Women Leaders Making a Difference

This post was authored by Anu Singh

GOTHow do you make a difference? It’s a question that betrays a sense of idealism, a preoccupation with contributing something worthwhile, something that touches others and improves their experience. It’s a question that becomes more pressing as time goes on and a part of your life comes to a close. What are you leaving behind, what did you do that was positive and helpful?

When I was approached by a close friend about putting on a conference bringing successful, women to campus to talk to students about professional life, I thought it would be a small affair. Something a bit low-key, especially since it was the first time that it was being held. Now it’s turned into two-day event with fifteen amazing speakers, two hundred expected attendees, and a large team of students all working to make it happen. The momentum that took the vision to reality was astounding and it couldn’t have been possible without the help of so many people in the Northeastern community.

Moving from college life to professional life is a change the majority of us have to make. This change evokes many questions, thoughts and feelings: the apprehension, the anticipation, the intimidating realization that you’ll have to learn a whole new set of rules, get used to a new normal. How do you balance your work life with your personal life? How do you network and get to know people if it’s not something that comes naturally to you?

These are questions many college students ask when they’re taking the first steps in their careers, and some of the questions we’ll tackle at our conference. You learn by doing, but the advice and wisdom of people who’ve done it all before – and succeeded – is invaluable. Therefore, the aim of all of our work is to bring a resource to students – especially women – who would benefit from the guidance of inspiring people. It will be a chance to hear valuable advice, practice networking and ask your own questions about transitioning from a college life to a professional one.

Please join us for the first inaugural Northeastern Women’s Leadership Conference on April 1st and 2nd. Tickets are on sale myNEU. For more information, please visit our website.

Anu Singh is a Class of 2016 Computer Science and Biology major and a founding executive board member of the NU Women’s Leadership Network.

Think Critically About Job Applications

Applying to jobs doesn’t mean finding a cool company name and just sending in your resume. That might be a good way to get your foot in the door, but actually reading the job description, listening to the full offer, and really getting into the interview can determine if the job is right for you.

Reading a job description sounds so simple. I’ve read hundreds of job descriptions on my current co-op search the past month or so. But reading them critically and focusing on what you will be doing is super important. Having had a few jobs previously, I find that I know what I want (and what I don’t want) when applying to jobs. Furthermore, if the job description is unclear, and you have an interview, ask at the interview! Just explain that you’d like to know more about the day-to-day activities of your potential job. This is what you might be doing for quite some time, so take that into thought! Use an interview to analyze the employer, the job, and the interviewer. As much as you are being interviewed, you are also interviewing the employer. Ask yourself: “Is this right for me?” and carry that thought throughout the interview.

When you receive a job offer, consider all aspects of it. From the benefits to the hours to the pay to the time commitment, all of it is 100% relevant. Honestly, I’ve turned down a job offer because it wasn’t what I wanted or needed that time. And I’ve accepted a job offer because of the benefits that came along with it (and of course, the job itself!). If you aren’t sure what something means, write it down and do some research. You aren’t the only one with these questions and delving into that offer is important.

The Importance of Networking (Especially for International Students)

This post was authored by Mina Poyraz

As an international student living and applying jobs in Boston, I realized that networking is very important in the U.S. job search. Back home I was not really aware of this term, and since my family and I already have a network there, everything was easier. However, I came to Boston alone by knowing only a few people and tried/still trying hard to network. Here I want to share with you some of my experiences and thoughts on networking.

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First of all, what is networking?

Networking is about making connections and building mutually beneficial relationships. Friends, family, alumni, Northeastern faculty and staff are all our networks. Networking can be either online or in–person and it can happen anytime, anywhere.

Why is networking beneficial?

Networking is great for sharing ideas and expanding knowledge. I believe that it is important to network with the Americans to learn more about their culture, job search habits and to see things from a different perspective.  Also, it is important to network with people coming from your country but living in the U.S. to hear their experiences and how they are dealing with problems. You can connect with Northeastern International Students online with this LinkedIn Group! They probably have already been where you are today so, it can be helpful to avoid some pitfalls and shape your career in a better way. Networking is also perfect for the opportunities and increasing connections. If you had a good impression on people its most likely they will be willing to refer you.

How should I network?

It is good to begin networking with people around you. Getting in touch with old friends, asking career related questions to professors can be a good way to start. For business approaches, I believe that using Linkedin is crucial. To network, I am usually concentrating on companies, I want to work for and looking for employees with something that I have in common. Reaching out to people through shared connections to get introduced is a good way to expand your network. Linkedin can also be used to find out who knows whom. If you don’t like networking online try attending networking events and association meetings. This way you can get the chance to meet with people in person and have an opportunity to leave a good impression on them. Check out our offices pages on networking, LinkedIn for more. Or come in for a workshop to get some hands on experience with these tools to enhance your job search!