Jessie Dicovitsky '11 Blog
May 27, 2011
LIFE ON THE JOB AFTER PRINCETON
May 25, 2011
CLASS OF 2011 POST GRADUATION PLANS!
April 26, 2011
VALUE OF YOUR EXPERIENCES...PRICELESS
As college graduation is rapidly approaching, I find myself reminiscing about my time here at Princeton and all of the great experiences I have had. I remember when I was a freshman, I made a list of all the things that I wanted to accomplish while in college. Now, after four years, I cannot say that I have checked off all of the things on my list (I have yet to travel through the steam tunnels or steal a campus flag), but I still made quite a large dent. Even more interesting though, are some of the things I did that were not on the list-such as change my major 5 times, eat at least once at every eating club, and go sky diving.
Though the accomplishments that didn't make the list may seem silly, I have come to realize that some of the seemingly 'irrelevant' or fun things you do on campus can lead to major life and career decisions later on. For example, had I stuck with the first major I declared in sophomore year-Politics, I might have been swayed by other Politics majors and friends to intern on the Hill over the summer, instead of taking my first internship in Los Angeles at a production company, and beginning my love for media. Eating in every eating club also forced me to branch out socially, allowing me to meet twice as many people as I would have had I simply stuck to my meals at Tiger Inn. Knowing people from many different social circles has helped me this year as Annual Giving Co-Chair as I reach out to the entire Class and solicit pledges for Princeton's Annual Fund. And finally, on a whim, I went sky diving last year after finals to celebrate the end of junior year. Having never done anything 'crazy' before, diving out of a moving airplane showed me that not only could I be spontaneous and adapt quickly to sticky situations, but also that I could survive almost anything, whether it be plummeting towards earth or a bad grade on a paper.
The point I am trying to make is that ALL of your experiences matter and they are all...priceless. What you do now shapes who you are and who you will become. Trying new things at Princeton can lead to greater confidence and more informed decision-making in your future.
I give you three examples of personal friends:
Talia Kwartler '12 never thought she would study abroad. However, discovering her love for the Italian language at Princeton, it became readily apparent to her that she would need to study in Bologna, Italy in order to perfect her conversational skills. While abroad, Talia studied Italian paintings and used the material she found abroad to help write a successful Junior Thesis. Her knowledge of art and her abroad experience also made her a top candidate for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Internship in Venice, Italy, which is one of the most coveted internship positions in the art and art history world. Her experience at the Guggenheim will help her immensely on future graduate school and job applications within her field.
Annie Shapiro '11 never thought she would be tapping into her dad's professional network, but when her father met the CEO of LearnVest at a networking event, she jumped at the opportunity to meet with the founder personally. From that informational meeting, Annie was offered an internship, and then another for the next summer and school year. Finally, as a senior she has been hired full-time upon graduation working directly with the CEO on product development and marketing.
Michael Keaton ’11 has always been passionate about entrepreneurship, but it wasn’t until this year that everything fell into place in a way that he believed he could execute. In one year’s time, he found a fellow Princeton student and business partner as driven as he, a simple idea that could be tested at low cost, and the time and freedom to be able to build a company thanks to Ed Zschau's High-Tech Entrepreneurship class. When Michael experienced difficulties in coordinating group communication and events on campus, he took it upon himself to develop a web-based texting platform for student organizations called SwoopTEXT. In addition to letting students receive instant updates from their groups' leaders, SwoopTEXT provides students with a virtual campus activities fair so users can actively manage their subscriptions to groups. As a senior, he has had more free time to be able to perfect his product, and is in fact testing SwoopTEXT at Princeton next month, with the hopes of launching in the fall. Michael credits his time at Princeton for providing him with the freedom, resources, partners, and test subjects to enable his initial idea to morph into a full-fledged company.
As my time as a Communications intern for Career Services is coming to a close, I want to be able to capture the stories of some of my classmates, to hear about your experiences at Princeton and how they may shape your future! This week, armed with my flip cam, I will be a "roving reporter" looking for students to interview for one of my final assignments. If you see me coming, please step up to share your story!
April 1, 2011
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November 30, 2010
TIPS FOR JOB SEEKERS DURING THE HOLIDAYS
October 27, 2010
FACEBOOK AND YOUR JOB SEARCH
I check my Facebook about once every few days, but I have a feeling that most of my friends check it way more frequently. I use the site to keep in touch with friends from high school and college, send and receive reminders concerning important upcoming campus events, and update loved ones about changes in my life. However, I know people that use their Facebook page practically as a replacement cell-phone: making plans, flirting, and chatting instantly with friends. What I didn’t know, though, was that Facebook is a social media tool that students are using to advertise themselves to employers.
October 12, 2010
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September 29, 2010
WORKING A CAREER FAIR
A few days ago I added the the General Interest Career Fair into my blackberry calendar (Oct. 1st 10:30-2:30 in Dillon). It’s an easy way to meet employers one-on-one without having to go into the city or set up an appointment—it’s on your own terms. I’ve gone every year since I’ve been at Princeton (4) and each year my strategy changes a little.
September 23, 2010
Hi Everyone! Since this is my first post, I thought I would introduce myself. My name is Jessie Dicovitsky and I am an intern at Career Services. I am a senior majoring in visual arts and getting a certificate in creative writing. I’m involved in several activities on campus such as Business Today, Circle of Women, the Republican Club, and peer advising, as well as being a member of a sorority and the Tiger Inn eating club.
I wanted to blog for Career Services, because I’m not one of those kids who has it all figured out—I have no idea what my job will be upon graduation or even exactly what career path I am going to take. Therefore, I’m just like you: looking for internships and jobs, preparing for interviews, and hopefully figuring things out along the way.
The last couple of years I worked in the entertainment industry with the help of some generous Princeton alumni. But this year, I want to keep my options open. I just finished applications for a ton of consulting companies and am now scouring TigerTracks to see if there are any interesting jobs related to advertising and marketing. (Sign in to TigerTracks and then under “Job Search” look for “Employer Industry” and then highlight “Communications/Media”) I found a whole bunch of stuff for soon-to-be graduates, so it will take me a while to sift through the positions.
Since there is no one particular industry in which I am interested, I’m really focusing on being as prepared as possible for any type of phone or in-person interview coming up in the next couple of months. I went to the Resume Night at Frist on Tuesday so that the Career Services staff could help sharpen some of the points on my resume. My next step is to go to the Interview Skills & Strategies session this Thursday (9/23 from 4:45-5:30 at Career Services) to be able to adapt to any sort of interview environment. If I have to miss that, though, I can always make it up at Career Services Class of 2011 Walk-in Hours this week and next at 3-5PM or at the senior Mock Interview Day on Friday (9/24 from 2-5 at Career Services).
Some of my friends have told me that all of this preparation is a little overzealous, but then again, some of my friends have amazing I-banking offers and don’t have to worry about any of this… I’m not too concerned about trying to find an offer immediately, but I’d like to be ready if the opportunity arises. It’s not like attending any of the Career Services events take up that much time!—I’m still watching Party Down every night and one alumnus just sent me a screener of the movie BURIED that comes out this Friday (It’s amazing!! Go see it!!). My only point is: it never hurts to be prepared.