Archive for September, 2015

Alumni Spotlight: Tom Campbell

September 29th, 2015 by rimaal17

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Name: Tom Campbell

Graduation Year: 2014

Major: Architectural Studies and History

Industry: Admissions (Holy Cross Office of Admissions)

Favorite Class: HIST 401 Seminar – Gender and Sexuality in the United States (History Seminar) with Professor Yuhl

Campus Involvement: Fools on the Hill (co-ed acapella group), ACT (Alternative College Theater), Fall Gateways Orientation Leader, Study Abroad Ambassador (Melbourne, Australia), Spring Break Immersion, HC Goes Unified, SPUD, Alpha Sigma Nu, DESI (Developing and Educating South Asian Ideologies)

College Internship/Work Experience (if you were in Summer Internship Program, Academic Internship Program, other programs): I was a preservation intern for Historic New England in Waltham, MA through the Academic Internship Program in the spring of 2014. 

What were some of the most defining events/opportunities/aspects of your time at Holy Cross?

When I look back at my time at Holy Cross, my involvement with college acapella stands out strongest among my memories. I’ve always been involved in a lot of creative outlets growing up; oil painting, drama, heck, I even Irish step danced since I was four years old. But it wasn’t really until I came to Holy Cross that I really got involved in singing, and now I feel like I really appreciate music so much more because I was in Fools. I started out just singing with the group, but eventually became co-chair my senior year and arranged all of our pieces that year, which was an amazing experience.

Now to be clear, I am no vocal acrobat. I wasn’t the Christina of the group (in fact, I always identified more with Britney), but that didn’t matter to me. What mattered what that I was having fun, letting loose and creating something unique. I’ve seen first hand how music brings people together, and the bonds and memories that it can foster. I love being able to entertain, and I definitely got my weekly dose of that at 10:10 every Thursday at Cool Beans (see, I still even do shameless plugs for them… once a Fool, always a Fool).

What is one thing someone should be certain to do before they graduate?

I’m a huge advocate for the MSOs (Multicultural Student Organizations) on campus. Not only was I in DESI, but I also frequented all of the culture nights and dinners put on by ASIA, LASO, CASA, etc. I think they are a great opportunity to expose yourself to a new culture and way of celebration. So many of our students do this in other ways: from study abroad, to coursework, to outreach in Worcester.They are seriously the most fun shows, and I was always so impressed by the diverse array of talent on campus, not to mention the diverse array of foodstuffs. I must say, I was a little skeptical when Hogan Dining prepared a five-course Indian feast for DESI’s Holi celebration, but after one bite of that curry deliciousness all my doubts seemed to disappear… much like every scrap of food on my plate that night.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in a volunteer position?

As a Jesuit Volunteer, you commit to your agency for a year, and I would encourage you to make the most of your commitment and dive right into your placement as deep as you can. Stick out the year, even if it’s not an industry you see yourself spending the rest of your life in. See how your work there is benefitting the community and take pride in the fact that you are helping others. See the year as a chance to not only do good, but also explore an industry you are only slightly familiar with. There’s a chance it’s not a good fit, but there’s an even greater chance that you find yourself appreciating the work more than you did before.

What skills have you found most useful in your professional life that you attribute from learning at Holy Cross?
Hands down, knowing my strengths and weaknesses. Everyone has them, and although it is admirable (and encouraged) to improve in areas you see yourself floundering in, it’s okay to admit them. When you’re a Holy Cross student, it’s easy to suppress your weaknesses and pretend they don’t exist. You see this talented group of young people around you who appear to be able to do everything, but remember that this is not the reality. Knowing which things you excel in at your workplace, and which areas are the ones who might need to go to a coworker for help, makes your role at your office much easier for both yourself and the rest of your company. Being honest with those around you and not filling up your plate with more than you can chew is a huge lesson that Holy Cross taught me.

What is the most important advice you could give a student who is considering doing a service year?

Let your talents shine at your placement and use your gifts to benefit others. For me, I worked at a social service program that helped families with children under 5 years old; my duties ranged from day care, to diaper changes, to distributing clothing. Now, this was my first time doing work in an agency like that. Was it a perfect fit for me? Not exactly. But I loved my clients and I wanted to improve the agency for their sake. Because my skills lied more in art and graphics, I took it upon myself to redesign my agency’s logo and prepared a bevy of different graphic brochures and features to move them into the 21st century (seriously, the Microsoft Publisher flyers I passed out in the beginning of the year xeroxed themselves into retirement). Just last week, my supervisor sent me a photo of my logo, which was made into a full-scale wall decal right at the office entrance. I felt proud that I left my mark on the office (literally). So, long story short, here’s my advice: find your own way to “leave your mark” for your coworkers and your clients to remember you by.

Upcoming Events & Week in Review

September 18th, 2015 by rimaal17

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Have you heard about the Networking Opportunities and Diversity Programs on Wall Street? These fantastic opportunities for real-world experience in the fields of finance and banking have quickly-approaching deadlines! The firms extending these opportunities include J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Bank of America, and Barclays, and the earliest deadline is September 20th– just two days away! Several of these opportunities are part of the firms’ diversity programs and are targeted towards underrepresented groups in the business world; several are general networking opportunities that will start you off on the right track towards Wall Street. To see the full list of upcoming opportunities on Wall Street, click here!

Big things have been happening this past week! On Monday, September 14th, the Center for Career Development held its Finance, Accounting, and Banking Intern Panel. Students had the opportunity to ask their fellow students about their experience working as interns in the fields of finance, accounting, and banking. If you missed the event and have questions, a list of the panelists can be found here.

Also on Monday the 14th, the COES Pre-Business Office held their annual Back2Business fall event. Students were treated to pizza and learned about the COES Professional Program, met Professor David Chu (Pre-Business Advisor), heard from the co-chairs of Pre-Business Clubs, and learned about the workshops offered by the office. If you didn’t make it to this event and still have questions, feel free to stop by the COES Pre-Business Office in Stein 129E or email dchu@holycross.edu.

Looking forward, the Career Fair is Monday, September 21st from 1:00-4:00pm in the Hogan Ballroom. The list of attending employers can be found here. For tips on what to expect and how to best prepare for this event, check out the blog post below titled, “Networking Tips.”

(Written by Catherine Cote)

 

 

Summer Internship Expo Recap

September 16th, 2015 by rimaal17

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On Friday, September 11th 70 students participated in the Summer Internship Expo in the Hogan Ballroom. Over 55 internship sites were represented across multiple industries including Education, Entertainment, Finance, Fashion, Law, Media, Medicine, Non-Profit, Publishing, …and many more! Students created a poster to showcase their summer experience. It was an opportunity for students to articulate the skills and knowledge gained from their summer internship and to think about how they plan to leverage those skills in the future.  Internships are an important part of your undergraduate education at Holy Cross. They allow you to take your knowledge out of the classroom and apply your skills to a practical setting. Internships continue to be one of the most important factors that employers and graduate programs consider when selecting candidates.

If you’d like to learn more about any of the internships our students completed this summer, click here to access the list of Summer Internship Expo attendees. I’d encourage you to reach out to any of these students to learn more!

(Written by Julie Draczynski)

 

First Year’s Experience at the Summer Internship/ Research Expo

September 15th, 2015 by rimaal17

Stephan RossAfter attending the Summer Internship/ Research Expo, I was  blown away by how students spent their summer, from furthering their educational pursuits with research to helping build the community around them.

These students did everything. As I journeyed through the maze of information, I saw posters explaining Personal Information and Physiology, the Constraints on Bodily Synchronization Underlying Joke Telling, and even research on different marketing methods.

I stopped at Maria Rodriguez’s poster to see what exactly she did, and the most rewarding part of the whole process. As stated above, Rodriguez did work on Personal Information and Physiology. She told me that after months of research, it was amazing to conduct an actual experiment she made up with the help of a professor. I could see she was so happy with the outcome and her hard work had paid off.

Stopping at Raha Maalin’s poster, I could see she had the same enthusiasm for what she did. Raha worked at BBDO, an advertisement agency. She said she has learned so much about branding, the use of social media analysis, and what exactly is meant by account managing. Both of these individuals glowed when talking about their summer experience.

Being a first year student, I have seen a lot of amazing things at Holy Cross, but this exposition showed me what Holy Cross’ education leads its students to do.

(Written by Stephen Ross)

Networking Tips – FAB Event & Career Fair

September 7th, 2015 by rimaal17

Fall semester is underway and we have a number of career related events coming up that we’d like to remind you of! The Finance, Accounting & Banking Intern Panel will take place September 14th from 7:00 – 8:30 in Hogan 320. Our annual Fall Career Fair will take place September 21st from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Hogan Ballroom. Here are a few helpful tips as you prepare to attend these events.

Finance, Accounting & Banking Intern Panel

  1. This is your chance to talk to fellow students who have interned in an industry that may be of interest to you! Know which students will be participating in the panel.
  2. There will be a Q&A session following the panel where you can mingle and chat with a number of students who interned in finance, accounting or banking this past summer. Prepare some questions that you’d like to ask!
  3. Talk to interns from the various industry groups so you can truly compare and contrast their experiences to determine the right fit for you.

Attire is casual. This is an informal event for you to interact and network with your peers.

Career Fair

  1. Know which employers will be in attendance. The list of employers attending the fair can be accessed here.
  2. Make a list of the top ten employers that you are most interested in. Then, Do you Homework!! Research the company and their industry. Use the following resources:
    • Company website
    • LinkedIn company page
    • Google the company to see if there are recent articles or news releases
  3. Anticipate questions you may receive about information on your resume. Practice answering those questions.
  4. Create and practice your “Elevator Pitch”. An elevator pitch is a short (30 second) introduction of your professional self. Think about your skills and experiences and what you have to offer an employer. Think about how you might articulate those skills and experiences.
  5. Compile questions you might ask the employer that demonstrates your interest and that you’ve done your research on their company.

 

**When in doubt, if you’re not sure what to say to an employer, just introduce yourself and they’ll take the lead from there!

Attire is business professional. Please have several copies of your resume with you to hand out to employers. Carry your resumes is a professional portfolio or folder. Gather business cards from the employers you talk to.

We look forward to seeing you at the Career Fair! Get ready to WOW those employers!!

We are here to help! If you have any questions about the Finance, Accounting and Banking Intern Panel or how to best prepare for the Career Fair, stop into the Center for Career Development office, Hogan 203, during drop in hours M-F 1-4 pm and Wednesday 10-12 pm.

(Written by Julie Draczynski)

 

 

The Official Career Development Guide to Your Senior Year

September 7th, 2015 by rimaal17

So it happened again – suddenly, you’re a senior. It may sound cliché but, you truly have your entire life before you.  How exciting!  And terrifying!

Here are a few tips to help you survive your final year at Holy Cross from a career development perspective.

  1. Take a deep breath. This is your FIRST step in your professional life – not the only step and certainly not the last.  The beauty of studying at a liberal arts institution like Holy Cross is that you possess the core skills employers across all sectors seek.  As a result, you can adjust to not only your own ever-evolving interests but also our world’s ever-changing needs.  Holy Cross seniors go on to do a variety of things immediately after graduation as evidenced by our first destination reports.  Whether you go directly to graduate school, enter a training program, do a year of full-time service or take a job that is just for a year or two, your experience right out of Holy Cross is valuable to your long-term career progression.
  2. Listen to your elders. I know, I know.  Its hard to admit but your parents, friends’ parents, aunts, uncles, older cousins and yes, even older siblings actually know a thing or two.  And while you definitely don’t have to admit this out loud, odds are, they have valuable information (and definitely opinions!) to share.  Share your immediate plans and longer-term goals with them.  Tell them about the courses, topics and issues that are of particular interest to you.  Talk about your favorite ways to spend your time in and out of the classroom.  They just might have soe valuable insight that can help you formulate a plan of action for the next nine months.
  3. And now ignore them. There is a downside to taking everyone’s opinions and advice to heart.  Sometimes students pursue an industry, career or path that they believe (or know) their families want for them but is not a good fit for their own interests and strengths.  We speak with far too many students who feel pressure to pursue careers as doctors and lawyers because it will make their parents proud and bring prestige to their   There are more career fields and industries available to you today than ever before that are lucrative, fulfilling and prestigious in their own right.  No one knows you better than you.  Trust that you can make the best career decisions for yourself based on your own interests, strengths and values.

 

  1. Show up. There are many people and resources in the Holy Cross community who are eager to assist you in getting to where you want to be after Holy Cross.  But you has to be the driver and propel your own progress to get there. No one can be helpful to you if you don’t show up and engage.  Your first stop?  Try the Center for Career Development.

 

The team in the Center for Career Development (CCD) is available to meet with you no matter where you are in the career development process.  We offer career counseling and career assessments for those students who are undecided about their path.  We offer job search advising for those who are ready to enter that process.  We can coach you through the intimidating endeavor of conducting informational interviews and networking.  But here’s the hitch: you MUST come in to our office to meet with us!  We are available by appointment, Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm.  We also host daily drop-in hours, Monday-Friday from 1pm-4pm and Wednesdays from 10am-12pm for quick questions and critiques with no appointment necessary.  You simply need to visit us in Hogan 203.

  1. Timing is everything. Full-time hiring, graduate school admissions and volunteer program recruitment all happen on different timetables.  Many graduate and professional school acceptances are issued late in the spring.  The same holds true for full-time volunteer program placements and fellowship awards.  In the employment world, finance, banking, accounting and consulting recruitment happens via summer internships and very early in the fall semester. Most other industries aren’t interested in interviewing graduating seniors for employment until the candidate can actually start working, i.e. once they graduate.

 

That is not to say the job, graduate school or volunteer program search should wait until April.  You should begin now to identify program application deadlines, request letters of recommendation from faculty members and advisors, craft personal statements and resumes and most importantly, network with alumni and other contacts in his/her field of interest.

 

  1. Knowledge is power. Visit the Center for Career Development website to familiarize yourself with the many services and online resources we offer.  Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our blog to find out about our industry nights, networking receptions, workshops, programs and visiting employers.  Its senior year – show up and take it by storm!

(Written by Amy Murphy)

Welcome Back!

September 4th, 2015 by msweeney

imageHappy New Year! We in the Center for Career Development are thrilled to have you back on campus and can’t wait to have the chance to chat with all of you about how you spent your summer and what you might like to try out next.

As we kick off the semester, we wanted to let you know about a few important initiatives and events taking place in the next few weeks:

Resume Approval: Hopefully you noticed the email we sent in August about the resume approval process required of all students interested in applying to jobs and internships in Crusader Connections. Simply stop by the Center for Career Development (Hogan 203) with a hard copy of your resume during drop-ins on Monday-Friday 1-4pm & Wednesday 10am-12pm, and we will help you polish your resume and get it approved.

Never created a resume before? No problem! Stop by the Center for Career Development to pick up a resume handout. This handout provides samples of past Crusaders’ resumes, so you can get a glimpse at how to describe the activities you participate in at Holy Cross.

New Workshop Schedule: This fall we’re offering workshops to help you write a resume, conduct an internship search and better utilize LinkedIn. For a full schedule of workshops, visit Crusader Connections online or on your mobile device by downloading the Careers by Symplicity app.

Summer Internship EXPO & Summer Research Symposium (Friday, September 11 @1-4pm in Hogan Ballroom): Browse their posters and speak with fellow Crusaders about the meaningful impact made this summer through their internship and research experience. Over 150 students will present on a wide range of industries including advertising, fashion, finance, human services, journalism, law, manufacturing, medicine, non-profit, public relations, research, social policy, technology and many more!

Finance, Accounting & Banking Intern Panel (Monday, September 14 @7pm in Hogan 320): This is a great opportunity to hear from fellow Crusaders about their internship experience in the corporate finance, accounting and banking industries. Panelists include- Dabness Atkins ’16 (PIMCO), Chelsea Brophy ’16 (Citizens Bank), Kati Goguen ’16 (GE), Maria Korchak ’16 (Deloitte), Scott Mongiardo ’16 (JP Morgan), Michael Ortlieb ’16 (EY).

Career Fair (Monday, September 21 @1-4pm in Hogan Ballroom): Stop by the Career Fair to connect with alumni and employers who want to hire HC students for jobs and internships. Most of the tables are represented by HC alumni, so it’s a great way to learn how to translate your liberal arts HC education to the working world. For a complete list of attending organizations, visit: http://bit.ly/2015HCCareerFairEmployers