuilding and leadership skills. Also, a positive relationship with your coworkers makes for a much more pleasant day-to-day work environment.
3. Where You Work
Do you enjoy close-quarters? Do you prefer a large office-setting or would you rather work outdoors? The quality and appeal of the building or setting in which you work plays a role in your overall workplace happiness. After all, it’s the place where you will be spending the majority of each day.
4. The Support You Get
Sometimes it can be frustrating to be required to perform at your maximum potential without adequate resources or support. Some companies make it a priority to provide the tools, resources, and technology to empower employees. Support like tuition reimbursement and professional development opportunity are great examples of employee support from organizations.
5. The Rewards You Receive
Overall compensation—including benefits and salary—is an obvious essential for job satisfaction. As a professional, you should know your worth and ensure that you are compensated fairly for the skills and experience that you regularly contribute.
6. The Growth Opportunities Available To You
There’s not a whole lot worse than working your tail off for a company that may never offer professional advancement. One important step to healthier job satisfaction is to create long-term personal career goals.
7. The Culture of Your Company
One of the major factors employers consider during the initial interview is whether or not you would mesh well with the company culture. That’s why it’s important for you to be honest with your employer about the type of person you are from day one. If you like structure and a serious work environment, you might be unhappy working in a more laid-back workplace environment.
8. The Work You Do
The specific tasks and responsibilities that you have determine how you get up in the morning. Are you eager and looking forward to your day’s challenges? Or do you wake up sluggish, knowing that you will have to deal with tasks you hate? It’s important that you enjoy the work that you do on a day-to-day basis simply because you will be doing those tasks so often.
9. The Way You Work
You should be happy with not only your day-to-day responsibilities but also the amount of control you have in getting your job done. If you are a self-starter, you will be much happier at a free-lance type of job where you are given limited directions. Other professionals thrive on structure and constant feedback. If you have a position that conflicts with your preference in the way you work, you may be limiting your potential.
10. The Company You Work For
Some people find happiness in working for a company with a strong reputation and vision. If you strongly believe in a company’s overall mission, you might find greater satisfaction in maintaining a role at the company. Whether you prefer a long-standing company or a new start-up, the company you work for will directly influence your happiness.
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