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First-year Students Benefit from Alumni Career Experiences

October 5, 2018
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More than 200 first-year students had an opportunity to hear firsthand from CNR alumni about their careers and the role that a CNR education played in their success at an Alumni Career Panel on October 1, 2018 in Maura Ballroom.

Sponsored by the Office of Career Development and moderated by Mariela Torres, director of career development, the panel included alumni Tanieka Wright SAS’17, a social worker with the Jewish Board for Family and Children’s Services; Michelle Goyke SAS’16, senior marketing coordinator for PKF O’Connor Davies accounting firm; Myrantz Assade SNHP’17; a registered nurse at Bronx Care Hospital Center Emergency Department; Margaret Bavosa SAS’73, GS’93, ’07, a retired school teacher with the New Rochelle public school system; and Sylvia Hamer SNR’90, GS’92, former chief of staff in the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office and adjunct professor at CNR.

The panel is part of the “First-Year Experience INS 119L” course, which incorporates a lab portion to help students develop the skills needed to be successful in college. During that time, students meet with professionals from different College departments for workshops, presentations, and activities.

“The event was designed to provide students with helpful information on what they should be doing in college to prepare them for careers post-graduation,” said Torres. “Panelists also shared how their time at CNR shaped them into the people they are today. Hearing from recent as well as seasoned alumni gave the students a diverse perspective on career preparation.”

During the event, panelists gave candid answers to questions about what, in retrospect, they might have done differently in freshman year; the importance of having a mentor in college and at work; their biggest career challenges and how they overcame them; and the most important skills needed for success in a chosen field.

“It was an honor to return to CNR to sit on the Alumni Panel,” said Goyke. “When it comes to career development, it’s never too soon to start. I hope one day to see these students sitting on the same panel as successful alumni presenting on their own careers.”