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Do You Have the Skills Necessary for Your Dream Career?

April 08, 2014

By Roxanne L. Globis
Director of Alumni Affairs

Whether you’re looking to start, change or advance your career, career planning can get complicated.

And time consuming.

And confusing.

And a thousand other challenges.

However, if you create a plan, the more effective you will be in your job search. Let that plan help you research, discover and cultivate the skills you’ll need for your chosen career, and you can ensure success for the future you. Here are five online tools and career resources that can guide you every step of the way, from before you graduate to earning your degree, and beyond.

If you're looking to network with people at a specific company, industry or location, the LinkedIn Alumni tool makes finding (and connecting) with Thomas Edison State College alumni easy. Want more? Join the conversation and become a member of the College's student and alumni group.

You can build your pathway to career success with this robust tool that offers tips for job searching and links to national, state and local resources. It also includes the Military-to-Civilian Job Search tool where veterans and service members can search for jobs based on the skills and experiences gained in the military.

American Corporate Partners (ACP)
In a new partnership created earlier this year, Thomas Edison State College military students can utilize the services of this nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting service members in their transition from the military to the private sector. With the help of business professionals nationwide, ACP offers veterans tools for long-term career development through mentoring, career counseling and networking opportunities.

mySkills myFuture
This tools helps you find new occupations to explore. You can identify occupations that require skills and knowledge similar to your current or previous job, learn more about these suggested matches, locate local training programs and/or apply for jobs.

My Next Move
Explore your career options with this interactive tool that includes the tasks, skills, salary information and more for over 900 different careers.

What online career resources have worked well for you? Let us know in the comments!


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How Do I Expand My Network to Advance My Career?

October 11, 2013

By Roxanne L. Globis
Director of Alumni Affairs

How many times do you say to yourself that you need to network with more people to advance your career? You have great skills and talents, and networking might help the right people discover you. In today’s marketplace, achieving your professional goals relies more on networking than ever before. Networking sounds like a great idea, but for many it can be intimidating.

If you are ready to meet new people face-to-face, there are numerous networking events related to your industry, interests and career. To find one to attend, do a simple Google search. Some are in amazing places that lend to incredible experiences, like the upcoming Thomas Edison State College student and alumni events in Manhattan and San Francisco.

If you would rather not attend an event in person, LinkedIn is a great, free tool to connect on a more personal level and grow your network in an easy-to-use, online format. If you're looking to expand your network or looking for a job at a specific company, in a particular industry or in a certain location — or are just curious about where Thomas Edison State College alumni are now working—the LinkedIn Alumni Tool makes finding those people easy.

Here's how it works:

Navigate to to start. If Thomas Edison State College is listed in your LinkedIn profile, it will automatically be selected.

The LinkedIn Alumni Tool

At the top of your Alumni Page you'll see three subheads: "Where they live," "Where they work," and "What they do." Click the arrow to the right to view additional categories, which include "Where they studied," "What they're skilled at" and "How you are connected."

All the graphs are interactive: Click any of the blue bars to drill down and refine your search. Clicking "Greater New York City Area," for example, will display the names of alumni living in New York City below the graph, and update the top lists detailing the companies they work for and the fields in which alumni work.

LinkedIn Alumni Tool 2

If you're job hunting and know you want to work for Google, for example, use the Alumni Tool to find alumni—and with your major—who work there now.

If the company doesn't appear in your top five list, click the magnifying glass icon to search for it. Then, select the field of work to narrow the pool.

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So now that you have found the alumni you are looking for – what do you do with that information? Or, now you are at an actual networking event, but have no idea how to start chatting? Sparking up a conversation can be easy, if you ask the right questions. Try ones that lead to further communication, open up new views and lend to valuable advice, like:

How did you get started in your career/industry/field?
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
What advice may you have for someone interested in a similar path?

Of course, there are no set guidelines when it comes to career networking; it is what you make of it. But having confidence and a willingness to learn can get you far. Whether you are a student just beginning to look at what the industry can offer, or a high-powered executive looking to find the next great idea, networking is the key to success.

Do you have any tips or advice on networking with alumni at events or on LinkedIn? Share them in the comments below or on the LinkedIn Thomas Edison State College Student and Alumni Group.



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