Alumni Q&A with Jamie Rosen ’17 & ‘18
Jamie Rosen, Learning and Development Specialist at Starr Insurance Companies
Graduate from Binghamton in 2017 with a degree in Human Development and in 2018 with a Master of Public Administration
What activities and clubs/organizations did you participate in at Binghamton?
- Human Development Association
- BU Cheer Team
- Education Minor Steering Committee
- Alpha Epsilon Phi
- Study Abroad: Service Learning in Cusco, Peru
- Community Schools Afterschool Volunteer
Tell us about your internships
Interned at the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development
How did your experience at Binghamton help prepare you for your first position after graduation?
Not only did my Human Development and Public Administration coursework provide me with skills to better understand and connect with others, but my involvement beyond the classroom set me up for success in my first full-time position. Through internships and leadership roles, I had the opportunity to apply time management and prioritization techniques essential to balancing job responsibilities in the workplace, take on roles that fostered personal and professional development, learn how to collaborate with individuals holding differing levels of authority, and gain self-awareness and confidence in the strengths I can offer my company.
For a career in your field, what skills do you think are most important right now?
The ability to think analytically, build and maintain relationships, take initiative, and learn quickly.
What would you look for if you were in a position to hire new graduates for your company?
I would look for someone who is motivated and driven to succeed, curious to learn, and does more than what is simply expected.
If you could do college all over again, what would you add to your college experience?
More time for self-care. I worked hard to maintain a well-balanced academic, extracurricular, and social life – but along the way, it was easy to let my self-care fall through the cracks.
What is one thing you think a student can do before senior year to be ready for the job search?
Make sure your LinkedIn and resume are up-to-date and serve your professional brand well.
Opportunities can often present themselves when you least expect them, and you want to make sure you are prepared to make a positive impression.
What is the best piece of career advice you would give to current students?
Follow up, follow up, follow up. Your priorities are not someone else’s.
Regarding the job search, leverage your connections and use them to your advantage. If someone offers to help further your career in any way, do not pass up the opportunity to engage and learn. Take that person up on their proposal to grab coffee; reach out to that professor who graciously offers their time and expertise. Help is all around, and it’s up to you to seek it out and follow up.
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