Getting a graduate degree can improve your career prospects, but you have to develop a game plan while you are working on your academic program to maximize your potential. Sudeshna Majumdar-Fragomeni, Mihaylo’s new graduate career advisor, gives insights on how students can establish a workable career strategy and timeline.
“Developing a career strategy is about creating clear action steps and setting up a timeline to reach your goals. This is a process of breaking each task into smaller more manageable ones” says Mihaylo Graduate Career Advisor Sudeshna Majumdar-Fragomeni. “For most, the very idea of job searching seems daunting, but it is a journey worth taking. If you are spending eight hours each day doing something, it should be something that speaks to your interests and abilities.”
Majumdar-Fragomeni advises the college’s MBA and graduate students on career readiness and job search strategies. She believes that the following eight-step path is likely to result in the best outcomes:
- Schedule a meeting with your graduate career advisor who can help you meet your career goals. Appointments are available Monday through Thursday at SGMH 1409 and can be scheduled online.
- Figure out where you are going. In meeting with your graduate advisor and by attending career events, you can explore the career paths that are best for your talents and interests.
- Set up job agents as part of your job search strategy. Titan Connection, available to all students as part of their online portal, permits you to save job searches and have them emailed to you. Many other job sites also provide this feature, which takes hours out of online job hunting.
- Reach out and make connections. Join clubs, get involved, go to talks and meet speakers, and go to events. A schedule of career services events is available online. Also check Mihaylo’s Centers of Excellence and clubs for opportunities throughout the year.
- Attend graduate career events such as employer panels. Upcoming events with recruiters include the Accounting Expo on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at TSU Pavilions, the Employer Panel for Careers in Branding and Social Media on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at SGMH 3230, and the Employer Panel: Starting Your Career in Real Estate on Monday, Oct. 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at SGMH 3230.
- Tell your story. You need an elevator pitch – the ability to tell your story in 30 seconds. What do you want in your career, where are you going, what is your experience, what skills and attributes do you offer? Work with your graduate career advisor to bone up on this skill.
- Practice your interviewing. Take advantage of the mock-interview training offered during career advising appointments.
- Develop tools to market yourself, including your résumé and cover letter. Take advantage of our résumé and cover letter workshops. Sign up today for the next Graduate Résumé and Cover Letter Workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at SGMH 3230.
Graduate Kick-Off Event
To get started on planning your career, come to the Graduate Kick-Off Event on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the O’Brien Terrace on the third floor of Mihaylo Hall. It is an opportunity to meet your fellow graduate students and network with faculty and staff, including career advisors. This free event is open to all Mihaylo graduate students. Food and drinks will be provided. RSVP online.
What Employers Want to See
Graduate students are aware that it is more than good grades that get you the career you want. Today’s employers are looking for a combination of academic excellence, work experience, skills and campus involvement.
“All employers will say they want a candidate who can hit the ground running. They mean they want the most qualified candidates who add value to the company,” says Majumdar-Fragomeni. “Companies are looking for those who can offer solutions to complex questions-problem solvers. In order to measure for this, skills such as project management, adaptability and leadership are some of the traits employers are looking for beyond technical skills.”
She encourages students to participate in graduate career workshops, FEMBA Working Professionals Mentor Program, employer panels and Mihaylo Career Services’ personalized advising to develop the necessary skills. “We are here to help you tell your unique story,” she says.
Majumdar-Fragomeni joined Mihaylo Career Services in June, but she has more than seven years of experience in higher education student affairs and human resources. She earned her M.S. in higher postsecondary education at Syracuse University in New York, where she held roles supporting first year, transfer and residential students.
From 2013 to 2015, she was people operations specialist at the Silicon Valley startup MobileIron. During the past year, she was partner success manager for social media-based recruiting company TalentTribe.
“I have maintained an intentionally diverse résumé of experience and a growing knowledge of what companies are looking for in their ideal candidates,” she says. “I feel this equips me to answer students’ various career needs.”