STUDENTS ENJOY A WEALTH OF
RESOURCES AT THE CAREER CENTER
During the summer, the School of Management Career Center was a quiet place. But this wasn't exactly down time for center director Nic Wegman G'87, who was busy improving the services that hundreds of students will use this fall. A wellspring of resume manuals, job reference guides, databases, and personal advice, the center provides students with the tools they need to make the most of their education once they graduate.
School of Management Dean George Burman says the center is an essential resource for students and a priority of the school. "The center prepares our students for the rigors of the career planning and search processes," he says. "The staff does exceptional work in student preparation and in building relations with alumni and corporations."
Wegman, a former Eastman Kodak executive and a School of Management M.B.A. graduate, and assistant director Ed Pulaski encourage students to familiarize themselves with the center early in their college careers. Management students also take a required course that includes an orientation to the center.
The staff prepares students for career placement by acquainting them with the interview process, helping them create polished resumes and cover letters, and offering pointers on business etiquette. The center works on the premise of serving two groups of clientsstudents and employers. Wegman and Pulaski become familiar enough with the students to know their personal qualities, and Wegman visits companies to learn what they're looking for in new employees. Students can find thousands of contacts for various companies through an industry-wide database.
"We teach students that in approaching a company, you need to have a strategy," Wegman says. "Sometimes that means reaching out to several different contacts. Or, it could mean limiting your contact to one specific department."
Students also use the center to find professional internships. The members of this year's freshman class will be the first required to complete at least one internship before graduation.
While undergraduates have many incentives to use the center's resources, Wegman says M.B.A. candidates need even less coaxing. "They are here because they want to improve something relative to their careers," he says. "They are economically motivated, so typically our M.B.A. students stop in early during the first year of their program."
Second-year M.B.A. candidate Robert Zapletal says the center's resources and the staff's dedication helped him sharpen his job search strategies. Since he is familiar with the center's resources, Zapletal plans to hit the ground running with his job search this fall. "I've been using the center as an easier way to establish professional contacts," he says. "Everything is set up to be accessible."
Many business students also use the resources available through the Syracuse University Internship Program and the Center for Career Services. "We have a cooperative relationship with the campus-wide programs that further benefits our students," says Wegman.
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS STUDENTS TAKE A FIRSTHAND LOOK AT THE PEACEMAKING PROCESS
A group of international relations students got a close-up look at European peacemaking last spring, when Maxwell professor Peter Marsh took them to London to meet with experts on historic and recent peace initiatives.
The 26 students met with such prominent figures as Lord David Owen, who with Cyrus Vance negotiated the first bid for peace in the former Yugoslavia in 1993. Having read Owen's account, Balkan Odyssey,the students were ready with numerous questions that Owen enthusiastically answered and discussed.
Marsh, who spends part of the year as a professor in England's University of Birmingham School of History, says his British connections helped him to arrange the meetings, as did the reputation that the Maxwell School enjoys in England. "And I guaranteed the people I was asking that the students would read their books," he adds with a smile. " If you could have a roomful of people certain to have read what you've written on the subject, that's quite a come-on."
The weeklong trip in March capped Marsh's seminar, European Peacemaking 1938/1998, which ranged from Neville Chamberlain's efforts to appease Hitler at Munich in 1938 to attempts to stave off the war in Kosovo. Among the
experts who participated in the seminar: historian John Charmley, the leading British defender of Chamberlain's appeasement efforts; R.A.C. Parker of Oxford, author of what Marsh says is considered the most judicious assessment of Chamberlain's foreign policy; Sir Michael Rose, the British general who commanded UN troops in Bosnia; Lawrence Freedman, defense correspondent for The Timesand professor and former head of the War Studies Department at King's College, London; and Richard Caplan, an American research fellow studying European peacemaking at Jesus College, Oxford.
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Second-year international relations student Svetlana Issaeva enjoyed hearing European points of view on peacemaking. Issaeva, who is from Russia, noted the group included students from Ukraine, Norway, Spain, Ireland, Guyana, Japan, and Pakistan. Each brought different perspectives to discussions in Syracuse before the trip. "But still, the American point of view was there," she says. "Then we went to London, and suddenly people were being critical of American foreign policy. It was good to hear those perspectives too."
Marsh says the recent war in Kosovo, which broke out a week after the group returned from London, created a strong demand for another seminar next year. "It's a model of the difficulties and challenges in peacemaking," he says. "In many ways, this is the first war of the 21st century-here are the world's problems in capsule form. It really sets the stage."