Do You Have the Skills Necessary for Your Dream Career?

Posted Tuesday, 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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Tags: Alumni , Career , Military , Student Services , Veterans

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5 Powerful Pearls of Wisdom From Our Students and Alumni for 2014

Posted Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Juggling family and career responsibilities can be quite the balancing act. Add in the pursuit of a degree and it may seem overwhelming. But it is possible. Looking back upon this past year, we’ve seen students overcome insurmountable odds and brave new challenges to fulfill their educational goals and dreams.

With every New Year come new resolutions and new ambitions, and our students offer some of the most encouraging and invaluable suggestions to usher in 2014 as the year of accomplishments. Here are powerful quotes from our awe-inspiring past, present and future graduates on motivation, leadership, passion and everything in between.

Your dreams don’t have a time limit.


Explore your options.


Stay motivated.


Learn what you love and pursue it with a passion.


Organization and time management are half the battle.

Tags: Alumni , Credit by Exam , Going Back to College , Motivation , Study Tips , Taking Courses , Work-Life Balance

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Why Every Gift Matters: Kristy Marchese’s Story

Posted Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Somewhere along the way, the giving season became a time of discounts, deals and savings. This year, let’s give bigger, better and smarter by giving back. Join us for a new national day of giving deemed #GivingTuesday on December 3rd, and show the world that when we unite together, we can fulfill dreams.

The following post is an excerpt from Thomas Edison State College Foundation’s article, “Meet Kristy Marchese, W. Cary Edwards Foundation Scholarship Recipient:

“The memories you create, good or bad, are the memories that make you the nurse you are and the person you become.”

When you ask a child what they want to be when they grow-up, their answer can range from astronaut to Spiderman. When Kristy Marchese was a child, her answer remained constant – she wanted to be either a teacher or a nurse. Then, at the young age of 14, Kristy tragically lost her mother to cervical cancer. It was at that point in her life that she realized her true calling was nursing.

When her mother passed away, Kristy took on the responsibilities of caring for her two younger sisters. She took on the role of a mother while her father often worked multiple jobs to provide for the family and pay the medical bills. Kristy’s teenage years passed not as one would imagine. Instead of going out with friends and worrying about boys, she spent her time cooking dinners, doing laundry and helping with homework. Kristy took on her mother’s role and lived by a unique motto “What would my mother do?” This motto inspired her to pursue her nursing degree and after graduating from high school, she worked and paid her way through college ultimately earning her BSN from Widener University.

Fresh out of college she applied to nursing positions at Cooper Health. During her first interview she met with the oncology nurse manager for a position in the same unit where her mother had passed away 10 years earlier. Her interview started as any interview would – the nurse manager asked her why she was interested in oncology. Kristy remembers this conversation like none other; she started to explain that her mother passed away from cervical cancer 10 years prior and as a young girl, Kristy was left to care for her two sisters. Before she could say more, her interviewer jumped out of her seat and started to cry. The nurse manager recognized Kristy and remembered her mother. Unbeknownst to Kristy…”

Read the rest of Kristy’s story in Thomas Edison State College Foundation’s original article. If you would like to help students on #GivingTuesday, like Kristy, fulfill their dreams, please donate to the Thomas Edison State College Foundation.


Tags: Alumni , Motivation , Nursing , Thomas Edison State College Foundation

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How Do I Expand My Network to Advance My Career?

Posted Friday, 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.

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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.



Tags: Alumni , Career , Online Tools and Resources

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Top 5 Tips Every Graduate Should Use in a Job Interview

Posted Thursday, July 11, 2013

Dr. Michael Williams<br />
Dean, School of Business and Management
Dr. Michael Williams
Dean, School of Business and Management

By Dr. Michael Williams
Dean, School of Business and Management

As a college graduate, you are ready to utilize your degree and start (or continue) on the career path of your dreams. So, after sending your resume out to countless prospective employers, you have risen above the competition with however many other candidates, and landed the interview. Congratulations! But of course, the hard work and initiative doesn’t end there. As an educator and dean, I have noticed several productive and unproductive strategies during interviews that leave more questions than answers. And in today’s tough job market, anything you can do to set yourself apart as the right person for the position should come across in your interview.

At the interview stage, there are most likely five or 10 highly qualified candidates, which must then be whittled down to two or three in a second interview, if applicable. During this time, the interviewer is focusing on key candidate details that are most likely not even on your resume. As an expert in human resource management, I’ve compiled five tips that hiring managers are really looking for in an interview, while demonstrating that you are their dream candidate.

  1. Do Your Research. Search online for any articles or awards about the company, review their website, and look them up on any social media platforms to understand who they are and what they do. When you refer to your findings during the interview, this expresses your familiarity with the company and shows the employer how interested and invested you will be in the position, without actually saying it. It will also demonstrate that you can gather information effectively and come prepared every day.
  2. Ask Questions. Always have a list of three or four ready when asked at the end of the interview. It reflects your interest in learning everything you could possibly want to know about the position. Questions should be centered on the company. If hired, you will be spending 40+ hours a week at the organization, so ask about day-to-day responsibilities, the interviewer’s most rewarding project, etc.
  3. Express That You Actually Want the Position. This could be the one little thing that sets you apart from the other candidates. If you are eager for the role, say it. Just be ready to explain why; use this opportunity to give your best sales pitch for a compelling reason.
  4. Send the Right Message. Implement verbal and nonverbal cues. Come up with a list of great buzzwords that you feel really describe you, like creative, team-player, pro-active, innovative, etc. This will help you answer the “tell us about yourself” question with confidence. Most importantly, interviewers are more interested in your composure and thinking process as you answer every question, so coming prepared will help you maintain your cool.
  5. Follow Up After the Interview. Reach out to the hiring manager after your interview; don’t let them think that you disappeared or that you devalue any connection you made. Whether you send a thank you note in writing or email, ensure that what you write adds value. Include what you learned in the interview, your passion for the position and confirm why you would be great for the role.

With the right research and preparation, showing your initiative during an interview can only help you and the hiring manager make a well-informed decision. Whatever the outcome of the interview, stay positive and use the experience as a learning opportunity to cultivate better strategies or to improve yourself. Good luck!


Tags: Alumni , Business and Management , Career

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