Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Careers in The Arts Panel was a great success!

On April 3 students gathered during Community Hour in the Black Box Theater, for a panel discussion on Careers in the Arts. The panel consisted of a renowned music journalist, a career advisor who specializes in fashion careers, and a professional pianist. Students learned how to start preparing for their dream careers while in college, the importance of networking, and what it takes to be successful in a career that may be a bit nontraditional. The panel was then followed by a performance by John Jay’s own Debonair Steppers and networking over refreshments with the event’s speakers.      

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Graduate Student, Employer & Alumni Networking Night

Monday March 24th at 6:00pm we were joined by graduate students, employers and alumni for an evening of excellent networking and socializing. The event drew a lot of people and was a big success. It took place at the Anya & Andrew Shiva Art Gallery in John Jay College. Not just did we have a spectacular space, but the speakers provided us all with a lot of information and we enjoyed some fantastic art and food as well.

Our keynote for the night was Mr. Osvaldo Cruz. He is the Director of Management and Budget at the MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). He shared his experiences working for the Bloomberg administration and up to where he is today. The other speakers were Ms. Kirsten Ohlson, Special Agent and Coordinator for New York Metro InfraGard Member Alliance, FBI; Ms. Flor Perez, Assistant Director of Human Resources at NYC Business Integrity Commission; Mr. Henry Perez, Special Agent at United States Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General; Mrs. Shannon Castang-Feggins, NYS Court Administration; Mr. Steven T. Campbell, President at Corporate Security Resources, Inc.; Mr. Daniel Cirino, Senior Federal Air Marshal, New York Field Office and Federal Air Marshals Service and Ms. Patricia Araujo, a Federal Mediator at US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. All these amazing individuals contributed to a great night.

Keynote Speaker Mr. Osvaldo Cruz addresses the crowd.

We had a successful raffle at the end of the night with some very excited winners, and thanks to the MPASA organization as well as the Student Council we were able to hand out bags to most of the attendees.

The event was a great success and showed proof of the hard work everyone put in to put it all together. The venue was perfect and made for a very classy event where everyone was able to mingle, network as well as just sit down and just catch up. At the end of the night people were having such a good time that many didn't want to leave.

Attendees at the Employer & Alumni Networking Night.
A great successful evening!

Friday, April 4, 2014

"Life After John Jay" for International Students

On March 20th, the Center for Career and Professional Development had together with the International Students Association organized an event for international students.
The event took place during community hour in the eastern end of the student dining hall and was called, "Life After John Jay".
The focus of the event was to inform the international students at John Jay of their various options as they graduate as well as introduce them to some of the key people that work at John Jay and are here to help them.


We had a panel of experts which consisted of Laurie Woog, an immigration attorney; Ruth Kamona, University Director and CUNY International Student and Scholar Services; Sandrine Dikambi, International Student Manager and Elaine Thompson, International Student Specialist. These amazing women provided some valuable advice about various visa options as well as their own personal experiences navigating the U.S. immigration system.


About 30 international students attended and had an opportunity in the end to ask questions to the panel as well as enjoy some refreshments and mingle with one another. The event was a great success and the first of many for the International Student Association.










Friday, March 7, 2014

Spring 2014 Job & Internship Fair

Yesterday was our Spring 2014 Job & Internship Fair! With over 85 employers and 900+ students in attendance, the Spring fair was a huge success!

Another feature of this semesters fair was the PITCH PERFECT Booth in which students were able to receive assistance with their introductions to employers, AKA The Elevator Pitch! This was the second time the Center for Career & Professional Development partnered with the West Indies Massive & Student Council to make this possible. Trained by Kristina Simonsen of our Career Services Staff, Volunteers dedicated their time and effort to making sure students attending the fair felt comfortable and prepared networking with employers.

Another shout out the the amazing Career Center staff! It is with your hard work that we are able to make these events such a success.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Spring 2014 Pi Alpha Alpha National Public Administration Honors Society Career Panel

 Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 5:30-7:00 PM in L.61

From left -to-right: Mary Ann Triest, Prof. Dan Feldman, Denise Dizzine, and Merline Denis Barrington
In collaboration with Prof. Dan Feldman, Faculty Advisor to the Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) chapter at John Jay College, the Center for Career & Professional Development hosted Ms. Denise Dizzine and Ms. Merline Denis Barrington as our career panelists.  Both women are John Jay MPA program and PAA members.  They discussed their personal career paths and opportunities within the NYS Unified Court System and the Port Authority of NY & NJ.   If you were unable to make it and interested in what we discussed, reach out to mtriest@jjay.cuny.edu for information about this event.

Bios

Ms. Denise Dizzine
Ms. Dizzine worked as a Senior Case Manager in Manhattan Family Treatment Court monitoring parents in substance  abuse  treatment  with  the  goal  oachieving  reunification  with  their  children  from foster care or preventing their children from being removed.  For the past year, she has worked in the role of Child Welfare Court Improvement Project Liaison for Bronx Family Court, where she works  with the judicial  and non-judicial  staff on a local, citywide,  and statewide  level to improve  the  outcomes  of  child  welfare  cases  from  the  court’s  perspective.    Ms.  Dizzine  is involved  with various  committees  and initiatives  in the courthouse  and at the citywide  level, which focus on topics such as the disproportionate minority representation of children in foster care and the needs of youth transitioning out of foster care.

 Ms. Merline Denis Barrington

As only the third student from the CUNY system, Merline was offered the opportunity to joi n the  Port  Authority of  New  York and  New  Jersey’s distinguished  Leadership Fellows program, 2013 class.  Becoming John Jay Colleges first ever alumni to join the program, Merline graciously took on the challenge and often draws from the firm foundation cultivated as a student at John Jay Merline’s first Leadership Fellows assignment is within the Human Resources Department sphere heading the 113th    Police Academy Recruitment process, leading the efforts to onboard approximately 275 Port Authority Police Officers who will  keep  our  ports,  bridges,  tunnels  and  trade  center  safe.  While rotating in the HR department, Merline has also worked on several strategies  for integration  of work streams and diversity throughout the Port Authority Human Capital department as well as recruitment optimization.