Every year the College of Liberal Arts and the CLA Alumni Association host a career panel and networking reception as part of Temple University’s Career Week.
This year’s speakers were Garreth Heidt (CLA ’90, EDU ’97), Dennis McCrossen (CLA ’77), Paul M. Curran, (CLA ’75), Eric Applebaum (CLA ’95), and Richard David Weiss, M.D (CLA ’61).
CLA Alumni Board Secretary June Gordon (CLA ’80) is a consultant and adjunct assistant professor at Drexel University. She moderated this year’s event and told students that taking time off before going to graduate school could be helpful.
Mark Kaloko (CLA ’10, EDU ’12), the CLA Career Coach at Temple University, introduced the event and encouraged the students to use the Career Center as a resource.
During the panel discussion, Heidt focused on creativity and innovation. He also brought multiple copies of Only Connect: On the Goals of a Liberal Education by William Cronon, his “bible” for liberal arts majors.
Retired Equal Opportunity Employment Officer Curran emphasized writing skills in the work environment. He reminded students that having a good cover letter and well-written resume are your first impression, and they need to make a good one.
Applebaum, an attorney at Thomas, Thomas & Hafer, LLP told the attendees that looking for a career is a job itself. He gave advice to a student unsure about pursuing a law degree, telling her to look at the cost of education and how to pay for it, look at the job market in the area she wanted to work in, and to talk to lawyers and spend time in a firm.
Weiss, who is a retired radiologist, talked about the changes in his industry throughout his career, and told the attendees to not be afraid of change. He also stressed the importance of asking questions.
McCrossen, a senior human resource specialist at the Internal Revenue Service, emphasized having practical applications for the skills you have, and turned a commonly heard phrase around. “You don’t have to do what you like,” he said, “you have to like what you do.”