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Tufts Career Launch Newsletter for Alumni

Career Launch is a monthly eNewsletter jam-packed with job listings, career events and helpful advice for alumni. Check out our July issue!

Get to Know Nicole Anderson, Associate Director, Alumni Career Services

How did you get involved in career coaching?
I worked in career services for four years as an undergraduate at Boston College. I never imagined a work study job would turn into a lifelong career!  Technically, I’ve worked in a career center continuously since 1991 when I was a 17-year-old first year student. Ironically, I worked the front desk on Monday nights, when we were open for alumni appointments and drop-ins. I’ve really been in and around my chosen career for quite some time.
What is your career advising approach/philosophy?
My approach is holistic, meaning I think it’s critical to consider everything that’s happening in the client’s life. So, there’s a fair amount of discovery that goes on in the initial appointments. I take a client-centered approach where elements of the client’s profile, for example cultural factors or family influences that contribute to the client’s identity, provide a compass for how I work with that person. And I’m a bit of an idealist in that I like to think “there’s no dream too large.”
What is your favorite thing about working with Tufts alumni?
Tufts alumni are brilliant, complex, altruistic, creative . . . I could go on, and because of this every day is different.  I get to live vicariously through the careers of my clients. After working with students for two decades, transitioning to a role that focuses on alumni who are closer in age and share some of the same life events is fulfilling in a whole new way. There is a level of challenge with alumni whose lives are complex and rich, and this stretches me to hone my advising skills.
What is your all-time favorite career tool/website?
That’s a hard one because I have several favorites. Many Tufts grads work in international affairs, and the Association of Professional Schools in International Affairs (APSIA), of which the Fletcher School is a member, has a phenomenal career guide with topics ranging from conflict resolution and human rights, to development & relief and security & intelligence.

Want to meet with Nicole? Schedule an appointment today.

Career Conversations: July 2017 Spotlight

No Place Like Home: Thoughts on Relocating to a New City
I used to live in Medford, just down the street from Sci-Tech. I walked up Boston Ave. every morning and enjoyed about a gazillion lattés from Brown and Brew. In 2011, though, my husband and I made the decision to relocate to Kansas City so that he could take a new job. That’s right – Kansas. The Sunflower State. Land of cows, wheat and The Wizard of Oz. Your friends at Google maps will tell you that it’s about 1400 miles from Medford.

Kansas City?!? When I told people I was moving, many thought I meant somewhere nearby – perhaps New Hampshire or Western Mass. Kansas was a different ballgame altogether. One of my favorite Tufts seniors referred to it (with equal parts awe and trepidation) as THE MIDDLE. I had to laugh even as I conjured a disconcerting image of tumbleweeds rolling through a vast expanse of nothingness.

Well, I’ve been here for more than six years now, and I’m pleased to report that there’s more to Kansas than livestock and cackling crones trying to swipe your sparkly shoes. Whew! That being said, I’ll be the first to admit that moving to a new city is intimidating. Whether you’re starting a new job or going to grad school, still considering locations or finalizing your plans, let’s talk about how you can make the relocation process less like this …


 
and more like this.


 
Lions and tigers and bears! Oh, my!
Even if you’re excited about the challenge and looking forward to your move, it’s okay to acknowledge other emotions like nervousness or fear of loneliness. Consider asking yourself:

  • When have I experienced similar feelings and how did I manage those situations? Coping mechanisms could include exercising to clear your head, talking to a trusted friend, or making a list of worries to help you define what is/isn’t in your control.
  • What can I do to prepare so that I won’t feel overwhelmed? Make a week-by-week calendar of to-do’s (see below for a sample timeline). Scheduling the tasks will help you stay on track and keep things from building up.  

Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas [Medford] anymore.
Before you move, take a test drive. Visit your new city (and neighborhood, if possible) to get the lay of the land. Think about ways you can acclimate, both before and after you move.

  • Tap into your network. Who do you know who’s already living there? Reach out to those people for insider info. If you can’t think of anyone, ask your family and friends for referrals. Post something on Facebook asking for tips on fun things to do, good restaurants, etc.
  • Be a tourist. It might seem cheesy, but go ahead and do all the things that one-time visitors do. Tour landmarks, have a cup of coffee in the trendy café, check out the birthplace of famous Mr. So-and-So. Every city – big or small – has its points of interest, and chances are you’ll feel more ‘at home’ if you possess this background knowledge.
  • Find an activity (for you or – if applicable – your kids). Join a team, book club, running group – whatever sparks your interest! In addition to making friends in grad school, at work or in your new neighborhood, there are tons of groups on Meetup.com. Volunteering is also a great way to get to know your community; you can research opportunities on sites like VolunteerMatch.org or idealist.org. Just remember: Don’t overcommit, especially when you’re busy adjusting to a job or grad program. Choose a degree of involvement that matches your comfort level and availability.

Follow the yellow brick road.
There’s a reason you selected (or are leaning toward) this location, so trust your instincts. No, you can’t be certain that you’ll love the destination; sometimes these decisions require a little faith. (Remember Dorothy & Co. taking a chance on their golden highway!) But by the same token, if your gut is telling you this really isn’t what you want, it might be time to take a step back and reevaluate your choice. An alumni career advisor can give you objective feedback and help you walk through your options.

So here’s hoping your move goes as smoothly as possible! And hey -- if your travels take you to Kansas City, email me and I’ll give you a list of my favorite BBQ joints.  

The Wizard of Relocation: More resources for your move

Susannah Krenn is a Multimedia and Communications Specialist for the Tufts Career Center and can be reached at Susannah.Krenn@tufts.edu.