Each year EACE recognizes outstanding members in the industry and our association through EACE Service Awards and EACE Innovation and Leadership Awards. Nominees are members within the EACE community deserving of public recognition for what they have achieved.
EACE has been asking new members to share some fun facts about themselves. Here we get to know Claire Kilbourne from Armstrong World Industries:
What do you do in your current position?
I am the Talent Acquisition Manager. That means that I work with a fantastic group of people to bring outstanding talent into the organization.
Should students pick majors based on employability?
US colleges educate over 20.5 million students each year, of which 75-85% will change their majors at least once. The choice of major is no easy feat: for most students this will be the first consequential decision of their lives, second only to their choice of college. It is for good reason: from a future earnings perspective, picking one college major over another can yield a lifetime earnings differential of up to $3.4 million.
By Gorick Ng, MBA Student, Harvard Business School
EACE is pleased to introduce “The Millennial Journey”, a monthly segment featuring the research of Gorick Ng, a Harvard Business School MBA who specializes in the transition from school to work. Over the past year Gorick has interviewed ~200 employers, students, and career counselors to understand the pain points – and opportunities – in today’s hyper-competitive economy.
Each month we will feature a new step in “The Millennial Journey”, each with a thought-provoking headline question for our community to consider.
We will begin with a Millennial’s first steps on a college campus – all the way through to when a Millennial enters their first job out of school. Our goal is not to “average” our students down to a size that fits no one; it is to share the cross-cutting emotions and pain points observed through hundreds of conversations with Millennials from all walks of life.
This monthly segment is meant for career counselors, employers, parents, and students alike. We hope there will be something for everyone.
Let’s have a substantive conversation!
About the Author: Gorick Ng helps companies develop tactical skills training to accelerate the learning curve of new hires. From his work Gorick has spent thousands of hours understanding the experiences of Millennials, career counselors, and employers – and the “soft skills” and “hard skills” gaps that exist in the transition from school to work.
Gorick is pursuing his MBA Harvard Business School and is a graduate of Harvard College, where he now serves as a Resident Tutor leading pre-career advising. He was the first in his family to attend high school and college and is passionate about helping young people pursue their dreams.
More on Gorick here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gorickng
By Christine Cervelli, Assistant Director of Career Services, NJIT and Sam Moore, Assistant Director of Communications and Virtual Resources, Temple University
As the New Year approaches, we often take time to evaluate our lives, both personal and professional, and set a “resolution.” Wikipedia describes a New Year’s Resolution as “a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year’s Day.” We often have the best of intentions to keep these promises to ourselves, but sometimes life takes over and the resolutions slip out of our minds.
We all want to keep our resolutions, but studies suggest that only about 8% are successful. So how do we increase our success rate? Common advice is to clearly define goals, track our progress, and to be accountable to each other. This year, EACE wants to help you to keep your resolution! We will be sharing our resolutions through social media this January so we can all support one another (and maybe even win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards.) Friends and colleagues can help check up on our progress and help provide reminders, support and encouragement as needed. Think about your goals or any change you want to make in 2017 and get started on making it happen!
Whether you are planning to exercise more, learn a new skill, or eat healthier, we want to hear about it! Share your #EACE #NewYearsResolution with @EACEPR starting Jan. 1st – 20th and you will be entered to win one of TWO $50 Amazon Gift Cards! That’s right, not only can you get into shape or finally learn how to make paella, but you can get rewarded just by telling us! Our lucky winners will be selected on Tuesday, January 10 and Tuesday, January 24, so by sharing your Resolution with us by January 10 you will double your chances to win. Holiday shopping doesn’t have to end in December, just make sure you tag @EACEPR with your #EACE #NewYearsResolution and you could win big!
Co-ops and internships are integral to the success of students post-graduation; and the offices that support those programs must find effective ways to prepare them for these experiences. Our office, The Center for Cooperative Education and Career Development at Wentworth Institute of Technology supports nearly 900 students per year in their search for co-op, a graduation requirement for all majors.
Jeffery Alston is the Assistant Director of Employer Relations, The College of Brockport, Office of Career Services. He received the EACE research grant in 2016 for work on "Ethnic Minority Student Usage of Career Services ." We can't wait to hear more on Jeffery's research when he completes the project at the end of June 2017. Until then read up on Jeffery's thoughts and progress.
The Technology committee hosts a monthly Twitter chat on Career Services & College Recruiting topics of importance to our EACE membership. In case you missed it, our November Twitter chat covered “Career Services Management Systems – Tips, Trends, and Best Practices”. With over 15 EACE member participants, CSM systems represented on the chat included Symplicity, GradLeaders, Handshake, and Purple Briefcase.
By Kate Szumanski, Office of Undergraduate Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University (@KateSzumanski)
Experiential learning or experiential education are “hot” trending topics in higher education and with good reason. Colleges and universities are doing more and more to promote the values of first-hand experience, coupling it with intellectual exploration and academic structure to build rigor and reflection for students as they navigate a brand-new world and strive to make sense of it.
In the Office for Undergraduate Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University, we recognize that experiential learning opportunities allow our students to develop knowledge and skills through professional work (internships), research projects, service learning, study abroad, and field trips to the real-world. Furthermore, these types of meaningful experiential learning opportunities help students make informed career choices as they discover their own path and build inroads to launch their professional lives.
In addition, we know that these types of learning experiences make our students highly desirable job prospects among employers of all shapes and sizes. These experiences help to create career ready young professionals who become sought-after internship and job candidates.
For many college students, the path to career success is obscured by lack of knowledge, experience, professional skills, and an overwhelming sense of confusion or fear.
Many high-achieving students have been told throughout their lifetimes that they can do and be anything, and while this is true in many respects, it’s also incredibly overwhelming and difficult to sort out and unpack. Eventually, you have to narrow things down. Ah, the great paradox of choice! Things were simpler when our store shelves were populated by two Ketchup brands.
Now, with a dizzying array of choices, we’re stymied at times, afraid we’ll choose incorrectly, waste our time and money, and be left with yucky Ketchup.
The path to career realization winds, snakes, and branches off into various sections previously unpaved. While great beauty exists on these unfinished pathways, great apprehension exists, too. Where will this path take me, and do I necessarily want to go there?
How to make sense of this, and where to go from here? We need to better educate students regarding the complexities of careers and career decision-making. We need to emphasize the importance of experiential learning, professional-skill building, and career readiness so that students discover, see, and map out the path to a career that helps them realize their unique life goals. If students understand what it means to be career ready, and if they marry that understanding to real-life experiences, then they will be well positioned to succeed.
With tuition costs rising across the nation and an ever-increasing competition for jobs on the horizon, there’s no time to delay or remain on the well-traveled path.
Excited for one of our 1st new #EACE member spotlights feat. Dawn Lazar of Cenlar FSB. #WeAreEACE
What was your career path to get your current role? My career path is funny because I looped around a bit, but recruiting has always been the reoccurring theme. As an undergrad at Florida State University (FSU), I had the unique opportunity to work in the admissions office as a telecounselor. It was probably the coolest job ever at the time. I called high school students and I spoke to them about the application process and why they should pick FSU as their school of choice. From there, I did a stint in the staffing industry doing technical recruiting. Agency wasn’t really my thing, so I moved back into higher education and spent 10 years of my career there focusing on admissions, academic advising, continuing education, and finally once I completed my master’s degree, I landed in career services. After 5 years of building the undergraduate wing from the ground up as an assistant director in career services at the College of Business Administration at Florida International University (FIU) I felt it was time for a change. I spent so much time advising companies on campus recruiting best practices, I wanted to switch to the other side and just do it. I worked at BlackBerry running their US Internship Program for 18 months, moved on from there to start the university relations program for the Retail Marketing Division of Bluegreen Vacations and personal reasons brought me to the Northeast earlier this year and now I truly get to merge my experience advising, coaching, training, and developing young career seekers with my love for recruitment as the Program Manager – Talent Development for Cenlar FSB. My primary responsibilities include overseeing all program planning, development, and recruitment for our Summer Internship Program and Leadership Development Program.
What was your first job? First job out of college – Technical Recruiter for TEKsystems / First job ever – cashier at Publix (grocery store in the South)
Why did you choose this career? I love working with people, helping them discover their passion and coming up with a plan on how to get there. I am especially drawn to working with those early in their career, because I feel college students and recently college grads are at such a pivotal point in life where the possibilities are endless if they just take advantage of the resources allotted to them.
What is the skill that is most important in your current role? Listening intently and then taking action. It seems simple, but I feel it’s really important in any role, not just mine.
How did you develop this skill and how do you fine-tune it regularly? In every role, not just in our field, it’s important to listen in order to truly help someone get to where they want to be and truthfully in order for everyone to win. I learned early in my career that in order to successfully recruit, coach, advise, develop someone you need to listen to what their wants and needs are before acting, otherwise you will sell someone on something that they don’t really want and in the end everybody loses. Life moves so quickly sometimes things happen that remind you to go back to this basic principle in order to stay on track, so yes I would like to think I’m constantly evolving and trying to get better with it.
Did you have a mentor? Yes, I have several. I think seeking out mentors and accepting those that offer mentorship is a key ingredient in being successful.
What is your biggest career accomplishment? Building a department that didn’t exist prior to my arrival in a position. I’ve done this 3 times in my career (2 at the university and once in corporate). I think being able to leave a legacy behind is something I’m most proud of.
What is your advice to students looking for their first job? Take full advantage of the resources afforded to you at your college/university career center and NETWORK! Get involved in organizations both inside and outside of school that are aligned with your interests and career goals.
What is your advice to young professionals in the field who aspire to your current role? Network, ask a lot of questions, join professional organizations get involved as much as possible, set informational interviews with those that have the position that you aspire to have, and continue your education. All these things will make you more visible and more marketable in the long run. Be willing to take chances and open to relocating.
What was the best career advice you have ever received? You don’t get what you don’t ask for….this goes with everything in life and I really try to live by it.
What would you like colleagues to know about your organization? Cenlar FSB, is a national leading loan servicing provider, engaged in mortgage loan servicing and subservicing as a core business for more than 40 years. Located in the greater Trenton area, we are an employee owned company, that is currently growing exponentially. As a result of this, talent development has become a major organizational focus which opens doors for not only internal employees but for recent grads and other driven newcomers that wish to truly have a career path. Two college programs that are a part of these initiatives include the Summer Internship Program and Leadership Development Program which start each May/June. Feel free to reach out to me with questions.
Bio: Dawn Lazar has dedicated over 15 years of her career to career services, recruiting and talent development roles. She’s had the pleasure of working on both sides of the house, spending 10 years of her career in student/employer services at Florida International University and later taking a leap over to corporate managing the US Internship Program for BlackBerry, building the University Relations Program for the Retail Marketing Division of Bluegreen Vacations and now managing the University Talent Development Program for Cenlar FSB. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The Florida State University, Master of Science in Adult Education from Florida International University, and holds the SHRM recognized, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification from HR Certification Institute (HRCI).
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