A Day in the Life: Fashion Week in New York

Read Meg York’s archived tweet feed here: http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/MegYork_Feed.pdf

February 10th marked the beginning of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City. Penn Career Services is excited to bring you the opportunity to experience what goes on behind the runway as it happens thanks to Meg York (SAS ’10), on Thursday, February 17th.  If you’re interested in learning about the fashion industry, follow Meg on @PennCareerDay next Thursday! Read more below.

Meg York, SAS '10

Meg York works at boutique editorial agency Silent Models as Junior Booker and Assistant to the CEO.  Between its Paris and New York offices, Silent represents Isabeli Fontana, Carmen Kass, Ana Beatriz Barros, Anna Selezneva, and Snejana Onopka. As the New York office opened this summer, Silent has been an incredible learning opportunity for Meg, giving her the comprehensive experience of launching a new business in a competitive marketplace. With the CEO, she is involved in the day-to-day finance and operations that ensure long-term profitability. Training as Junior Booker, she works under the Creative Directors whose vision and style set Silent apart.

Meg spent the last few weeks coordinating visas, flights, and accommodations for 15 models, creating show packages, and scheduling castings in preparation for New York Fashion Week. She particularly looks forward to tweeting while new face Colinne walks exclusively for Calvin Klein.

Meg graduated from the College in 2010 with Majors in Biology and Political Science and Minor in Psychology. At Penn, Meg enjoyed researching for Professor Weisiger, coordinating the Cardiology Pipeline at Sayre as an Access Science Fellow, planning the “Bio-B-Q” with the Biology Student Advisory Board, and tap dancing as Emily Sachs Dance Benefit Chair and Show Chair for Soundworks Tap Factory.

A Day in the Life: Environmental Advocacy Group

Read Charley Dorsaneo’s archived tweet feed here: http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/CharleyDorsaneo_Feed.pdf

Here at Penn Career Services, we are dedicating special attention to careers in sustainability and the environment next week in line with Penn’s theme – Year of Water. On Tuesday, February 15th, Charley Dorsaneo (SAS ’10) will tweet throughout the day about his job as the Clean Energy Associate with PennEnvironment, a statewide, citizen-funded environmental advocacy group.

Charley Dorsaneo (SAS '10)

Charley joined PennEnvironment in August of 2010 and is in his first year of a two year fellowship program with Environment America, a federation of state-based environmental groups of which PennEnvironment is a member. As the Clean Energy Associate, he works to pass statewide legislation to promote renewable energy like wind and solar across the Commonwealth.

PennEnvironment’s mission is to protect Pennsylvania’s water, air, and open spaces. With roughly 50,000 members and activists across the state, PennEnvironment works to advocate for strong environmental policy by showing our state legislators that Pennsylvanians care about their environment.

Since Charley has been on staff, he has been working to pass legislation that would promote green building technology across the state, increase Pennsylvania’s solar requirement, and allow for the construction of an offshore wind farm on Lake Erie.

Charley received a B.A. in Politics, Political Science, and Economics (PPE) from the University of Pennsylvania.

If you want to hear first hand what other career paths are, attend our panel Traditional & New Directions in Environmental Careers on Wednesday, February 16th at 4pm in Houston Hall’s Golkin Room.

For resources to help explore a career in sustainability and the environment, visit our Career Exploration page.

Your “Best Places to Work” List

by Sharon Fleshman

Do a google search on “best places to work” and you’ll get an abundance of  responses.  While this can be a good starting place for job seekers who are sizing up employers, a “best places” list (strictly speaking) will differ from one person to the next.  How will you develop your own personal list?

Conduct a self-assessment. Reflect on your past work, whether paid employment, class projects, or extracurricular/volunteer activities, and ask yourself some questions. What energized you? What drained you?  What did you value most about your assigned tasks and work environment?  The Career Services website has a brief inventory on work values that can serve as a point of reference.

Research potential employers. Once you have pondered what you value in the workplace, it’s time to get a sense of what a given employer may value.   If you go to the employer website, look for a mission statement or set of core values that communicates what is valued.  Most organizations have a news section on their websites; are there any new initiatives or projects listed that intrigue you?  You may want to dig a little deeper and search newspapers or trade magazines to find articles on recent developments involving employers of interest. In many cases, reviewing relevant periodicals may also unearth some employers that you had not even considered.

Ask thoughtful questions. Whether during informational interviews with those who work (or have worked) at the employer under consideration, or at a job interview, you should prepare questions that will lead to clues about whether you would enjoy working there.  Some possible questions are: What attracted you to this company?  What qualities and skills are most valued at this firm?  What characteristics must one have to thrive at this organization?

Check out the workplace. There’s no substitute for observing and interacting with others in the workplace.  In some cases, you may be able to intern or volunteer with an organization to get a feel for what it would be like to work there.  At the very least, try to arrange for a site visit or shadowing experience where you can chat with current employees.

Of course, compiling your “best places” list will always be a work in progress as you grow and evolve, but now is as good a time as any to get started!

OCR: What You Need to Know

On-campus recruiting has started for summer internships and already we are getting many questions about the process. The first thing you need to know is that it’s necessary to view the online OCR orientation to understand the process. It will answer all your questions. You can view it here:

http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/recruiting/OCRSpring2011.pptx/player.html

Once a schedule deadline passes, the schedule is closed and you cannot schedule an interview.  Your next option would be to deposit your information in the “Recruiter Add-On Interview Request Box” outside of Career Services. The drop box collection hours are 9:15 am – 2:00 pm one working day before the company interview date. You can pick up the Recruiter Add-on Interview Request Form at the front desk of our office. Your add-on request(s) will be given to the recruiter(s) when they check in to OCR the following morning.

We have asked employers to give interns until February 23rd, or one week, whichever comes later, to decide on offers. If you have any questions about this, please come and see one of our counselors by making an appointment or coming for a walk-in.

If a schedule is closed and you already accepted an offer, you will need to cancel the rest of your interviews. To do this, you must cancel your interviews as soon as possible but at least one hour before the interview by calling 215-898-4068 or by stopping at the receptionist’s desk in the OCR Suite. You must also send an apology email to the recruiter and copy OCR on it.  For more on this policy, please visit here:

http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/recruiting/pennlink_faqs.htm#CancelInterview

Please note that failing to show up for your interview, or canceling less than 60 minutes before the interview, is considered a “no show”. If you no-show on more than one recruiting date, your recruiting privileges and PennLink access may be rescinded for the remainder of the academic year.

If you have any more questions, please view our OCR page here or call 215-898-7531.

Held Hostage—and Ode to an Interview

by Anne Guldin Lucas, CAS Counselor, Penn Career Services


In honor of my son’s 31st birthday this weekend, I’m sharing a family story with you. In the summer of 1997, J.T. and I got in the car for an eight-hour drive to visit colleges. Since this was The Dark Ages, a time before Blackberrys and iPhones, most families listened to music or books on tape (yes, tape) during long trips. Remember, though, I am Career Counselor Mother, so naturally I insisted that we practice interviewing. J.T. was filled with joy at the prospect of eight hours in the car with his mother AND practicing potential admissions interview questions with me.

J.T. fielded my questions more expertly as the hours passed, and we only missed one turn. (This was also the Time Before Navigational Systems.) After arriving on campus. J.T. went for the interview while I sat in the Admissions waiting room, reading glossy college publications. (Somehow we survived without Kindles and iPads too.) Eventually J.T. entered the waiting room smiling, followed by a laughing Admissions counselor. Apparently J.T. had told her, in amazement, that she had asked him the very same questions that he and I practiced during our long car ride! Viewed as a capable and forthright young man, J.T. was accepted to that college and enrolled about a year later.

That college trip was almost 14 years ago, and yet to this day, J.T. remains confident in his interviewing skills. My MBA son knows that if he can just land the interview—through the powers of a strong resume, sparkling cover letter, and all-important networking, he stands a very good chance of acing the interview and winning the job offer.

No, I’m not recommending that you schedule a road trip with me–although that might be fun. Rather, I do recommend that you take advantage of our many Career Services resources to help you polish your interviewing skills. Check out our web site. Schedule a mock interview. In case you haven’t noticed, we also offer a new interview practice experience called Interview Stream. You can find it on our web site, in Penn Link.

If you have a web cam on your computer, you practice interviewing on your own time and then email the interview to family, friends—or even CS counselors—for review. I’m offering a prize to the first student who sends me his/her Interview Stream session. Please remember that since I grew up and even raised children during the Dark Ages, I may not know what to do with it. However, I will give it a shot!

In the meantime, I’d like to propose another deal. If, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day poetry, I make a fool of myself by closing with a few common-sense interview tips—in verse, will you please join this blog by sharing your favorite—and/or most dreadful—interview questions and stories?

Ode to an Interview

Yahoo—an interview!
Do your prep,
Comb your hair.
Got a tattoo?
Cover up there.

Get some rest
To do your best.
Get there on time,
Keep answers succinct,
No need to rhyme.

Relax and smile,
You’re doing great.
Stay positive in all you say,
The “fit” is the thing
That wins the day.

Practice makes perfect
So make an appointment.
CS counselors or Interview Stream
Will help you achieve
The job of your dreams.

Now it’s YOUR turn! Please submit
those “unique” interview questions and anecdotes. Blog away!