Career Post

On October 25th, I attended the Finance 101 career workshop.  I decided to attend the workshop because I changed my mind to major in finance instead of accounting. However, still somewhat undecided.  I wanted to know more about the career path as a finance major student. During the workshop, they talked about what you can be as a finance major. For example, a banker which what I intend to be or a stockbroker as I have some interest in stocks. Having strong communications to develop and to maintain relationships between customers is crucial in the field of finance. However, I am still in that process of developing fluent public speaking skills. I hope next semester’s communication class will be beneficial toward it. The workshop was helpful in many ways. Beside providing significant information about the career as a finance major, there were also tips on interviews, resume writings such as cover letter and some insights from professionals finance major field workers. Furthermore, since most finance jobs are office oriented, the instructor also discuss the layouts of different sections of offices. For instance, there are sections for technology, information organization, record keeping and filing, just to name a few. I knew some of these office layouts as I had a lot of experience as office workers. I worked as office assistant for a long time and still are. After the workshop, it was beneficial as it introduced me the environment of a finance worker and cleared some misunderstandings.

Student Life Blog

This is a student life blog.  I am going to introduce my experience for watch the theater show. This play is call Arden/Everywhere.

Arden/Everywhere, the “As You Like It”, directed by Jessica Bauman. It is a contemporary dramatic rendition of Shakespearean play that tackles the controversial issue of refugee of immigrant. Also, it is a powerful and profound story reading refugees’ life.

However, it only runs on October 8th to 28th. If you interesting, you can search the play in the YouTube or let me introduce it.

Arden/Everything was set in a country which there has been a coup. The old Duck moved into the Forest of Arden, where they have become refugees. The good Duck’s daughter, Rosalind, embarks upon a mission to find her father with her cousin Celia, after falling for Orlando. Rosalind disguised as a man for protection. In the other line, Orland runs away to Arden to save his life from his evil brother Oliver. However, Orland’s brother comes to Arden to find Orlando and kill him but he attacked by a dangerous gang of man in Arden. Orlando saves him immediately and they reconcile, but Orlando is hurt. The daughter of Duke Francis Celia approached Orlando and fall in love with him. In the end of the play, Rosalind takes off the disguise and be a woman, she is reunited with her father and gets marry Orlando. They leave Arden, leaving the rest of the refugees to continue their life.

Each character has vivid body movement and expression which the audience can easier to understand the story. For example, the fight is exciting and fierce when the Orlando fight with a dangerous man. It attracts the audience to focus on the stage when the fight in slow-motion. The light and background music make the action stronger. Also, this scene is a turning point which they change the relationship between Orlando and Oliver. Orlando gets hurt and lies down on his brother and they reconcile. According to their verbal language and action, the audience realizes family love can overcome everything.

Arden/Everywhere is a success story. It conveys the main theme of love and overcoming reality situation. The character came from different country and own experience but they into the Forest of Arden and live together. People will understand refugees’ experience and life. The audience has a different perspective to analysis this play. Love, family, and friendship. I strongly recommend you watch the play and enjoy it.

 

Focus-2 Assessment

I took the Focus-2 Exam for my Career Blog. I initially went to a career workshop for resume writing, however, that did not work out for me. In the Focus-2 Exam there were 5 assignments that you took in order to get help with which career you should choose.

I enjoyed completing the personality, I felt that it asked me questions that I was able to easily answer about myself. I chose Independence, helping others, and influence for the first part. My results were that You focus your attention on practical issues and look at the realities of a situation.,You make decisions using logic as opposed to your feelings. I feel that this test did a great job of defining my personality because a lot of these are similar to my personality. Then later they gave me a list, Examples of such occupations can be found in fields such as engineering, applied technologies, business administration, law enforcement, production andconstruction, professions I should choose. It actually told me what I wanted to do.

The work interest test I had a hard time completing because I think I was not even sure about the answers. The good thing is that I actually began thinking about which kind of environment I would like to work in. There were questions like, designing theatre stage sets, lighting and special effects for plays or TV shows? And this relates back to my theatre class. However, I wouldn’t be interested in a field of that sort. After this test I actually started to wonder, which type of working environment I prefer.

Overall, the Focus-2 Exam for me personally helped out. It is helping me choose a career for the future.  It also gave the number of annual income as well as the skill-set required. It got actually thinking about my career and how so many majors can go in different ways.     

   

workshop

On Tuesday October 10th, I attended a career workshop called Career Spotlight on Risk Management. There are three instructors who came from different companies with experiences to share with us. The first instructor told three stories about when risk management is needed and what will happen if there isn’t rise management. He gave us some historical background for rise management. The second instructor told how does rise management work and how business statistics applied. The third instructor use his own experience about rise management to help students to grow interest on rise management. All three instructors told me about how important rise management is to today’s lives. However, to be honest, after going to the workshop, I think that I will never be doing rise management in my life because it just doesn’t sound like something that I will be interested in and not something I will be doing good at. I don’t really understand the rise management and probably won’t be good at it because I am not good at acknowledging crises. Whenever something bad happen in my life, I don’t know what to do and how to prevent it. And rise management require someone to prevent economic crises in a company and prevent the company from closing down. Therefore, this workshop was really useful for me.

workshop

Focus 2 – dian yuan jiang

During the weekend I had to complete a career related blog spot but i didn’t go to any career events because of bad organization of time and laziness. So, instead i chose  to complete the focus 2 assessment that is related to the career blog.  When i enter this website i see 5 sections that i needed to complete and each sections have its own interesting part. It starts with your own interest and for most of them i picked 3 stars out of 5 stars because i don’t really know what i like to do and almost none of them interests me but i have to answer all these questions. While i was doing the survey i found this question that is very interesting which something like are you interested in doing gardening work, and i put a 4 star into that question because i m very interested in flower and such which interests me. Besides this i didn’t find much interesting and entertaining questions in the focus 2 assessment and the total time that took me to complete all 5 of these assessments was only about 20 minutes and it is basically a survey to categorized you into your job interest. Overall the survey was OK and i like it because it helped me complete my career blog that i have no idea how to complete it.

 

Small Talk: It’s a BIG Deal — Career Blog

I attended a workshop Small Talk: It’s a BIG Deal presented by Ellen Stein on November 8th.This was a workshop that really benefited me to become more confident to socialize. Usually when it’s a lot of people, I don’t like to talk to strangers. This workshop helped me understand how we can communicate better with people. Sometimes the problem can be that you don’t know what to say to them, she went over that too. First she came around and introduced us and expected us to introduce ourselves. As she was coming around, I was confused on why is she coming to everyone but when she came to me, I was like wow, I was not expecting this kind of gesture. Especially my name, when I told her my name she asked me again because she was not getting my name right, so from there I was more confident in that she actually wanted to know our names and not doing it to just do it. She gave us a worksheet which we had to fill out by putting the name of which relates to the statement. So we had to ask the people in the room and find someone that has similar answer to the question or statement. Then we went over basic tips such as saying hello, remembering the person’s name your taking to, etc. Then she gave us some scenarios and asked us to talk to our group on how would we start the conversation according to the situation. She asked for our opinion on how would we decide on who to talk to without knowing the person. Everyone then shared their responses and we commented on them. At last she showed us a demo with a volunteer student. She was being interviewed by the student and they had to show us a good representation of what the conversation should be when you go for an interview. This workshop was only for 2 hours but showed a lot then 2-hour worth, I can use all the tips and gestures in future that can help me get a good job and extend my connections with people. All of this will only help me, so it was a fun and amazing experience. Also I got to meet new people that I would have never gotten a chance to meet or know if it weren’t for this workshop.

Small talk is a BIG deal

On November 8 I was able to attend the workshop Small Talk: It’s a BIG Deal presented by Ellen Stein. This topic seemed very interesting for me, because every day I encounter hundreds of people, but often I find myself being silent for days. Now, everyone is so tied with technology, especially phones, that this is getting on the way of communicating with other people. So, I wanted to change this situation at least for myself. And this workshop became very useful in doing so.

In the very beginning Ellen personally greeted every person in the room and introduced herself, which was unexpected for me. I understand the meaning behind this gesture of her, but for some reason it felt too theatrical. During the workshop we were able to discuss topics like body language, memorizing techniques as well as appropriate topics to use in the conversation. Ellen engaged with the audience by improvising the work meeting conversation with one of the students. I liked that she showed us what she was talking about. Even though this information was not new, I refreshed my memories and got some inspiration to have more conversations with people.

Because of this inspiration I decided to challenge myself: every day for five days talk to someone I have never talked to (not including “hello” and “bye”). And I did complete this challenge, which was ton of fun. Not only I met cool people, but also it opened my eyes on how much opportunities are out there. Every person you meet has so much to offer: friendship, love, support, or at least a piece of gum. The only thing that is needed from us is to say hi to new people. Amazing life truly starts from the small talk.

Student Life Blog

On October 19, 2017, I went to see a play called Arden/Everywhere at the Baruch Performing Arts Center with my friend Hillary. It was my first time seeing a play at Baruch. The show runs from October 8th to the 28th at the Rose Nagelberg Theatre. Arden/Everywhere demonstrate a story about the different culture of refugees. The play begins a with a wrestling match between Orlando, the main lead and his brother Oliver. Rosalind, the main lead fell in love with Orlando at first sight. Rosalind was forced to leave by her uncle, Duke Frederick, so she disguised as a man and ran into the Forest of Arden with Celia and Touchstone. Orlando escape to Arden when he heard that Oliver is trying to kill him from his servant, Adam. They came upon many refugees in the Forest of Arden. Rosalind approaches Orlando dressed like a man and they fell in love. The hatred between Orlando and Oliver turned into forgiveness. The play ended with Rosalind reunited with her father and four couples are married. All of them left the Arden Forest leaving with the refugees. The play was great. I like the music they put and the song the casts sung. Many different languages were also spoke during the play. Since the play is an adaption of Shakespeare’s play As You Like It, the Shakespearean English is hard to understand without the synopsis. There are a few characters so some actors something has to play multiple roles in the play. It’s also a little chilly in the basement even though I was wearing two long sleeves shirts.

Career blog

On Oct 25th, my friend and I attended a Starr Career Development Center workshop called Finance 101. The reason for why I chose this workshop is just because I was unclear about my future at Baruch. In other words, I did not know which major should I choose, finance or accounting? As we known, Baruch is a famous business school, but before joining this community, I was really interested in the scientific study, like chemical engineering. When I first walked into school, I felt that I was surrounded by the strong business atmosphere and being integrated into that. Thus, I changed my mind, so I might major in finance or accounting but I don’t know which one is a better option.

After this workshop, I decided to choose finance as my major in Baruch. The presenter informed us on the different sectors in finance. I learn for the first time that in an office job, it is categorized into the front office, middle office, and back office. The front office could be recognized as the face of the company, it is mostly the sales representatives and employees who deal with clients. The middle office manages risk, calculates profits and losses and often is in charge of information technology. The back office is the people that are in charge of settlements, clearances, record maintenance, regulatory compliance, accounting and IT services. We also learned about the different sectors in finance. After she introduced all the different kinds of finance jobs, I am interested most in Financial analysts because it earns the highest level of salary even at the entry level.

The Complexity of Love — Arden/Everywhere

In October, Tony, Murphy and I went to the Baruch Act Performing Center to watch the play for our class assignment, “Arden/Everywhere”. The play is based on “As You Like It” written by William Shakespeare. The story talks about the complicated love between the characters. The play revolve around the conflict between Rosalind(Helen Cespedes) and Orlando(Anthony Cason Jr.) As Rosalind fell in love with Orlando at first sight after a wresting match planned by his brother Oliver(Kambi Gathesha), to kill Orlando, each of them had to flee to the forest of Arden to escape their death. Ultimately, Orlando and Rosalind overcome numerous hardships and married.

This is not just a simple romance, it is filled with the love of family, sympathy, and the pursuit of dreams. The interactions between characters made the play more enjoyable.  The director used breaking the fourth wall by the characters to increase interactions between the actors and the audiences. There is a fighting scene that amazed me the most during the entire play. They used slow-motion and lighting to capture the motions of the characters.

Over the play is meaningful and has a happy ending. This is a rare comedy play from William Shakespeare, and it’s a great production of theater. I like the play because of the production of this play is phenomenal, my favorite part of the play is at the end of the play, Orlando married Rosalind, and Duke took back his throne, and last but not least, everyone has a happy ending.