New advisor helps graduate students with job search
Providence College’s Career Education Center has always assisted undergraduate students, but with the addition of a new staff member, the career center is now a vital tool for graduate students as well.
Anne Lipsitz, graduate student advisor, is the new resource to PC’s community of more than 500 graduate students. PC’s Strategic Plan for 2011-2015 calls for more career preparation for graduate students, and Lipsitz was selected to fill that role.
Lipsitz began her career at MetLife in service and claims before moving into leadership roles in sales and marketing. She worked extensively with MetLife, becoming an assistant regional sales manager, sales center manager, and eventually the director of direct response marketing for MetLife Auto & Home. She then began teaching the art of sales and marketing at New England Institute of Technology as an adjunct professor before coming to PC as a career advisor.
Lipsitz said her first challenge was to make this new graduate career resource known on campus.
“Not only are we serving graduate students,” Lipsitz said, “we are finding them, marketing our own resources, and attracting them.”
By contacting the academic programs within graduate studies and hosting events like “Breaking the Ice Without Falling In,” a networking workshop, Lipsitz has reached out to graduate students and raised awareness of the expertise she has to offer.
Helping grad students find jobs
That help consists largely of educating advisees on networking and job search materials such as résumés, cover letters, and LinkedIn, as well as reaching out to employers to recruit graduate students on campus.
Although graduate students may be at different places in their lives, Lipsitz encourages each one to visit the career center in the Slavin Center and meet her.
“No matter where they are in their career direction and plan, they should know that there is a dedicated resource in the career center that can help them,” she said. “I’m helping students realize themselves as ‘brands’ and helping them promote themselves.”
U.S. Army Major Patrick J. Motto ’04, assistant professor of military science and one of Lipsitz’s advisees, knows firsthand the valuable graduate resource now offered in the career center. An MBA student, Motto has turned to Lipsitz while transitioning from active duty to the civilian workforce.
After meeting Motto at a government career fair, Lipsitz gave a class on LinkedIn and résumés in the ROTC office.
“She is a wealth of knowledge for me,” Motto said. “I had never written a résumé before, and I did not know what I wanted to do. She gives me advice on how I want to sell myself and helped me focus on a path.”
The career center’s tagline, “Don’t Wait … Slavin 108,” now applies to the graduate student community, and Motto insists that by visiting, students are investing in themselves.
“What I have learned in my 10 years in the Army is that there are people who know more than you, and you have to hold on to them and learn as much as possible,” he said. “That’s what Anne has done for me as I make a drastic transition in my life.”
— Nick Tavares ’16
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