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Senior Initiative

REGISTER NOW for the Senior Initiative Program, a job readiness program in which career coaches and counselors assist graduating students with navigating today’s job market and ultimately excelling in their desired careers.  Through a series of customized workshops and events, seniors will learn how to effectively search and apply for jobs; market themselves to prospective employers; communicate effectively in and out of the workplace, and make lasting connections with other professionals. The Senior Initiative participants will attend core workshop, participate in a series of workshops and programs, and attend several career-building events throughout the year. After core workshops and programs are completed, students will receive a certificate of completion.

The application deadline for the Spring 2014 Senior Initiative program is Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 11:59PM


Senior Initiative Spring 2014 Core Workshop Schedule

All workshops will be held at Career Development from 6:15 pm. - 7:15 pm

Section 1

  • Monday, February 3 (Advance Resume & Cover Letter Clinic)
  • Wednesday, February 5  (Interviewing 101)
  • Monday, February 10 (Conducting a Comprehensive Job Search in a Tough Market)
  • Wednesday, February 12 (Marketing Yourself 101)


Section 2  

  • Tuesday, February 4 (Advance Resume & Cover Letter Clinic)
  • Thursday, February 6 (Interviewing 101)
  • Thursday, February 13 (Marketing Yourself 101)
  • Thursday,  February 20 (Conducting a Comprehensive Job Search in a Tough Market)


Core Workshops

Advanced Resume & Cover Letter Clinic

In many cases, your resume and cover letter are the very first things a potential employer sees about you.  As seniors looking for full-time positions upon graduation, it is crucial to have compelling, succinct and relevant documents that highlight your achievements, qualifications and fit for a particular position and organization.  Learn what it takes to get your resume and cover letter the attention it deserves.

Marketing Yourself 2.0: Creating a Career Campaign

70-80% of jobs go unadvertised.  What does this mean for Seniors looking for their full time jobs? You must be networking!   Though students know that networking a crucial part of the job search, many are still unclear how exactly to go about doing so.  Learn how to locate, contact and follow up both in person and online with professionals and build upon your network.

Conducting a Comprehensive Job Search in a Tough Market

In the current economic climate, one needs to employ a variety of tactics to effectively implement your job search. Learn how to develop a strategy to effectively search for jobs in both the open and hidden job market. 

Interviewing 201

A resume and cover letter will get you an interview, but the interview is what gets you the job!  Though you’ll never quite know exactly what will be asked during an interview, proper training and practice can prepare for whatever comes your way!  Learn what to do before, during and after an interview to make the best possible impression, communicate your message and land the job.

To learn more about the program, email Robert Earl at rearl@barnard.edu


Elective Workshops

1. Managing (Job Search) Stress

Feeling stressed out by the job search?  Learn useful strategies for managing and abating stress, anxiety and tension during this challenging time.  In this interactive workshop, we will discuss ways to feel calmer and more in control while you search for opportunities.  We’ll also practice techniques you can “apply” on your own as you seek out your optimal position

Date: Monday, February 24, 2014

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Career Development Library (Elliot Hall, 2nd Floor)


2. Negotiating Sooner Rather than Later

Negotiating is an essential skill in MANY facets of life--with your suitemates, with your parents, or during an internship fair.

Beyond salary though, the art of negotating is something you can practice in everyday situations to prepare you for those BIG negotiations in life. Sounds like it's important for your leadership skillset, right?

What can make the difference? Practice. Practice. Practice--the sooner, the better. Geared towards underclassmen and ANYONE interested in practicing sooner rather than later, start negotiating today with this Leadership Lab, which highlights the skills you ALREADY have to negotiate, offers mocks sessions in a friendly environment, and takes the "scary" out of negotiating. Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today?

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2013 

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm 

Location: Room 504, Diana Center, Barnard College

Register Here

Meet with Our Executive Coach: Amy Louise Goldberg


This semester as a Senior Initiative participant you will be afforded the opportunity to meet with our Executive Coach Amy-Louise Goldberg. Amy will assist you in developing your cover letter, resume and help to strengthen your job search and networking strategies. Amy is available for one hour one-on-one counseling sessions on Mondays 10am-1pm and Wednesdays 1pm-4pm.

About Amy-Louise Goldberg: Amy-Louise is an Executive Coach with Barnard's Career Development Center.  Her executive coaching practice, built over the past 12 years, focuses on diverse high potential talent and young adults.  She is certified as an executive coach through Baruch College’s Professional Coaching Program (PCP), better known as iCoach.  Amy-Louise has worked with clients from major global organizations (e.g. Morgan Stanley, Marsh and McLennan) through smaller non-profit firms (e.g. Richmond Housing Authority, Urban Assembly School for Green Careers).   Over the past decade, Amy-Louise has served as an executive and/or career coach to over 100 individuals.   Flexible in model and style, she leverages active listening skills to assist young professionals and students in identifying or building careers based on their interests, talents and values... Read More


Additional Requirements

Career Fairs

Career fairs are an excellent way for you to meet potential employers and recruiters from various industries and sectors. Please plan to attend at least one (1) of the many fairs offered at Barnard or Columbia University.

  • Barnard Job and Internship Fair Fall 2013
  • Columbia University Career Fair Spring 2013

Take a Barnard Student to Work Day

Take a Barnard Student to Work Day is one-day event will be held on February .You will visit the workplace of your alumna match and participate in a job shadow and informational interview. If you are exploring more than one career option, this day will allow you to get a first-hand look at a company’s culture, along with the day-to-day aspects of a particular industry or position. And most of all, you get the invaluable opportunity to network with enthusiastic alumnae and build connections in your field of interest.

Career Assessment

You will be assigned a career counselor and coach who will work independently with you on your career development and job search.  If you are unsure of what you want to do for work, you can take career assessments that will help you discover your interests, preferences, and personal styles—exactly the information you'll need to choose a career you can be passionate about.

  • Strong Interest Inventory-This personality instrument helps indicate your preferred manner of taking in and evaluating information and will identify your preferred style of working, decision-making and communicating. It can help you evaluate how you are likely to operate in a particular setting and job.
  • MBTI -The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator can help you select a career field that is a good fit for your personality make-up.