Networking It’s all about
These Promise graduates landed great jobs right out of college! We asked them to give us their take on professional networking, landing a job and how The Promise can help. VANESSA THOMPSON
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and giving wisdom of what to do and not do to make it a better place to live. In addition, The Promise helped to connect me with great mentors, making sure that I was getting quality education, and informing me of the job market in Pittsburgh once I graduated from college. Success, for me, is being able to push people to be the best that they can be and finding a way to make the world we live in a little better. As an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) Associate working in the Mayor’s office, I am able to do just that. I will be promoting an exciting new initiative to engage volunteers in helping to raise the graduation rate in Pittsburgh. I will do this by developing and implementing the campaign in partnership with many youth-serving organizations across the City. This year-long service allows me to give back to the City that has done so much for me and my family.
High School: Westinghouse College: Chatham University Current Job: City of Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office, Volunteer Service Associate
High School: Brashear College: Robert Morris University Current Job: United Way of Allegheny County, Assistant to the President
The second most important thing to get out of college, besides an education, is a network both on and off campus. This is what made me a well rounded college graduate. I nurtured relationships with people who have helped me reach my dreams. The network that I have with The Promise fed my hope to serve others in my community. Now, other students have seen me complete my degree, and they know they can do the same. My involvement with my community was great while I was in college. I was able to speak to many middle school and high school students on the importance of education. I have also done work with my church, by speaking with the community
Get involved and networking will follow. It is amazing how one event or relationship in your life causes a chain reaction; the circles go on and on. As an undergraduate student at Robert Morris University (RMU) I lived on campus, became a work study student, got involved with athletics and the study abroad program. I voluntarily joined campus organizations and even co-founded one of my own, but it didn’t happen overnight. To be honest, most of my campus involvement happened accidently through school assignments and just hanging out with friends. I realized there were so many resources available on a college campus, the primary resource being people. Not only did I take advantage of new relationships formed at school and what college had to offer, I also took advantage of what The Pittsburgh