Nine Transition Tips for Your Career

Transitioning to a new career requires a mixture of faith, courage, inspiration, and support.  The end results are exciting and often unpredictable.  

Here are nine takeaway tips you need for a career transition from Eric Horwitz '90CC, the head of the Columbia Alumni Career Coaches Network and a full-time executive career coach and life coach.  

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How Can You Overcome a Career Slump?

By Lynn Berger '84TC, '90TC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network

From time to time, all of us experience a career slump; however, it can be a meaningful experience. It allows us to identify the gaps in our work and career. Let's explore how you can identify your interests, motivated skills, personality style, and values to allow you to achieve greater career satisfaction.

So, the question is posed—“How can you overcome a career slump?” The best way to answer this question is to imagine you are creating and putting together the pieces of an intriguing, challenging, and rewarding puzzle. Each piece needs to be closely examined, shifted, and viewed from a variety of perspectives. Once you are able to fit the pieces of your puzzle together, you will have created the complete image, which in effect, will become your fulfilling career.

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Don't Risk Failure in Your Executive Job Search

By Debra Feldman '74PH of the Columbia Career Coaches Network

You got where you are today by virtue of hard work and producing results. If you don’t get the strategy right and execute it correctly, a project fails. This success principle applies to your personal career: you need the right job search strategy to support an effective campaign effort. If either your job search strategy (focus or target) is wrong or your job search execution (tasks and activities) is inadequate, your job search can’t succeed. In other words, if you don’t know where you are going, then you are not going to get anywhere.

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Entrepreneurship Wisdom from a Columbia Expert

Steve Blank, Senior Fellow for Entrepreneurship at Columbia, will speak on January 12 on "Hacking NYC: Beyond the Rise of the NYC Startup Ecosystem." 

The current state of New York City's entrepreneurship ecosystem is widely considered a modern marvel.

Blank, along with Executive Director, Columbia Technology Ventures Orin Herskowitz, will discuss how much of this success can be attributed to former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, how has this progress evolved under Mayor Bill de Blasio, and how NYC compares to other startup hotspots including Silicon Valley, Boston, and Tel Aviv. 

RSVP for the event here and read some top business insight for the new year from Blank's previous Columbia talks: 

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GSAS Alumna Turns Love for Animals into $40M Startup

Isabel Lerer '10GSAS, '12GSAS, '15GSAS found a way to turn her passion for animals into a successful $40 million startup.  

 (Photo: The Dodo via Business Insider)

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Columbia Alumna Gives Secrets of Success

When it comes to success, Maryam Banikarim '89BC, '93BUS, '93SIPA has figured out the perfect balance.

The global chief marketing officer of Hyatt Hotels brings her unique perspective to the brand, but values the opinions of those who have been in the field longer.

"When you come from the outside you look at things from a different lens. You might see different opportunities,” she told the Miami Herald. "But it's a combination of the view from outside, plus the expertise of those who know the business coming together that help you see a new path forward."

Banikarim told the Herald that leaders need to surround themselves with people of different backgrounds.

"People who aren't afraid to voice their opinions," she added.

Earlier in the year, Banikarim told Fortune that being patient is key in the workplace.

"When you come into a new organization, you have to spend a good amount of time listening and learning, and you have to come up with that process for listening and learning," she said. "You have to take the time to understand the nuances before coming up with a plan forward. I have learned that lesson over time, and it is a particularly important one as I think I about this next stage."

 Banikarim is an active alumna, serving on the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) board, the CAA Alumni Outreach and Services Committee, and the Barnard Professional and Leadership Development Committee (PLDC).

"I spent many years at Columbia and I loved every minute of it," she said. "I made great friends, learned a lot and came into myself. I'm happy to share my love of all things Columbia with others."

Click to read more of Banikarim's success secrets in the Miami Herald and Fortune.

Follow Banikarim on Twitter @maryamb and check out her recent interview with Columbia Business School. 


5 Ways To Structure Your Networking Pitch

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If you’ve thought about making a career change or sought job advice recently, you may have come across the Columbia Career Coaches Network – a group of over 20 accredited professional alumni career coaches who provide fee-based consulting and volunteer for the Columbia Alumni Association’s free professional development programs throughout the year.

One of those coaches is career expert Caroline Ceniza-Levine '93BC who is also a regular contributor for Forbes and Money and Time.  Earlier this year, Caroline wrote about ways to structure your networking pitch, an important asset to develop at any professional level. 

Check out Caroline’s advice below:

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Columbia Alumni Inducted into Crain's Hall of Fame: Read Their Secrets of Success

Way to go, Columbia alumni!

Two Columbia Business School alumni and a Columbia College graduate recently were inducted into the prestigious Crain's Hall of Fame 2015. 

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Simple Rules for a Successful Job Search

A recent webinar hosted by Columbia’s Center for Career Education (CCE) focused on the importance of research in the job search process.

Alicia Schiller, associate director of Undergraduate Career Development at CCE, says research allows job-seekers to make informed decisions, understand an audience, and stand out in a pool of applicants.

Check out these tips from CCE:

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It Takes A Mentor: Bringing Up the Next Generation of Excellence

by Cynthia Indriso '86PH
www.cynthiaindriso.com

Common to every autobiography published of the Nobel laureates across all six prize categories is their acknowledgement of the key role that great mentors have played in helping them on their journey to excellence.

In the business world, the key role played by mentors has traditionally been less venerated, though this has changed in recent years.

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