Volunteer spotlight: Students explore careers, get advice at Metro Career Night
By Steve Seepersaud
In her professional life, Emilia Naccarato '80 advises students on launching — and advancing in — careers. She couldn't pass up an opportunity to do the same for students at her alma mater.
Naccarato, associate director of career services at Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School, was one of 90 alumni who provided current students with advice at Binghamton University's Metro Career Night, held Jan. 15, at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan.
The event, co-sponsored by the Alumni Association, Metro New York Chapter and Career Development Center, is intended to reach students while they are home in the New York area during winter recess. Nearly 300 students were able to connect with alumni representing a variety of industries. Students gained advice through one-one-one conversations with alumni and from a panel discussion. (Pictured above: Lisa Fischoff '10, co-owner of Pushcart Coffee advises a student.)
"When you get your first job, seek out a sponsor," Naccarato told students during the panel discussion. "Find someone who can look out for you, and who wants you to get ahead. In return, you need to make sure that you're doing your share."
Rory Clark '05, associate broker at Halstead Property, LLC and co-chair of the Metro New York Chapter, said he grows his business by leveraging relationships and urged students to do the same. He also said students should flip the way they think of doing job searches.
"You are an entrepreneur and the CEO of You, Incorporated," he says. "I'm a big believer in planning. Figure out where you ultimately want to be and work backwards from there."
Raymond G. Russolillo '80, partner at Withum+Smith+Brown, PC and president of the Alumni Association, shared that he quickly became disenchanted with his first job, and said students should think hard about where they want their career path to go.
"It's easy to go with the flow," Russolillo (right of photo) says. "I was an accounting major so, for me, going with the flow was taking a job with, what was then, a Big 8 accounting firm. If I had to do it again, I would be more discriminating."
Paul Yang '06, director at global consulting company Bluewolf, also said students should be introspective before commencing a job search.
"It's important to do what you're passionate about. Be confident of who you are and what you do. Know what your strengths are and what areas you need to improve."On behalf of the Metro New York Chapter, co-chairs Dan Cherico '08 and Geraldine Toussaint '08 thanked the volunteers for their time and said the students benefit from the insights that are shared. They also encouraged the alumni to participate in future chapter events.
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