Hofstra Alumni Reunite at Hofstra Job and Internship Fair

Hofstra University’s Career Center hosted a Job and Internship Fair on November 28th where a number of alumni came back to recruit for their companies.

Jacy Lally graduated from Hofstra in 2009 with a business management degree and is now an Executive Team Leader at Target Corp. His success story started with a job fair at Hofstra, just like this one.

“This is where I was recruited. It’s a cycle,” Lally said.

With the job market, college students are fervently looking for internships that could potentially lead to permanent positions. According to aftercollege.com, “unemployment rate for new graduates is dropping from the annual average of 8.8 percent for 2011 to a projected annual average of 7.5 percent for 2012.” This is largely due to actions taken by college career center’s hosting recruitment events for current undergrad and graduate students.

Given the disproportionate amount of college graduates to entry-level positions, job fairs force students to be proactive in planning for their future. The sad state of the economy can be a hassle for college graduates but also encourages them to get creative and find their passion early on.

Clarissa Soto, Hofstra alum and current Internship Coordinator for Pentacle Dance has used her Hofstra experience to get ahead in the workforce and give back to the Hofstra community by helping other students.

“I’m actually an alumni so I think I’ll always come back. I graduated in 2011 so it was cool to come back. I loved Hofstra when I was here and I loved my experience,” Soto said. “I’ve actually had four Hofstra students as interns in the last six months.

Soto found the Career Center resources to be so helpful that she now is excited to foster new talent from her alma mater.

“I want to help Hofstra students in general,” she said.

These two Hofstra grads had their own advice for current students who are looking for an internship.

“The most important thing is that they are committed to the work they’re doing and believe in what they’re doing otherwise they’re not going to enjoy it,” Soto said.

Lally added to that. “We’re looking for energy, enthusiasm and leadership talent.”

The presence of so many Hofstra alums was inspirational to currentstudents that were attending the fair. At an uncertain time, it’s comforting to talk to someone who was in your exact situation not too long ago and has found success.

 

 

Award Winning Journalist Speaks to Hofstra Students

Dick Brennan gave lots of great advice when speaking to my journalism class last Tuesday but one thing he said really left an impression. A fellow classmate of mine asked Brennan what he wished someone had told him at his age when he was trying to break into the business.

“You can do this,” he responded.

The veteran New York reporter’s advice was simple but powerful. My classmates and I spend countless hours reading chapters in textbooks about journalism, writing articles, and applying for internships that sometimes, it takes a guy like Dick Brennan to remind us why we work so hard.

The task of breaking into the field of broadcast journalism is a daunting one. Hearing Brennan speak eased some of my fears and shed light on great tips for the future.

Brennan currently works at WCBS-TV News and has interviewed everyone from Denzel Washington to Michael Moore. He shared many of his tips, embarrassing stories, and favorite moments of his career with students and opened up for all kinds of questions.

Brennan’s golden rule for writing is, “tell me a story and make care.”

To illustrate his point he talked about finding a story on victims of Hurricane Sandy this week. He had done some interviews earlier in the night that he considered “okay” but “didn’t tell the story.” Finally, he stumbled upon a family that still had no heat and two young children. The interviews produced golden news material that would generate audience interest while also sharing an important message.

Brennan’s many first hand experiences helped me understand how important it is to connect your story with your audience and tell the story from their perspective.

“You want great journalism? Knock on doors,” Brennan said.

Last Tuesday I left my journalism class with a lot more than tips on writing an effective news story, I left with renewed inspiration.

“You’re just as good as anyone else,” Brennan said to my class of aspiring journalists that would kill to be in his shoes.

But Dick Brennan didn’t just tell me that, he made me believe that.  He made me realize that my dreams of interviewing the President really aren’t that far out of reach and that yes, I can do this.