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Using Social Media for Career Networking

November 4, 2008

Social media is quickly becoming an important component of the online landscape. Besides changing the way we communicate online, it has also made it easier for us to communicate, share and express ideas.

One use of social media is social networking. Social networking helps you to not only to stay connected to your friends, but also to find professional opportunities as well. To see social media “in action”, check out this video.

The most popular career-based social networking site is called LinkedIn. LinkedIn enables you to create a profile, fill out a resume and join groups based on affiliation or interests. MCNY has a group on LinkedIn. To join the group, visit

You can also see who already has a profile on the site. LinkedIn allows you to login to the email account of your choice and then it does a search of your contacts you already have and matches them up to their online profiles. You can then request a connection.

Testimonials are key on LinkedIn, so it is important to ask professors, as well as current and past colleagues to go to LinkedIn and write them for you. Prospective employers and clients are more likely to contact you based on the testimonials you receive from past connections, more than the actual resume. You can also search for jobs and see who in your network can help you with an introduction to an individual you would like to connect with.

Also if you have a question, you can feel free to ask it in the “Answers” section, and people can respond back.

Another social networking site that is gaining momentum in the business world is Facebook. To learn how to keep you professional and personal lives separate, click here. MCNY also has a fan page on Facebook. It is also located on the MCNY Social Networking page.

Social networking can offer an “inside track” to learning about jobs and getting your name in front of people who might be in a position to help your career.

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Posted by Stephanie Cockerl in Alumni, Guest Blogger, MBA in Media Management, Professors. Comments Off on Using Social Media for Career Networking

Stephanie Cockerl is MCNY MBA Media Management Alumni and MCNY Business Professor (2003-2006)

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Results

October 16, 2008

I am the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment here at MCNY and I was asked to post on this blog to share some of the results from the recent National Survey of Student Engagement. (NSSE)

If you are thinking about applying to MCNY this might give you a little insight in terms of what students have to say about the institution.

NSSE is a nationally standardized assessment that asks students about the time they devote to educationally purposeful activities, and it asks whether the institution uses effective educational practices to encourage students to do the right things.

Research has shown that educationally effective schools channel student energy toward the right activities. NSSE looks at five key areas of effective educational practice shown below.

During the spring 2008 semester MCNY surveyed Purpose 2 and Purpose 8 undergraduates using the NSSE. Overall, MCNY did very well when compared with other private colleges in the Mid East region (colleges in NY, PA, NJ, DC, MD, DE). Specifically…

  • MCNY received higher scores than the comparison group in Active and Collaborative Learning and Supportive Campus Environment.
  • MCNY tied the comparison private school group in the Level of Academic Challenge and Student-Faculty Interaction.
  • MCNY received lower scores in Enriching Educational Experiences. This latter finding could be a function of our accelerated program, combined with students’ work and family responsibilities. Basically there is not a lot of time for co-curricular activities.

MCNY will use the results to further enhance our strengths in Active and Collaborative Learning and Supportive Campus Environment, and we will look for ways to improve Enriching Educational Experiences. Additionally, MCNY may focus on ways to exceed the private college comparison group scores in the areas where we are currently tied – Level of Academic Challenge and Student-Faculty Interaction.

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Posted by Ed Gillen in About Applying. Comments Off on National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Results

Ed Gillen was the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment at Metropolitan College of New York.

4 Tips to Consider Before Meeting with An Admissions Counselor

August 11, 2008

Having been an Admissions Counselor for the last 3 years, I’ve come to see that each student is unique not only in terms of academics, but also in terms of maturity, readiness, and enthusiasm. While adhering to the college’s mission and the overall requirements of the programs, when meeting with students and reviewing their applications, counselors definitely assess students in terms of what is perceived as their level of interest. As counselors, we are hoping that when a student comes in for an interview, he/she is “highly interested” in attending MCNY, extremely motivated, and has the ability to succeed. We look forward to generating that letter of congratulations on their acceptance and recognizing the contribution they will make to our community of higher education.

So, the following are a few ideas, from the perspective of an admissions counselor, that you might want to consider:

  1. Always come in with a positive attitude. Coming in to the admissions office is the first step towards changing your life for the better and it should most definitely reflect as a positive choice you have made. Any other mood will only make the counselor assigned to you think that you don’t want to make changes due to hesitance, fear, or simply a lackadaisical attitude. When you care, we care.
  2. Be prepared to talk about yourself. If you’ve taken part in community service, organized events, or volunteered your time, during the admissions interview is the best time to bring it up. A counselor’s knowledge of this can enhance your chances of being the recipient of a merit/recognition award. If you don’t mention it, we as counselors will not ask.
  3. Know the reason why you have chosen to visit the college. Know why you are coming in, and be sure that it is a decision you have made for yourself.
  4. Prepare as many documents as you can. This implies to your counselor that you are not only taking yourself seriously, but them as well. It also shows initiative. The same initiative the counselor might take to ensure you’re assisted with any scholarships or awards that the college is able to provide. Browse the website of your college of choice to find the various requirements and you will exhibit a sense of responsibility.

Potential students who follow these tips will be sure to have a positive experience with their admission counselor. Also, keep in mind, a decision does not have to be made in one day. Understand that the counselor’s goal is to provide the student with the information they will need to determine if the college is the best choice in leading to the success of their future.

With that being said, good luck and I hope to see you on campus!!!!

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Posted by Monica Ortiz in About Applying. 1 Comment »

Monica Ortiz is an Enrollment Specialist at Metropolitan College of New York.

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