Lauren Binnert graduated Binghamton’s Harpur College in 2017 with majors in Psychology and Spanish. Read on to learn more about her career experiences throughout and after college.
Current Job Title:
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
What activities and clubs/organizations did you participate in at Binghamton?
Local Development in the Andes (Peru, May 2014)
Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (Argentina, Spring 2016)
Senior Peer Assistant, Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development
Discovery Advisor, Discovery Program
Supplemental Instruction Leader, Discovery Program
Campus Tour Guide, Admissions
Public Service Learning Community, Hinman College
Study Abroad Ambassador, International Education and Global Initiatives Office
Did you do an internship?
English Speaking Assistant, English Language Institute at Binghamton University – supported the primary instructor by guiding small-group discussions in a classroom of 25 English Language Learners, in addition to supporting student learning with a focus on academic writing, conversation and presentation skills.
How did you experience at Binghamton help prepare you for your first position after graduation?
One of the most impactful ways that Binghamton prepared me for my first position after graduation was by providing a myriad of opportunities for connection through experiential learning. On-campus organizations provided thoughtfully-curated spaces for me to connect with other people in ways that led me to discover my creativity, drive, and passion. Most importantly, it demonstrated to me the power of a community united in a common cause. When we feel supported by the people around us, it provides the necessary foundational launchpad from which we can explore the world and grow. The bedrock of this is human connection; learning from the richness of one another’s stories, working constantly to broaden our own perspectives, and supporting one another. Binghamton prepared me because it offered experiences that illuminated the importance of human relationships, which is one of the most valuable lessons I have carried with me into the professional realm.
For a career in your field, what skills do you think are most important right now?
Emotional Intelligence, communication, adaptability and problem-solving
What would you look for if you were in a position to hire new graduates for your company?
– Demonstrate an eagerness to learn
– Lift others up
– Are solution-oriented thinkers
– Approach situations with curiosity over judgment
– Express gratitude
If you could do college all over again, what would you add to your college experience?
I would study abroad for a full year instead of one semester (at least!)
What is one thing you think a student can do before senior year to be ready for the job search?
Write hand-written thank you notes to the people who have had a positive impact on your university experience.
What is the best piece of career advice you would give to current students?
Be the person that approaches your supervisor with thoughtful solutions. Obstacles are a part of life. While we may not have control over our current situation, but we do have complete control over how we react to it. Focus on what is within your control. Be the person that, when presented with an obstacle, instead of harping on what is negative and out of our control, chooses to do the hard work of problem-solving and focusing on what steps you can take together moving forward.
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