Career Development Advice for New York City Alumni

By Bob Dolan, Career Development Counselor, Global Education and Career Development Center

On January 13, 2009 Melanie L. Parker, Executive Director and Bob Dolan, Career Development Counselor visited the Alumni Club of New York City at the request of the alumni club president, Karen Ho. Karen, a 1994 Course 6-3 alumni was recruiting on campus in November when she reached out to Melanie for assistance. With a large contingent of NYC alumni currently in transition from their previous jobs, or considering a job change, Melanie and Bob presented career related topics ranging from Self Assessment to Job Search Strategies and Networking.

The event was held at the law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP and over fifty five alumni attended. The event lasted approximately two hours followed by an active Q&A session. During the trip Melanie and Bob took the opportunity to visit several employers in the city, including Citi, Spark Fusion, and Blackstone Group.

The type of questions the alumni were asking included:

  • What is the best way to find a job in this economic climate?
  • What career resources are available to Alums?
  • What industries are hiring right now?
  • What are the hiring trends that GECDC sees in the marketplace?
  • What advice do you have for someone who is contemplating a careers change?
  • What are some networking venues?
  • I just lost my job; what should I do next?