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Rockefeller Professional Preparation Program

Rocky and Me: Kaina Chen ’18 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

For the fifth session of the Rockefeller Professional Preparation Program (RP3), the Rockefeller Center invited Mary Nyhan, Assistant Director for Health Improvement at The Student Wellness Center, to speak on Emotional Intelligence and Awareness in the workplace. Mary focused her session on allowing participants to reflect and discuss what emotional intelligence actually means and how they can use mindfulness in their every day as well as professional lives.

Mary started the session with a partner activity where participants practiced listening to their partner introduce themselves. She then explained how people can respond more thoughtfully to others when they are aware and in the present as they listen. She opened the entire group to a discussion on what emotional intelligence means and how it can be broken down into five crucial skills - recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating emotions. In pairs, participants shared their ideas on how each skill can be applicable to certain work environments.

Rockefeller Professional Preparation Program Session 4: Adulting 101

For the fourth session of the 18 Spring Rockefeller Professional Preparation Program (RP3), Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant Roberto Martinez led participants through the process of becoming hired and explained what makes an excellent resume and cover letter. Roberto started by introducing the idea of a professional identity and asked participants to reflect on what values, strengths and goals they have that tie together to form their personal professional identity. He guided participants through understanding how they express this online, namely how they can use social media, such as LinkedIn, to leverage their professional identity. Participants asked questions and shared ways to enhance one’s LinkedIn and to manage the type of impressions they give online.

How to Target Your Ideal Job

The third Rockefeller Professional Program’s (RP3) session of 2018 Spring focused on what goes into crafting a resume and cover letter. The Rockefeller Center invited Jill Kasher and Sue Wang, Assistant Directors at the Center for Professional Development (CPD), to share their knowledge on how to make yourself stand out when writing your resume and cover letter. At the beginning of the session participants shared what they hoped to take out of this session, and many students spoke about wanting to learn how to improve their personal resumes and cover letters to target their ideal job.

Sealing the Deal: The Rockefeller Professional Preparation Program

Participants in the second session of the 18S Rockefeller Professional Preparation Program (RP3) discovered what it meant to connect with others in a professional setting in order to seal the deal. Eric Eisendrath, Assistant Director at Dartmouth’s Center for Professional Development, led participants to reflect on how we understand ourselves and how we can use this understanding to guide our paths as leaders and open doors professionally.

At the beginning of the session, participants shared what they learned about their partner from just a very short conversation, describing to each other what people knew about them. It was not surprising to see that people mimicked the types of things their partner told them, which helped the group understand what it truly means to pitch yourself in order to stand out.

Strengths and Decision-Making: The Rockefeller Professional Preparation Program

In the Rockefeller Professional Preparation Program’s first session of 2018 Spring, participants had the opportunity to discover how we, as busy Dartmouth students, can foster our ability to make decisions, understand our strengths and communicate to help design our lives.

Eugene Korsunskiy, a lecturer at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, actively engaged participants with wrestling the idea of how we make decisions in life. Participants reflected on how they balance the energy in their lives and discussed, as a group, strategies for maintaining a steady energy supply. While moving on to speak about decision making, Korsunskiy emphasized the need to trust your gut and avoid dwelling on alternative options.

Turning Your Passion Into Your Living with a Liberal Arts Degree

On Friday, August 4th, the Rockefeller Center hosted a one-day conference entitled “How to Make Your Passion Your Living with a Liberal Arts Degree.” The purpose of the conference was to help students learn how to translate their interests into careers that have meaning and impact.

Puja Devi ’19 values a liberal arts degree “because it encourages me to both delve into my interests as well as explore fields I might not favor as much.” Even though she is a government major, she has taken classes in sociology and women’s and gender studies, studied abroad in India, and is currently searching for research projects in geography.

The conference featured remarks from Rebecca Biron, Dean of the College, about the versatility of a liberal arts degree as well as six young alumni.

Rey Allie ’11 studied Government and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. He has developed insights to help Uber expand into new markets across the world, expanded the scope and reach of Google’s Intelligence and Investigations team, and currently advises senior leaders on strategic initiatives and opportunities at OfferUp.

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