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Shining Up Their Briefcases

Trustee Art Medici '71 will be among the participants in workshops where more than one-third of the Colleges' seniors will find help in their preparation for a tough job market.

January 30, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.—Economic and employment analysts believe the sluggish economy will make it harder than ever for new graduates to find their first professional jobs. In order to give Hobart and William Smith seniors a competitive edge over other applicants, the Career Services Office at the Colleges will sponsor a series of workshops on Saturday, Feb. 1, led by some heavy-hitting alums in the business and nonprofit worlds.

The workshops, collectively called “Backpack to Briefcase” will be offered in 11 individual sessions throughout the day. These sessions will assist students in learning everything from interview dos and don’ts to networking techniques.

Alums Phil Yawman, executive vice president of corporate development at ChoiceOne Communications, and Herbert McCooey, a retired member of the New York Stock Exchange and managing director at Wagner Stott Bear Specialists, will offer a discussion called “Entering the World of Business.” Yawman and McCooey will give advice on the current business climate and discuss how a liberal arts degree aids students in the marketplace. Yawman is a 1987 graduate of Hobart College and McCooey is a 1976 Hobart graduate.

Art Medici, a 1971 Hobart graduate who is president and chief executive officer of Logilent Learning Systems, will offer “The Job Interview for College Seniors: Tips, Techniques and Tales.” The session will cover such topics as proper dress for and behavior during an interview, as well as how to deal with questions.

Ira Mandelker, a 1973 Hobart graduate and executive director of The Homeless and Travelers Aid Society, William Kimberly, a 1951 Hobart graduate and development director at Nichols School, and 2000 William Smith College graduate Jen Leshnower, director of service learning at Pace University, will present an overview of opportunities in the nonprofit sector called “Working in Nonprofits.”

“We feel it is important to equip graduates with as many tools as possible as they transition into the job marketplace,” said Brandi Baran, associate director of career services. “This is especially true given the current economic climate. Backpack to Briefcase gives our graduates a crucial headstart, as they make substantial connections with alums who are leaders in their respective fields.”