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Whitman Alumni Connect with Students Virtually in New Webinar Series

Whitman Alumni Connect with Students Virtually in New Webinar Series

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management understands that the transition to online learning has meant the loss of many opportunities on campus to connect with and learn from alumni. However, there are still ways to engage with alumni and make career connections during this time.

The Whitman Career Center and Alumni offices launched an alumni-student online mentorship community, Whitman Connect. This is a wonderful platform to interact with hundreds of alumni across a myriad of industries and roles and in a number of ways – answering your questions, reviewing your resume, virtual career coffee chats, etc.

Another way Whitman students can learn from alumni is with the new Alumni Career Conversation webinar series. These webinars are focused on topics that will help students gain valuable career advice, as well as have an opportunity to ask our alumni questions about their career journey.

Here are the past Alumni Career Conversation webinars:

Leveraging Your Skills and Embracing New Career Opportunities

Kelly Ryan Jaffe ’11, ’12 MS, tax marketing senior manager at PwC, shares her experience with leveraging her skills and embracing new career opportunities. 

Kelly studied accounting as an undergraduate and also earned an M.S. in Accounting from the Whitman School. Upon graduation in 2012, she joined PwC in an accounting role as an assurance associate, and over the last eight years has held multiple roles within the organization. The experience Kelly has accumulated over the course of her career, and her willingness to embrace new and diverse opportunities, has allowed Kelly to navigate her career path into the area of marketing.

Navigating Your Career Search and Transferring Your Skills and Interests to the Work Place

Margo Konugres ’12, senior managing consultant at IBM, shares her experience navigating the career search process and transferring skills and interests to the workplace. This presentation was developed to share best practices and equip students with strategies they can employ on their own path to success, especially in this unprecedented environment!

Konugres earned degrees in management and marketing management. Upon graduation in 2012, she joined IBM as a consultant and over the last eight years has held multiple positions within the organization. The experience she gained navigating her career path while focusing on keeping her skills sharp and aligning her job with her interests, has allowed Konugres to move into a senior role with IBM.

Networking: Stand Out & Break Through – Making the Most of Whitman Connect and Other Platforms to Grow Your Career Connections

Josh Fishman ’12, senior brand manager at Unilever, shares insights from his decade of marketing and branding experience that will help students stand out and break through to grow their network.

Fishman earned degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship at the Whitman School. He is also the incoming chair of the Young Whitman Advisory Council. Fishman serves as the senior brand manager for Unilever’s Suave product line. 

Are you interested in learning more about how you can become involved in Whitman Connect or other student networking opportunities? Alumni who are interested in connecting should contact Alison Kessler atahkessle@syr.edu.

Kimmy Kimball

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