Monday, May 18, 2015

Helping Others While Helping Yourself

Recently, students interested in the various areas of criminology had the opportunity to participate in a brand-new program with The Career Center, our Afternoon of Service.

Those of us in The Career Center have noticed that students are more eager than ever to give back to the Hofstra community.  In fact, social responsibility is rising among attractive characteristics of perspective employers.  At the same time, companies are recognizing that their employees want these opportunities as well. So, The Career Center created a way for both students and employers to achieve this goal, while also giving our students a way to engage and network with employers in their field of interest.

We were honored to have representatives from government, forensic accounting, social justice and banking join us first for lunch in The Career Center. During this time, the professionals were able to share their experiences and answer questions from students. Then, it was off to the Mary Brennan INN. The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) addresses the issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island by providing food, shelter, long-term housing, and supportive services for those in need.

We took a tour of the facility, and then got to work. Some of us were stocking shelves in the pantry, while others sorted and coordinated clothing donations.  Students worked side-by-side with professionals, who talked about their daily jobs. They also gave valuable career development advice and tips.

At the end of the afternoon, students had a wealth of information, valuable networking contacts, and the satisfaction that they helped a great cause.  The Career Center looks forward to planning more of these events in the coming semesters. For more information, please contact us at 516-463-6060 or stop in to M. Robert Lowe Hall on the south side of campus.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Internship Careernival!

The Career Center ventured into uncharted territory with our Internship Careernival last week; an opportunity for students to engage with employers in a more informal environment than a traditional career fair.

The intramural soccer field was transformed into a carnival, complete with hot dogs, cotton candy, games and even a huge, inflatable Twister board. But that wasn’t all the Careernival had to offer!  Employers seeing interns for this summer or fall were also in attendance, speaking to students of all majors and class levels.

Feedback from both employers and students after the event was very positive. Several students remarked that the event was fun and that it also “leveled the playing field” a bit by having a more informal environment. Many great connections were made that day!

To keep up with the Career Center’s events, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn!  You don’t want to miss the next great one!

Darlene Johnson,
Director of External Relations

Monday, May 11, 2015

Career Center Events for Week of 5/11/15

Events for Week of May 11th

The Career Center staff is wishing Hofstra students luck on all your finals, and have a warm and happy summer!

Looking to get ahead on your Path of Pride this summer and need a resume critique or a cover letter edit?

Stop by our Summer Quick Question Hours!

10AM-11-AM & 2PM-4PM
No appointment needed!

Candid Career is a great resource to receive advice on the career process and learn more about various careers and industries!

Check out this Candid Career video learn about communications and workplace, Part 2 of their Business Etiquette series!

Don't forget to keep checking PrideCMS to find out about various events and job/internship opportunities just for Hofstra students!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Find Your Career

My favorite part of being a career counselor and working at The Career Center is helping students and alumni figure out their career and/or major. At The Career Center, we offer various tools and resources to help students with their career exploration and decision-making. And, as a career counselor, I am always on the lookout for articles that offer tips on this aspect of what I do. Recently, the website, Mind Body Green, posted the article 10 Questions to Help You Tap Into Your Purpose, which lists questions people could ask themselves when they are figuring out their path:

1. What’s my hunch about what I should do next?
2. What have I previously dismissed that is something I’d really like to do?
3. Who in my life would be unconditionally supportive toward me as I try to achieve my goals?
4. Who in my life has a strong opinion about what I should be doing?
5. What real world experience could I pursue to give me more insight into my path?
6. Who could I talk to who is already doing what I want to be doing?
7. What’s most important to me right now?
8. What will inspire me to take action?
9. Is there anything I need to let go of that is currently keeping me stuck?
10. What’s the next small, real world step that I see in front of me?

Check out the article to see how these questions can help you find your career!

Nayelli Perez,
Assistant Director

Monday, May 4, 2015

Events for Week of 5/4/15

Events for Week of May 4th!

Quick Questions hours are cancelled for Wednesday, May 6!

Internship Careernival
Wednesday, May 6, 12-4PM, Intramural Athletic Fields
Step right up! Come one, come all! Fun for all majors and all years! Grab your popcorn and cotton candy. Have your fortune told and learn what your future holds for you. Play some of your favorite carnival games with employers and find out about their available internships for Summer or Fall! We've got it all: games, prizes, food, music, opportunities, and more!

Summer Quick Question Hours:

Need a resume or cover letter edit this summer?
Our drop in hours are:
10 AM - 11 AM 2 PM - 4 PM

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Careernival: Everything You Need to Know

The Careernival is coming up next Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 and will take place at the Intramural Fields on Hofstra University’s north campus from 12pm-4pm. Since this is the first Careernival EVER, this is your personal guide on what to expect. If you have any further questions, always feel free to call the Career Center at 516-463-6060 or visit the Careernival Event Page!

Also, there will be an atrium table on Monday May 4th starting at 10 AM where the Career Center will be giving out FREE COTTON CANDY in the student center and entering students for a chance to win a Hofstra Gift Basket! Stop by on May 4th to learn how to enter!

See everything you need to know below and we hope to see you at the Careernival on Wednesday, May 6th!

1. What is the Careernival?

The Careernival is a fun way to learn about internship opportunities and companies without the formality of a traditional Career Fair. This event in particular is designed to educate students on internship opportunities for next semester in a casual environment so students and employers can really get to know each other.

2. What if I don’t need an internship?

Come anyway! The Careernival will host many employers that will be able to teach you more about their companies.

3. Can anyone attend?

The Careernival is open to all current students at Hofstra University. If you are enrolled in the Spring 2015 semester at Hofstra, you’re more than welcome to come!

4. What employers are going to be there?

To see the full list of employers, log onto PrideCMS, click on the events tab, click Career Fairs, then click Careernival or log into PrideCMS and follow this link.

5. What do I wear?

This is a casual event so wear whatever you would like. Just remember, you will be speaking to employers so be sure that your attire is appropriate.

6. What do I bring?

Nothing! Employers are not expecting to collect resumes or other materials from students, but instead they will be giving information to you about their companies and internship opportunities. This will require you to follow up after the event to learn more and apply for internships!

7. What will there be to do?


  • Cornhole sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Inflatable Twister
  • Alien Invasion: shoot a foam arrow into a target crater!
  • Boom Blaster: Race to see who can pump up and pop their balloon faster!
  • Froggy Flinger: Contestants use their hand to launch and land the frog on a lily pad!
  • Tip-a-Troll: Throw beanbags and knock down as many troll dolls as possible!

Free Food

  • Cotton Candy
  • Hot Dogs
  • Popcorn

Entertainment will be brought to you by WBLI-FM

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Taking a Weakness and Making it Into a Strength!

I don't consider myself the creative type. I find that I struggle with coming up with new, innovative ideas sometimes. I have artistic abilities, but that doesn't always necessarily lead to creativity. I find my strengths to lie in support and implementation, and not so much on the "start-from-nothing-and-get-creative-type".

Do I consider that a weakness of mine? Yes.
Is that something I have made strides to work on? Definitely!

Recently, I had the opportunity to work on my creative skills and make something my own. Thanks to Deanna Rodin (the Career Center Associate Director) I was able to take over our recent #HUInternSelfie Challenge and make it my very own. I worked with Deanna and brainstormed a ton of ideas (from very practical to wild and outrageous--think riding an elephant) to use throughout the entire process. This included ways to advertise and get the challenge out there, how to logistically manage the event, which platform was optimal to host the challenge, what challenges would students participate each week, what can we use for the future, and what would be some of the post-event activities with our winner. Although I worked within certain guidelines, it really was a great opportunity to make an event completely my own and have fun with it! I also learned a lot along the way about the process of putting on event and how things work on the Hofstra campus. In the end, I felt we had a great participation (of 10 diverse student interns) and I'm truly proud of the end product (and excited for our winner of the $250 Nordstrom Gift Card!).

Overall, I view weaknesses as future strengths that haven't been worked on yet. The steps I took to work on this particular weakness were:

  • Admit to myself and to another person that this is a quality I want to work on. This made me accountable to actually take the steps towards improvement.
  • Find an opportunity to work said-quality, big or small. This will give you the freedom and space to work on that skill--remember, practice does make perfect!
  • Have fun with it! Not succeeding doesn't always mean failure, this could be one of your first attempts at working on this quality. Give yourself the space to have fun and you'll continue progressing in the future.
With the support of the Career Center staff, I felt encouraged to continue moving forward with my creativity and come up with a fun event, and I hope participants enjoyed it too! If you have a weakness you want to work on, the Career Center is here to support you make it into a strength! Maybe communication isn't your forte and you have a big interview coming up--we'll practice with a mock interview to transform it into a strength. Maybe you're writing skill isn't where you want it to be and you're struggling with a cover letter--the Career Center is here to help you through that process too! All you have to do is reach out and we'll be here!

Anne Monique Concepcion,
Graduate Assistant