The Offices of Alumni Relations and Executive Education Programs paired up to offer a career program and panel for alumni in New York City. The career panel shared insights on hiring opportunities in New York, making decisions on career/life direction, and being proactive in learning leadership competencies. The Birkman instrument was used which consists of a 298-question personality assessment and a series of reports that facilitate team building, executive coaching, leadership development, career counseling and interpersonal conflict resolution.
The panel consisted of New York coach Moshe Ratson, executive recruiter Regina Regazzi ('97), Assistant Dean Kelly Bean, and moderator Kathy Ullrich ('92) from Alumni Career Services. This group of experts provided valuable insights to alumni.
Some of the advice included:
Use networking to learn trends and create opportunities as financial markets reinvent themselves. It’s the entrepreneurial teachings at UCLA Anderson applied to Wall Street careers. Some potential areas of opportunity may include boutique banks cherry picking talent to develop new practices, private equity or hedge funds taking on roles of traditional banks such as in distressed debt.
Hiring areas in this economy may include not-for-profit, healthcare, private wealth management, boutique banks and others. During a down economy, companies are still upgrading leadership bringing in strategy and sustainability, diverse perspectives, and innovation.
Alumni learned their Birkman behavior assessment which shed light on motivation, interests and outward behavior. Each participant received a 40-page report on their leadership, communication, and decision-making style.
The importance of taking care of self and growing during periods of transitions, whether introspection, new skills, strengthening networks and relationships, or spending more time on exercise and family.
Similar career panels and Birkman assessments are planned for San Francisco on March 24-25 and Los Angeles on April 1-2. Dates are currently tentative.
For those going through or anticipating job transition, check resources available for alumni to manage their professional success on the UCLA Anderson Web site, including a new classified jobs listing, career webinars and programs, a weekly “Ask the Career Expert” conference call, and a wealth of other on-line career resources.