The College Career Center

The Jewel in the Campus Crown

I was once again reminded of the value of the college career center last Wednesday evening when I presented the topic of business dining etiquette at the annual student and alumni Power Dinner, which was co-sponsored by the Manhattanville College Center for Career Development (CCD), the Junior Class and Residence Life.  Although the Power Dinner is not new, it speaks volumes about how its importance has grown that it is now co-sponsored by other areas and fully supported by Manhattanville’s president, who attended along with students and alumni.  My co-presenter for the evening, a wealth management portfolio officer for a major financial institution, guided the students through an engaging interactive hour of networking techniques to be used at various business occasions.  The planning, creativity and sophistication that are the hallmarks of this and other CCD events attest to the top-notch career training that is provided.  

Women’s History Month – Careers In Politics

There never will be complete equality until women themselves
help to make laws and elect lawmakers. ~ Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)

Although it took nearly three-quarters of a century, American women made good on Abigail Adams’s threat in 1776 to her husband, John Adams, as he participated in the creation of the United States Constitution: “…we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” Once underway, that rebellion — begun at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 — lasted another nearly three-quarters of a century, but it resulted in the Nineteenth Amendment, ratified in 1920, which guaranteed all women nationwide the right to vote. Prior to that, each state decided whether to grant women the right to vote, and, shockingly, some states actually revoked their right. But many states did grant women the right to vote, and it was in 1917 that a leader in the suffrage movement of one of those states, Jeannette Rankin of Montana, became the first woman elected to Congress. 

Veterans – Military to Civilian Careers

 How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate
our heroes and she-roes!” ~ Maya Angelou

Guest Post by Lyn Nelson

As we honor our nation’s Armed Forces heroes this Veterans Day, I’d like to use this space to discuss some of the difficulties our returning veterans undergo in transitioning back to the workforce. Veterans possess a unique set of skills, experiences, and perspectives to contribute to future jobs, and yet its members still face significant trouble getting hired. From my experience working with veteran clients, I’d like to share a few insights:

How Schmoozing and Boozing Can Affect Your Job and Career

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink,
then the drink takes you.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Imbibing in alcoholic drinks has been a time-honored tradition in business, industry and the professions. I began my career back in the “Mad Men” epoch of the 1960s in the television broadcasting industry in which opportunities to drink proliferated. Although none of the offices in which I worked had a bar such as the one Don Draper had in his office, there were plenty of assignments that involved the champagne and spirits flowing. Continuing into 1970s, I added the publishing and public relations industries to my resume; and if you think the ‘60s were mad with drink, the following decade saw the escalation of the three-martini lunch and drinking after work with colleagues become de rigueur. I don’t know how any of us who worked back then survived the era of the on-the-job alcohol-soaked brain!

Job Search Series – Negotiating after the Job Offer – Part 2 – The Feminine Negotiation Mystique

Women and Salary Negotiation

The Feminine Negotiation Mystique

There’s a lot of buzz lately about the need for women to enter into salary negotiations when they receive job offers. This is due in part to Sheryl Sandberg’s modern bestselling manifesto, Lean In: Women, Work, And the Will To Lead, in which she describes nearly accepting Mark Zuckerberg’s first offer to join Facebook without negotiating salary and other terms. Ironically, it was at the urging of her husband and brother-in-law that she went on to “negotiate hard,” and the result was she received an “improved” offer, which she accepted.

The Importance of Internships

Nick:   You got us a job at Google?
Billy:   Well, not a job job.  It’s an interview for an internship that could lead to a job.  
Nick, this might be the last chance that we’ve got.
~The Internship

While internships are not always the last chance (in fact, they really should be the first chance), they are a vital part of a student’s college career. So, if you’re a high schooler who is preparing for other aspects of college, make sure to keep internships high on the list as well.

Goodbye Parents, Hello College – Part 2

  You say “Goodbye” and I say “Hello.  Hello, hello.”
 Hello, Goodbye, by the Beatles

You’ve already visited your campus, taken the tours, met with some key people, attended orientation sessions, received your welcome packet, activated whatever needs to be activated – or are in the process of doing so – discussed and negotiated various subjects with your parents, met your new roommate and your RA, and so on. If you haven’t completed all of the aforementioned, let’s start with your parents: 

Your Internet Presence – Part 5: LinkedIn

Making the Most of Your

Guest posted by Lyn Nelson

LinkedIn is the leading online professional networking tool. No matter which industry you’re in, or at which stage in your career, networking is still the #1 way to land a job, and LinkedIn is the best way to leverage your network online.

Whether you’re a LinkedIn beginner or pro (or are still staring wide-eyed at it trying to make sense of the chaos), here are a few tips for why and how LinkedIn can work for you, without eating up your life.