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Many GC alum have landed tenure-track jobs at community colleges in the NYC area and around the country (in fact, if you peruse the faculty webpages on CUNY community college websites, you’ll find quite a few GC PhDs!). This month at Building a Career at a Community College, we heard from four of them:
- Lorraine Cohen (Ph.D., Sociology), Professor of Sociology, Coordinator of the Labor and Community Organization Option, and Chair of Social Science Department, LaGuardia Community College
- Stacey Donohue (Ph.D., English), Professor of English and Chair of Humanities Department, Central Oregon Community College
- Ilan Ehrlich (Ph.D., Latin American History), Assistant Professor of History, Bergen Community College
- Paul West (Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering), Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science, LaGuardia Community College
What are some of the advantages to working at a community college?
- The emphasis on teaching: Our panelists agreed that the emphasis on teaching at community college was a main draw for them. Teaching is considered a “calling” at LaGuardia Community College and there’s a huge commitment to students and pedagogy, Professor Cohen said. “I learned so much about pedagogy and student-centered teaching in my first 3 years
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Most likely you have heard the term “transferable skills” before, especially if you have ever had to search for employment. These skills, as defined by the career development website, Quintessential Careers, are those that you have “acquired during any activity in your life – jobs, classes, projects, parenting, hobbies, sports, virtually anything – that are transferable and applicable to what you want to do in your next job.” Identifying and effectively communicating your transferable skills is integral to a successful job search of any kind, as well as the management of your career throughout your life. It is therefore beneficial to take time every so often to review your past school and work-related skills, reflect on any new skills you have developed (especially during your time in graduate school), and consider how these experiences apply and relate to your current career goals.
Identifying Your Transferable Skills
The first step in identifying your transferable skills is to review your most recent resume or CV, and make a list of all the skills highlighted in these documents. In some cases, your skills will be directly applicable to your career goals; as you know, graduate school teaching experience is important for most …
Thinking about your post-GC career path? If you’re considering possibilities outside of academia, the nonprofit world could be a great fit for you. Come learn more at our Careers in Non-profits Panel this Thursday from 6:30-8pm! REGISTER HERE.
1. Learning the Lingo:
A nonprofit is an organization that serves the public interest in some way. Nonprofits tend to be defined by their “mission,” which can be promoting education, eradicating poverty, pursuing scientific discovery, and everything in between. One thing that distinguishes nonprofits from other organizations is that because all financial profits go back into furthering the organization’s work, nonprofits are tax-exempt. Like all fields and industries, nonprofits also come with their own vocabularies. Below are some important terms to be comfortable with as you learn more about the nonprofit world.
Mission statement: An organization’s mission statement is like a paper’s abstract. Its purpose is to clearly and succinctly describe its important aspects. The mission statement is a brief overview of what makes a given nonprofit special, and much like a paper abstract does, seeks to differentiate it within its field. Elements can include an organization’s purpose (reason the organization is important in the world), goals (what …
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