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Meet Mohamed Sesay! EACE Member Spotlight

Mohamed Sesay Dec 2017 spotlight


Making the Most Out of Winter Break

By Jo-Ann Raines, Director, Career Development Services, New Jersey Institute of Technology

After the stress of finishing projects and taking final exams, students look forward to the weeks of semester break and time to relax or travel.  Before they leave for that much-anticipated time off, we can encourage them to be creative and use the break as a strategic interval in the career development process. Some alternatives they can consider:

  • Review and revise the resume—Now that the fall semester has concluded, a review of accomplishments, new gpa, completed projects, major related courses, and extracurricular activities is in order.
  • Update social media—LinkedIn is recognized as a valuable tool for networking and the job search. Students can create a profile or update the existing one.  If students wish to include a photo, encourage them to use a shot that is professional in its setting.
  • Short internships—Taking on a short term internship is a good way to add to overall work experience and can be another source of additional networking contacts. The internship can be full time or part time, depending on the agreement between student and employer.
  • Finding a mentor—Having an experienced person as a guide in the career development process is a great advantage for emerging young professionals. The winter break can be an opportunity to review a list of previous contacts from school, community activities, and previous work experiences to identify a prospective mentor.
  • Information interviewing—After the holiday festivities have died down, students can reach out to a couple of network referrals who can shed some light on what they do and how they came to their careers.
  • Civic engagement—The holiday season offers may occasions to give back to the community. Volunteering has the triple advantage of providing assistance to those in need, adding another dimension to the resume, and supplying another means to build the professional network.
  • Social situations—This is a season for parties, dinners, meeting up with friends and family, and making new acquaintances. When appropriate, sharing short and long term career aspirations can lead to helpful information for future reference.

Students can advance their career development process while classes are not in session and they have more control over their time.  These suggestions are a few that can get them thinking and provide a boost to their career plans.

Jo-Ann Raines is the Director of Student and Alumni Career Development at  New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the EACE Winter Meet-Up

With the semester wrapping up, we find ourselves planning for winter and spring! As you begin your plans, consider attending the EACE Winter Meet-Up taking place on Monday, January 8 at The College of New Jersey. During this half-day drive-in conference, join fellow EACE members in expert-led panels and interactive group sessions – all in time for spring semester! As the date approaches, we connected with Debra Klokis, co-chair of the Professional Development Committee, and she shared the top 5 reasons to attend the meet-up:


  1. You are able to network with colleagues
  2. It is an affordable, in-person professional development opportunity
  3. There are topics for Employers and Career Center Professionals
  4. It is an opportunity to visit a different college campus
  5. It is always fun to attend an EACE event!

Learn more and register today.



Debra Klokis is the Associate Director of the Career Center at The College of New Jersey. Debra has been a member of EACE since 2010 and currently serves as co-chair of the Professional Development Committee. Previously, she served as co-chair of the Road Trips to the Real World Committee.

Federal Job Opportunities: Opt In or Opt Out?

By Jo-Ann Raines, Director, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Career Development Services

The federal government is a source of challenging and rewarding internship and career opportunities.  It has also suffered from an image problem.  Uncle Sam has been characterized as an employer with boring, predictable jobs for paper pushers.  The myth exists that you have to work in Washington, DC to be a fed.  Another bad rap is the salary structure—non competitive with the private sector. Less tangible is the premise that it wasn’t “sexy” to work for the feds, and even if you wanted to, the application process was a mystery at worst and cumbersome at best.

So should the federal government remain in our repertoire of options to suggest to students?  Indeed, yes!  Through an Innovation Grant from the Partnership for Public Service, NJIT came to a deeper appreciation of what the federal government has to offer someone in the job search process.  The jobs are first and foremost an opportunity to serve the country.  Only 15% of federal positions are located in Washington, DC.  The rest are spread across the United States and some abroad.  The jobs can be exciting and unexpected in the variety of challenges they offer.  Salaries are competitive, commensurate with level of education and experience, and the benefits are excellent.

The economic downturn that began in 2008 and lasted several years had an impact on hiring in the federal sector as it did with private industry.  Budgets were reduced and this caused frustration in applicants and advisors alike.  But there has been an uptick in hiring, especially as it relates to cyber security, and some facts remain true.  The federal government has an aging population who is taking its knowledge and experience with them into retirement.  Also there are certain functions within agencies that must be maintained, most evidently the afore-mentioned cyber security.  Under President Barack Obama, hiring practices were revamped and the Pathways Program for Students and Recent Graduates was created.  Pathways provides opportunities for federal internships for current students and provisional full time opportunities for graduates up to two years out.  Eligible participants may be considered for conversion to full time employment. For details on the Pathways Program, go to

Jo-Ann Raines is the Director of Student and Alumni Career Development at  New Jersey Institute of Technology.

EACE Awards Recipients 2017 Share What EACE Means to Them

By Chloe J. McILwaine, University of Pittsburgh Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance

Before we know it, we will all be boarding our planes, trains and automobiles and making the journey to Reston, VA for this year’s EACE Annual Conference. However, before the New Year comes upon us, we want to do a short highlight on our ever-so deserving Award Recipients from EACE 2017.

What makes these recipients and awards even more prestigious, is that they are voted for by our peers. Being a member of EACE can be so much more than simply going to a conference or event a couple of times a year – it is a way to connect with like-minded individuals, to learn from each other, to have an impact on fellow professionals and peer institutions. That is what these winners have done!

Dr. Alicia Monroe was awarded the Distinguished Leadership Award. Alicia took the time to tell us about what EACE means to her:

“If you look at the EACE mission, some keywords that pop are develops, facilitates, connects, and serves. The core values of EACE reflect these dynamic keywords and then some. EACE, for me, is real space and real community. Members, regardless of title or professional affiliation, willingly share their expertise, work collaboratively, and inspire and encourage one another. I cherish the relationships and network that I have established through EACE and look forward to attending our annual conference in Reston, VA. We work hard and play a bit, too.”

The recipient of the outstanding new member award went to Stefano Verdesoto. Here is what Stefano has to say about his time within EACE so far:

“EACE has played a major role in my personal and professional development.  I first joined the organization three years ago while in graduate school.  Since then, I attended events, joined a committee, began attending annual conference, and then moved to co-chair of public relations, all while making great connections and good friends along the way.  Earning the 2017 Outstanding New Member Award was an absolute honor.  I am beyond grateful for the opportunities I have received during my first three years, and I am excited to continue my involvement with EACE throughout my career.”

Christine Cervelli was the thoroughly deserved winner of this year’s Outstanding Member Award. Christine shared with us some insight into her time as part of EACE:

“Being involved with EACE has been one of the professional highlights of my career.  My first experience with EACE was at a conference and I truly enjoyed the networking and support I received as a newcomer.  I signed up for a committee and continued working with EACE as a Co-Chair in different committees for the last few years.  I have developed relationships with career center colleagues and employers that probably would not have been possible without EACE. Being selected for the Outstanding Member Award last year was truly an honor.  I have enjoyed all of the time I have been involved with EACE and look forward to being involved in the future.”

Kimberly Dixon was the recipient of the Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion Award. Kimberly, and her team at Stony Brook University Career Center created the Diversity Career Preparation Program Series. In response to a growing need to support employers with diversity recruiting initiatives, and Kimberly Dixon’s passion to prepare underrepresented students for the world of work, Kimberly developed the Diversity Professional Leadership Network (DPLN) in 2008. Students are paired with professionals for mentoring, and guaranteed interviews with partnering organizations to pipeline talent. Past participants have gone on to work at organizations including Barclays, GE, Viacom, NBA, Texas Instruments, and Target to name a few. Based on the outstanding results as well as positive feedback from our corporate sponsors, the Diversity Career Preparation Series will continue to be showcased as a signature diversity program on campus.

Deserved Tribute Award winner, Robbin Beauchamp, gives us a look into her journey with EACE:

“When I was relatively new to the career services field, my then-director insisted her staff get involved with EACE.  For me, this meant, among other things, taking advantage of the Professional Exchange visits.  I could travel and see the inner workings of organizations that I would not have had access to if not for EACE. Because of the networking I did while on Professional Exchange visits, I forged relationships with members that allowed me to expand my participation in EACE to become a member and then co-chair of committees, including Professional Exchange.  This involvement allowed me to be elected twice to the board of directors.  These experiences helped me to become a better career services practitioner and ultimately, an effective director and chief career services officer. Honestly, I owe my career to the people of EACE and it all started with going on a few Professional Exchange visits.”

And finally, Springfield College received the Innovation in Program Development Award. Scott Dranka is able to give us a little look at how EACE benefits an entire staff:

“The Springfield College Career Center has greatly benefited from EACE’s professional resources and offerings including but not limited to the annual conference, a highly visible and informative social media presence, supportive webinars, a comprehensive website, the Road Trips to the Real World series, employer site visits, and being able to share best practices and dialogue with fellow EACE members. Having comprehensive EACE resources, in all platforms, has allowed our team to stay current with career-development and employment trends, gain further knowledge of upcoming concepts and growth areas, and be informed of innovative programming and engaged learning opportunities that we continuously review and incorporate into our daily work in the Career Center in order to best inform and support our students, alumni, employers, faculty, and all additional constituents.”

As mentioned, these awards are nominated by your fellow peers and EACE members. Our 2018 awards will be presented at the EACE 2018 Conference in Reston, VA, so why not nominate someone who you think is as deserving as our recipients above.

Nominations are open now through Jan. 26th :

Chloe J. McILwaine is a Career Consultant for Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at University of Pittsburgh Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance.  Chloe is an active member of the EACE PR Committee and the EACE Awards and Research Grants Committee.

Meet Emily Behn! EACE Member Spotlight

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Long Weekend? Submit a Conference Proposal! Top 5 Tips.


With Thanksgiving coming up, many of us will enjoy a well-deserved long weekend.  After celebrating with friends and family, eating leftovers, and perhaps beginning holiday decorations, consider submitting a conference proposal!  The deadline has been extended to December 1, so take advantage!  Annual Conference Programming Co-Chairs Gerald Tang (Baruch College) and Ali Joyce (Northeastern University) shared their top 5 tips for submitting a conference proposal.  See below, and happy writing!


  1. Give it time – A good proposal takes time to create! Set aside a few hours to review past proposals, draft out your presentation outline, and craft your title and session description.
  2. Tailor your session – Increase your chances of being selected by aligning with one of our topics above and think about a format that involves the audience and stimulates discussions (instead of straight lecture).
  3. Make it catchy – The title and description you create now will be listed in the app and booklet, so consider the audience, topic area and relevance to your presentation. Use action verbs and results-oriented words. Your title must be both attention-grabbing and give a good description of your session.
  4. Get credit – Sessions that are NBCC or HRCI accredited have an increased likelihood of being selected for the conference, and tend to have higher attendance. Review the guidelines for HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institute) and NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors).
  5. Share takeaways – Think about the learning outcomes. What information will attendees learn? What new insights will you cultivate? What best practices or how-to’s will you share? Answer the following: “By attending this session, attendees will gain…”


Begin your proposal today. 



Gerald Tang (Baruch College) and Ali Joyce (Northeastern University), 2018 Annual Conference Programming Co-Chairs.

EACE Students to Visit City Year Philadelphia & City Year DC (RTRW Spotlight)

At the University of Maryland, I work on career advising with arts and humanities majors. Though each student’s concerns are unique, an impressive number of students will share similar sentiments with me during appointments. These students confide they don’t entirely know what they want to do after graduation, but they are certain they want to make the world a better place. Oh, and graduate school may be in the cards within the next few years. When I hear these kinds of interests, I always make sure to educate them about Americorps programs, especially City Year.
From my observations of City Year, corps members get to make an incredible impact in just 10 months. I have no doubt they are challenged every day by their work in classrooms here in DC and around the country, but the program seems to support them well, providing the leadership skills they need to succeed. Many of the college students I work with these days are looking for a short-term opportunity (often 1 year) that will allow them to “get their feet wet” before committing to graduate school or a particular career path, so the structure of City Year seems to fit well with these goals. The students I work with also appreciate the opportunity to request certain City Year sites around the country. UMD students have been corps members not only here in DC, but also in New York, Philadelphia, Milwaukee and even Seattle.


For some students, they choose their site because it is closer to their hometown; others see this as a great chance to try out a new city. For those seniors interested in graduate school in the future, I make sure they are aware of City Year’s “Give a Year” tuition reduction arrangement with many graduate programs. What a great way to give back, build your credentials for graduate school applications and possibly earn a substantial reduction in future graduate school tuition.
Regardless of the path students find themselves on after City Year, I believe a City Year Corps Year provides invaluable leadership skills, great insight into one’s own skills, values and interests and, most importantly, the chance to prove that even one person can make a difference here in DC or around the country. EACE is excited to host two visits to City Year during the Road Trips to the Real World program in January. Encourage your students to check out City Year Philadelphia on January 4 and/or City Year DC on January 12. During both trips, students will hear from current Corps members and tour City Year schools.


Learn more and register for the visits.


ProfilePic (002)Kate Juhl, Program Director

College of Arts & Humanities

University of Maryland

EACE Students to Visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art (RTRW Spotlight)


With two locations, seventeen different departments, and a collection that boasts art and objects spanning from the fourth millennium B.C. to the present day, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the champion heavyweights in the museum world. It is also one of the busiest. With a visitorship second only to the world’s most-visited art museum (the Louvre), The Met welcomed 7,006,000 visitors in 2016 alone. Its main location in New York is situated at the edge of Central Park along 5th Avenue, and is home to a dizzyingly large collection of fine art, armor, textiles, artifacts, tombs, musical instruments, and even whole buildings from around the world.

The Met’s smaller uptown location, The Cloisters, is a celebration of medieval art, sculpture, and architecture. Built from reconstructed cloisters from French monasteries and abbeys, The Cloisters is secluded near the back of Fort Triton Park, and houses approximately five thousand works of art from Medieval Europe, including tapestries, sculpture, stained glass, and more.

With such a large collection and prestigious reputation, it is no surprise that The Met offers many competitive internship opportunities each year, both paid and unpaid. At The Met Fifth Avenue, offerings vary by department and season, from ten week internships in the summer to longer nine and twelve-month internships. Collectively known as the Museum Seminar (MuSe) Internship Program, these internships come in all shapes and sizes, depending on the student’s interests, experience, and background. The Met Cloisters offers more limited internships for both undergraduate and graduate students. Full-time jobs can be found on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s LinkedIn page.

With a world-class collection situated in the heart of the largest city in the United States, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a cultural icon and a world leader in the museum field. This winter, encourage your students to participate in EACE Road Trips to the Real World, including The Met! Students will get a behind-the-scenes look at The Met and learn about job and internship opportunities. A few spots are still open for this exciting trip, but will fill up soon!

Share with your students today.



Margot Willis is pursuing an MA in History and a Master of Library & Information Science at the University of Maryland, where she holds a graduate assistantship in the University Career Center @ ARHU with EACE member and Road Trips to the Real World  Committee Co-chair, Kate Juhl.

“Do it afraid. What’s the worst that could happen, really?” Q&A with Saskia Clay-Rooks and Raechel Timbers (George Mason University)


On Tuesday, November 28 (12 p.m. EST), Saskia Clay-Rooks and Raechel Timbers from George Mason University will return (by popular demand!) to share their work with various identity groups during their EACE webinar, “Moving from Diversity to Inclusion: One Career Center’s Journey.”

As we prepare to welcome them back, we caught up with Saskia and Raechel to get to know them and their work a little better.


What do you do in your current position?

Raechel: As the Associate Director for Student Professional Development, my role is to help students identify and practice the skills they need to be successful in a job or internship. In order to do this, I do programming around career readiness for Mason students (e.g. our Mason Career Readiness Conference), work with our division of University Life on career readiness initiatives for student employees (e.g. our student employee rubric evaluation and student employee workshop series) and I focus on the career readiness of our student employees/Peer Career Advisors.

Saskia: Whatever Raechel tells me to do, AND maintain success of a career center nationally recognized for its industry-focused approach to student advising and employer relations. Also, provide direction and support to a 20-person staff in accordance with a shared vision and strategic plan to prepare and connect career-ready students for postgraduate success.

What’s one fun fact that we should all know about you?

Raechel: I have met one US president and even been to the bowling alley within the White House!

Saskia: A few years ago, I had the great opportunity to spend the summer on staff with Semester at Sea (in a career development focused position)— visiting 7 countries throughout the Mediterranean.

Your session was a hit at the EACE Conference in June! What prompted you to create this session?

Raechel: Many career services professionals know that diversity and inclusion efforts for students as well as employers are important, but it can be intimidating to figure out where to start or to think you need to be an expert in the topic to get started. We wanted to show that it is possible to make a positive impact regardless of your role within the office and show our process so other folks could adapt it for their office.

Saskia: To encourage and equip allies at other institutions similarly committed to diversity and inclusion work.

Outside of work, what are some of your favorite things to do?

Raechel: Nerd out on podcast (right now I am really into Lore and Stuff you missed in History Class), binge watch Friday Night Lights, Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and spend time with my husband and daughter.

Saskia: Be a kid again with my 1 and 3 year old.

What is the best advice you ever received?

Raechel: Saskia likes to say you can network or you can not work. I think that is a GREAT piece of advice for students and professionals!

Saskia: Do it afraid. What’s the worst that could happen, really?


If you missed their presentation during conference, you won’t want to miss it now! Join us on Tuesday, November 28, 12 p.m. EST.

Register today.

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