Even after you have graduated, the Watson Career Connections office wants to continue to assist you through your professional career, job shifts, and promotions. We want to help you with the transition from a Watson students to alumni, the subtle nuances of the office, and how to continue to develop and grow as a professional.
Students to Alumni
Once you graduate from Binghamton you are a member of the Alumni Association. B-connected is the University Alumni Office's secure virtual community – only for Binghamton University alumni. B-connected lets you update your personal profile, and search for alumni.
The Watson School collaborates with Binghamton University's Alumni Office while offering additional Watson specific alumni support and care.
Features of B-connected
- Submit a Class Note and read updates your classmates have posted
- Upload a profile picture and photo album
- Instantly see a list of alumni living in your geographic area
- Create and share contact lists
- Manage subscriptions to e-mail bulletins and online alumni newsletters
- You can also support the University by making a gift through B-connected
We also offer lifetime e-mail to all Binghamton University alumni. You get all of the functions and features that are currently available within Gmail, but with an "@binghamton.edu" address.
If you do not plan to check your Binghamton.edu email account, forward your address to your primary email so you don't miss out on the latest and greatest Binghamton news!
Continuing your professional development will help you grow within your current position, or prepare you for your next job.
Be sure to see what trainings we offer in Watson Office of Professional Development.
Navigating the Workplace
Before you start your job/internship, it is a good idea to discuss your objectives, duties and goals with your supervisor. Creating a Performance Program at the beginning of your job/internship will help determine what is expected of you as an employee/intern.
Discussion should include appropriate criteria for evaluating the degree to which duties are performed and objectives are met. When your internship is complete, revisit the program and have your supervisor evaluate you on your performance.
The content of a Performance Program and Evaluation may vary based on the criteria of the company or preference of the employer.
Some criteria that should be covered:
- Effectiveness in Performance
- Interpersonal and Teamwork Skills
- Professional Skills
- Ability to Learn
- Listening and Oral Communication Skills
- Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills
Tricks of the Trade
Setting Objectives with Your Boss
- Learn specifics of what your boss expects
- Listen and take notes
- Your boss will inform you about resources
- Introduction to team and facilities
- Take notes of people and functions
- Establish communication understanding
- Timing for reviewing progress with your boss
- Meet as directed. Don’t take excessive time
Learn Your Employer’s Culture
- You’re new - expected to bring fresh ideas, but first, you need to fit in.
- Get off on the right foot. Know how to act.
- Be polite and respectful to everyone.
- Listen to the voices of experience.
- Learn by reading, watching, listening.
- Network – how do you fit into the big picture?
- Be a team player.
- Get a mentor.
Develop Good Work Habits
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey - 25 million copies. First 3 habits are:
- Be Proactive
- Begin with the End in Mind
- Put First Things First
- Focus on the right things
- Seek and take on responsibility
- Set challenging targets and deliver
- Do what you say you are going to do
- Businesses reward outcomes first and effort second.
- Good people want to work with other good people
- Engaged employees exert more discretionary effort and are 20 percent more effective.
- Peer feedback
- Relative contribution
Be a Team Player
- Exclusive knowledge is not power - it will eventually hold you back
- Collaborative attributes in you will be recognized – if they are not, you may not be working for the right person
- You will only be as successful as the team is successful, so pay it forward!
- the success of the boss is tied to the success of the team
- You will get the key assignments because you will be trusted
- When you start to get the toughest assignments -- consider that a compliment!
- Leading teams is a privilege
- Your team can quickly tell if it’s all about you or all about them
- Your team members have options and if they don’t see a clear path to success and develop they will find a way to move to other projects
- Treat everyone with respect
- Say please and thank you
- Knock before entering
- Introduce yourself: your first and last name
- Don’t gossip
- Avoid bragging
- Subject - introduces/titles your message
- Salutation - Dear__, or Person’s name__,
- TM or IM - do not use text message lingo.
- Content: State why you are writing and get to the point early; Use complete sentences; proper capitalization; All lower or upper case is not acceptable; Clarify any response or action required and date you need it by.
- Sign Off: For external - Best regards, or Sincerely,; End with your signature – pre-programmed listing of your name, location, phone number
- Proofread – check spelling and grammar
- Politeness – please and thank you
- Copies (:cc) – only to those with need to know
- Be very careful of reply all
- Do not use email to argue or in sensitive situations. It is best to resolve in person.
Proper Internet Use
- There is a variety of job-related needs for the Internet: Technical, business, customers etc.
- Job related Internet use is fine.
- Illegal or immoral use of the Internet can be monitored by the IT Department and can get you fired.
- Know your employer’s Internet policies. They are likely to be different than you are used to.
- Answering your phone: Find out what is customary on your job; Generally, state your first and last name.
- Placing calls - be clear and professional
- Voicemail: Incoming; Leaving a message; Update when out of the office