Archive | October 2012

Maintaining Your Network

Submitted by Leah Nash, Class of 2000
Chief Innovator at Trusted Source

 It’s very easy to take an internship, finish up a class or work briefly somewhere and never talk to a person from there again.  But, in all honesty, I don’t advise it.  Burning bridges, or not tending to your network of key contacts, is not a good practice.  It’s much better to keep in touch with people you like because a) it’s fun, and b) those people may be really good contacts for you in the future.  Connections are crucial and may just give you the edge that you need when you find that oh-so-perfect job later in life.

And guess what, nowadays, it’s really easy to stay in touch with almost everyone through social media, AND, you have so many different options!  Want to keep it professional?  Connect with your colleagues through LinkedIn.  Made a new friend?  Keep up with them through Facebook.  Just have similar interests?  Twitter may be the way for you to keep up with these folks.  The point is, it doesn’t really matter so much how you stay in touch, just try to do it.  You will find that it’s a small world out there.  If you’re going to stick around O-town, it’s really small.

What’s an Informational Interview?  During my career, there have been plenty of times when I connected with people through informational interviews.  Informational interviews are when you make an appointment with someone just to talk to them about what they do and find out more about their story.  They usually do not have a job or internship to offer you.  You just want to find out more about them.  Most of the time, after an informational interview, you’ll find that you have a new advocate in your corner and a great new key contact to add to your network.

When deciding with whom to schedule an informational interview, consider taking a look at people who you really admire.  Shoot them a professional email, connect with them through LinkedIn or give their office a call.  It may take some time, and if you’re willing to wait, you can probably get on his/her schedule.  I think that you will find informational interviews to be extremely valuable.  For the most part, I have found people usually want to help others if they can.

Maintaining your network is just as important as developing your network.  Much like in social media relations, you must maintain your new relationships in a relevant fashion.  It may take time, but it will pay off in the end.

Trusted Source is an Orlando based marketing firm.  Contact Leah Nash at leah@trustedsourcefl.com for more information on Trusted Source internship opportunities.  Internship opportunities are also posted at the Rollins R-CareerLink.

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Advice to Seniors from a 2012 Rollins Graduate

Submitted by Catherine Brown, Class of 2012

Congratulations! You’ve made it to senior year, an accomplishment in itself! As a recent graduate, I am going to share a few of my insights since I was in your shoes this time last year.

First and foremost, enjoy yourself.
You have made it through three hard years of college (which is more than the majority of the population can say) but focus on your studies–you don’t want to undo all the hard work that got you to this point.

Get your resume in shape.
At the same time, bring your resume up to date and begin deciding what information is no longer relevant.  For example, do you really need to include your camp counselor position you did right after high school on your resume if you’ve just completed a summer internship last term?  If you are not sure what to keep or remove, take your resume into Career Services, who will be more than happy to help you work through some of these questions.   For me, making friends with the staff in Career Services was one of the smartest moves I made.  Everyone in the office bent over backwards helping me with my resume, prepping me for interviews or any other need I had pertaining to my job search.

Gain some marketable experience.
While updating your resume, if you notice your relevant experience section is lacking, find an internship ASAP!  By this point in college, all seniors should have completed at least one internship, if not two.  Internships are the best ways to try out and experience the career field you would like to pursue.   If you are like me and unsure of what career field you want to pursue, internships serve as a great way to narrow down the field and decide on career options that are best for you. Read More…

Alumni Find Perfect Fit with City Year

Submitted by Christopher McCauley, Class of 2011

It was a hot and humid day towards the end of July, and I woke up in my un-air conditioned room with a feeling.  I didn’t know what that feeling was, so naturally, I decided to log on to my Facebook page to see if that would help.

And there it was:  a post by the Rollins College Office of Community Engagement:  Hey Alumni!  It’s not too late to apply for City Year Miami.

I thought to myself, well this is interesting.  I had known for a while about what City Year did, but had never considered pursuing it.   I started to get excited, and immediately decided that I would apply.

Then it hit me.  I am in New York, and am not prepared or willing to move to Miami.  This posed a problem.

Wait a minute—City Year MUST be in New York.  I looked on their website.  They are.  And they are still looking for Corps Members.  This was my lucky day.

I read the entire website and immediately knew that this was something I needed to be a part of.  I started and finished my application that morning.  Without hesitation, I called my references, explained to them what City Year was about, and they wrote me two very beautiful recommendations—I am very grateful for that. Read More…

Commercial Real Estate Careers for Women

Submitted by Lindsey Pfaender

Have you ever considered a career as one of the following: interior designer, attorney, banker, broker, marketing consultant, architect, engineer, property manager, operations supervisor, business manager or environmental consultant? If so, join us for this year’s 2012 UCREW interactive program as we introduce young women in Central Florida to the exciting career possibilities surrounding commercial real estate. This event will allow participants to hear first-hand from working professionals as they detail their roles in this cutting edge industry and learn from their experience on how to take the first steps towards a successful career. Guests will be able to network with CREW professionals, learn about internship opportunities with various companies and take a tour of the construction of the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Orlando.

Where:
TLC Engineering for Architecture
Magic Room – 11th Floor
255 South Orange Ave, Ste 1600
Orlando, FL 32801

When:
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Check-in: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Program: 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Cost:
FREE! Continental breakfast and snacks will be provided.

How:
If you are interested in participating, please register on the following link as spaces are limited:
http://tinyurl.com/UCREW12P