Fall 2009 I started my first semester at JMU as a Computer Science student. And when I say, I got lucky, I got really lucky. I didn’t visit JMU’s campus beforehand or do much research. I just picked JMU for a handful of superficial reasons and got lucky because JMU turned out to be amazing… Read More Alumni Feature | Chiedo John (’13) – WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?
In early November, JMU students and alumni participated in an inaugural state-wide program called, Hire Virginia. It was a weekend filled with connection, conversation and engagement. Let’s take a step back and share with you how we got there. The JMU Office of Alumni Relations (OAR) partnered with seven other colleges across the state (UVA,… Read More Connection, Conversation and Engagement at Hire Virginia 2018
Five years after graduation, I found myself in a pivotal moment. One morning I was looking at myself in the mirror after experiencing ageism, sexism, bullying, and harassment from an inexperienced boss. I had to make a decision – stay or go? I made the very difficult decision to walk away from a job I… Read More Alumni Feature| Jana Jamail (’10) – GETTING OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY
More and more office layouts are going for a clean, open and modern feel. Great for collaboration and energy sharing, but what about those times that you really need to focus solo on an assignment? It’s not as easy as being able to dive into a conference room, or shut your office door when you… Read More HOW ONE TINY PIECE OF PAPER CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR OPEN OFFICE
Biting nails– submitting resume– great work, first step complete! Okay, so now you got the interview- awesome! Wow- they offered you the job- even better! Fast forward about 90 days and you’re wondering as you settle into your new role, “am I performing at the expected level?” First of all, kudos to you for wanting… Read More HOW TO GET THE RIGHT KIND OF FEEDBACK IN YOUR NEW JOB ( BECAUSE YOUR SUCCESS DEPENDS ON IT)
So you’re doing well at work and serving as a strong team player- but no one is perfect! As Alyse Kalish points out, ” Everything you do leaves room for improvement, and as someone who’s driven and cares about growing, you’re always interested in ways you can continue to excel.” In her article she goes… Read More 8 THINGS YOU’RE DOING WELL IN YOUR CAREER THAT YOU COULD BE DOING BETTER
It’s been five years since I graduated from JMU – hard to believe so much time has passed and I am now considered a “grown-up.” Thankfully I don’t put too much stock into labels, so I still channel my inner-kid… The truth is, a lot of exciting things happen after graduation. You find a job,… Read More Alumni Feature| Ian McLeod (’13)- TRUSTING THE PROCESS