Thursday, March 23, 2017

How to Succeed in a Group Interview

A group interview is an interview in which an employer will screen several applicants at one time. These can be daunting, but are practically unavoidable in a competitive job market. Many employers not only do this for efficiency's sake but also to see how you work with other people. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your success in a group interview. 

Approach the room with confidence
When you see the other candidates for the first time, you may feel intimidated or surprised, but don’t let it show. Your reaction to the situation and the group is very important to the employer’s perception of you. Show that you can handle new environments, new people, and situations that deviate from your norm.

Speak with a purpose
In a group, it’s easy to feel like you need to constantly participate. While it’s pertinent to pay attention to the discussion, it doesn’t always need your response or input. When you have something to say, make sure it is unique and moves the conversation along. Use body language to show that you’re engaged, even when you’re not speaking. If you have a thought while someone else is talking, make a note of it. When your turn comes up, you’ll be confident in all that you have to say.

With that being said, it is essential to pay attention to the questions and your group members’ responses. You may be asked the same question and therefore don’t want to give the same answers. Or a discussion may spring up from a reply and it will be beneficial for you to make a contribution.

Focus on yourself
Don't focus your efforts on "bringing down the competition" or discounting others' thoughts and ideas. Not only will it make you look like a bad team player, but it will take away from the opportunities you have to build yourself up. Take this time to show how you interact with others and what you can bring to a group and company. Spending all your time tearing others down is merely a detriment to yourself.

Set yourself apart
While it’s good to be friendly with the other candidates and beneficial to maintain an effective dialogue, you are there to be hired. Show your employer what makes you unique. Stand out by sharing different views on a topic or how you took advantage of a special opportunity.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Senior Ayako Nakashita Gains Confidence After JCFP Experience

Ayako Nakashita gained confidence in herself and her abilities after interning at New York Cares in their Service Events department.
As an international student, Nakashita found her career experience options limited. However, JCFP gave her the opportunity to “earn clinical experiences working in the field.” She learned the importance in asking for help from her supervisors and coworkers when she encountered challenges. She realized that even if an opportunity seemed beyond her reach, she needed to try to the best of her ability. With this newfound confidence, Nakashita says that “with the faith in myself that I earned, I am now rather excited with trying new things than being afraid of it.”
With the tenacity to move forward, Nakashita was able to learn things she could not in the classroom and pursue her future further. “Be proactive towards whatever you want to accomplish for your future,” she says.
The JCFP experience helped Nakashita see things in a new light. “These experiences will widen your perspective in a way that enable you to see the things from opposite side of where you are,” she says. “If you want to see the best version of you, JCFP is the perfect place to work in the summer.”

Friday, March 3, 2017

Sarthak Arora Paves His Own Path to Success

Sarthak Arora gained invaluable skills working as an Executive Marketing Intern at The National Urban League.
Although Arora’s internship didn’t align with his job aspirations, his role as an intern granted him skills and experience in the workplace that would come in handy at any job in any career field. “Through JCFP, I was able to show that I can adhere to organizational structure and be a contributing member of a team, which are invaluable skills in any work environment,” he says. “The JCFP employers...often times require heavy assistance with their day to day operations, thus allowing students to get a real insight into what it is like to work with a team to accomplish goals and navigate through real obstacles that may come in the way.”
However, he was able to incorporate the type of experience he wanted into his internship experience. As a Mathematics and Computer Science major, he was able to immerse himself deeply in website development and the analytics side of marketing for the non-profit. Once he specified the type of experience he was seeking, he was given more projects to do relating to that field. “Once I specified the type of experience I was seeking, I was given more and more projects related to my interests,” Arora says.
Arora stresses the importance of paving your own path to success. “Ultimately, it all comes down to actively seeking opportunities and making connections which will help you tremendously in all your future professional endeavors,” he says.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

María Bruzon Dreams Big After JCFP Experience

María Bruzon realized her non-profit dreams after interning at The National Urban League as a Talent Management Intern through the Jaggar Community Fellows Program.
Participating in JCFP gave her a new outlook on non-profit organizations. “I had never in my life considered working for a non-profit organization,” Bruzon says. “I never really understood them and I was never curious about how [they] worked either. After my internship this summer I honestly cannot see myself working for an organization that is not a non-profit.”
Working with a non-profit also gave her a new goal to strive towards. “It inspired me to dream big,” she says. “My ultimate goal in life is to go back to [El Salvador] where I was born and raised...and start my own non-profit.” She also looks forward to giving back to the Long Island community in the future.
Bruzon gained a new way of looking at her life and what she can do for others. “I have always been aware that I am a very privileged girl,” she says. “However, [JCFP] gave me that one push I needed to understand that I need to apply the amazing education I have received and all the love and empathy in my heart to give back to people that need it the most.”

Her advice for aspiring students is to maintain a positive attitude and realize the potential of each new day. She stresses the importance of focusing on building up as many skills as you possibly can.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Junior Lani Chau Shoots for the Stars as a Jaggar Community Fellow

Sometimes interning is all it takes to reaffirm your goals and dreams. Lani Chau interned at the Cradle of Aviation Museum as part of the Jaggar Community Fellows Program (JCFP). She worked as a planetarium presenter.

While there, she gained confidence in her choices to fuse her passion for arts and sciences. Chau was doubting her recent decision to start a minor in graphic design on top of a physics major when a conversation with her supervisor opened her eyes to opportunities she didn’t even know existed. After she talked to her supervisor about technicians at NASA who colorized black and white images from space, she felt more confident about her choice. “It was conversations and experiences from moments like the above that decreased my insecurity and pushed me forward confidently in my journey,” she says.

Chau says that “in gaining more confidence with the choices I made, I also gained more motivation.” This drove her to find more opportunities for hard and innovative work.

The advice she has for students considering applying to JCFP is to keep an open mind. Although the Cradle of Aviation Museum was not her first choice of internship, she “ended up having fun and would not want to trade this experience with anything else.” Although at first being hesitant about taking an internship at an aerospace center, Chau learned the importance of being honest and open about any questions someone may have at a new job.

“If we cannot succeed at first then we can learn,” she says.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Never Too Late! ‘16 Graduate Amanda Kim Shares her JCFP Experience

It’s never too late to start paving the path to your career. Amanda Kim became a Jaggar Community Fellow the summer that she graduated from Adelphi. She interned at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, which led to the Research Technician position she currently holds at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Kim says that the Jaggar Community Fellows Program (JCFP) was unique in providing her, and other graduate students like her, with internship opportunities. Interning helped Kim “further gain professionalism and confidence to enter the working field.”

Her unique position as a graduate intern also had unique advantages. “My undergraduate and graduate experience in research at Adelphi University helped me walk into the internship confident in my abilities to grasp and learn new techniques,” she says. “ I was able to bring...a certain level of experience.”

JCFP was also able to provide Kim with new insights to her future career. “After my internship opportunity at the Feinstein Institute, I realized that medical research was something I wanted to pursue,” she says. Her experience at The Feinstein Institute also “made me a great candidate for various research positions, which led me to my current position.”

Kim also shared some of her advice for students considering to apply for JCFP. “Try everything,” she says. “The more you put yourself out there and the more opportunities you expose yourself to, the more successful you will be. JCFP offered me a crucial experience that ultimately helped get me where I am today.”

Career New Year's Resolutions

2017 is fast approaching and with it, the pressure to come up with New Year’s resolutions. Many people make them, but can seldom keep them. This year, make a list of resolutions related to starting down your career path and making the most of the opportunities you have. Here’s a few to get you started.

  1. Apply for an internship
It’s best to put this one at the top of your list so you can get it done first. Most internships that take place during the summer or the spring have an early application date. Working at an internship gives you experience, varied skills and networking opportunities. Sometimes people even end up working for the company they interned for.

How to follow through: Look through the internships on Handshake or intern at a nonprofit through the Jaggar Community Fellows Program.

2. Gather references
References are an essential part of any professional resume. Your references add credibility to your resume and shows your employer that s/he doesn’t have to take your word that you’re fabulous - you have proof!

How to follow through: Evaluate the professional relationships you have. These can include professors, higher-ups and organization leaders. Find the people in your life that have a good understanding of how you work and like working with you. Always ask these people if you can use them as your references before you list them as such.

3. Attend a job fair
Job fairs are great for finding new opportunities within companies that you might never have looked into otherwise. It also puts you in direct contact with company representatives and even the opportunity to distribute your resume and get your name out there. Sometimes there are even job fairs that cater specifically to a certain field.

How to follow through: Find out how to prepare for a career fair through Adelphi University’s blog or Associate Director of Alumni and Graduate Student Career Services Maria Casey’s workshop.

4. Start networking
Business magazine Forbes says to start networking before you need it. Before you have any professional motivation that might make you nervous or overeager, network with people in your field. Instead of focusing on getting a particular job, you can concentrate on building relationships and your reputation.

How to follow through: Attend a networking event in your area.

5. Update your resume/CV
Reflect on all the experience and exposure you got in your field this year. Did you gain any new skills? Did you participate in any internships, volunteer events or fellowships? Make sure to include all of these in your resume/CV.

How to follow through: Throughout the year, add to your resume as you accomplish different things. This will keep you organized and constantly up-to-date.

Remember to space these tasks out accordingly. Some of these should take priority, but many resolutions can be part of a year-long process that contributes to your growing career path.