Monday, April 8, 2019

IG Story Takeover with Anna Kizito '21

Collegiate Women of Color's Anna Kizito '21 took us through her day! Kizito is a political science and english major at Hofstra.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Meet Rhea!

"When I first came to Hofstra, I was under the impression that I would only be involved with my major, but that was not the case at all. During my time at Hofstra I have been involved with so many organizations. I am a finance major but I still have been a part of TranscenDANCE, Student Government Association and Unispan Records. And within my major, I was able to get involved with the dinance department and work on the Bloomberg terminals during my first year! As a Resident Assistant and a Pride Guide, I can connect with so many first-year students and help them join the PRIDE. 

My Hofstra journey began during the first presidential debate in 2016 and in the span of those three days I got the opportunity to work with ABC News, NBC News and FOX News." -Rhea '20

Monday, March 4, 2019

Izzy's Favorite Study Spot

"My favorite place to study on campus is on the 10th floor of the Axinn Library. The 10th floor is also known as the silent floor – where you’re not supposed to talk. This makes it super easy to concentrate on getting work done. Not only that, but on a clear day, there’s a fabulous view of the New York City skyline! Not only is it a beautiful view, but it’s a great reminder of how close the city really is. Living on a beautiful, flourishing campus while being able to travel to the city that never sleeps in only 40 minutes is incredible- and it’s a great thing to remember when trying to study for a Geography exam!" -Izzy '19

Monday, February 18, 2019

Zeta Phi Eta at Hofstra

"I joined Zeta Phi Eta, the pre-professional fraternity for students in the communication arts and sciences, because I felt like I needed to expand my network and get to know more people within the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. Yet, I found so much more than just that! I now have a community of people that are friendly, driven and extremely passionate about what they do. From the moment I got in, I saw how some of my fellow members were already on their third or fourth internship while also being heavily involved on campus. Being in such an inspiring and goal-oriented environment has definitely helped me push myself further and pursue more with my film major, while also keeping myself grounded and looking at the steps I needed to pursue my long-term goals. I even landed an internship in the field for next semester, something I am sure I wouldn’t have even applied for if it wasn’t for just how empowering and helpful my brothers and sisters are." -Dejan

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