Gaps in Employment: Don’t Feel the Need to Apologize

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

So you have some time off in between jobs -- it happens to everyone. Some people hide it better than others. Some people embrace the time as an opportunity. And some people feel the pressure. As a career counselor and career coach who has worked with individuals seeking career and job search advice, I am here to tell you that there is no need to feel sorry.

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Job Transition: Steps to Ensure Success

By Julia Harris Wexler '84TC, '14BUS of the Columbia Career Coaches Network 

The current market is dynamic and changing more rapidly than ever before, due to technology.  Regardless of your industry, performance metrics are more sophisticated than ever and those who are contemplating transitioning from one work place to another, or those shifting from their first job to their second (or third), need to keep these criteria top of mind in order to ensure success:

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Suffering from Anxiety? Alumnus Mel Schwartz Has the Solution

At age 40, Mel Schwartz '94SW wanted more meaning and purpose in his life.

"Many years before, someone had asked me, 'What do you love to do?'" Schwartz told The Low Down. "I love to help people think about things differently."

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Your Weekly Low Down | June 15, 2018

A play written and directed by alumnae hits the stage, and an exciting new event series for Columbians is set to launch—here's what you need to know this week from your alumni community.

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Your Weekly Low Down | June 8, 2018

Here's the latest from your Columbia alumni community.

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Columbia Alumni & the Tonys

Several Columbia alumni are up for an award at this year's Tonys, set for Sunday, June 10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Ahead of the event, which celebrates the best of the year in Broadway theater, read up on the talented and artistic Columbians in the running for the prize.

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What To Do If You Suspect Bias in Your Performance Review

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine '93BC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
This article originally appeared on

When I covered how to handle a bad performance review in Forbes, it was strictly from the angle that you deserved the negative feedback. Not that I wish a downturn in my readers' careers, but realistically, we all encounter ups and downs in a career. You need to know how to bounce back if your manager calls you out on poor results, declining performance, or other career setbacks, and yes, you can recover from a career setback.

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Your Weekly Low Down | June 1, 2018

Kick off June with the latest news and ideas from your Columbia alumni community.

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2018 Campbell Award Winners

In 2016, the Columbia University Trustees and the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) established The Campbell Award, which is presented to a graduating student at each School who shows exceptional leadership and Columbia spirit as exemplified by the late Bill Campbell '62CC, '64TC, Chair Emeritus, University Trustee and CAA co-founder.

Read below to learn about this year's recipients. Congratulations to these new Columbia alumni!


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Grad Grams: Alumni Offer Words of Wisdom to Class of 2018

Each year, hundreds of alumni offer their inspiring advice to the newest Columbia graduates. Read on for some highlights from this year's Grad Grams campaign. Congratulations, Class of 2018!

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