Having a Handshake profile can be an incredibly useful resource, but it could also prove to be overwhelming. There’s a possibility of information overload. Luckily, there’s tools on Handshake that can limit the amount of events and job opportunities you’re exposed to. You have the power to decide what you want to find out about.
David Gary earned his PhD in History at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is now an Associate Director of Collections at the American Philosophical Society.
Suzanne Vickberg earned her Master's and PhD in Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is now an author, professional coach, and Chief Researcher at Deloitte Greenhouse.
Stacy Hartman earned her PhD in German Studies at Stanford University and at the time of recording was the Director of the Publics Lab at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Stacy discusses careers in university initiatives and centers like the Publics Lab, the process of figuring out what you want to do after graduate school, and how to get on the path to a career in higher education.
This is a special edition of Alumni Aloud. This conversation was recorded in May 2023 as part of a virtual panel event. Our three panelists—Allison Guess (PhD Earth and Environmental Sciences (Human Geography), Michèle Duguay (PhD Music Theory), and Agustina Checa (PhD Ethnomusicology) are alumni of the Graduate Center.
This week’s guest is Hannah Collins who earned her doctorate in cello performance from the Graduate Center and is currently the cello professor at University of Kansas School of Music. In this episode, we talk about balancing teaching, performance, and service, collaboration between composers and performers, and the joys of teaching a diverse studio of cellists.
Having a complete and ready-to-go Handshake profile will ensure you are able to apply to jobs and internships before deadlines, expand your professional network, and get noticed by employers.
Liam Sweeney earned his Master’s in Liberal Studies and is currently a Senior Analyst at Ithaka S+R. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, I speak with Liam about his passion for helping labor in humanities programs, the challenges of working while earning your degree, and the importance of showing up to the right place at the right time.
The Altfest Graduate Internship Program allows students to cultivate their own internship opportunity at an organization that best suits their academic interests and/or professional goals. Students who find a summer internship with an organization may then apply to the Altfest Graduate Internship Program for funding. The program provides $4,000 for the summer; interns are expected to work a minimum of 120 total hours. The manner in which these hours are completed can be flexible and will be agreed upon with the host organization during the application process. The program is competitive—a limited number of awards are made each year. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 24, 2023
Amanda Licastro studied English Literature, Digital Humanities, and Composition and Rhetoric at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is now an Emerging and Digital Literacy Designer at Penn Libraries.
Paul Schweigert studied History at the Graduate Center and is now a Senior Software Engineer at IBM.
Andrea Efthymiou earned her PhD in English Composition and Rhetoric at the Graduate Center and is now Director of Academic Planning & First-Year Programs, and the Writing Center Director at Hofstra University. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, I talk with Andrea about navigating her new administrative position, her approach to mentorship and writing education, as well as the power of listening, and the comfort of revision in administrative work.
Tim Wilson earned his MPhil in French at the Graduate Center and is now a Senior Grant Writer at the Natural Resources Defense Council. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Tim shares insights about tapping into your network, figuring out what you want in a career, and developing a strategy to get your dream job.
Rebecca Rasch earned her PhD in sociology at the Graduate Center and is now a Mixed Methods Research Scientist on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Team at Amazon. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Rebecca speaks with us about research in HR and DEI, building inclusion into your process, and how to think about methods for a career in industry.
Many events listed on Handshake are not organized by the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development. These events are coordinated by Handshake and employers. While these events are not specifically designed for students and alumni of the CUNY Graduate Center, you can still learn a lot by attending them.
Congratulations! You have successfully gone through multiple rounds of interviews and you’ve received an offer. What’s next? Are you so relieved and pleased that you accept the offer on the spot or do you enter into some form of negotiations? Most employers will expect you to negotiate with a few exceptions. Some public, government, and university jobs have set institution-wide pay scales with established benefits. There might be a union which is representing all employees in negotiating a contract. However, in most other instances it is acceptable and expected that there be some negotiations.
Negotiating your faculty offer can bring in better funding, benefits, and work conditions. While it can seem intimidating to negotiate an offer, rest assured that universities generally expect candidates to negotiate.
We mentioned in the previous blog post, Figuring Out Your Worth: Preparing for Salary Negotiation , that it is ideal to hold off as long as possible on any monetary or benefit discussions during a job search/interviews until you are given an offer. However, salary discussions and requests may come up earlier in this process. Besides panic, what can you do in these situations? This blog post explores strategies for discussing salary questions during the job search.
This blog series on negotiation covers ways to understand your worth in the job market so you are ready to negotiate when you receive an offer. We also explain strategies for negotiating at different points in the hiring process as well as the ins and outs of negotiating in the alt-ac and academic markets.