Turn Your Sensitivity into Strength at Work

By Melody Wilding '11SW of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
Originally published on Forbes.com

Being a sensitive person in the workplace can often feel like a double-edged sword.

Your colleagues likely appreciate your generous nature, depth of personality, and sense of dedication. On the other hand, when it comes to tough realities of the workplace like receiving feedback, your emotions can run unchecked.

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Your Weekly Low Down | May 19, 2017

This week, we welcomed the Class of 2017 to our alumni community. More on this and other Columbia news below.

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Pomp & Circumstance (Rebroadcast)

Note: This is a rebroadcast of an episode about the 2016 Commencement ceremony.

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It's my favorite day of the year. Because it's tens of thousands of people out here being excited about what our students have done. And it's awesome.

- Katharine Conway '02CC, '06TC, '07TC, '12TC
‚ÄéChief of Staff & Secretary of the College at Teachers College

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Columbia's Commencement week ended two weeks ago. New graduates moved out of University housing to start their lives off-campus and the streets of Morningside Heights have emptied out for the summer. In September, new and returning students will move in and the streets will vibrate with excitement and energy again.

But, in this episode, we're not going to look ahead. Instead, we're going to look back at the height of Columbia excitement and energy: Commencement. If you've never experienced Columbia’s Commencement, that's ok. We interviewed alumni, faculty, staff, and students to give you a glimpse at the day.

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Your Weekly Low Down | May 5, 2017

Check out the latest news and events from your alumni community.

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Our Brains, Ourselves

brain-banner-copy-2_cropped.jpegFor this episode, we're diving into the archives to play you excerpts from a discussion that took place in 2012. The discussion was called "Understanding Our Brains, Understanding Ourselves," and it brought together an expert panel of Columbia alumni and professors to talk about the brain.

If you've ever wondered what smell New Yorkers like the most and what smell they hate, you've definitely come to the right place.

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What Factors Employers Use In Hiring Decisions

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine '93BC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
Originally published on SixFigureStart.com

When I blogged previously about the importance of thank you notes (including five real job seekers whose thank you notes hurt or helped them get a job), I meant to showcase an often-overlooked by powerful job search step. This isn't to say, however, that for any of the job seekers I showcased the thank you note was the only factor in the hiring decision. There are always numerous factors that employers use to make hiring decisions. Typically these factors build upon each other, so job seekers should aim to showcase their best at all stages. Here is a job search checklist for what employers look at when deciding whom to hire.

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Your Weekly Low Down | April 28, 2017

The latest from your Columbia alumni network:

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The Best Columbia Graduation Speeches

Graduation is just around the corner, and soon we will be welcoming a new class of Columbians to the alumni community. 

Columbia's Commencement program dates back 258 years, and the iconic Morningside campus outdoor ceremony began in 1926. By tradition, the Commencement speaker is the University president, while many of the schools within Columbia have keynote speakers at their individual ceremonies -- and most give that distinction only to alumni.

From President Barack Obama to Caroline Kennedy, check out our hand-picked selection of the best quotes from recent Columbia graduation addresses below, and leave your words of wisdom for the next class of graduates by sharing a Grad Gram here. 

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Why Pursue Career Coaching?

By Eric Horwitz '90CC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network


Having a strong foundation of education is critical to an informed citizen in a free market society. A mixture of moral clarity and scientific reasoning can form the foundation for an active life of contributing and receiving abundance. Since the beginning of the university system, great men and eventually women were sequestered in a search for these empirical truths. Education is meant to develop individuals into contributing members of the social fabric.

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An Essential Friendship: Buffett and Gates

Gates___Buffet.pngEarlier this year, Columbia hosted a conversation between two iconic public figures‚ÄĒbillionaire investor Warren Buffett '51BUS and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. For that conversation, Buffett¬†and Gates sat down with PBS and Bloomberg TV host Charlie Rose to discuss their friendship, philanthropy, business, innovation, and leadership.

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