Starr Career Development Center

Today, I walked into the Starr Career Development Center to review my Resume and get more information about their extensive services. I sat down with someone who word by word went over my entire resume with me. I thought I had perfected it, however, I learnt a big lesson today that what is perfect to you is not necessarily perfect to other people, an employer in particular. My advisor told me to stop thinking like the applicant rather think like the person who is going to hire you. I am going to go home tonight and i am going to make the changes i need to and then come back tomorrow to get it reviewed one more time.

The Starr Career Development Center also has a this unbelievable network. They can help you get internships and jobs through their office. I spoke to them about what i want to do and where i want to go and they help me figure out what job or internship would help me the best. We discussed how the workload in school can sometimes be overwhelming so we decided that toward the middle/end of next semester i would come back to their office and start looking for a summer plan.

I was very impressed by the people at Starr. They were extremely nice and friendly. They are ridiculously smart too. But what has me so start struck was the patience that they had for me. The person that went over my resume gave me her complete attention  and she really wanted to see the best product of me. She was not just there to be there. She was there because she genuinely wants to see the student reach their highest level of potential. I don’t know if everyone one there is like that but my first experience was beyond pleasing and I can’t wait to go back.

AXA presentation

I went to axa presentation to learn more about the insurance industry.  This was not a networking event but to expand my knowledge on insurance terms and changes in the industry.

Lots of this information provided is good to know not just for people following a career path in actuarial science or in the insurance industry but for people that want to know more about the life insurance and its policies.

Life insurance is an agreement between the policyholder and the insurance company. I believe this presentation even touched upon the current situation with Trump and his new changes to state taxes,  insurance could get around that because the money put in life insurance is tax deferrable.

Popular phrase: Insurance is sold not bought.

Ideally one does not go out of their way to buy insurance and look at all the companies and compare their premiums. Insurance companies contact you to supply you with information as to why you should choose them. Wether its if they have more benefits, more protection, a different underwriting process to mitigate the risk of an individual, etc.

I also learned the teachnology adavancement in the industry sometimes used, to again, determine one’s risk. Some companies are giving out apple watches to look over your health over a certain period of time. Whether its how much your exercising, your heart rate, a combination of a lot of variables and if you meet a certain standard to determine your health eligibility you may even have your premiums cut in half. Theres a lot that comes with how much you are being charged and its good to know how and what companies do to figure out the risk of a certain kind of individual.

I do feel as if I learned a lot and I can’t wait for another insurance based presentation!


*This is me paying attention*

Ima miss fro lowkey.

LinkedIn 101: Profile Development Workshop

Last Thursday, I attended a LinkedIn 101: Profile Development workshop hosted by the STARR Career Development Center with my friends. Like usual, we were told that they were experiencing technical difficulties, so it took a while to start.

They provided two handouts, which was a Profile Development CheckList (consisted of an in-depth breakdown of all the aspects of a LinkedIn profile, including suggestions of what to write) and a LinkedIn Summary Writing (included questions that would help guide you along the way of developing a successful profile).

In the beginning of the presentation, Gerald Tang introduced himself as the Marketing and Communications Manager, and told us that he was the one writing the STARR Search Highlights newsletter that we receive weekly. He then went into the different components of a LinkedIn profile. For the headshot, it’s necessary to make sure the picture is clear, professional looking, and waist height. We should also have a strong summary, public profile, and a customize URL. And for freshman like us, since we don’t have much job experiences yet, we can talk about clubs organizations, volunteer work, etc.

In comparison to a resumé, what makes LinkedIn unique is that it adds more to what you fit in an one page paper. In a LinkedIn profile, you can write in a more friendly and personal tone, use first person pronouns, have no length limit, as well as a section for media. In the media, you can display photos, portfolio, or maybe a really amazing powerpoint you have done. One point the speaker mentioned was that for personal work, don’t include the entire document. Instead, you may show two slides of a powerpoint, and if the employer is interested, you can add that to see more information, please contact me.

Another point the presenter emphasized was that what makes LinkedIn powerful is the third degree connection. You know Person A, who knows Person B, who connects you to Person C.

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Overall, it was a very useful event in helping me develop my profile and expand my network via LinkedIn.

Linkedin Profile Development Checklist

Does anyone else feel discombobulated with their weighted book bangs? Or is it just me? Month of October started off pretty simple but as it was coming to an end I found myself heavily dipped in midterms and assignments.

October 31, I decided to go to the Starr Career Development Center for a career based blog post. At the Starr meeting called LinkedIn Profile Development Checklist I learned general information about the website and how it can help someone get to know more people. Even though I had a LinkedIn profile since 2016, I was unaware of making the best out of it. At the workshop meeting I learnt that with this app I can expand my network beyond first degree connections and personal contacts. I also learned that LinkedIn would allow me to search for passive jobs. Through the app the applier can research about their interviewer and support their recruitment efforts, also vice versa. The main speaker at the STARR meeting recommended to include both personal and professional interests on the LinkedIn profile. But he asked to make sure the professional interest should relate to my work field and inspired to include unique personal interests.

At the end of the meeting me, Emilia (my FRO mentor) and fellow classmates took our sweet time to find that good lighting and perfect angle to hide that double chin. Now I am missing high school days where the biggest struggle of life was to change out of gm cloths and get out of the locker room to make it to the second period in 4th floor without an elevator and being scared about the teacher locking the door .5 seconds before the bell rang. I believe for me to be realistic and logical and to avoid mistakes, all I need some ice cream and two weeks of sleep.

My Experience In The LinkedIn Workshop

On October 31st, Tuesday, I attended a career workshop in the star career development center on how to set up a LinkedIn profile. As we all know, LinkedIn expands our social network and allows us to explore companies with available opportunities. So it is crucial that an appropriate profile is developed to share professional information about ourselves and to showcase our best work. I have always had a desire to learn how to build my networking in LinkedIn so I attended the workshop with my friends and at the meantime get a topic for my career blog while learning new thing.

Unfortunately, the workshop started with a technological problem of wifi disconnection and the presentation went on with only the PowerPoint. Despite the issue with network, the presentation was clear with all the slides listing out specific details and guidelines. We also received a hard copy of the checklist for future reference with detailed outlines of the important steps on how to create a LinkedIn profile. The workshop is tedious enough to provide information of what makes a professional profile photo, what to put down and not to put down under our experiences, how to build social network and how to write a good summary.

The speaker Gerald started out the presentation with an analogy of going to a restaurant. He talked of how before we try out a new food place we would go on yelp to search for reviews, pictures and comments then we will decide if the place is where we want our food. He went on explaining that our LinkedIn profile is a review of ourselves that anyone would judge us based on what is on there. The pictures of the restaurant are equivalent to our profile picture, and the content inside our account is the reviews and comments about ourselves. Through Gerald, I gained new insights about how we could be represented on social media especially in the professional work field.

Mastering the Job Interview

On Tuesday, November 7th, Sunny and I attended the Starr Career Development Center’s Mastering the Job Interview: Basic workshop. We definitely found out about this workshop at the perfect time because we’re both currently looking for part-time jobs. I, personally, have little to no work experience; I’ve always had summer jobs like being a camp counselor and tutoring but I’ve never had a retail job or anything of that sort. I am now looking for retail sales job and definitely want to learn about how to properly prepare for an interview now and in the future, when I am applying for jobs in my desired career field. I went to the workshop to learn how to impress the interviewer, how to guarantee that I’ve showcased my best skills, and learn to properly communicate in an interview. According to the workshop and the experts who led the workshop, the preparation before an interview is just as important as what you do during the interview. I learned that you should do a lot of research about the actual company that you are interviewing for and learn exactly what they expect from employees so that you can highlight the skills that you have that might match up with what they look for. You should also prepare a list of at least four or five questions to ask the interviewer because doing so will demonstrate that you are actually interested in that specific job at that specific company. We also learned that body language is very important and something as simple as sitting up straight and maintaining eye-contact could separate you from all other candidates who have applied. I think the workshop was very insightful and helpful and will not only help me in the near-future but even when I’ve graduated and am preparing to enter a career path. Even though I haven’t decided what it is exactly that I wish to pursue, learning these interview skills now have given me ample time to master them, apply them (to smaller/ less serious interviews), and develop them so that I may use them to my advantage in the future.

My First Leadership Event!

Today, I was honored enough to be one of the Hillel at Baruch’s 25 students to attend the evening of “Inspiring Jewish Greatness” event. The event was presented by Olami, which is a worldwide network of Jewish outreach efforts aiming to forge a deep, meaningful connection to Judaism based on practice and commitment. Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Minister of Diaspora Affairs and Education and known as the Minister of the Jews was the guest of honor and spoke on topics revolving our culture. Through this event, I was able to meet and get to know a number of new people, in the mere matter of hours. It was amazing how genuinely kind and open everyone was towards each other and it made me feel even more fully connected to my religion. And not to mention, the 3 course meal was to die for! Naftali spoke about various topics, including the fact that we must come together as a religion in order to work as one to positively effect the world we are living in. While he was speaking up on that stage and was able to connect with every single person in the audience in a different way was truly beautiful. You could feel the immense positive energy that began to influx the room. I was never at such an event that made me feel more connected to my religion and I’m immensely thankful for the opportunity Baruch has given me and I look forward to even more amazing events like this one. -Naftali Bennett at the event

Blog#3 Careers in Start-ups

On Oct. 19th, my friends and I went to a Starr Career Workshop. The workshop is the Spotlight Series: Careers in Start-ups. When we got there, we saw not only freshmen, but a lot of juniors and seniors there. We also found that the two instructors were twin brothers. This workshop might be very useful for them because they’re graduating and need start-ups. Of course this workshop is very useful for me because I learned a lot of things from the workshop. 

The most unforgettable knowledge I learned from the workshop is how to choose a company. The instructors said there were different stages of company: idea stage, validation stage, seed stage, and growth stage. If you want to get a high pay job right after you graduate, you should choose growth stage company. It’s the most stable stage. Also, if you want to get more potential in your company, you should choose seed stage company. It’s the stage that has more risks and the most opportunity. The instructors also told us about some foundational skills. For instance, writing emails is connected to communication, using excel is connected to data analysis, handling difficult people helps your customer service skill, technical fluency helps your social media marketing skill, and persuasion and value communication helps sales skill. Another important knowledge I learned is what kind of people a start-up company would need. A start-up company only needs two kinds of people: the product side people and the business side people. Product side people refers to the people who can create products, and business side people refers to the people who can find customers.

I do learn a lot of things from this workshop. It’s interesting because the instructors share their personal experiences. Hope I can attend more workshop like this.


Resume Building Workshop

“It says in the email that they won’t let you in if you’re too late,” my friend texted me. That’s all I needed to hear to sprint like a high school freshman from the train station to the conference room where the meeting was held. After grabbing the closest chair, I stayed in that position for thirty minutes listening to very lit music blasting very loudly by a nearby club/association until the instructor finally came.

Although I had created a resume over the past summer, mine was based off of what I Googled and I did not really have too much knowledge on making one. This workshop was the perfect opportunity for me to find out more since resumes are a crucial part for opportunities such as internships and jobs. Immediately after the instructor started the power point, I was interested in the abundance of information being presented to me. Even though learning about resumes may sound dull to some, she was very thorough with what she was presenting, and walked us through each step. After each step, there was a short quiz that tested whether we understood the what we had just learned.

I learned about which fonts were acceptable (ex. Times New Roman, Arial), acceptable lengths (one page), acceptable action verbs (ex. assisted, evaluated), and how to list experiences and interests. Although the meeting only lasted an hour or so, I learned so much useful information about resumes that I will definitely implement into my future ones, as well as go to the STARR center for assistance and review there after I completely revise my old one from the past summer. Despite the fact that I walked (in my case, sprinted) into this meeting knowing I would be learning and gaining knowledge, I was still taken aback by how I expanded my skills.

^ ft. friend who texted me 🙂 and ft. stranger

Dining Etiquette Workshop

At first I really didn’t know what kind of career workshop to attend. Then I looked through the email about Starr Career Development and the only one that attracted me was the Dining Etiquette Workshop. Obviously this relates to food and I love food. I was also curious about the etiquette we have to know for eating. When I first got there it was really awkward to see everyone else dressed up formally and I didn’t because it didn’t mention about outfit when I looked at the workshop information online. I think most people at the workshop were higher grades and it was a little awkward to be one of the few freshmen, however everyone was very friendly. They even provided a small buffet for us for lunch.

I actually learned a lot from this workshop and I believe it would be really helpful to me later on. There are two types of style in Dining Etiquette, the American style and Continental style. The American style is where we keep switching the fork. It requires us to cut the food, rest the knife on the top of the plate and switch hand to eat. Whereas the Continental style requires less switching. We would keep both the knife and fork in our hands while we eat. When we are done eating, the finished signal is to place the fork face up and the knife parallel with the blade facing in. I also learned that when it comes to soup, we scoop the soup with the spoon outward, not inward. It is very weird to me but this is one typical thing that I remembered the most from the workshop. With all the utensils on the table, we use them in the order from outside to inside. There were a lot more that I learned, these were just a few of them. I believe it would be much easier for me to go to lunch or dinner interviews in the future in my career.