Why career development should always be top of mind

Are you happy with your current job? Actively seeking another opportunity? Starting from scratch? It doesn’t matter. Career development should be a priority for each of us. Every day. Here’s why.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average person changes jobs 6 times after the age of 24, and the median employee tenure in a job is about 4 years. So change is a constant in our professional landscape.

Moreover, those of us in communication-related jobs are experiencing first-hand the effects of digital disruption: New communication technologies emerging every day; shifting stakeholder expectations; Artificial Intelligence looming on the horizon.

In this sort of turbulent environment, career development is one thing we have control over. This entails learning new skills, staying on top of trends, and – yes – continuing education. Expanding our professional networks should also be part of every career development plan. A visit to Northeastern’s Employer Engagement and Career Design website shows how you can bolster your networks.

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Northeastern’s new alumni networking platform NUsource — initial impressions

NUsource is a brand-new platform designed exclusively for Northeastern alumni. Much like LinkedIn, the site can be used to create professional connections, but it’s also a great place to develop mentoring relationships and solicit and share career advice with other Husky alumni.

Functionality and User Friendliness

To begin, the homepage includes a dashboard which allows you to access your calendar, inbox and user profile. Additionally, recent posts, latest resources (basically site tutorial videos) and personal recommendations reside here.

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Have you tapped into the power of NUsource?

What makes the Northeastern experience unique is your strong, deep-rooted, global network. Whether it’s contacts you made during your co-op, personal connections you built during your coursework, or peers you engaged with as alumni – the Northeastern network is your catalyst for success. And we’re making it even more accessible with our newly launched platform: NUsource.

If you’re seeking career advice, industry insights, mentoring, or simply strengthening professional connections, NUsource is your first step. The platform is designed exclusively for Northeastern alumni and community members around the globe to connect, expand, and grow their network.

What makes NUsource different?

Features NUsource LinkedIn Facebook
Create profile, share professional/educational experience X X X
Northeastern-specific contacts, groups and discussions X X X
Access to connections within your city X X X
Email/call/video conference capabilities within the platform X X
Industry expertise/advice X X
Warm connections (no cold calling; people opted in to help you) X
FREE resume review, informational interviews, advice on Northeastern lifelong learning programs X
Northeastern affinities and affiliations (Groups like Young Alumni, Latinx Affinity) X
Matching quiz to recommend connections based on interests X
Access to formal mentoring programs X

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Curiosity is the key to professional growth

Today’s communication professional is tasked with many challenges, not the least of which is developing and maintaining a competitive skill set.

As Egon Zehnder’s global head of the human resources and communication practice, Gizem Weggemans knows this to be true. In this interview, she discusses what it takes to be a well-rounded communication leader in today’s market.

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Communicating strategically for success — learning on demand

To survive in a rapidly-evolving digital environment, organizations must, according to researchers at the global consulting firm McKinsey, “infuse their cultures with velocity, flexibility, an external orientation, and the ability to learn” (Catlin, et al., 2015, p. 4). For professionals in a wide range of functional areas, strategic communication skills are vital in helping their organizations adapt to this challenging environment.

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The Vision ‘thing’ – Northeastern 2025

As John Kotter (2002) argues in The Heart of Change, visioning “involves trying to see possible futures. It inevitably has both a creative and emotional component” (p. 68). As communicators, one of our jobs is often to help craft visions, and, more often, to talk about them in a way that will inspire our audiences.

Northeastern’s president, Joseph Aoun, recently announced that the Board of Trustees had approved Northeastern 2025, the university’s vision for the next decade.

Take a look. Personally, I find this vision inspirational; it motivates me to think about how the vision translates into enhancements in our curriculum and how we can enrich the educational experience of our students.

Alumni also figure prominently in the Northeastern 2025 vision document, which states the following:

“As students graduate and continue to participate as alumni, they will plug into a multigenerational ecosystem of lifelong learning and career support—critical to personal and professional resilience.

Northeastern 2025 will integrate employer and alumni networks as sources of lifelong learning, teaching, mentoring, and innovation. Our campuses around the world will serve as amplifiers for integration—pathways to richly diverse networked relationships, including employer and alumni partnerships, affinity groups, and topical communities. Employers and alumni will also take on more formal and informal mentoring and learning assessment responsibilities.”

What could this all mean for you, our alumni?

Posted by Carl Zangerl, Ph.D., Faculty

Have you LinkedIn with fellow alumni?

If you haven’t already joined our 300 member-strong LinkedIn group, join now!

In addition to scanning articles on the latest trends in organizational communication, you can plug into a worldwide network of alumni working in a wide range of communication-related roles and functions.

Posted by Carl Zangerl, Ph.D., Faculty

Northeastern’s virtual networking hour

Virtual networking hour

Have you heard about this opportunity to share your experiences, exchange career tips and build your professional network?

Scheduled each month, the Virtual Northeastern Networking Hours allow you to participate in a series of 7 minute text-based chats organized by industry. You can join more than one booth to network with fellow alumni, students, and parents. The intent is to help you build your connections with those in your area or those who you’d like to meet. It’s easy and convenient to log in from anywhere to grow your network.

We’d love to hear your feedback if you’re able to participate.

The next session is scheduled for August 16, 2016, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET.  Register here.