LaGuardia Community College Students Get Valuable Career Lesson From the Pros at a Career Advisement Forum on May 1

Long Island City, NY—April 22, 2013—Facing a highly competitive and ever-changing job market, college students, more than ever, are asking themselves these questions: Am I on an academic path that will lead to my desired career?  Do I have the attributes that employers are looking for?  How do I impress potential employers during a job interview?

LaGuardia Community College students will get the answers to these questions from a group of seasoned business professionals who will participate in the College’s Career Advisement Forum on May 1.  Representatives from AOL; Corporate Board Member – An NYSE Euronext Company; Steinway and Sons; Delonghi; and Collaborative Arts Project 21 will share their expertise and help students to better understand what it takes to create and navigate a roadmap to career success.

“The forum will prompt our students to think about careers and the steps they need to take in order to make a successful transition from LaGuardia to the world of work, whether it is right after earning their associate degree or upon completing their studies at a four year institution,” said Assistant Professor Rajendra Bhika, who is the project’s co-chair.

The forum will be held in the College’s Little Theater at 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The hour-long forum will be structured as a panel discussion moderated by Joya Dass, a business news anchor on-air for NY1 and CNN.  The panelists will answer three rounds of questions.  The first set of questions will focus on the transition from college to work.  The discussion will center round what it takes to make a resume stand out, how to make a positive impression on a job interview, and the major transition challenges that a student should be aware of when moving from a college environment into the workplace. 

The second round will focus on what impact technology and social media have on today’s workplace environment, as well as appropriate and inappropriate ways to use these forces in the workplace.

The skills and attributes that are most marketable in a particular industry will be explored in the final round.  The panelists will discuss the importance of written and oral communication skills, whether work experience is essential in the specific field, and the benefits of being able to work in a team setting.

In between each round of questions, a cast of student actors will perform a short skit on the particular subject.  After each skit, students will be invited to text or tweet their responses to a related question.  Feedback will be communicated to the audience via a multimedia projection.

Following the forum will be a networking-career fair where students will have a chance to speak with representatives from eight to 10 companies regarding internship and job opportunities.  Fair participants include Agata & Valentina, The Ecuadorian Consulate, Hospital for Special Surgery, Queens Council on the Arts, National Securities and Webline Designs. 

“Some of these organizations have worked with us for quite some time while others are new,” said Professor Marie Hanlon.   “They all provide enriching and exciting student internship assignments that have often led to part-time and full-time positions.”

Participants will also be able to enjoy a multimedia display developed by a business class in collaboration with the LaGuardia & Wagner Archives.  On display will be a comparative analysis of specific themes as they relate to labor movements and employment issues that took place throughout America’s history.  The students will compare the themes to similar issues that took place in their native countries.

“Every student, whether they are majoring in business, sciences or liberal arts, will benefit from this event,” added Andrea Francis, an accounting instructor and the project co-chair.  “Offered to them from panel professionals is a wealth of knowledge about careers and the world of work they will all be entering.”

The event ties into two of LaGuardia’s new bold initiatives—its revised First Year Experience (FYE) and Redesigned Advising Services—that both have strong career exploration and advisement components.

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