Interview with Miriam Charry ’16

 

Interview and article by Alumni Relations Chair, Christine Bachek ’17

 

Christine: What is your current position and what does that entail?.

 

Miriam: I am an assistant account executive, which is an entry level role in account management at an advertising agency. Assistant account execs work directly with the clients on a given account on many things like status reports, scheduling, billing, and serve as a liaison between the client and the creative department on production. The job requires lots of organization and constant communication both internally and with clients. 

 

Christine: How did you come to realize your interest in advertising?

 

Miriam: I realized I was interested in advertising during my internship in account management at an advertising agency the summer after my junior year. I have always been fascinated by how advertisements can motivate certain behaviors, and I found myself learning so much and feeling genuinely excited to go to work each day. After the internship ended, I knew it was what I wanted to do after Colgate.

 

Christine: What steps did you take while still at Colgate to land your job?

 

Miriam: During my time at Colgate, I held various marketing internships during the summers and school years. It helped to have as much experience as possible, and my boss from one of my internships gave a great recommendation to my current boss. I attended as many of Career Service’s Real World Series events as possible (my current boss said she was impressed with some of the salary negotiation tactics I used that I learned from Teresa Olsen in that workshop!) I also religiously checked naviGATE and used it to apply to many jobs, which is ultimately where I found and landed this opportunity. 

 

Christine: What are your responsibilities?

 

Miriam: I work directly with our client, handling details of the production of print materials, shoots, videos and more, all while communicating the client’s visions to the creatives in the agency. I attend client meetings and calls and send out weekly production and status updates both internally and to the client. Since I work at a small independent agency, I have also had the opportunity to participate in strategy sessions, contribute to competitive reports and presentations and even write a couple creative briefs for new projects. 

 

Christine: What does a career path look like in advertising?

 

Miriam: There are a number of different paths you can take in advertising, but starting as an assistant account executive on an account team, you can then move up as an account executive, senior account executive and ultimately an account director. After that, some people move laterally between different agencies or switch over to the client side. Working at an agency helps you better understand the client side more by working with them so much, so that is a pretty common path, which I myself hope to take eventually. However, after all of that industry experience, some go on to start their own smaller agencies as well, which is what my boss (a Colgate alumna class of ’74!) did.

 

Christine: What are some actionable steps young women (and students in general) can take now to best prepare for a career in this field?

Miriam: Since advertising is a pretty young industry, agencies love to hire fresh minds and liberal arts students out of college. The best thing interested young women and students can do is keep up with industry and agency news and trends, and reach out to as many people in the industry as possible. Colgate alumni are always willing to help out and give great advice, so utilize the resources you are provided with on campus like Career Services, CWiB and LinkedIn. Finding a mentor early on can be so helpful and help you build long-lasting relationships. I would also suggest paying attention to the advertisements you see and which you do or don’t like, and which really resonate with you–that can help you find agencies or companies you are interested in, which can narrow the search. Lastly, communication is SO important in account management, so polishing your writing skills while in school (which Colgate does an amazing job with) is really helpful! Typos and misspelled words can be deadly in this industry…

 

Christine: Anything else you want to add?

Miriam: Overall, even though I’ve only been in this position for six months now, I have loved every day and am so excited for what is to come. Colgate was so helpful to me in entering the advertising industry and I have met many alumni in the same field who have said the same. 

Interview with Elle Lichter ’16

Interview and article by Alumni Relations Chair, Christine Bachek ’17

 

Colgate Women in Business recently sat down with Colgate alum Elle Lichter to ask her about her experience in the banking industry and graduation. Here are the highlights:

Christine: What is your current position and what does that entail?
Elle: I am a Commodity Derivative Corporate Sales (it’s a mouthful)!

Christine: Can you break that down a little?
Elle: Basically it means that I sell securities, whose price is derived from the price of the real , physical commodity (hence the term derivative), to corporate clients (producers and consumers of those commodities. Producers (e.g. Southern Company) and consumers (e.g. American Airlines) need to hedge their exposure risk, aka insure they can receive a certain price for x% of the commodity they need. We provide different financial products, ranging from swaps to vanilla option structures, to help our clients manage their risk

Christine: How did you come to realize your interest in the industry/ your specific desk?
Elle: I knew I wanted a social and fast paced environment that kept me on my toes and constantly learning – this is exactly it!

Christine: What steps did you take while still at Colgate to land your internship?
Elle: I emailed as many alumni as possible in iCAN, submitted resumes and cover letters to all openings on Navigate, and contacted alumni from BNP

Christine: What is a typical day like?
Elle: I arrive between 6:30-7:30am (most people are in by this time, the markets open early!)
Usually, I send out updates to clients about what’s happening in the market and prepare prices for clients
Mornings are super busy! I’m on the phone and on chats with clients the whole time filling orders. This is the fun part – everyone’s shouting on the desk for prices, the market is moving, people are calling in…. it’s super fun, social, and adrenaline pumping. You have to have a big personality to keep up!
In the afternoon, once the markets close, the traders clean up their positions and try to get most things to neutral/safe. The sales side works on their research projects or spreadsheets (all the long term work that can’t be done during the day). I’m out of the office by 6pm/7pm!

Christine: What are some actionable steps young women (and students in general) can take now to best prepare for a career in this field?
Elle: Email Colgate alumni in the field! Ask to set up informational coffee catch ups and communicate with them to see what you can do to specifically target a position.

CWiB 2016 Fall Immersion Trip Reflections (Madeleine Cuddy ’17, Emily Klein ’18, and Anna Rummel ’19)

 

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Last week, 10 members of Colgate Women in Business travelled to New York City for the 2016 Fall Immersion Trip.  Charlotte Scott ’19, the Immersion Trip Director, worked with Siobhan Deacy ’17, CEO, and Julie Hadjiyane ’18, CFO, to coordinate site visits and a networking reception with CWiB alumnae.  The visits included Google, Morgan Stanley, and EY.  The day concluded with a networking reception of recently graduated alumni combined with members of Colgate Finance Club and Colgate Consulting Club.  Below are reflections from three participants on the trip!

Madeleine Cuddy:

The fall 2016 CWiB Immersion Trip to New York City was incredibly informative, inspiring, and enjoyable. Colgate alumnae were so generous with their time- talking to us both as a small group and individually about their experiences in the consulting, technology, and finance industries. Alumnae offered us tours of industry-leading companies (Google, Morgan Stanley, and EY), where we were able to see and experience various company cultures. While these company cultures were each very unique, they were all a powerful combination of creativity, trust, intellect, teamwork, and passion.

I am eager to apply to Google in the future, after speaking with CWiB alumna Rebecca Rittenberg ’15 and exploring the Google office in Chelsea. Google’s company culture really values transparency and well-being- in an effort to maximize Googlers’ productivity and happiness. During weekly “TGIF” meetings, Googlers have the opportunity to ask questions to Google executives such as Larry and Sergey (Google’s co-founders). Even the office space itself is designed to promote Googlers’ well-being- through playful Razor scooter stations (also practical for speedy travel throughout the big office building) and relaxing massage chairs, for example. Among other spaces, fantastic restaurants and cafes sprinkled throughout the building foster collaboration and innovation- by not only nourishing Googlers with high-quality, healthy (and indulgent) food, but also by providing informal spaces for discussing work and meeting other Googlers.
I am really grateful to have attended the Immersion Trip, an opportunity that allowed me to experience company cultures of a variety of industries and connect with impressive, passionate, and caring alumnae.

Emily Klein:

Last week’s CWiB immersion trip was a great learning experience, and one of the things that I’m happiest to have taken advantage of in my time at Colgate. Visiting Google, Morgan Stanley and EY was a great overview of  broad range of industries, and while I am pretty firmly set on pursuing finance, it was really helpful to get a glimpse at what careers in Consulting and Tech (particularly for non-tech employees) might look like. The most valuable part of the trip, though, was meeting so many great alums. It was nice to see that Colgate alums are present in every industry, and that they are so willing to provide support for current Colgate students. It was also particularly exciting to see so many Colgate women looking to help each other out, which is one of my favorite parts of CWiB in general! Overall, it was a great trip, and I would suggest that all CWiB members apply in the future!

Anna Rummel:

The CWiB Immersion Trip to New York was an unforgettable experience. The site visits to EY, Morgan Stanley, and Google were integral to my career exploration and helped me discover what industries I am interested in. In fact, the visit to EY made me realize my interest for the consulting industry. The opportunity to connect with alumni at the site visits and at the networking reception was definitely a highlight. It was amazing to get to know other CWiB members, past and present, who all understand the importance of supporting each other to succeed in the business world.

 

 

 

Spring Immersion Trip Wrap-up

By Charlotte Scott ’19

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Colgate Women in Business members travelled to NYC to visit Macquarie Capital, Buzzfeed, Spencer Stuart, and PricewaterhouseCoopers on Friday, March 4 to gain insights into opportunities post-graduation.

On March 3rd, a group of twelve Colgate Women in Business members left campus to head for New York City as a part of the 2016 Spring Immersion Trip. Tabytha Ruben and Iris Kang, the co-directors of this trip, planned our itinerary, which consisted of four company site visits at Macquarie Capital, Buzzfeed, Spencer Stuart, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

While visiting these four companies, we received a presentation on the company and its role within its respective industry, engaged in interactive Q and A sessions, and met with Colgate alums and their colleagues within the companies. Throughout the day, we gained valuable exposure to a variety of industries. Additionally, we learned about each company’s daily operations as well as its long term goals.

These four companies represented a breadth of industries, ranging from investment banking to tech start-up to consulting/auditing services. At Spencer Stuart, we were able to gain insight into the executive search industry and the dynamics of people to people work that come into play when deciding whether a professional will be a positive match for a certain business culture.

After the four site visits, we participated in a networking dinner, where we had the opportunity to interact in a more individualized setting with Colgate alumnae. Alumnae and CWiB members shared stories of our time spent at Colgate, and discussed ways in which current students can build a strong foundation their own career paths. Alumnas offered thoughtful advice as they reflected on their own post-Colgate career backgrounds.

Iris Kang, one of the trip coordinators expresses her thoughts on the trip as a whole…
“I was fortunate to be part of coordinating this semester’s CWiB immersion trip to NYC and to meet smart young women participating in this trip and in the industries that we visited. When looking through applications, we realized that there were scattered interests in finance, marketing, advertising, and consulting. Tabytha and I wanted to organize an immersion trip that provided an exposure to the full spectrum of the business world and networking, so we chose sites that were very different from each other. From Macquarie to Buzzfeed, I hope I can say that all participants were able to gain more knowledge about what types of job opportunities there are in the real world.”

Colgate Women in Business hosts an Immersion trip once each fall and spring semester. Anyone considering applying should do so to take advantage of this unique and valuable opportunity.

Interview With Jackie Oshry

Interview and article by Sarah Kurland, ’18

Jackie Oshry, AKA ‘JackieOProblems’

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Many of us are familiar with Jackie Oshry, a Colgate alumnus who runs a successful Instagram account called ‘JackieOProblems’. Oshry is a media strategist at AOL, a global digital media and technology company. As an alumnus who has succeeded in breaking into the marketing and advertising industry in the competitive New York City job market, she’s an incredible source of knowledge and advice for Colgate women looking to enter the business field. Oshry answered some questions for Colgate Women in Business members and readers about her success strategies and her transition from Colgate into the NYC workplace.

 

  1. As a successful graduate from Colgate, what were you involved in on campus that helped you make the transition into working in New York?

Oshry: I didn’t know that I wanted to work in media until I was a sophomore at Colgate. You’d think that once I had this realization I’d regret being at a school without a communications program, but that wasn’t the case. At Colgate I was able to receive a well-rounded liberal arts education, and in order to supplement my desire for media experience, I worked tirelessly on my own social media presence during my years as a student. By my senior year, I had gained a pretty big following and was able to secure a job in the Media Communications Office as a social media intern. There, I was able to gain real world experience that I could then reference when applying for jobs.

 

  1. What was the hardest part about your job/internship hunt? What advice would you give to Colgate women in the same position now?

Oshry: The hardest part about the job/internship hunt is that for every entry-level job and internship, you’re expected to have year’s worth of experience! But when you’re applying for your first job out of college, or even your first internship, when do employers think you had the time to gain this experience? I saw the funniest meme that totally sums up this sentiment:

Also, it’s easy to apply to a ton of jobs but it’s a lot more difficult to make sure your application and resume are seen. Job sites and LinkedIn postings are great, but you’re applying along with thousands of other candidates. That’s why I would periodically apply for positions I was seriously interested in, just in case they missed my application the first time (or second and third times).

 

  1. What’s the best part about your job?

Oshry: The best part of my job right now is getting to work with my family. Two of my sisters also work for AOL, and we actually end up working together on projects often! My third sister is a student at NYU, which is right down the street, so the four of us are able to meet up during or after work and bounce ideas off each other. It’s a really unique and special situation that we’re in, and I definitely don’t take it for granted!

 

  1. You and your sisters are well known on social media. What would you advice Colgate women about branding themselves?

Oshry: In this day and age, branding yourself is everything. Even if you don’t consider yourself a social media person, if you have a Facebook page, a Twitter profile, or an Instagram account (which you obviously do) you have a brand. It’s important how you portray yourself on these platforms, because that’s the first place people go when they want to see what you’re about (whether it’s for professional reasons or stalking purposes).

 

  1. How would you define success?

Oshry: Success means a lot of different things to me, but if I had to sum it up I’d describe it as meaningful work that makes you happy and allows you to buy those shoes you’ve been eyeing.

 

  1. What are some major goals of yours?

Oshry: Some of my major goals include becoming important enough for Colgate to name a building after me. Or a stadium, I’m not picky.

 

  1. Can you talk a little about your transition from Colgate to the workplace?

Oshry: For me, the transition from Colgate to the workplace was really natural. I don’t think students realize just how much work you do at Colgate and the time management skills you gain over the course of four years. Once I graduated, I was so used to the Colgate workload and the pace of things that the real world actually turned out to be relatively slow. In the real world you don’t write a 20-page paper in the span of 3 days just so a Professor can grade it and then it can sit in your parents basement for years to come. The work you do once you graduate serves a purpose for the company you work for and you can actually make a difference, which I think is pretty cool!

 

To get to know more about Jackie and her life at AOL, follow her on Twitter/ Instagram/ Facebook/ Snapchat/ Everything Else at @JackieOProblems

 

 

Navigating NaviGate

By CFO Ariana Martin ’16

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Using NaviGate, Colgate’s job and internship database, can be super intimidating and confusing if you have never used it before. I would recommend every first year or sophomore to begin toying around with NaviGate, even if you are not yet applying to jobs. You will use NaviGate so often as an upperclassman, it would be great to be comfortable with the program before it is necessary.  Here are some general tips for using NaviGate that are very helpful when applying to jobs!

  1. Start using it ASAP: The sooner you are comfortable with the program, the better, as it will be a necessary part of applying to jobs later in your Colgate career.
  2. Complete your profile: This is the first thing you should do before starting to apply to any jobs—put in all information that you can because this will enable to find jobs you actually qualify for.
  3. Use the Documents tab: This tab is where you upload all of the documents for your job applications—including your resume, cover letter, and transcripts.
    1. Make sure you update your resume regularly and that the resume saved in your documents is the correct resume for the job you will be applying to—using a resume tailored for a different job or internship posting is a very common mistake!
      1. Since I was always applying to the same type of job, I used the same resume for everything. However many people apply to different types of jobs and require different resumes for specific applications.
    2. Name each document you upload with relevant information such as your name, date, and company the document is for so you don’t accidentally submit the wrong document.
      1. Example cover letter name: Amartin CL JPMorgan
      2. Example resume name: Amartin resume 2_21_15
  4. Finding relevant jobs: Finding jobs you are actually interested in can be difficult, especially since NaviGate usually has hundreds of different opportunities. Use these tips to focus your search.
    1. Click “Jobs & Internships” “Navigate listings” Advanced search
    2. Using advanced search will enable you to put in filters for all the jobs on NaviGate
    3. Put in location preferences, job function, industry, and position type so that only relevant jobs come up
      1. Side note regarding job function: this is related to the type of work you would be doing, regardless of industry. For example, if you put in “Finance,” jobs within any industry (such as Fashion, Health Care, etc.) in which one would be filling a Finance role will come up.
    4. Put in the type of position you are looking for—an internship, a full time job, etc.
  5. Deadlines:
    1. Be very aware of deadlines on NaviGate—put them in your calendar and keep in mind the time in addition to the date.
    2. If the NaviGate application page sends you to apply to the job on another website, make sure the deadline on that page is the same as the deadline on NaviGate—students have made mistakes with this in the past that prevented them from applying to the job!
  6. Pay attention to every detail on the application page!
    1. Make sure you read every detail and every word on the job description on the application page—every detail is important and may include a piece of information that could disqualify you from the job. So make sure to read everything!  

Overall, NaviGate is an extremely useful tool to find employers who are specifically looking for Colgate students. Being comfortable with NaviGate is the first step to success after Colgate!

Informational Interviewing

By CEO Elaina Atallah ’16

As a senior at Colgate, I have done my fair share of networking and more specifically informational interviewing. If done correctly, this can be a great way to set yourself not only on a career trajectory that you are interested in, but also form key relationships with people who can help you along the way! There are two main reasons to do an informational interview: (1) to find out more about a career path you are interested in, and (2) to find out more about a company you are interested in, but aren’t applying to yet.

Here are some tips:

Where to find people.
Everywhere, but here are some suggestions:

  • Recent alums that you were friends with at Colgate
  • Alums you meet at information sessions or networking events
  • Family friends
  • People found on ICAN, LinkedIn, etc.

Do your research.
In this day and age you can find an overview of people’s entire career path on LinkedIn. By doing your research ahead of time you can save both parties a lot of time by skipping the overview of where they worked. It also reflects well on you, because it shows that you are taking it seriously. By doing your research you can also craft a series of specific questions to ask, which brings me to my next point…

Be specific.
I usually try to skip very vague questions, because it will lead to a vague response. Here is an example of a question I wouldn’t ask:

  • If you could give one piece of advice to a student about the job search what would it be?

If they are a high ranking professional with years of experience, they probably can’t sum up their entire career in one piece of advice. Instead, I would questions along the lines of the examples listed in the Career Services Informational Interviewing guide.

Be sure to maintain these relationships.
Take notes during your conversation. Send a thank you email referencing some of the things you talked about. Then, when you have a milestone in your career (ex. you land an internship for the summer), email them and let them know how you are doing.

What if your career interests change?
That’s okay! Maintain these relationships regardless. They may have friends who work in that field they can refer you to. Think about it this way, not all of your friends at Colgate want to do the same thing after graduation. This proves people have networks beyond their own career fields and would often be happy to utilize them to help you out!