Making educated career decisions can be difficult at any stage of career development. This blog is intended for Stony Brook University students and alumni to learn career knowledge and get advice from experienced alumni, working in various career fields; read about lessons learned from their career experiences.

You’re More than Just Your Major

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Choosing a major was easily the most stressful part of my years at Stony Brook. Thinking pragmatically, I knew that studying engineering would set me up for a lucrative career. But I found myself much more engaged in my history and political science courses. Ultimately, I decided to make the switch from STEM to humanities in my sophomore year. … Read more...

Solving Modern Management Ills: How Simple!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
“Personal Service Level Agreements”

Herein is the Right Way, a simple program for rectifying awful, nonsensical, failure-ridden corporate cultures.

It can start with one disciplined individual or a small group, as long as they have common sense and don’t mind giving some tough love to their workplace neighbors… Read more...

Get Ready For Some New Questions

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
A couple of years ago, I had an interesting conversation with a young woman who was working the registration booth at a social media seminar. This young woman was in the process of looking for work as a marketing project manager, and in the interim, she was volunteering at a non-profit as well as an association for business communicators. ... Read more...

Hey Google, How Do I Do My Job?

Monday, February 15, 2016
Hopefully, you won’t find yourself typing this phrase in Google when you start a new job (although it’s not the worst thing in the world). This prompt does, however, draw attention to the utility of Google - not only in our personal lives, but our professional ones as well. ... Read more...

Raise Your Hand, Speak Your Mind, Learn About Yourself

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
After I graduated college, I learned how much I didn't know; and after I started teaching as an adjunct, I learned how much I did know. There is an upside and a downside to listening to yourself talk for almost three hours. ... Read more...

Thinking Beyond Your Major

Monday, May 4, 2015
When it comes to starting your career, you may find that you need to go beyond your academic major. By considering your unique strengths and ways to apply them, you’ll make yourself open to more employment prospects and opportunities for personal growth. ... Read more...

Modern Management Ills: A Checklist of Symptoms

Monday, March 30, 2015
Healthy job seekers beware! Poorly-run corporations make their presence known through easily recognizable symptoms. In this essay, I present the etiology of ineffectual company management. ... Read more...

Simple Steps Toward: The Right Way

In a follow-on piece, I will present some guidelines on the right way to organize and communicate in an organization - simple enough that an individual can put them into place. ... Read more...

Be Willing To Learn

Thursday, October 16, 2014
One day, when I was a senior in high school looking for work, my parents and I were walking in a shopping mall about twenty minutes away from where we lived. I had come of age – working age – and I needed to start saving for college. “Go apply to JC Penney,” they said as we spotted the store. ... Read more...

Career in Hospitality: A Practical Application of the Psychology Major

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I graduated from Stony Brook University with a B.S. in psychology. Reflecting back over my last seven years as General Manager at the Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook, I’d like to share a few things I’ve learned along the way. ... Read more...

The Nature of Reflective Practice in Education

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Reflective Practice: a simple and common sense strategy for an effective educational environment.

There are many valuable tools within each of our classrooms that can expand the understanding of the educator on a daily basis; those tools are generated from the wisdom of the young, our students. Exploring their readiness to learn, facilitating their classroom experiences, giving the learners strategies to combat insecurities and being a good listener are key elements in securing a valued character building classroom environment. The tools are simple and easy to incorporate into every classroom environment. ... Read more...

There Are No Major Mistakes: How an English Major ended up in a Legal Marketing

Friday, May 2, 2014
When I was a student of literature at Stony Brook back in the late 80’s, the standard question was always, “What are you going to do with an English degree?” I’m sure that’s still being asked today. The same could be asked of a degree in anthropology or sociology or history. Unless your major is accounting or engineering or computer science, chances are that you are going to be questioned not only why ... Read more...

Identifying Your Defining Skill

Monday, April 28, 2014
By design, a degree defines your set of skills in the job marketplace. Or does it?
“Bachelor of Arts in Political Science” would denote that one should be studying the geopolitical relationships in South America rather than, for example, engaging in project management for a marketing campaign.
What goes unspoken is the variety of skills hidden behind that categorization emblazoned on the degree—the writing, research, or ... Read more...

Making a Way to Make a Difference

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
It is early in the morning, and I am wondering, as I often do—how did I get here? This goes back to an earlier and very important question—why am I here? It is this common question that has been my guide, leading me through the twists and turns of my early career in music and social services, and one, I hope, that will not cease to bring me into a future full of the unexpected!

My identity as a musician was established at an early age. Whatever musical opportunity was presented to me, I accepted and dove in deeply. Singing and ... Read more...

Linking Your Liberal Arts Degree to the Real World

Monday, March 24, 2014
When I attended SUNY Stony Brook, I majored in French Literature and participated in Stony Brook’s first study abroad Philosophy program at La Sorbonne University in Paris, France. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. So what did I end up doing in the real world? I became a Certified Public Accountant working in various management roles throughout my career, most recently as a Chief Financial Officer of a Long Island financial institution. You are probably wondering how ... Read more...

Being Stuck Isn’t Forever

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Being stuck isn’t fun. Immobile. Fastened. Motionless. Unable to move. Staying in one place without progress.We get to those points in our lives and careers where we feel stuck. It’s normal. It happens. I’ve lived it.

A couple of years ago, I started honestly evaluating where I was in my career. I liked what I did (although not as much as I once did), and I liked the people I was working with. But, I wasn’t genuinely happy. I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep ... Read more...

Do You Really Need a Business Plan?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
In 2002, Daniel H. Pink wrote The New York Times - Best Seller book "Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself." Pink brought to light that over 25 million Americans were self-employed and uncovered a shift in attitudes about the workplace and economy. Increasingly, individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit start a business with little thought put into mapping out their vision or plan. With a ton of enthusiasm and ambition, coupled with little experience, most "free agents" fail because they do NOT invest time and energy into writing their business plan. ... Read more...

The Art of Networking

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Since 85% (roughly) of jobs are obtained through personal contact, it seems with such a high percentage, your “resume” doesn't deserve as much attention as it often gets...Rather, more time should be spent on crafting the core message you’d like to send to your network, while building and maintaining authentic relationships.

Here are four ways to make networking work for you:. ... Read more...