Life After Graduation: Experiences, Tips And Suggestions For Success

Life After Graduation: Experiences, Tips And Suggestions For Success

A Blog Post by Alumna, Victoria Centrella

Hello OW English Students!

I’m Victoria Centrella, an Old Westbury Alumna from 2011, but most here in the OW English Department simply know me as Tori.  It’s hard to believe that it has been three years since I’ve earned my degree from Old Westbury. A few weeks ago, on November 5th, I was given the opportunity to return to the OW campus and speak to many of you at the English Department’s open house about my current job as an Online Copywriter at Publishers Clearing House and life after graduation. I was thrilled to get the opportunity to reach out to so many of you, and for those who couldn’t attend any of the open house sessions I want to reach out to you now!

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Many of you are probably getting ready to graduate and maybe some of you are just starting your English career here. No matter what your class standing is, it is never too early to think about life after graduation, and that is exactly what I am here to tell you about. This is my story.

I graduated in May 2011 with a Bachelors in English and a minor study in Media and Communications.  Graduation was one of the most important days in my life, and I will never forget the feeling of walking across that stage and receiving my diploma after 4 years of hard work. I also knew that his marked the closing of one chapter, and the beginning of a new chapter of my life!

The day after graduation, while many of my peers were still celebrating and letting the novelty wear off, I was busy starting my job search! Ever hear the saying  “the early bird catches the worm?”  Well, in the job searching world this is 100% true! After applying to tons of jobs, I went on about a dozen interviews, including two “round-two” interviews before I landed my first full-time  job as an Assistant Copywriter for an advertising and Public Relations firm in Great Neck. I was super excited to have a full-time job only 3 months after college!

To make a long story short, that job only lasted about 6 months before the company ran into financial trouble. Mid-February of that year I found myself laid off and back at square one. After a ton of persistence and another 3 months of job searching I landed a temporary position at a small start-up company to hold me over. Unfortunately I sensed some issues with the company, and when they couldn’t increase their start up loans any further, I started applying to new positions in fear of being laid off again. Luckily, I landed my current job at Publishers Clearing House and have now been there a little over a year and a half.

So, what would I tell everyone whose still out there searching? I’d have to say my biggest piece of advice to you all is to be persistent. It truly pays off in the end. I did the job search more times than I would have liked after college, but I never gave up and I ultimately believe this is why I am in the position I have today.

Other advice I’d like to pass along is to stay organized and keep an open mind. I’ve worked in so many different industries, from journalism to retail and more. You never know what you can do until you try. Apply to everything and anything that you feel you are qualified for and that interests you.

Staying organized is probably even more important. Keep a log of places you’ve contacted. List the position, contact person, location, phone numbers and anything else that you feel is important. Nothing looks worse than speaking with a potential employer and forgetting everything about the company and the position.

I hope that this advice helps you all in the future! It’s rough out there after college, but with some hard work and dedication you can make it what you want.

Additionally, I know many of you have an interest in where I am currently working now at Publishers Clearing House (PCH). My company is more than just the sweepstakes part that everyone knows and loves. In actuality we are also a direct marketing company, selling fun products and magazines directly to our consumers. As I have been told, many of you have an interest in internship opportunities at PCH. Currently PCH is looking for marketing and social media interns. The people I have worked for here and the vast amount I have learned has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career path thus far. Any interested students should absolutely contact PCH for a shot at one of these opportunities. You can apply by visiting pchjobs.com where you will find a complete listing of all available job and internship opportunities.

Best Of Luck!

Tori

Have you checked out The English Major Resource and Information Center?

The English Major Resource and Information Center was specifically designed for Old Westbury English Majors. The goal of the site is to offer support to our majors as they complete their English degree and consider the next step in advancing their education or choosing a career.

The site is a source for upcoming special events, career advice and planning workshops, and graduate program information. There are also discussion forums where you can meet other majors, ask questions, and share concerns about the job market.

If you are an English Major, you have already been enrolled. You can find The English Major Resource and Information Center on the Blackboard home page under “My Organizations” where your classes are listed. If you are thinking about becoming an English major and would like to see what career resources are available, contact Prof. Danielle Lee at Leed@oldwestbury.edu for information.

Academic Advising Begins for Spring 2015

Advising has begun for the  Spring 2015 semester. English majors should visit the bulletin board outside of the English Department located at NAB 3036-A to find out who their adviser is and then make an appointment as soon as possible.

Registrations dates for Spring 2015 are as follows:

Seniors: Monday, 11/3  (88 + credits)

Juniors: Thursday, 11/6  (57 – 87 credits)

Sophomores: Monday, 11/10 (32 – 56 credits)

Freshmen: Thursday, 11/13  (0 -31 credits)

 

Click here for the Spring ’15 English Schedule

Click here to read “Before You Come for Advising” memo

Chair’s Welcome by Dr. Margaret Rose Torrell

Chair’s Welcome by Dr. Margaret Rose Torrell

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Welcome to the SUNY College at Old Westbury English Department Website. I hope you had a pleasant summer and are re-energized and ready to achieve great things this fall!  A warm welcome to our new freshmen, majors, graduate students, and faculty.

The Fall semester is just about three weeks underway and our students have already begun a journey that takes them across time, around the globe, and to more advanced levels of writing, reading, and thinking.  In one classroom, they are engaged in a discussion about the Old English epic, Beowulf.  In another, the ancient Greek tragedy, Antigone. 

Down the hall, students are exploring the transformative power of storytelling in The Arabian Nights or The Dilemma of a Ghost and Anowa while others are making friends with literary theory or have begun their intensive study of Virginia Woolf.  Some of our seniors are embarking on an exploration of the intellectual autobiography that will culminate in writing their own story of their intellectual development.  Other seniors are ready to submit the first installment of their senior thesis projects on topics such as masculinity in Junot Diaz’s works, homoerotics in Virginia Woolf’s novels, folklore in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, and literary elements in Charles Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition.

In our Writing Programs courses which are coordinated by Dr. Christopher Hobson, some English Composition I classes are reading and writing literacy narratives while English Composition II students are using multicultural literature as a springboard to practice advanced analysis techniques and research writing.

Students new to our Master of Arts in Teaching English program, coordinated by Dr. Linda Camarasana, have begun their surveys of American and British Literature and those in their second year are preparing to teach writing and enter the English classroom as student teachers.

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