Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Humans of Hofstra - Sabeen Sheikh

As the Assistant Director of Outreach and Special Programs at the Career Center, I connect students and alumni both with each other and with industry professionals. We believe that experiential learning, in conjunction with content knowledge students gain in the classroom, best prepare students for life after Hofstra University. So, we try to provide students with opportunities to gain that experience. Being close to New York City, site visits can be especially enlightening for students. They are able to spend a day at businesses such as Buzzfeed, Goldman Sachs, and Indeed. Considering there’s usually at least one Hofstra alumnus working at those companies, students are able to talk to a relatable industry professional about their own career goals. Shadowing a professional is a great way to see the day-to-day operations of a company, especially if you’re considering pursuing an internship with that organization. Internships are, of course, the BEST way to gain applied work experience and implement what they’ve learned in class. Hofstra students are able to intern with a range of companies in various sectors, such as 1-800-Flowers, Roux Associates, PricewaterhouseCoopers,and even non-profits; all of which attend the eight career fairs our office hosts every academic year. And many internships can translate into career opportunities for students. We have many organizations that are active participants in our career fairs and are represented in our alumni panels. Our alumni are truly an invaluable resource to our students. During a recent networking event, “Inspiration and Insights: Hofstra Alumnae Tell All,” our distinguished alumnae exemplified just that by their enthusiasm and readiness to encourage each and every student they interacted with. And don’t be afraid to talk to your professors about career goals, either. Almost all adjunct and full-time faculty members are experts in their fields, many of whom have PhDs and a wealth of work experience!

And of course, we also provide cover-letter and resume building services, in addition to teaching students job interview etiquette. One of the ways we do that is to engage students in “mock interviews,” which are recorded on video. The student and I would then go through the video together and break down each component of the interview to see what can be improved. This also helps them articulate their skills and strengths, like through an “elevator pitch,” in a way that is most desirable to future employers. These services, among others, focus on giving students the tools, confidence, and abilities to navigate the job market successfully. Teaching them those skills is the most important thing we can do. We’ll always be a resource for students (even after graduation), but we can’t be in the room with them when they’re being interviewed or networking. So, the best thing we can do is empower them to be as prepared as possible for a potential job. As the old adage goes, “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll never be hungry.”

– Sabeen Sheikh, Assistant Director,
Outreach and Special Programs
Hofstra Career Center

Monday, February 11, 2019


"What I value the most about my experience at Hofstra is the countless memories and opportunities that I wouldn't have been able to have anywhere else. I was cast as a musician in the production of Hamlet my first year herewhere I got to perform on the exact replica of the Shakespearean Globe Stage.  Sophomore year is where I was accepted into the all-female a cappella group, Makin' Treble, joined the sorority Alpha Theta Beta, and was also admitted into the on-campus radio station, WRHU.  I am so thankful for all of these experiences as they have certainly molded me into the person I am today." -Kennedy '20

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

IG Story Takeover with Matthew Cerillo '20

Voice performance major Matthew Cerillo '20 took us through his day, which ended with a dress rehearsal of Le Nozze Di Figaro.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Regina's Favorite Study Spot

"My favorite place to study on campus has to be the basement of the library. Complete silence is not my favoirte, so the hum of chatter down there is a great environment for me. Plus it’s open late which is great for the procrastinator I am! Plenty of my “wildest” college nights were spent late in the Axinn basement studying with my friends." -Regina '19

Monday, January 14, 2019

Business Overseas

"What I value most about my experience at Hofstra is all the professional opportunities I have as an undergraduate. For instance, I am part of the DUFE program with the business school, which will allow me to graduate a semester early with both my BBA from Hofstra and a Degree of Economics from a Chinese university. I will even be interning in China this summer as a part of the program! Having a global perspective is extremely important in business, and I am so thankful to Hofstra for this opportunity." -Lauren

Monday, December 3, 2018

Hofstra Family

"I love my Hofstra family because everybody here is so welcoming! Everyone is open to meeting new people and making new friends, regardless of any differences we may have. As a Latino international student who was new to US life and, additionally, a relatively shy person, I was very anxious when I first got to campus. I didn’t know if I was going to make friends or if I would get used to being so far from home. Through different clubs and organizations, however, I found people from all walks of life who share similar interests to me. From there, many friendships flourished – which I am sure will last for a lifetime. Absolutely everybody who looks for ways to get involved will have the opportunity to become an active and valuable part of this family." -Dejan