Beginning a new relationship with Extension

As we get closer to the 361st commencement at Harvard, we asked several degree candidates to look back on their time at Extension School. I spoke with David Anderson, a 2012 degree candidate in the Biotechnology Graduate Program. David worked at Pfizer as a talent acquisition manager while he attended Harvard Extension School. We talked about what he learned while finishing his degree and his post-graduation plans.

What is something you’re taking away from your education at the Extension School?

One thing I always highlight to potential candidates is the network you develop. I now have a much deeper network of industry professionals. There are also LinkedIn groups and members of one of the engineering classes I took get together once in awhile. It helps us maintain a strong connection in the biotechnology field. (more…)

May 23, 2012. Tags: , , , , . Careers, Degree programs. Leave a comment.

How to score your dream job

Post by Kate N.

The recent economic downturn has made it difficult to establish yourself in your dream career. In fact, finding any job has proven to be a challenging task.

I decided to speak with Catherine Blake, founder and president of Sales Protocol. She recently taught the Career and Academic Resource Center (CARC) workshop “How to Land Your Dream Job in this Economy.” She shared with me how to better your odds in the job-seeking process.

In your experience, what’s the best way for people to secure the interview?

The cover letter is alive and well. Unless you deliver a solid cover letter demonstrating your strengths, credentials, and the value you can bring to the organization, you are going to get overlooked. Obviously, doing the research on the person hiring and organization to see how you are connected to them is huge. However you still need to deliver the goods via your cover letter to land the interview.

Remember, the prospective interviewer is going to Google your name to see what pops up, so leveraging your online brand to your advantage is brilliant. You are what you publish online. Be intentional. (more…)

April 25, 2012. Tags: , . Careers. Leave a comment.

Otto Pizza co-founder and Extension alum shares advice for entrepreneurs

by Liz M.

What does it take to be an entrepreneur? “You have to live it,” says Anthony Allen, co-owner of Otto Pizza and a Harvard Extension School graduate. Allen, ALB ’94, and his co-owner Mike Keon have expanded their pizza business from a single restaurant in Portland, Maine, to a family of 3 restaurants with a fourth on the way targeting a May 1 opening in Brookline, Massachusetts.

I recently spoke with Allen about his career choices and advice for young entrepreneurs, his experiences at Harvard Extension School, and most importantly, pizza. (more…)

April 4, 2012. Tags: , , , . Alumni, Careers, Community, Student voices and stories. 3 comments.

5 career resources you may not know about

Harvard Extension School has great career resources for students, whether you are a degree candidate or simply taking a course for pleasure. Maureen Worth, a special projects associate in Academic and Student Services shares a few of the career services here.

1. Career counseling

Linda Spencer talks with a student at a Career and Academic Resource Center event

Linda Spencer talking with a student

The Extension School offers career counseling for all registered students. Linda Spencer, assistant director of the Office of Career Services (OCS), holds drop-in counseling hours. You can get advice and constructive tips on searching for jobs, cover letters, resumes, or any other career-related inquiry. Appointments are about 15 minutes long and are available Mondays from 1 to 4 pm, September 12 through May 7. For distance students, Linda can have an audio-only meeting with you via Skype. You can call the undergraduate office at (617) 495-9413 or stop by the office (located at 51 Brattle Street, Room 501) to book an appointment. (more…)

January 25, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Careers, Student groups and activities. Leave a comment.

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