When I first arrived at the career workshop, I thought I would already know everything they had to present to us. I knew that I should update my resume with my achievements frequently, but also keep the descriptions short and succinct. However, at the workshop, I was surprised to learn that in addition to resumes, most employers also ask for a cover letter. I realized that a cover letter is meant to introduce yourself to the employer and present yourself to be the best possible candidate for the job; it is an integral part to a job application.
The career workshop also touched upon job interviews; a tip I found useful was that you should have a hidden resume. During a job interview, it’s best if you do not repeat what is already on your resume. Bring something new to the table. I strive to present myself as a well-rounded person in interviews. I think it is important to show academia, such as my interest in mathematics and finance, but also show my versatility in other areas, such as dancing and singing.
This workshop showed the many aspects in which employers consider potential employees, and highlighted the things that I would need to work on for future job applications and interviews. It was a helpful experience, and hopefully, I will use my newfound knowledge soon.
In the future, I want to apply to Physical Therapy school, which in America, requires a certain number of hours spent working in a therapy office. For the school I want to go to, I need to have 100 hours of work, so I spent a few weeks looking for practices that either offer hours for students or were looking to hire aids and assistants. For the first while, no one answered my emails, but then, at once, five or six answered yes, they would take me on, provided I do a short interview.
I couldn’t possibly work at all of them, so I agreed to interview at a few. During these interviews, I found that as much as it was for them to get to know me, it was also to help me see if I would fit in at that practice, or if I should reconsider.
While in the interview for the place I committed to working, I really felt like the interviewer was focused on me, and what I wanted out of the job. He was honest with me about what he likes and dislikes about the field, and how I could best achieve my goals. In general, the interviewer was one of the main reasons I picked this practice.
For my career blog post, I was invited and went to the Google building in Manhattan located at 111 8th Ave. The event consisted of business professionals sharing their businesses and organizations as well as their life experiences. There were all sorts of people; there were people from ESPN, Fox News, Google, Professors and even Entrepreneurs. Every time a couple people shared their words, there would be a pause which allowed everyone to network with these professionals. I was able to obtain business cards and converse with them about what they do, why did they choose their career, what motivates them etc. There were many industries present. One particular organization’s goal was to decrease the number of homeless students in New York City, which was around 100,000. I could see and feel the motivation and passion of each of the individuals in their respective fields. There was also tons of food, ranging from tacos to burgers and from soda to lemon water. The building itself was a beauty from the inside, although the elevators were cramped.
The deadline for the career blog post was approaching so my friends and I decided to just hit up a random workshop during Thursday’s club hours. I went to a general workshop about internships and learned about how to best present yourself in front of employers. I walked in expecting the workshop staffs to feed us information that was already familiar to us, but surprisingly I learned a lot more about acquiring an internship than I expected to. They had very detailed PowerPoints that identify the key qualities that we should have when we are looking for an internship. On one of the PowerPoints, it listed out the ideal qualities that employers look for when they are searching for an intern or an employee. There were a lot of skill sets and qualities but I think the most important to develop team-working skills, communication skills, and leadership skills. I knew this information before coming to the workshop but I always thought it was hard for me to showcase these skills. The staffs from the career workshop gave us specific examples such as articulating your thoughts precisely during an interview. Don’t rush what you have to say and be confident when it comes to expressing your ideas. It was a very helpful experience and I’ll definitely apply the skills I learned next time when I’m looking for an internship.
I have attended a workshop which was held by the Starr Career Department. It was about writing a cover letter.Before I attend the workshop, I thought I only needed to send out resumes to companies. I didn’t know I need to write a cover letter to show off my working experience. I have learned that a good cover letter is a half of success. I thought a cover letter should be a few pages long so that one can demonstrate his/her working experience to their employers. However, a good cover letter should be the other way around. It shouldn’t be too long because there are hundreds of people applying for the same job. The managers don’t have much time to read all of the cover letters carefully. Therefore, a good cover letter should be able to catch managers’ attention within a few paragraphs. I remembered My friend had actually given me her cover letter; she wanted me to take a look. She wrote everything in the letter, like very detailed things. After the workshop, I realized that we should focus on why the company should hire you and What special skills do you have to master this job.
The workshop actually helps us to prepare our future when applying for a job. I have learned a lot overall.
There are a lot of career workshops provided by Starr Career Development Center. The workshop that I attended was called “The Spotlight Series: Careers in Start-Ups”. This workshop was taught by professional entrepreneurs from the organization School16. When I came to sit down, I didn’t realize that the professional entrepreneurs who were twins until they told us. Gradually, I found out that they were similar in appearance. They told us a lot of their experience. A “Startup” company is a small fledgling company, which it is a new participant in a business. They stated that there were four stages in Startup. The first one was primary startup stage, which was the idea of the company. The second one was the validation of the stage, which was to raise money to grow, but there was no product of the market. The third stage was the seed of stage, which had something to work and there were more opportunity and higher potential to grow. The last one was the growth of stage, which there were well-paid jobs.
In addition, there were two value pillars of a startup that was product side and business side. In the product side, we need to help build the company like as a developer and product manager. In the business side, we need to help sell the products like as a growth hacker and representative. Later on, they told about the jobs. We need to know the job description and don’t wait for the permission. It is necessary to create link profile while we are finding a job. While we are in an interview, ask questions as many as you can and prepare for the interview. While we put our work experience about the company, which we are applying for on the resume, we can slightly change the information about our position, which we are applying for on the resume. However, don’t lie on the resume. To sum up, this workshop was a great experience.
I attended one of the Spotlights Series workshops to fulfill my career blog post. This workshop was basically about careers in the start-up industry. First, the two presenters introduced themselves and explained how they got involved in a startup company. They are twin brothers from organization school16. They both graduated from college with a finance degree and worked in a finance firm together. Later on, they found out that was not what they wanted. They quitted and joined the startup. They knew it would be hard to start something new, but they decided to take the risk. It came out as a huge success. After the self-introduction, they began to present on what startup is, why working on a start-up can propel your career, how to build your professional skills and how to understand the job search process in this industry. They explained stages of a startup company and risks of different stages. There are four primary startup stages, including idea, validation, seed, and growth. The validation stage has higher potential to grow so that people should be more concerned about companies at validation stage. They talked about the foundational skills, like customer service means to have the ability to handle difficult people. They also gave out tips on how to stand out at a job fair by being over prepared, such as choosing a few top companies to research, knowing why you like the company, understanding how they communicate and telling stories about yourself. Overall, the workshop was very helpful and interesting. It was a good experience, and I learned a lot from it.
I went to a career workshop last wednesday. It was the Ad Hoc Workshop that taught students that there are more options for you to chase your career in baruch than many would know. The Ad Hoc workshop showed us the Ad Hoc major, this is a major for those who have looked and couldn’t find a major that matches their wants. It is within the Weissman Arts and Sciences program. In order to make an Ad Hoc major you must combine different courses from two or more departments. These majors must be liberal arts. For example, i could be interested in both law and the internet and journalism so using Ad Hoc i could combine them into one major. Now there is a long process to do such things, you can find all the information buy checking the baruch website and searching in Ad Hoc. While baruch has countless opportunities for us to succeed some people can feel like nothing matches their passions and that’s where the Ad Hoc major comes into play.
A few days ago a mentor from high school contacted me with an internship opportunity and told me to go for the interview. The position wasn’t much, but it was a chance to get a feel of a professional environment and see how things work. I had previous experience with interviews, so I knew some questions they would ask, like my strengths and weaknesses. My mentor helped go over my resume and modified some parts to make it better. The interview wasn’t too long, maybe 10 minutes or so. The interviewer was more interested in seeing how I reacted to situations in an office, like if there was a conflict between my coworkers and I. Also, they wanted to know more about my other interests or hobbies. This helped them see more of who I am as a person than on paper. Then, it was more of the basic questions like what my goals are and what I can bring to the office. They also gave me some curve balls with questions like what would I do if my weakness hindered the team’s success. Overall, the experience of going to an internship interview in an actual professional setting was much different than just at a part-time job. Since my mentor knew the person who interviewed me, they were able to give me some feedback on my resume as well. I felt this interview helped me figure out what areas I could improve during future interviews for a job or another internship opportunity.
The workshop I attended was the Ad Hoc workshop. I only went to it because I needed to get a career blog post in but I actually learned something interesting. It isn’t important in my case but it is useful information to share because some in the school might not know about this program. Essentially it is a program hosted through the Weissman school that allows you to create your own major using a bunch of different classes. For example, a persons who created music, was a personal trainer, and was interested in the marking aspect of the musical business was able to take a variety of classes to fit his various hobbies. If you feel like creating your own major that is tailored towards your interest you must submit an application to the Star Office with the reasoning on why it would be beneficial to you and i just thought this was a really cool program. Im on the road to finance so I wont really need it but I can see how some others in the school can seriously benefit from a program like this. Welp, thats my post. Sorry about the less than interesting picture. I just felt really awkward taking pictures when everyone is so serious at a workshop like this. Thanks for reading