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Career Newsletter - Fall 2017

Baruch STudents ATtend cia symposium

WSAS Dean Romero, Elyse Mendel, Director of WSAS Graduate Career Services, and Baruch students at CIA Symposium

On June 5–7, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences Dean Aldemaro Romero Jr., and Elyse Mendel, director of Weissman’s Graduate Career Services, accompanied Baruch students Samuel dela Cruz (BBA), Kwadwo Ennin (BBA) Jacob Kabariti (BS), and Christopher Thomas (MS), who were selected to attend the Directorate of Science and Technology Summer Symposium at the Central Intelligence  Agency.

This was the first time the agency organized such an event, and Baruch College was invited as one of eight institutions  to initiate the occasion. Students created posters for the  event and the Baruch team’s poster was titled How Secure is Your Password? Protecting Personal and Company Data During Times of Increasing Threats and Risks.

Baruch students at CIA Symposium

We were welcomed with open arms and got the chance to meet with current agents, opening up a two-way dialogue. It was a particularly exciting feeling—as if we got to have the inside scoop on the challenges that face our country. My team and I chose to speak about emerging cybersecurity threats, and gave our unique perspectives and possible solutions. Lastly, my experience was definitely unforgettable and, to be honest, who can ever pass up the opportu- nity to visit the CIA headquarters? I’m honored to have represented the most ethnically diverse campus in the nation, Baruch College.
-JACOB KABARITI, BS IN BIOLOGY

We were privileged to attend the inaugural occasion of the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology summer symposium. It was an eye-opening experience, getting to meet officers of the agency and asking questions pertaining to their respective roles with the organization. It was also pretty cool to tour their prem- ises and be informed about the various directorates of the CIA, as well as the diverse opportunities available for students. We were given an opportunity to present and discuss topics such as cy- bersecurity, data analytics, and robotics, exchanging know-how and ideas about these subjects with people at the cutting edge of these technologies.
-KWADWO ENNIN, BBA IN COMPUTER INFORMATION  SYSTEMS


CAREERS IN THE ARTS: FROM THE EXPERTS

Graduate and Undergraduate students attending theCareer in Arts panel discussion.
Graduate and Undergraduate Students attending
the Career in Arts panel discussion.

On Friday, April 21, 2017, the Weissman Graduate Career Services office hosted a Careers in the Arts panel featuring Michael Barra, president, media and entertainment, the Araca Group; Robert Bucker, PhD, interim vice provost and dean of faculty, Manhattan School of Music; Gina Gibney, executive artistic director, Gibney Dance Company; and Geri Thomas, president, Thomas & Associates, Inc./ArtStaffing.com; moderated by Mark Rossier, director of institutional advancement, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

Michael Barra; Robert Bucker; Gina Gibbney; Geri Thomas; Mark Rossier
Michael Barra; Robert Bucker; Gina Gibbney; Geri Thomas; Mark Rossier

The Careers in the Arts panel was a great showcase of the diversity of thought among top arts administrators. The panelists spoke of unexpected turns, like Gina Gibney’s pivot from struggling to pay rent to being entrusted by her landlord with the management of a significant amount of additional space, which allowed her to expand her dance company. There was also space for controversy between panelists. Impassioned advocacy for the National Endow- ment for the Arts was hardly a foregone conclusion.
- CHRISTOPHER GRIGSBY, MA IN ARTS ADMINISTRATION (‘19)

One of the reasons I chose the Baruch MA in Arts Admin- istration program was the access and proximity to NYC arts organizations and their leadership. Attending this panel realized this aspiration perfectly. That the modera- tor and guests were knowledgeable and well-spoken came as no surprise, nor did the diverse circumstances of their individual journeys.
- JON LEONARD, MA IN ARTS ADMINISTRATION (‘18)


MEET THE DEAN

Meet the Dean April 5, 2017

Meet the Dean group picture April 5, 2017

On Wednesday, April 5, a group of students from across the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences graduate programs shared lunch and conversation with Dean Romero.

Dean Romero, along with so many others in the administration at Weiss- man, actually takes the time to listen to students’ concerns and make our personal development a part of the college’s growth and evolution. I appre- ciate the dean’s honesty and candor, particularly when explaining why some concerns won’t necessarily be met during my time as a student, while convey- ing a tangible road map that we can feel invested in. His authentic passion for the arts—and eagerness to share it—confirmed that I made the right decision in choosing Baruch.
- TIMOTHY WROTEN, MA IN ARTS ADMINISTRATION (‘18)

I enjoyed meeting with the dean and fellow students very much. The meeting was a good experience because our dean listened very intently to each student’s educational goals, career aspirations, and concerns. His responses showed that he cares deeply about the educational experience of both undergraduate and graduate students and their physical environ- ment at Baruch, as well as their future.
-SUBRINA NOEL, MA IN CORPORATE COMMUNICATION (‘18)


FROM THE FIELD: ALUMNI MEET WITH STUDENTS SHARING CAREER ADVICE

Alumni meet with students sharing career advice: Adiam Greenhouse; Leah Markowitz; Ketty Sierra
Left to right: Adam Greenhouse, MS in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology (‘15); Leah Markowitz, MS in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology (‘17); Ketty Sierra, MS in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology  (‘18)

 On Thursday, March 2, Weissman Graduate Career Services participated in Baruch and Beyond, an industry-specific roundtable discussion between current students and alumni in the fields of human resources and industrial/organizational psychology. This was a collaboration among Weissman Graduate Career Services, the Starr Career Development Center, and the Office of Alumni Relations.

Weissman alumnus Adam Greenhouse (‘15) met with students and shared, “There are so many possible paths within the field and it’s always beneficial to connect with people with different levels of experience.” Ketty Sierra (‘18) said, “Having the opportunity to converse with Baruch alumni made me feel like I was talking to my future self. If nothing else, the opportunity to meet with alumni gave me the motivation to get out of my comfort zone and learn that everyone’s journey is different, there is no linear path to success.”


MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING CAREER FAIR, 2017

Mental Health Counseling Career Fair, 2017

Mental Health Counseling Career Fair, 2017

The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences hosted its annual Mental Health Counseling Career & Internship Fair on Wednesday, February  22.

In addition to Weissman’s mental health counseling students, eight area colleges were invited to join their peers at Baruch and meet representatives from agencies including ANDRUS; Cardinal McCloskey Community Services; Fordham University Office of Career Services; Housing Works; HRA-ThriveNYC; Mental Health Service Corps; NADAP; New York State Department of Civil Service; NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Phoenix House; Shiloh Consulting, LLC; The Children’s Village; The New York Foundling; START Treatment and Recovery Centers; New York Mental Health Counselors Association; and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

 As one recruiter stated,
“(The students) dressed well, and asked great questions. Great, bright students!”


AMBASSADOR PROGRAM UPDATE

Caroline Beerley; Yasmin Soufian (Ambassador Program)
Left: Assignee Caroline Beerley, MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (’18) Right: Ambassador Yasmin Soufian, MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology   (’18)

The Graduate Career Services office initiated an Ambassador Program in Fall 2016 to facilitate current graduate students partnering with incoming graduate students within the same master’s program. A total of 58 current and incoming students participated in the fall, and an additional 32 students participated in the spring.

It’s been extremely helpful to have Yasmin as a resource as I begin my graduate school career. She checks in to see how things are going and I always appreciate her candid advice. I am fortunate to have her as both a mentor and a friend!
- CAROLINE BEERLEY, MS IN INDUSTRIAL/ ORGANIZATIONAL  PSYCHOLOGY  (‘18)


LINKEDIN PHOTO BOOTH: GETS THE SHOT

LinkedIn Photo Booth      

On February 24, Weissman Graduate Career Services co-sponsored a LinkedIn Photo Booth  for current  graduate students and alumni.

Nine-two percent of employers use social networks and social media to support their recruitment efforts, and 86 percent research candidates before or after an interview. People with photos on LinkedIn are seven times more likely to have their profiles viewed. Make sure it’s a headshot on a solid background. (Do not post a photo with another person or where another person can be detected). Make it professional and don’t forget to smile!

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