Fleishman Center's 2018 Highlights
As we get ready to ring in the new year, the Fleishman Center reflects on some of its greatest achievements of 2018!
1. New Career Guide
Over the summer, Fleishman Center staff worked hard to develop a brand new career guide, and with over 7,000 copies given out since the start of the fall semester, many students now have a fundamental guide on topics from resumes and cover letters to the basics of networking. Students can pick up a free copy of the guide in the Fleishman Center (UU-133). Our staff will be working on developing more guides in the near future!
2. JCPenney Suit-Up
Through a partnership with JCPenney, the Fleishman Center has offered Suit-Up Events to provide students access to affordable professional attire at the start of each semester. Students were offered 40% off men's and women's professional attire at a private store opening in the Oakdale Mall, saving students thousands of dollars on professional clothing. Nearly 800 students attended last year's JCPenney Suit Up events, and our next is scheduled for Sunday, February 10, just in time for our industry-specific job and internship fairs.
3. VMock Pilot
The Fleishman Center successfully piloted a new online resume review platform, VMock! Students upload a resume or CV for instant critiques and recommendations. VMock provides detailed feedback on presentation and formatting, insights on how to strengthen their document, and facilitates more meaningful conversations during one-on-one career consultations. VMock will be available to all students in January, right before our spring fairs!
4. Development of BingCareerDestinations.com
To help students make informed decisions about their education and financial future, the Fleishman Center launched a new interactive website, BingCareerDestinations.com, featuring a breakdown of employment and continuing education plans of recent Binghamton University graduates. The website currently provides data for over 30 majors, with the goal of providing salary, employment, and further education information for every major offered by Binghamton University.
5. Student Employment Initiative
The Student Employment Initiative at Binghamton University was created to facilitate the student employment job search process by centralizing postings in one location. Our many partners on and off campus who recruit students now utilize the Fleishman Center's hireBING online job system for posting opportunities. To date, overall part-time job postings on hireBING by Handshake has increased 167%. On-campus job postings have increased by 128% and off-campus jobs by 417%. Additionally a new centralized website and social media presence was developed to support employers and student.
6. 1 Day Job Shadowing in NYC
In November, the Fleishman Center collaborated with the Office of Alumni Engagement to offer a 1-day job shadowing opportunity in New York City. Students were each paired with Binghamton alumni to shadow for an entire day. Participants gained an inside look at the day-to-day functions of various organizations, enhancing their career knowledge and providing a deeper connection with alumni in a career or industry of interest. Some of the organizations visited include Horizon Media, Estée Lauder and A&E Networks! Read more about this program here.
7. Student Affairs Administration Professional Development Conference
The Fleishman Center partnered with CCPA Career and Professional Services to offer the University's first Student Affairs Administration Bootcamp! This 1-day event provided several educational and professional development sessions tailored specifically for future student affairs professionals. Attendees were also given the opportunity to network with peers interested in working in student affairs, as well as faculty and staff.
8. Awards Received
The Fleishman Center was honored to receive several awards in recognition of our hard work! This past March, our Career Champions Event received the Innovation Award at the Global Career Services Summit and our Connections for Success Program received the Silver Programmatic Excellence award by NASPA. In addition, the Center's Career Development Centralized Internship (CDCI) program received an honorable mention at the SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Awards!
9. International Student Professional Development Conference
The Fleishman Center partnered with the International Student and Scholar Services to host the first International Student Professional Development Conference last January. The conference provided nearly 50 international students with a full day of professional development through resume, cover letter and LinkedIn overviews, and provided education on CPT and OPT visa regulations, giving international students an edge in finding employment in the U.S.! Our next International Student Mini Conference is scheduled for Monday, January 14!
10. Explore Program for First-Year Students
In an effort to further engage first year college students at Binghamton in career readiness, Fleishman staff led the Explore Program this fall. In this program 30 first year students were selected to participate in seven sessions that led them to conduct informational interviews, complete their college resumes, develop a LinkedIn presence, and deepen all eight NACE Career Readiness Competencies in preparation for seeking out leadership opportunities, applying to internships and part-time jobs.
11. Law Day Recruiter-Student Networking Brunch
A Law Day roundtable networking brunch, sponsored by the Fleishman Center and the Pre-Law Advising Office, was piloted in Fall 2018 with much success. Nearly 60 undergraduates benefited greatly from their hour networking with law school recruiters. Recruiters were extremely pleased and noted that it was the only event of its kind in the country. Plans for expanding the Law Day brunch are underway for Fall 2019.