As 2017 nears its end, the Fleishman Center staff would like to celebrate some of its many accomplishments from the past year. The staff are grateful for all student and staff participation in its programs and initiatives and are excited for what's in store for the year ahead.
1. International Recognition for Excellence
The Fleishman Center received the 2017 Exemplary Career Center award from the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the top award recognizing outstanding achievement by a career center. This award recognizes innovative programs and awarded the Fleishman Center for its mission, services, vision, goals and strategic planning, making it the third center ever to be internationally recognized as an Exemplary Career Center.
2. Attendance at Fleishman Center Programs Increased by 25%
In the last academic year, the Fleishman Center experienced a 25% increase in program attendance, engaging nearly 27,500 attendees at over 740 programs. Between these programs and 1:1 career consulting sessions, over 10,000 unique students participated in Fleishman Center programs and services.
3. New Director of the Fleishman Center
The Fleishman Center's former Director, Kelli Smith, took on a new position this summer as Assistant Vice President for Career Programs and Experiential Education. In this role, she provides leadership for the Center for Civic Engagement, Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, the Public Speaking Lab, Emerging Leaders and the SUNY Global Leadership Experience. Due to this transition, Denise Lorenzetti '94, MBA '97 has been named the new Director of the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development. Lorenzetti works with other staff to implement the Fleishman Center's new 5-year strategic plan to enhance career education.
4. New Staff Members
Three new staff members joined the Fleishman Center team this summer:
Erica Kryst, M. Ed., ABD, is a Senior Career Consultant who serves the needs of graduate and international students along with facilitating events that sharpen students' interviewing skills.
Manar Sabry, PhD is the new Assistant Director of Strategic Analysis and oversees the development and establishment of multi-dimensional data and assessment processes.
Career Consultant Ali Cain '16 manages both the 2-year JFEW SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Program and the 4-year JFEW/Binghamton Leadership and Career Development Program.
5. Launch of Washington, D.C. Visits Results in Success
This past April, we launched the Washington, D.C. Employer Site Visit Program during Spring Break, due to the success of the New York City Employer Site Visits program. With this opportunity in Washington, D.C., students learned more about careers in the area and were exposed to a variety of workplaces, from the U.S. Department of State to the Smithsonian Institution. The Fleishman Center plans to continue the Washington, D.C. program for the coming years. The 2018 Washington, D.C. Employer Site Visit Program is scheduled for March 4-7, 2018.
6. Increase in Internship and Job Postings
Job and internship postings on hireBING in the 2016-17 academic year increased by 20% since last year. The numbers have more than doubled in the last five years, resulting in over 7,000 postings in this past year alone. Students have utilized these postings and we hope that number only continues to grow and lead to more student career success.
7. Career Champions
In November, the Fleishman Center hosted its third annual Career Champions program, an event that recognizes the faculty and staff members who mentor students and guide them toward career readiness. This year, the Fleishman Center received nearly double the number of nominees, with 150 champions recognized.
8. hireBING by Handshake
This summer, the Fleishman Center transitioned the back-end platform that runs hireBING to Handshake, a system that better connects students with employers. hireBING by Handshake is more user-friendly and facilitates students to apply for more jobs and internships by welcoming them with suggested open positions based on machine learning and heuristics right on their home page upon login.
9. Launch of New Website
The Fleishman Center launched a redesigned website with the aim of making resources more easily accessible to users. The content from the old website has been carried over to the new site, but the number of pages to access this information has been drastically reduced, resulting in easier navigation and a more direct path to finding information. The new site is also more mobile-friendly.
10. New Resources
On the Fleishman Center's newly redesigned website, students can now more easily access resources ranging from interviewing to cover letter writing and everything in between. New online resources include:
Big Interview is a virtual interview practice software with video tutorials and opportunities for students to put their skills to the test in a virtual interview video. They can easily share their videos with colleagues, recruiters, family members, or Fleishman Center career consultants who can provide helpful feedback.
MyWorldAbroad is a resource in which students can learn the career value of going abroad, how to gain international experience, how to target a future job search, and strategies for both personal and career success, while reading student success stories.
ImaginePhD is an online career exploration and planning tool designed specifically for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in humanities and social sciences. This tool can be used to assess career-related skills and interests, explore career paths appropriate to various disciplines, create self-defined goals, and map out the next steps for a career.
11. First Cohort of Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women (JFEW)/Binghamton Scholars
The JFEW/Binghamton Scholars Program is a new four-year educational and experiential learning program for Jewish female undergraduates that facilitates internship exploration and provides financial support. The program is aimed to provide a foundation for post-graduation career opportunities and scholars receive scholarships toward tuition and a stipend during their junior year summer to go toward an unpaid internship at an approved site. This year, there was the inaugural cohort of 13 students, graduating in the class of 2021. This Spring, the scholars will be completing a local service project with a Jewish organization in Binghamton.
12. Student Affairs Internship Fund
Over the summer, 56 students were able to undertake unpaid summer internships thanks to the support of the Student Affairs Internship Fund. This fund annually supports students in their pursuit of unpaid internships to gain meaningful real-world experience. This fund awards up to $5,000 to students to participate in unpaid internships during the summer months.
13. Partnership with Visions Federal Credit Union
This past January, the Fleishman Center celebrated its partnership with Visions Federal Credit Union, a not-for-profit financial institution, to ensure that students understand the basics of personal finance and will be able to support themselves once they leave college. Housed inside the Fleishman Center, the Visions Financial Wellness Center provides tools for students to understand topics such as personal finance, budgeting, credit cards, saving, student loans and investing. It features an interactive display with web modules revolving around these topics and offers a variety of informational programs throughout the semester. The Fleishman Center is well on its way to reach its goal for the 2017-18 academic year of hosting financial literacy and wellness programs reaching more than 1,000 students.