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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!
Gerald Tang (Baruch College) and Ali Joyce (Northeastern University), 2018 Annual Conference Programming Co-Chairs.
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.
Kate Juhl, Program Director
College of Arts & Humanities
University of Maryland
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!
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.
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.
EACE has been asking new members to share some fun facts about themselves. Here we get to know Lauri Blessing
What do you do in your current position?
At HU, I work as the Experiential Learning Coordinator. In this role, I serve as the direct point of contact for all undergraduate students, specifically as it relates to experiential learning. At HU, all students are required to complete 13 credits of experiential learning, which includes four seminars, two projects, and one internship. I teach one of the seminar courses to second year students as well as, advise, review, and approve project and internship contracts for all students wishing to complete their Project I, Internship, or Project II.
Where are you originally from?
Where do you live now?
Still live in Mechanicsburg, PA
Outside of work, what are some of your favorite things to do?
Some of my favorite things to do outside of HU include coaching field hockey, exercising, taking my dog on walks, traveling with family & friends, and just being adventurous.
Why do you do what you do?
I love working with young adults as they begin their career journeys. My journey was not as straight as I thought it would be, so I love the opportunity to assist students as they forge their own paths to find their niches and passions.
What is your educational background?
Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Science Education; Master of Arts in Higher Education – both from Messiah College.
What was your first job?
Teaching a Child Development course and a Culinary Essentials course to 9-12th graders.
What is the best advice you ever received?
Nothing worthwhile happens in your comfort zone – outside of your comfort zone is where the real learning and growth occurs!
For someone starting in your field, what advice would you give?
Obtaining experience and knowledge is a process and there are plenty of opportunities and individuals to learn from, so long as you form relationships, show up, and never stop learning.
What is something that might surprise us about you?
I am in my first, full-time position within Higher Education and would love the opportunity to meet as many EACE colleagues as possible to get to know and learn from them! Coffee, anyone?
By Tiffany J. Franklin, Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania Career Services
After 19 years of coordinating roughly two career fairs per year, I’ve experienced a variety of weather conditions from those crisp fall days that define the season, to sweltering heat, and unrelenting rain storms. As any event planner knows, you must expect the unexpected and adapt accordingly. Rain – no problem! Provide umbrella bags, extra mats, and ensure no one slips. Heat – bring in extra water and fans. Bitter cold – order more coffee and plenty of coat racks. But snow, that’s another story. For me it inspires awe and dread.
My History with Snow
To understand my complicated relationship with snow I must share that I grew up in Atlanta, a place where we were more likely to contend with ice and I can only remember about 5 snowfalls during my whole childhood. In each case, I had about a week off from school due to weather. I still associate that first snowy morning with waiting in line at Kroger at 6am, feeling lucky to have scored a loaf of bread, eggs and milk, as if some French toast making contest had suddenly overtaken suburban Atlanta. To this day, my mom in Florida still calls to ensure I have enough food when snow is forecast. Moving up to Philly during grad school changed my perception of snow. While I still think it’s beautiful, it’s not quite as magical when you must commute in it. And then, it really became interesting this past February.
The past couple of years I’ve worked in a team of three to manage the annual Penn Startup Fair held in February. Planning any event that time of year in the northeast is always a gamble, but my heart sank when I looked at my iPhone weather app 10 days before the event and saw a snowflake for February 9th in the extended forecast. I rationalized it away, thinking of how that forecast is constantly changing, but that was one persistent snowflake that kept taunting me and never budged. I’ve been to a few fairs with light snowfall that did not disrupt anything, but this time felt different. Two days before the event the weather forecasters assured us snow was on the way and it was scheduled for right at morning rush hour.
When things don’t go according to plan
That’s when the well-oiled machine that is our typical career fair planning took a few detours. Since the event was scheduled for 11am to 3pm, my colleagues and I worked on contingency plans to anticipate possible last-minute cancellations from employers traveling in for the day and what we would do with all the food if the university closed. The morning of the startup fair, the snow began falling rapidly at 6am and that’s when the world resembled a snow globe. News of canceled flights and trains poured in my inbox. Later that hour, we learned from the University Weather line that Penn would have a delayed opening of noon. That made things especially tricky because we were not able to access our event space until first thing that morning since there had been an event the night before and employers usually started arriving at 9am. We debated whether to cancel the event, but after numerous calls and emails with my team, our leadership, a few employers, and the caterers, the fair was still on, only slightly delayed. As long as we could safely hold the event, we didn’t want students and the employers who had already traveled here to miss out on connecting.
Thankfully, we had the number of the building manager and got in around 9:30am and quickly arranged everything. By noon, the sun came out and melted a great deal of the morning snow. Despite the chaos of cancelled flights, trains, and snowy conditions, the startup fair proceeded and we had about 75% attendance from both employers and students compared to prior years, which we were grateful for given the unique circumstances.
Tips for navigating your event when weather does not cooperate
As we approach another Philly winter, I’d like to share some tips I learned from this experience for other career services staff and employers attending.
Fortunately, it took almost 20 years for me to experience this snow craziness. While I don’t relish the thought of another snowfall during an event, I now have a better idea about where to begin. Even if you live in warmer climates that don’t see much snow, it’s always a good idea to have contingency plans in place that focus on communication and safety for everyone. Hope your events go well and you will never have to use those contingency plans.
Tiffany Franklin joined the University of Pennsylvania Career Services team in 2014 as Associate Director and provides career and internship guidance to engineering students and alumni. Prior to coming to Penn, Tiffany served as a recruiter on the technology team of an international staffing company and submitted candidates to top companies in Silicon Valley. From 2006 to 2013, Tiffany worked at Vanderbilt University in the Center for Student and Professional Development. In that role, she coached Arts, Media and Communications students, coordinated the Vandy-in-Hollywood summer internship program and traveled throughout the country meeting with engineering alumni. Tiffany launched her career in 1998 at Drexel University, where she advised students on all aspects of their co-op and job searches. She is dedicated to helping students explore career options, craft resumes/cover letters that effectively highlight their experience and tell their professional story in a way that resonates with recruiters. Tiffany earned her M.S.Ed. in Psychological Services from Penn’s Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University.
By Ethan Selinger, Northeastern University, College of Computer and Information Science
In my brief time as a career services professional, I have worked in employer relations at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, and currently work as a Cooperative Education (Co-op) Advisor at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. A critical component of these positions is employer relations; creating meaningful partnerships between school and employer. After all, the employer/college partnership is the lifeblood of experiential opportunities for students. It is vital that colleges create meaningful partnerships with employers to create internship, co-op, and potential full and part-time time opportunities for students; likewise, connecting with colleges can provide access to a talent pool of newly trained and eager young professionals for employers to both hire for short term (internship/co-op) or full time employment. With work so important to the experiences of students and employers, I oftentimes wonder and reflect on how people and institutions (including myself of course) can continue to improve both the quality and quantity of employer relationships.
Through my short-time as a career services professional, I have found the following practices create the best chance of a successful partnership between colleges and employers, and do my best to implement these in my work.
Research the Company
It is vital that a company’s industry, mission, and opportunities reflect the needs of students, and that the institution’s programs of study match employer needs. Researching a company before reaching out (or if a representative reaches out) is essential in creating a mutually beneficial partnership.
Understand a relationship must be mutually beneficial to both the school and employer
It sounds obvious, but working in college career services (at least in my experience), it’s possible to become so focused on creating opportunities for students and the institution that it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that employer relations is a two-way street- a mutually beneficial relationship between an institution and an employer relies on the needs of both parties being effectively met. One of the greatest aspects of being involved with EACE is the ability to work hand in hand with employer members and gain perspective.
Create a Welcoming Environment
From an initial phone call, to use of database’s, to on-campus events, it is the job of career services professionals to create a welcoming environment for employers. It shouldn’t be difficult for an employer to work with an institution; many companies and talent acquisition specialists work with large numbers of institutions. In my experience, the more difficult it is for an employer to connect with an institution, the better the chance of losing that relationship. The process should be as streamlined as effectively as possible to create talent pipelines; be mindful of recruiting cycles, user friendly technology (i.e. job boards), and time-friendly events.
Studies show that networking is by far the greatest method to finding a job. I make sure to tell my students this all the time in their co-op search. Network network network! I feel the same about creating partnerships with employers. Leaving the confines of the campus is essential. Taking advantage of networking events (such as conferences) as a college representative is vital to meeting new employers. EACE offers events and opportunities throughout the year to connect employers and institutions!
Be Mindful of Employment Trends and Changes
It’s the 21st century, and industry needs constantly shift. Creating mutually beneficial partnerships relies on an institution’s ability to prepare students for the changing needs of employers. Even though career services alone (at least as far as I know) cannot change curriculums throughout an institution, it is still important to understand trends and changes. I’m trying to make it a habit to read up on trends, continually connect with my employer contacts (in and outside of EACE) and take advantage of yearly trends conferences in the Boston area to stay informed.
I want to pose these questions for thought from both college and employer members: What are your best practices for creating mutually beneficial partnerships? What are your thoughts for continued improvement?
Ethan Selinger is currently a Cooperative Education (Co-op) Advisor at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science.
By Mary Edwin, M.S., NCC
It all began with an email. I’m usually one of those people who deletes promotional emails without reading them – I’ll read the subject line and if it doesn’t seem pertinent, well, delete. I also hate having unread emails in my inbox, so I’m frequently in there, reading and deleting. I don’t know what it was about this particular email; actually, I do. I think it said scholarship in the subject line. Who doesn’t stop to read an email if something free is involved? I remember receiving the email for the EACE scholarship from my supervisor and doubting my qualifications for the scholarship.
After much thought, I realized that I definitely qualified and was eager to network with come career services professionals. After all, my previous conference experiences have either been with school counselors or counselor educators. I recognized that the EACE conference would be an amazing growth opportunity and I quickly began gathering my application materials for the scholarship.
I was happy when I received the EACE Diversity and Inclusion scholarship but if I knew what was in store for me at Niagara Falls, I think happy would have been more along the lines of excited or ecstatic. My Niagara experience began with me driving straight from the airport to the Newcomers Lunch and that event set the tone for the whole conference.
I had lunch with some great people who made me feel welcome. I think knowing that we were all newcomers made it easier to talk to people and get to know one another without feeling left out or awkward. The semi-formal atmosphere of the Newcomers Lunch made it easy to talk about professional and personal lives with colleagues, plus, the food was kind of awesome!
The rest of the weekend seemed like a whirlwind from this point. The Make Them love You keynote by Jodi Glickman was absolutely enlightening—she totally changed the way I craft my professional and personal emails. My biggest takeaway was the value of respecting other people’s time and how the way we communicate with others conveys how much we respect their time. Next was the exhibitor showcase where I discovered great apps, software and tools that I planned to recommend to my department.
Thursday morning began with a coffee date with my mentor which was awesome. Being set up with a mentor was one of my favorite aspects of the scholarship. It was great to have someone to answer questions about the organization, the conference and various opportunities. Breakfast with other EACE members was equally awesome—I had the opportunity to talk to some employers about their perspective on the job search process and picked up some tips for my future clients. Through breakout sessions I gathered resources for my students, new ideas for programs and events and built new connections.
If I had to describe the EACE atmosphere in a few words, it would be “warm and welcoming”. Each time I spoke to a colleague, there were words of wisdom, tips for career and professional growth and making plans for social gatherings! It certainly didn’t hurt that the conference was in gorgeous Niagara. I learned so much from this experience and I can’t wait to be in Virginia next year!
Mary Edwin is a Ph.D. candidate and a Graduate Career Counselor at the Bank of America Career Services Center at Penn State.
By Joanna Craig, Eastern University
Entering my first summer as Assistant Director for Talent and Career Development at Eastern University, I had a head full of ideas and a to-do list a couple pages long. I was looking forward to attending the 2017 EACE Conference in Niagara Falls, an opportunity only available to me thanks to receiving an EACE Professional Development Grant, to network with colleagues and learn strategies to more effectively accomplish my goals. Imagine my surprise when I left EACE having scrapped pretty much that entire to-do list. Instead, the conference was the catalyst for a major shift in the way our office will function, and I left with a whole new set of ambitious, but attainable, objectives and a concrete plan for moving ahead.
My office is small – just two full-time career development staff and an administrative assistant we share with two other departments. We service the entire university, including current students and recent alumni. With limited resources but no shortage of creativity and devotion to our students’ success, my Director Sarah Todd and I are always looking for ways to do more with less. We were thrilled to see a session on the schedule called “Digital Disruption: Designing a Scalable Service Delivery Model” presented by Kevin Monahan, Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Carnegie Mellon University. The description shared that Carnegie Mellon had found itself struggling with “growing demand for services and no additional funding or staffing planned” — sounds familiar!
I grabbed a seat in the Red Jacket room and listened as Kevin described the very same challenges that I was experiencing in my own school. Was it really the best use of my time to discuss resume margin size with each student one-on-one day after day? And in an age where even your banking can be done from an app on your phone 24 hours a day, how do we best provide information to our students in a way they will actually access? Kevin explained how their career office increased its digital presence providing short videos that students could watch at their own convenience (including the middle of the night!) to support the career education provided by their counselors. Requiring students to come to meetings already armed with the basics optimizes counselors’ time with students by advancing the conversations to higher-ordered topics. Hearing how successful this strategy had been for Carnegie Mellon was incredibly motivating, and just a month after EACE, we have already started planning and preparing our own videos!
With a new plan in place to better use technology and increase our digital presence, my Director and I stopped by the exhibitor room to see what products might be in our budget to further our efforts. We already had Symplicity but had heard great things about the relatively new platform, Handshake. We had the opportunity to talk to representatives from Handshake that shared with us ways that we could streamline and improve our employer relations, reaching Fortune 500 companies we would not otherwise be able to reach with such a small staff. The all-in-one system would also simplify our appointment scheduling and first destination survey distribution. And perhaps most importantly, the user-friendly system has been shown to increase student engagement with the job board. After taking another critical look at our budget and a little negotiating, we were able to find a way to allocate funds for Handshake; we signed the contract shortly after returning from EACE.
Thanks to the sharing of ideas and connections I made at EACE, I am confident our office is going to see incredible improvements in efficiency, student engagement and customer satisfaction. I am so incredibly grateful to have received a Professional Development Grant to make the trip possible. I should mention that EACE wasn’t all work, though. I had the opportunity to meet new people, get to know colleagues better, and network with so many interesting people – the EACE crew was so friendly and welcoming! We tried out local restaurants together, watched fireworks over the falls and enjoyed letting loose on the dance floor at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. EACE was both incredibly productive and fun and I hope I get the opportunity to attend in 2018!
Joanna Craig was awarded a Professional Development Grant to attend the 2017 EACE Conference in Niagara Falls, NY. She is the Assistant Director for Talent & Career Development at Eastern University.