Career Services Student Spotlight

In this month’s spotlight, PLV Communications major Olivia Brooks talks falling in love with education, interning at Bvlgari, and how Career Services has served her.

In this month’s spotlight, PLV Communications major Olivia Brooks talks falling in love with education, interning at Bvlgari, and how Career Services has served her.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am proof that it is never too late to return to the classroom and that if you want to change your life all you have to do is do it! Two years ago I decided that I would do just that, I found myself in a job that left little opportunity for my continued growth, after much thought and prayer I left my job in search of a career.

I knew that the only way to get the fruits of the dream that I envisioned for myself was to continue my education. I threw myself in head first and have yet to come up for air. I never thought that I would fall in love with education the way that I have. I have become not only an inspiration to myself but to so many others who struggled with the decision of returning to the classroom. I now like to think of myself as an education ambassador.

My major is Communications with a double minor in Art History and Public Relations. Pace has allowed me the freedom to explore my options and the ability to combine three of my passions into a future. I am more focused than I have ever been in my life and look forward to the next chapter of my life. 

What internships are you currently participating in or have completed?
I am currently in an internship for Bvlgari Corp. of America—one of the world’s leading luxury jewelers, who has now branched themselves into many facets of luxury design, including a luxury hotel line. I am interning at their NYC corporate headquarters in their luxury event planning divison. This opportunity is the stepping stone to so many other wonderful opportunities I know are right around the corner. I owe this all to the choice I made in Pace University, an institution which ranks in the top 5 in the country in assisting their students in obtaining the internships that I know are not available to all.

How did you get involved with Career Services and what resources would you recommend to other students?
My involvement was seamless. I found myself at the threshold of Ms. Ivy Rivera, Assistant Director of Career Services, at the very beginning of the semester. During this meeting I explained to Ms. Rivera where I have been and where I was going. She could see almost immediately that drive and enthusiasm within me for an opportunity outside of the classroom that would allow me real world practice in the field. I highly recommend that each student develop a relationship with career services, pay attention to their advice, and don’t look to set out on your own. The relationships that you build today are the building blocks of tomorrow.

What do you like most about being a Pace University student?
I find myself in good company, from the students to the professors. We are all there with one common goal.

What are your plans for the future?
I would love to partake in the NBC page program and start a career working for E! News. I could also very well see myself working as a luxury event planner for a well-known corporation such as Bvlgari. The sky is the limit and I am open to explore whatever opportunity comes my way!

Career Services Student Spotlight

While serving on a mission in Iraq for the U.S. Army, Joseph Loizzo ’12 filled his free time reading investment books. Now the finance and accounting double major has found his place at Pace. Read more in the latest Career Services Student Spotlight.

Joseph Loizzo

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was attending the College of Staten Island when I had to withdraw from my classes. I was in the U.S. Army and in 2009 I was unexpectedly called for a mission in Iraq. Out there I needed to find a hobby to fill my free time so I began reading investment books. My interest peaked causing me to transfer to Pace where I can be in the heart of the Financial District.

What co-op/internships are you currently participating in or have completed?
I recently wrapped up an accounting internship at the accounting firm of Alex A. Grasso. I used the Pace Experience website to get that position. Through developing a connection that I made at a Pace University Career Fair I was able to network for a summer 2012 internship in finance at the Bank of New York Mellon.

How did you get involved with Career Services and what resources would you recommend to other students?
There are various professional student organizations at Pace University. I would recommend that every student gets set up on the Pace Experience portal as soon as possible, and involved with a professional student organization. Make a two to three year plan and stay on task. It helps to be surrounded by people with similar goals and employers seek out students who are involved on campus.

What do you like most about being a Pace University student?
Beta Alpha Psi was a great experience. The professional student honors society is geared towards accounting, finance, and information systems majors. Being involved with them provides direct exposure to the Big 4 Accounting firms. In addition, active members can learn how to coordinate community service events and have a chance to serve on their Executive Board. There’s no better way to develop professionally in college than to be active in a great organization.

What are your plans for the future?
I will continue to participate in activities that add value to myself both personally and professionally. I plan to graduate in December 2012 and then I can begin my career in either accounting or finance, or as an entrepreneur—time will tell.

Do you want to be featured in Career Services’ next intern spotlight? Market yourself and be the envy of your friends as they run your story and help build your brand. All current Pace University students and all majors are eligible. Submit your story today!

 

Career Services Student Spotlight

Dyson student and Chi-town native Nellie Lopez ’12 dishes on her public relations internships, networking at professional events, and moving to Europe in the latest Career Services Student Spotlight.

Nellie Lopez '12

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am originally from Chicago, Illinois and I came to New York City to pursue my undergraduate degree at Pace University. I have greatly enjoyed my experience as a college student living in New York City. The past four years have allowed me to grow as an individual and in a professional manner. I will be graduating this summer and I am very excited to begin life after college.

What co-op/internships are you currently participating in or have completed?  
During the summer of 2011 I was a Public Relations/Marketing Intern at Multicultural Marketing Resources, a public relations and marketing firm that represents leading experts in marketing to multicultural consumers. This position required me to research media outlets for media outreach projects as well as edit and summarize press releases for a monthly newsletter. I was also responsible for updating the company website, contact database, and social media web pages.

During the fall semester of 2011 I was a Public Relations Intern at Sarah Hall Productions, a boutique public relations firm which handles lifestyle and entertainment accounts. As a Public Relations Intern I prepared media lists for Account Executives, assembled press kits, and presented pitch ideas for media placements during staff meetings. My internship experiences have strengthened my confidence in my ability to work in a fast paced and detail-oriented environment.

How did you get involved with Career Services and what resources would you recommend to other students?
I became involved with Career Services during my first year of college, I met with a counselor who helped me develop an effective resume and cover letter. I attended the required workshops and began to apply for internships during my junior year. I would recommend other students to take advantage of not only the on-campus events, but also the external events that are listed by Career Services. I was able to attend the 2011 Student Communications Career Conference which provided me with valuable insight into my chosen career field. Conferences allow current students to gain expert knowledge from extremely talented professionals. Taking advantage of professional events allows you to network with others and possibly land that desired internship or job position.

What do you like most about being a Pace University student? 
Pace University really prepares its students to succeed not only academically, but also professionally. The Career Services that are provided effectively bridge that gap between college and the work force. I have also had some amazing professors who have been extremely helpful in sharing their knowledge, experiences, and advice. At Pace you can really develop interpersonal relationships with professors and your peers.

What are your plans for the future?
Following graduation I will be moving back to Chicago, Illinois where I plan to attend graduate school. I would like to work in public relations as an account executive in the Latino/Hispanic entertainment industry or for a nonprofit organization. I wish to find a job position with relocation opportunities and eventually live in Europe.

Career Services Student Spotlight

Intern-extraordinaire Kaitlynn Blyth ’12, who’s currently on her eighth internship, shares why the Career Services Office is the best part of being a Pace student and what she wants to be when she grows up.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Kaitlynn Blyth and I am a senior English Language and Literature major, with Communication Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies minors. Originally from Schoharie, NY (about 40 minutes outside of Albany) I decided to go to college where I could easily get a lot of internship experiences. I definitely made the right choice in this respect by choosing Pace!

What co-op/internships are you currently participating in or have completed?
I like internships, a lot, so I’m on my eighth and final one! I always did well in school, but found that I learned a lot more while in a real work environment. Because of this, I started interning when I was 16-years-old at my county offices in conjunction with the New York State Legislature. My senior year of high school, I was lucky enough to be accepted into a competitive program that allowed me to take college credits while doing two internships at the Hearst Corporation’s Times Union newspaper and a local PBS station in lieu of normal high school courses. Once college started, I didn’t stop. My first summer break, I was a Marketing Intern at Regent Communications (now Townsquare Media), a conglomerate of four of Albany’s major radio stations. From there, I’ve interned at Pace’s Public Information Department doing public relations; Bankable Enterprises (Tyra Banks’ main company) as a Web Intern and wrote a lot of articles for her website; NBC Universal-Oxygen as a Digital Editorial Intern doing anything from creating digital content, writing, editing, and much more; and lastly, Planned Parenthood Federation of America as an Online Marketing Intern, which I am continuing this spring semester.

How did you get involved with Career Services and what resources would you recommend to other students?
My involvement with Career Services is because of an initial interaction with Barry Miller, manager of Alumni Career Programs and Services. My senior year of high school while interning at the Times Union, I had a popular blog on their website where I posted my decision to attend Pace (with one of the reasons being its highly rated Career Services office). Barry Miller found my post, outreached to me, and finally by the end of my freshman year at Pace, met with him and was told how impressed he was with what I was doing at my age professionally. From there, he got me in contact with my Career Counselor, Jenna Campolieta. The rest is history!

I would recommend any resource from Career Services, as they are all essential to students’ professional growth. No matter how much an individual may think they are good at something, there is always room for improvement. For example, I know of a lot of students prior to their visits with Career Services who think their resumes look fantastic because they have gotten jobs from them. Once they visit the office and see where they can improve, they realize that the potential of getting their ideal position is more likely.

What do you like most about being a Pace University student?
As a graduating senior in May, my best experience as a Pace student has actually been with Career Services (and I pinky-promise I’m not saying this because I’m being highlighted either). I am a very good student with high grades, involved with many extracurricular activities and leadership roles, all while still having a social life. Having said that, being a “typical” Pace student, the place in the University I feel is the most supportive, willing to help, actually gets what goals you want to accomplish, what legacy you want to leave at the University, and most importantly really tries to build you up and help you help yourself so you can be what you want to be when you grow up is Career Services. It’s hands down the best service Pace has to offer its students and the best part of being a student here.

What are your plans for the future? 
My plans for the future are to just be happy in a personal and professional sense. My mother always told me I could be anything I wanted to be when I grew up, except when I told her I wanted to be a hairdresser (she didn’t like that too much). I have the knowledge, the tools, and the confidence to know that when I graduate and am all grown up, I can do whatever I want to do. I want to wake up every morning excited to go to work, despite whatever challenges I know will come my way. I know I can accomplish this because I believe in myself and feel that other students should feel the same way about themselves as well.

Do you want to be featured in Career Services’ next intern spotlight? Market yourself and be the envy of your friends as they run your story and help build your brand. All current Pace University students and all majors are eligible. Submit your story today!

Career Services Student Spotlight

From the Sunshine State to the Big Apple! Pace student Shane Sethi explains why he traded in the sun for stocks and how Career Services has helped him with “one of the most beneficial experiences” of his life.

Shane Sethi '13

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Shane Sethi and I am from Venice, FL. I started at Pace in the spring of 2010. I started college in Florida studying Biology. After realizing that this was not the best choice for me I decided to change my major and start to look for a new school to attend. I did not want to spend my time doing something that I felt I could not turn into a career or provide the lifestyle that I want. After considering this change and looking at my options I decided to apply to Pace University and, upon my acceptance, I found myself relocating to New York.  After making my first trip to New York and meeting some of the Finance professors at Pace, I decided to major in Finance with a minor in Economics.     

What co-op/internships are you currently participating in or have completed?
During the time I have been involved with the Career Services office, I have had one internship at a derivative trading firm. This was one of the most beneficial experiences that I have had in my life. The best part about this firm is that it is very small so it was tremendously easy to communicate with everyone and take away knowledge from all the different traders. My boss turned out to be a great mentor who constantly sent me information to keep me very current and was always more than willing to speak to me about any issue that was taking place in the market.  My questions were always welcomed. This summer my boss sponsored me for a series 7 license. 

How did you get involved with Career Services and what resources would you recommend to other students?
I got involved with Career Services just by word of mouth on campus. When I was a freshman I was interested in finding an internship to get a jump start on a career path and that is what really attracted me to them. The best resource at Career Services is your counselor. Your career counselor will be the person there that will keep you connected with exactly what you want as far as an internship goes. Other things to take advantage of are resume assistance and the mock interviews. Most of the questions that I had practiced in the mock interviews I was asked in real interviews. 

What do you like most about being a Pace University student?
My favorite thing about Pace University is the type of environment that you are put into. I believe we have a student body that is highly involved with Pace which is something that attracted me towards the school. With a student body that has such a great amount of motivation there is a lot of opportunity to get involved. For instance, this past semester a few of my colleagues and I founded the Institute of Management Accountants and Finance Professionals on campus. This was a great feat for us since it is the first student chapter on the east coast and I believe the success of our organization, like any, has come from the dedication of its people.   

What are your plans for the future? 
This past summer I interned at the marketing firm, Ogilvy & Mather, where I worked in the finance department.  As far as plans go for after graduation, I know that I want to be in the financial sector but I am not too sure as far as what I really want to concentrate in. I have been trying to leave that open so I do not miss out any other opportunities in the future.

Career Services Student Spotlight

Pace student Allison Gimbert ’12 is working toward a mission. Hear all about her latest Wilson Center Funded Internship and how she thinks social justice is more important than a yacht.

Allison Gimbert ’12

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a senior and I am majoring in Marketing, concentrating in Advertising and Promotion. I’m from Connecticut but I have been living in NYC for about four years now. I will probably stay here for at least a couple more years after college.

What co-op/internships are you currently participating in or have completed?
I just finished a marketing internship for an organization called Older Adults Technology Services. They are a non-profit with the mission to change the way people age, and also change the negative views that surround aging. They hold free classes around the city that teach seniors how to use computers. A lot of older adults do not know how to use the internet, let alone smartphones, iPads, etc. I interned for a division of OATS called Senior Planet. The internship with OATS was a Wilson Center Funded Internship. For the most part, I used online marketing to raise awareness of the upcoming launch of their website. This past spring, I interned for a real estate agent. I would go around the city photographing apartments for rent and then advertise them for her. It was fun.

How did you get involved with Career Services and what resources would you recommend to other students?
I got involved with Career Services by attending the resume and interview workshops. I would recommend the one-on-one meetings with your counselor. The workshops are good, but you really need to sit down and go over your resume piece by piece with someone who knows what they are doing. You can’t do that in a workshop. And honestly, you might think going on the internet and googling what a resume should look like is enough, but it’s not. It is not going to put you ahead of the hundreds of other people applying for your job. Walking across the street to 41 Park Row might be a difficult trek, but just do it. You’ll thank me when you have an awesome internship. Also, have your counselor help you with your cover letter. One mistake in your cover letter will cost you the chance to interview. Employers won’t even bother to look at your resume.

What do you like most about being a Pace University student?
Pace is a small community. That is what I like. Your professors know your name. You are not 1 in a class of 300. When I was a freshman I took a class and there were, at most, 12 people in that class. I loved it. I got to know everyone. What makes Pace a great school is that you can build strong relationships with professors and students. You are not just your Student ID# to your professors. Sure it’s easier for them to know when you skip, and when you haven’t spoken in class, but you also have a huge advantage over bigger schools.

What are your plans for the future? 
I plan to try to find a career path I enjoy. It will probably be in marketing. I really like the idea of working in a non-profit. Working toward a mission, rather than revenue is more fulfilling. I’m not saying I wouldn’t love a high paying job, but social justice is more important than a yacht.

Contact Career Services today to learn how you can find exciting internship opportunities like Allison.

Do you want to be featured in Career Services’ next intern spotlight? Market yourself and be the envy of your friends as they run your story and help build your brand. All current Pace University students and all majors are eligible. Submit your story today!

Student Spotlight: From Career Services to Camelot

Career Services sat down with Pace student Ashley Lyublinsky, who completed a spring internship with one of the largest privately-owned strategic marketing and media services companies in the country.

Ashley, right, on a site visit by Career Services

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Ashley Lyublinsky. I’m 20 years old and majoring in Communications. I hail from Florida. With my major I plan on working in media or the entertainment industry. I am a senior at Pace and that is really exciting/nerve wrecking. 

What co-op/internships are you currently participating in or have completed?
In spring semester 2011 I interned at Camelot Communications. Really cool hands on experience internship, which saved me from getting a Metrocard because I could walk there. I learned a lot from Camelot and made friends while I was there. I am really glad that this was my first internship because I learned so much and made really good connections, and it didn’t scare me from doing more internships in the future.

How did you get involved with Career Services and what resources would you recommend to other students?
I became involved with Career Services because I was not finding the internships I wanted on my own. I got tired of going on interviews for sketchy Craiglists ads, so I thought if this service is here–I should take advantage of it. I would say that other students should really look into Career Services. They give interview tips/advice that most people my age wouldn’t even think of. Also having a counselor assigned to you to help you with your resume or any questions you have is a fantastic tool.

What do you like most about being a Pace University student?
Pace has taught me a lot life lessons that I know will be valuable in my future. I have experienced a lot of disappointment within my three years here, but it has taught me that not everything is always going to be exactly how you want it to be. Along with the bad, comes the good. I have made awesome friends here and I have taken some really cool classes with great professors. Also the location isn’t too shabby. We are like fifteen minutes from Chinatown/SoHo! Who doesn’t love them some good chinese food?!

What are your plans for the future? 
I don’t know what my plans are exactly. I still have a year left here (I hope) and within that time I know I will change my mind endless amounts of times. Either start working, so I can start paying off my debts or just take a year off and explore the world. I would love to move out west and really be able to get into the entertainment industry. Whatever my plans end up being, I know I will make the most out of everything and that I will be successful no matter what.

Contact Career Services today to learn how you can find exciting internship opportunities like Ashley.

Do you want to be featured in Career Services’ next intern spotlight? Market yourself and be the envy of your friends as they run your story and help build your brand. All current Pace University students and all majors are eligible. Submit your story today!

Career Corner

Pace student Shaliza Kassam ’12 talks about her internships with O, The Oprah Magazine, Hamptons Magazine, JPMorgan, Definition 6, and more, and why Career Services has made internship-finding a “piece of cake.” Also, submit your own intern spotlight!

Student Spotlight: Shaliza Kassam 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am originally from the windy city, also known as Chicago. I am entering my senior year at Pace, and am majoring in Marketing and recently added a Finance minor after interning at JPMorgan. Oh, and I love puppies!

What co-op/internships are you currently participating in or have completed?
When I was a freshman at Pace my roommate convinced me to sign up to volunteer for the Tribeca Film Festival. While at my training, I spoke to the woman in-charge and she recommended that I collaborate with the VIP department, so I took her up on her offer. And a year later, this is what caught the eye of someone at O, The Oprah Magazine. To be honest, my first “official” internship with O, The Oprah Magazine spoiled me. It was my first internship in the city. The people I worked with were wonderful and the building was one of the most beautiful I have ever had the privilege of working in. I mean, floor to ceiling windows, button-less elevators and a gourmet cafeteria with chefs from around the world- who could want more? After celebrating the tenth anniversary of the magazine I said goodbye to the Hearst tower and went home to Chicago for the summer. While I was home I interned with Michigan Avenue magazine, a smaller publication affiliated with Niche Media LLC- you’ve probably seen their local publication in NYC called Hamptons magazine. I worked in the Marketing and Events department here and attended some truly amazing events. In the spring of 2011, I joined JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Private Bank, where I interned as an Event Management Intern primarily in their Client Center. After my internship with JPMorgan I contemplated my next move. I thought to myself, “I’ve worked in the arts, in entertainment and in corporate; so what’s next?” Currently, I am interning at Definition 6, A Unified Marketing Agency in the Account Services and Marketing departments. My current internship is definitely unique, from space to substance. The office is like none-other and the culture is different from what I have known in the past. As I spend more time with this company, I begin to love it more. And gaining all this great experience doesn’t hurt either!

How did you get involved with Career Services and what resources would you recommend to other students?
Not to toot my own horn but I believe I am a good student, but a great worker. I have always been eager to grow up and get a job. In high school, I found my first job the second I was legally allowed (where I was later promoted into my first Marketing gig). So, as a freshman I worked hard to do well academically, but I was itching to apply what I learned. Enter Career Services. I actively researched the program and took the initiative because I wanted an internship and I wanted experience. And that’s the most important part. You need to want an internship bad enough because it is not just going to land on your lap. You are going to have to work for it, but Career Services definitely helps. I can literally go to my counselor about any career-related topic (and sometimes not career-related) and voila, I get answers. Change in career path? No problem. Having trouble finding an internship? Piece of cake. This department really has it down and they know what they are doing. And most importantly, they want to help students find internships, get experience and excel. I have spoken to many friends about their career centers and their experiences, and no one’s experience compares to the one I have had here at Pace. If you are not already utilizing this service to the fullest, I suggest you get down to 41 Park Row, get in the elevator, hit floor 14 and they will help you. Simple.

What do you like most about being a Pace University student?
The best part about being a Pace student is that going to Pace means that you are surrounded by New York. And to take advantage of these opportunities, the Career Center is there to guide you.

What are your plans for the future?
Well I plan to graduate in May of 2012, find a nice place and a nice puppy. I am not sure if I will be here in New York or if I will move back to Chicago yet, but I plan to have that figured out before May to ensure a job before graduation. Regardless of where I end up, I am excited to see how it unfolds!

Contact Career Services today to learn how you can find exciting internship opportunities like Shaliza.

Do you want to be featured in Career Services’ next intern spotlight? Market yourself and be the envy of your friends as they run your story and help build your brand. All current Pace University students and all majors are eligible. So nominate yourself today!