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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Mapping an intentional career strategy

Ed Powers and Carl Zangerl had the pleasure of interviewing Emily Wong, who is graduating from our program in May. Emily, who is originally from Hong Kong, describes why she selected Northeastern’s master’s program – “amazing experiential learning opportunities” – as well as her capstone consulting project, during which she was able to translate what she learned in the program to a Boston nonprofit’s public relations challenges.

She also shares some terrific job search tactics that have resulted in a job at a strategic business and communications advisory firm serving the life sciences industry.

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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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Unlocking Opportunities! Part Two in a Three Part Series

Welcome back colleagues!

I hope you enjoyed the first part of my story, Why I chose CPS to pursue my dream! Part One in a Three Part Series.

This second part is about what was, for me, a remarkable journey and experience at CPS. My time in the MS COC  program was full of global workplace learning opportunities, intellectual challenges and my personal and professional growth.  There is a quote by Benjamin Franklin that is very close to my heart and my personal philosophy of life: “To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.”  And, this quote guided me throughout my learning journey at CPS.

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How a networking strategy pays dividends

Our Corporate and Organizational Communication program attracts a diverse body of students from around the world, drawn by the opportunity to study in Boston and make connections with a global network of students and alumni. As the lead faculty for our Public Relations concentration, I interviewed a recent alumnus, Pablo Cateriano Llosa. Pablo works in his family-owned PR firm in Lima, Peru.

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What would you do if you weren’t afraid? — Lean In To Grow

Lean In To Grow — Event #10 and growing!

On September 17, 2017, Lean In To Grow was first introduced in the Communications Alumni Network Blog by Teeraporn Johsuntorn ’17. As TJ shared, we started this Lean In Circle from scratch. However, we all knew that it would be something beneficial to international female students. Over the past 17 months, we’ve sponsored ten events and directly inspired more than 200 students.

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Five steps to building a personal brand

How do you build a personal brand that distinguishes you from others?

You start by recognizing what a personal brand is not. It’s not a product. And it is not based on  how many followers you have on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn accounts.

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My capstone experience

I am a learner. I love reading articles, books, taking courses – you name it. If I can learn from it, I’m in.

But, even so, it took me a while to go back and get my master’s degree. I knew it would be an investment, and because of that, I wanted to choose wisely. I left college years ago, went on to have a series of great jobs, and slowly came back around to the idea of going back to school.

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Becoming a Northeastern Alumni Ambassador

When I was studying at Northeastern University, I had heard about the Northeastern University Alumni Office and community.  Based on my understanding at least in some Chinese universities, an alumni office aims to connect alumnus who have already gained great achievements in their field. Considering that I only have five years’ working experience, I never would have imagined that I would become an organizer for a Northeastern University Alumni Event.

Prof. Patty Goodman & NU Husky visiting me in Chengdu, China June 2017. She left me the adorable NU Husky as a gift.

I am really grateful to Professor Patty Goodman, who recommended me to become a local Alumni Ambassador. Being a Northeastern Alumni Ambassador is an extremely exciting experience. It has been delightful connecting with more alumni and getting them involved in our community, along with building a bridge between Northeastern University Alumni in China and around the world.

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