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IT'S ALL ABOUT WHO YOU KNOW : Blog by Jennifer Cook (Business Major)
IT'S ALL ABOUT WHO YOU KNOW
by Jennifer Cook
“In business, it’s all about who you know.”
These were words I heard early on in my freshman year at Nyack College, said by professors and students alike. These words are somewhat said in jest, yet they are so very true.
Now in my junior year, these words are more important to me than ever. Junior year means that senior year is fast approaching, and it’s time to get serious about job searching, resume building, and working toward a career. All of these responsibilities can seem daunting. Sending out resumes to faceless corporations can seem hopeless, and it’s easy to feel ill-equipped and unsure about every step. This is when connections are more valuable than ever. Having a contact to touch base with to get the ball rolling can make the process of job searching seem manageable. Sending a resume to a company where the recruitment officer is known to you makes it more personal and within reach. And possibly most important, meeting with an internship advisor can be the most valuable asset to your professional presence.
Fortunately for all you Nyack College business students, this crucial asset is at your fingertips. Bud DiFluri is head of the Business Department Internship Program at Nyack, and perhaps one of the most valuable connections that business students can make in their four years of college.
The process is simple: contact Bud via email (NyackIntern@aol.com), and set up a meeting in person, by phone (908-753-5261) or through Skype (“Nyackintern”). From here on out, Bud is available to assist you in helping you prioritize and meet your career goals. In my own personal meeting with Bud, we discussed my resume, my passions, and short-term goals. He prepared me for interviews by giving me feedback on my professional presence in person and on paper.
This meeting not only gave me priceless guidance and knowledge, but also a confidence in myself that I have taken into job interviews. Making a connection with Bud has motivated me to make other professional connections and take advantage of opportunities that come my way. Since meeting with Bud, I have had two job interviews for this summer and look forward to another one soon.
As I pursue my business classes at Nyack, I am now the upperclassman who preaches what my experiences have taught me: “In business, it’s all about who you know.”
Bud’s Bits Bud DiFluri
In my Nyack sales classes, students are told that to succeed they must always:
1. “Underpromise---then Overdeliver”!!... and…
2. Don't "overpromise –then under deliver"!!...and…
3. "If you make a promise..…. keep it!"
In your role as an intern, it'll be important that you properly represent your company as you each abide by the principle of "under promising…then over delivering" in your daily contacts with fellow students, faculty, clients, business people, cooperating partners, etc.
Often times, you may be the primary " face" of your company —the only company’s face or voice ”they” will see or hear!
If, as a positive example you tell a contact that “we will be in touch with you (e.g) "next Friday… or earlier if possible" and you make the contact earlier than "next Friday", you have "underpromised and overdelivered!"
If on the other hand, as a negative example, you fall prey to the all – too – simple ease of confirming a contact date or time to someone (e.g.-"next Friday or earlier if possible "), then not following through or contacting them as promised--- that's "overpromising – – and underdelivering", which will reflect upon your veracity as well as the veracity of your company. The client or contact might easily determine that you---and your company--- don't keep promises!
Simply put – successful people "underpromise – then overdeliver"!
And---successful people keep their promises!
Intern Coordinator ---Business Department---Nyack College
E: NyackIntern@aol.com; Tel: 908-753-5261
The Importance of an Internship
The Importance of an Internship—The Importance of our Nyack Intern Program
----One of the most important career moves you can make in college is obtaining an internship. It is the answer to the age old “Catch 22”--I need a job to get experience, but I need experience to get a job! Adding work experience to your resume is just the beginning of the long list of benefits. You also learn how to behave for an interview, work with a team, gain insight into a potential career, and maybe even get hired after graduation. Even if an internship ends without a job offer, you’ve still received the benefits of real-world experience, self-respect from having worked hard, and future job references.
There is no way to lose by getting an internship!
-”Being a part of Nyack’s intern program has taught me initiative and how to reach outside my comfort zone. I had a great relationship with my employer and a fun time going in to work. I learned how hard it is to run your own business and gained a new insight and respect for small business owners. I am confident that my internship has pushed me in the right direction towards achieving my dreams of owning a small business.”
Jessica Peterson, Class of 2015
Bud's "RAC" (Read, Absorb, Copy)
Joseph "Bud" Difluri would like to share this article with the Nyack Potential Interns.
In College, Nurturing Matters
MAY 7, 2014
I was a college freshman at Grambling State University in Louisiana. It was the middle of the night, the day before a personal essay was due for a writing seminar. I had put it off for days. I had nothing — nothing but writer’s block.
I threaded a piece of paper into my typewriter (back then I didn’t have a laptop), took a NoDoz (we didn’t have 5-Hour Energy drinks) and a swig of Dr Pepper.
I stared at the blank paper, and it back at me until I simply decided to write the first thing that popped into my mind. The day I was baptized? Well, that would have to do.
I wrote all night, and as the sun was coming up and the time for class drew near, I snatched the last page out of the typewriter and — without ever proofreading it — dashed across campus just hoping I wouldn’t fail the assignment.
After a couple of weeks the professor had graded all the papers. In class he said, “One of these essays really stood out, so I thought I’d take this class period to read it to you.” I was barely paying attention until he began to read. Then I perked up. He was reading my essay. The class, seemingly rapt, listened until he was done, then burst into applause. I was bursting with pride.
The professor asked to see me after class. In his office, he asked what my major was. I had a double major in political science and English, I told him, and I planned to go to law school. We talked for nearly an hour; he seemed deeply interested in my choices and my future. By the end of the meeting, he had persuaded me to change my English major to journalism, as a hedge in case I didn’t continue to law school (which I didn’t) and because he thought it a stronger guarantee that I would emerge from school a writer (which I didn’t).
Nonetheless, I have always remembered that professor, and how much he cared about me and wanted to help me. And he was just the first of many. I was surrounded by professors who were almost parentally protective and proud of me — encouraging me to follow my passions (Yes, start that magazine, Charles), helping me win internships, encouraging me to go away and work for a semester, and cheering me on as I became a member of a fraternity and editor of the student newspaper. And, because of them, I emerged from college brimming with confidence — too much at times, depending on whom you ask — and utterly convinced that there was nothing beyond my ability to achieve, if only I was willing to work, hard, for it.
As it turns out, these are the kinds of college experiences that predict whether a person will later be engaged in work and have a high level of well-being after graduation.
A report issued Tuesday by Gallup and Purdue University asked graduates several questions about their college tenures, including the six below, which are listed along with the share of students who strongly agreed with the statements.
• I had at least one professor at [College] who made me excited about learning. (63 percent)
• My professors at [College] cared about me as a person. (27 percent)
• I had a mentor who encouraged me to pursue my goals and dreams. (22 percent)
• I worked on a project that took a semester or more to complete. (32 percent)
• I had an internship or job that allowed me to apply what I was learning in the classroom. (20 percent)
• I was extremely active in extracurricular activities and organizations while attending [College]. (20 percent)
Students who strongly agreed with the above statements were as much as twice as likely to have a strong sense of well-being and engagement at work.
But the sad part was that only 3 percent of respondents strongly agreed with all six measures.
The report has a strong message for students who are asking about which school to attend, for employers who are deciding which people to hire and for colleges that are negotiating their curriculums. It concluded:
“The data in this study suggest that, as far as future worker engagement and well-being are concerned, the answers could lie as much in thinking about aspects that last longer than the selectivity of an institution or any of the traditional measures of college. Instead, the answers may lie in whatstudents are doing in college and how they are experiencing it. Those elements — more than many others measured — have a profound relationship to a graduate’s life and career.”
I couldn’t agree more.Original Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/08/opinion/blow-in-college-nurturing-matters.html?_r=1#story-continues-1
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