Topics ranging from how to kickstart your career, how to get the most out of your first job and career dos and don’ts were discussed at the first “Building Your Career: UCI and You” event held Sept. 13 at the Newkirk Alumni Center. The panel discussion featured alumni Alicia Berhow, UCI ’01, vice president of Workforce Development & Advocacy, Orange County Business Council; Adam Fingersh, FEMBA ’09, general manager, Fraud & Identity Solutions, Experian; and Jenny Milazzo, FEMBA ’02, senior director, Human Resources, Edwards Lifesciences.
Panelists spent 45 minutes answering alumni questions and reflecting on their own successful career paths. Suggestions for success included: choose a job that matches your interests/passion, know your strengths and where you need development, build relationships and open future doors by being reliable, stay in a role long enough to make mistakes and learn from them, and don’t expect work-life balance – expect work-life integration.
The goal of the event, organized by Merage School Lecturer Lisa Barron and Director of Alumni Relations Barbra Marangell, along with Michelle Kim and Jeff Minhas from the UCI Alumni Association, was to provide undergraduate students with continuing opportunities to learn, grow, network and advance in their career.
The next event will be held Monday, January 23 at The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation. The topic is “Creating Change Inside and Outside the Organization.” Alumni 0-10 years out and current undergraduate juniors and seniors are invited. Visit alumni.uci.edu for more information.