Volume 1, Issue 2 – December 2017
Career Services

Parents and Families as Partners

A Newsletter from University Career Services

In This Issue:

Impacting Student Success through Employer Partnerships

As a University committed to providing access and opportunity to our students, many of whom are first generation college students, we know that it is our responsibility to help them develop their network.  Toward that end, we have been very busy this fall in a concerted effort, to maximize our students' exposure to our employer partners. 

From our traditional Fall Career Fair where 150+ employers connected with 1500+ students and our Meet the Global Firms campus events - to our site visits to Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Creative Arts Agency, and Madison Square Garden - to the annual Alumni Insiders’ View (AIV) trips to Washington DC and Wall Street - our team has worked to foster partnerships centered on our students making connections.   
In a unique collaboration, Career Services brought together students, faculty and administrations from across campus with professionals from Protiviti and its corporate partners to pack 25,056 meals as part of Protiviti’s IonHunger program. 

Coming this Spring... JCPenney College Suit-Up  

JCPenney is partnering with University Career Services on Sunday, March 11, to offer career and professional attire up to 70% off. Everything students need to finish their look for the career fair, an interview, their first internship or their full-time job. Shop suits, dresses, coats, pants and shoes—all at deeply discounted prices.
JCPenney will close their store to the public for this special St. John's University student offering. Students and their families are invited.  Students must bring their StormCard ID to check-in and to receive their 40 percent off coupon at the door. The coupon can be used on regular priced and sale items.

Shuttle from Queens campus will be available for St. John's University students.

Empowering Students Through Leadership Programs

We recognize career and leadership as lifelong developmental processes, and we empower students to evolve professionally throughout their lives. Collaborating with employers, alumni, faculty, and staff, we connect students to resources and opportunities that aid in their personal and professional development.

This spring The Leadership Academy, a one-day leadership conference for St. John’s University students, will return for the second year. Building on the success of last year, the event aims to develop effective leaders, showcase students’ talents, and provide training for real-world leadership as they prepare to enter the global workforce through networking and learning sessions with working professionals.   

The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) offers members access to life-changing lectures from the nation’s leading presenters and a community where like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed.  Over the past 5 years, 1,910 students have been inducted into NSLS, and 842 students are active in the Society this year. 

Across the Bridge in Staten Island

Students on our satellite Staten Island campus also had a number of exciting events and programs this past semester. In October, twenty-five institutions were on-campus to meet with current Johnnies for the Graduate School Fair that included a panel of current graduate students discussing the application process, and a session from The Princeton Review on the process for taking the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, etc.

In November, the second annual Dress to Impress fashion show was held. Students saw their peers and faculty showcase the do’s and don’ts of professional attire.  Career Services, in partnership with Campus Ministry encouraged attendees to bring clothing donations to support Families on the Move.  Additionally, thanks to the support of local businesses, raffle tickets for terrific prizes were sold and $200+ was donated to Project Hospitality.

Throughout the semester, over 100 students participated in this semester’s Career Readiness Series (CRS). In partnership with the core Discover New York course, the series includes programs and workshops that focus on resume writing, interviews, personal branding, and preparing for a career fair.  Students learned networking skills at the Major Mentors Mixer, a round-table event with upperclassmen. Students must complete 6 parts to receive a certificate of completion. This fall 70 students completed their certificate.

Big Interview

University Career Services encourages our students to take advantage of Big Interview – an online interview practice tool that can be used from any computer with a webcam.  New this year, Big Interview provides students an opportunity to practice tough interviewing questions giving them the ability to record, review, and share their answers with career advisors and faculty for feedback.  Students can choose from dozens of interview sets in over 20 different industries/majors, and utilize nearly 40 lessons to learn all the best interviewing techniques. 

Save the Dates

Your Turn to Intern Panel | Tues., January 30
Staten Island Spring Career Fair | Mon., February 12
Dining Etiquette | Tues., February 13
Spring Career Fair | Thurs., February 15
Pharmacy Career Fair | Mon., March 12
Leadership Academy | Wed., March 14
Just in Time Career Fair | Thurs., April 12

A group of nearly 70 students, members of University Career Services and the Office of Alumni Relations, visited Washington DC in October for the 37th annual Alumni Insider's View of the Capitol connecting with 100+ alumni through panels, tours and networking opportunities.  
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