Giving back through mentoring, career programs
In today's economic environment, serving as a career development volunteer can really enable you to make a difference in the life of a current student or fellow graduate. More than 3,400 graduates are part of the Alumni Career Network, our searchable database of alumni who are willing to be contacted for career advice. You can find out more and join the network on the B-connected online alumni community.
Our alumni actively mentor current students in person. For instance, the School of Management holds a mentoring event each fall during Homecoming weekend that allows students to receive guidance from successful working professionals in a variety of fields.
David Kahan '04, an IT auditor for Ernst & Young in New York, has been involved with the Career Development Center (CDC) for six years, participating in recruiting efforts such as career/internship fairs, classroom presentations and regular touchpoints with the dean and faculty.
"When I was a college student, I greatly appreciated the Ernst & Young people who would spend their time visiting campus to discuss career opportunities," Kahan said. "As a result, I pledged to give back to the student community in a similar manner. It is a wonderful feeling to know that I had a direct impact in securing an internship or full-time position for a Binghamton student, particularly during such times of instability and competitiveness within the marketplace."
Danielle Passano '00 is an attorney who has served for several months as a mock interviewer for the Phone Practice Interview Program.
"I chose to participate in the program because I wanted to be of service to the University, and because I am looking to work in the career services/advising field, and thought this would be a great program to become involved in. It makes me very proud to be involved in this type of work, knowing that I am helping other young students who were once in the position I found myself in."
Volunteers such as Erica (Binen) Ben-Zvi '98 (pictured below with daughter Stephanie) have worked with the CDC since they were students. Ben-Zvi, a human resource generalist in the financial services industry, was a peer assistant in 1997-98. She says Binghamton University helped shape her into the professional she is today, and she's happy to give back by serving as a mock interviewer.
"As a human resources professional, I have witnessed first-hand how vital alumni support and networking are for students," she said. "And I have wanted Binghamton students to have the same advantages and resources enjoyed by their counterparts graduating from private colleges. Binghamton is an excellent school; however, its greatest challenge is competing with top-notch private schools who have extensive services and alumni networks. It is incumbent on Binghamton alumni to extend support to their school, to help students reach their full potential."