Employer Networking Fair – 9/27 & 9/28

EMPLOYER NETWORKING FAIR

Tuesday & Wednesday
September 27‐28
Noon‐4 PM

Hopkins CenterCheck out the range of employers attending the Employer Networking Fair on 9/27 and 9/28! From Education to Conservation; Marketing to Software Development. Visit the fair and network with employers to learn about differing industries, careers, and opportunities!

 

 

 

 

 

TIPS FOR THE FAIR:

Before the Fair: Do Your Homework.

  •  Choose target employers. Browse the fair directory in advance and highlight “must see” employers.
  •  Be knowledgeable about your target employers. Review their websites and positon descriptions.
  •  Have questions. Draft 2‐3 questions based on your research that you can ask employer representatives.
  •  Know your strengths and interests. Be prepared to offer a summary of your qualifications.

At the Fair: Be Engaged and Engaging.

  •  Make a good impression. Wear business casual attire. Smile, use direct eye contact, offer a firm
  • handshake and show enthusiasm.
  •  Strike up a conversation. Introduce yourself and start asking questions. Don’t wait for the employer to
  • start talking.
  •  Collect business cards. Get contact information for the employers you speak with at each booth.
  •  Remember what you talked about. Take notes on how and when to apply for jobs or internships.
  •  Follow up. Within 48 hours of the fair, email additional questions to employers and thank them for their
  • time at the fair.

Jeffrey Krolik ’78: A View from On High at HBO & Fox Sports

A View From On High At HBO & Fox Sports

by Michael Saladik ’06 and Elliott May ’06

Ever heard of Barry Bonds? How about Bill Walsh or Billy Beane?  Probably. Well, according to the San Jose Mercury News, Jeffrey Krolik ’78 is a more powerful figure in the San Francisco Bay Area sports world than any of these prominent individuals. Yet Krolik, senior vice president and general manager of Fox Sports Net Bay Area, remains humble about his career.

“I am certainly not a more powerful executive than Billy Beane or Bill Walsh,” Krolik confesses. Instead, he attributes his high ranking to the fact that FSN controls the TV rights for the San Francisco Giants, Oakland A’s, Golden State Warriors, and San Jose Sharks.  Not to mention all of Pac 10 conference athletics. Not bad. Thus, Krolik deflects his own popularity to the prominence of FSN. However, his quiet success can arguably be traced back to his academic career at Dartmouth.

While his father, a member of the class of 1941, largely inspired his venture to Dartmouth College from New York City, Krolik quickly found himself at home in Hanover. At Dartmouth, he discovered what every Dartmouth student has discovered: “small is big.” Small class sizes and activities like the Daily “D” allowed Krolik to develop close relationships with many students, yet it was the D-Plan, coupled with a strong alumni base that paved the way for his future success.

In the summer of 1975, following his freshman year, Krolik was welcomed as a White House intern during the Ford administration, where he worked with Dartmouth alum and Vice President of the United States Nelson Rockefeller, class of 1930. Though he had no prior experience in politics, Krolik thrived as a White House intern and developed a working relationship with Rockefeller, for whom he primarily summarized lengthy documents, aiding the Vice President’s problematic dyslexia. At the end of his internship, Krolik was asked to come aboard as the youngest member of Rockefeller’s speechwriting team. Krolik accepted and thus forewent his sophomore return to Hanover. “I couldn’t have [worked at the White House] had there not been the Dartmouth plan. Taking a year off is in a lot of places a very big deal, and at Dartmouth it wasn’t that big a deal.”

However, Krolik’s political career would be brief, as the Ford government failed to win re-election in 1976. Krolik thus returned to Hanover after just over a one year absence, and quickly sought to cover for lost time, ambitiously striving to graduate on time with his class. While he succeeded in his goal, in retrospect he might have chosen otherwise. “I wish I would have attended four years instead of rushing to graduate with my class.” Nonetheless, his White House experience further cemented the “small is big” Dartmouth mantra as he stepped out into the “real world.”

From Dartmouth, Krolik, a History and English double major, moved to New York City where he hoped to work for Time Inc., the precursor to the modern day Time Warner. Upon arrival, however, he was informed that no magazine jobs were available, but was guided down the hall to Time Inc.’s small television start-up company. Despite the fact that he had never heard of the company previously, Krolik took the job, rising to prominence behind the company’s three letter acronym: HBO.

Krolik moved around with HBO for fifteen years as the startup increased in popularity.  After running several HBO branches, including Sao Paolo, Brazil, Krolik decided that he did not prefer the international direction his career was heading.  Citing a regret that he had not become fluent in a second language during his time at Dartmouth, and a wish to head back to the States with his family, Krolik ended up taking an opportunity offered to him in the San Francisco Bay Area to head up Fox Sports Net Bay Area.

It has been with Fox Sports Net Bay Area that Jeff Krolik has become most successful in business, and yet he understates this success and ultimately defines his career in other more difficult terms.  He noted that Pat Riley, one of the most successful basketball coaches of our era, once said, “There are two things in sports—winning and agony”.  Although Krolik is a cable television executive first and foremost, he backed into being a sports executive in his current position with Fox Sports Net, and therefore defines the sports business and his career in much the same way.  Krolik’s Bay Area teams have gotten close, but have not been able to reach the illustrious and career-defining championship.  So he has not had the joy of “winning” with his current job.

Win or lose, Krolik is clearly thriving with Fox Sports Net Bay Area just the same.  Although his number one sports moment is yet to come, he has had much success leading and growing a high profile and large market cable television station.  Krolik has used the “much-vaunted liberal arts skills” he amassed at Dartmouth and has since built an even stronger base of business and financial knowledge that has allowed him to succeed in his sales and marketing endeavors.  And perhaps that elusive world’s championship will soon come to a Bay Area team and Krolik will finally have that “defined victory moment” when one of his Bay Area teams feels the rare joy that does not fall under Pat Riley’s nearly all-encompassing label of “agony”.

Rebecca Ehrlichman ’04: Helping the Homeless Rebuild Their Lives

Helping The Homeless Rebuild Their Lives

by Elliott May ’06

“I have the ideal job!” recent Dartmouth grad Rebecca Ehrlichman ’04 proudly boasts of her young career as a Development Associate. Ehrlichman is not just fundraising for any old institution, but rather works for a program that she truly believes in, which, she confides, is the essential component of finding the right career path.

Indeed her company, FareStart, a small, Seattle-based non-profit, has at its core something that many individuals would be passionate about. Since its 1992 establishment by a local Seattle chef, FareStart has helped over 1,500 homeless and disadvantaged men and women rebuild their lives through job training in the food-service industry. Here, students work and learn alongside a professional staff of chefs to produce a total of up to 2500 meals daily. In addition to this technical training, FareStart also provides education through classroom instruction, individual case management and job placement services.

As a Seattle native, Ehrlichman became exposed to homelessness at an early age. “Just walking down the street, I would undoubtedly run into someone with a hand outstretched.” Her concern for the homeless manifested itself as early as grade school.  While doing a project on the subject, Ehrlichman quickly found that there was no defining reason for why people become homeless. Unanswered, this question, and the passion to solve it, followed her to Dartmouth, where she more ably assessed the issue from different angles with a sociology major and public policy minor.  At the same time, her interest in philanthropy began to develop, culminating in her final collegiate paper where she examined the trends and motivating factors behind philanthropy and volunteerism.

Through her work at FareStart, Ehrlichman has come to believe that it is essential to couple technical training with life skills training if we want to find a way to end the cycle of homelessness.  “If we taught our students knife skills but didn’t also teach them employability skills, we would be doing them a disservice.”   The key, it seemed to her, was to provide a means to help out, while simultaneously instilling confidence, not simply to hand out. Only through a combination of these factors, she concluded, could the problem of homelessness become eradicated.

However, like many young alums, upon graduating Ehrlichman resolved to try her hand at “for-profit” consulting for a Seattle firm. While her position provided experience, Ehrlichman found herself dissatisfied with the disconnection between her work and her passions. “You don’t get to choose what projects come to you in consulting,” Ehrlichman confided, “ I knew I needed mission-based work.” At FareStart, Ehrlichman found a more than worthy mission.

“The difference between myself and one of our [FareStart’s] students is so incredibly slight…maybe just a run of bad luck, a lost job, or even an issue entirely out of their control.” In order to help these individuals put themselves back on their feet, FareStart aids each student with housing and transportation, as well as goal-setting, crisis management, life skills, and job placement.

As for Ehrlichman’s own professional involvement with FareStart, it is found neither in the kitchen nor the restaurant.Yet her role as part of a Donor Relations team in the FareStart Office of Development is crucial for the sustainability of the entire program. As part of this small group, Ehrlichman helps maintain strong relationships with FareStart’s generous donors. “Most of the time, I just get to tell stories about the students or the program’s [FareStart’s] history…I absolutely love it.”

Ehrlichman certainly espouses a passion for her work, which she recognizes as the key to her happiness. While admittedly taking a small pay cut from her “for-profit” consulting firm to her current “not-or-profit” position, it is a move for which she holds no regrets.

If anything, Ehrlichman appears to be getting far more return from her pride and passion for FareStart than any potential monetary gain in the other sector. “Our goal is to make people employable.” Ehrlichman boasts that 87% of their graduates have a jobs within 90 days of graduation.  after the program’s completion. Of that, 80% are still employed in those same positions one year later. As the FareStart brochure humbly states: “not too shabby.”

So, next time you’re in the Seattle area, whether you’re eating at a PF Chang’s or an Outback Steakhouse, chances are that someone helping to make your meal enjoyable is a FareStart graduate. Yet as Ehrlichman’s successful program demonstrates, you won’t even notice.

Kate Knight ’01: Following Your Bliss Into Social Enterprise

Kate Knight ’01

Following Your Bliss Into Social Enterprises

by Melissa Lynch ’06

Ever since experiencing the boredom of volunteering stuffing envelopes in high school, Kate Knight ’01 knew she wanted to do something socially beneficial but also intellectually engaging.  A combination of geography, foreign language, urban planning, and economics courses at Dartmouth taught her that a business model could be used to do something helpful to people, a concept that led her to a career in microfinance.

Kate used her time at Dartmouth to the fullest, utilizing her extracurricular activities as opportunities to learn.  She praises the DOC Trips program as a “smart way to get people comfortable in the outdoors,” and was deeply involved in the program, from leading a trip herself to participating on Hanover Croo and Climbing Croo.  Kate also joined Dartmouth’s Nordic ski team, despite never having skied before college.

Kate spent a transfer term at Cornell University in Rome.  There, she took the opportunity to talk with students at another institution about options after college, and learned about careers in the social enterprise sector. Frustrated by the corporate recruiting she saw at Dartmouth, Kate organized the school’s first social enterprise career fair to encourage students to “interact with alumni who were involved in non-traditional careers.”  The career fair, still held annually, involves non-profit organizations that offer sustainable salaries to employees, which Kate felt was essential to attract and retain successful students to the non-profit world.

She also emphasized the importance of going abroad as part of a full Dartmouth education. “You have to get out of Hanover,” she said, “and love coming back.” Motivated by a desire to learn Spanish, she spent a term in Chile working with an environmental group with the aid of a grant from the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.  Later, she also spent a term in Barcelona improving her Spanish and working for Spanish Professor Francine A’Ness

“What sets Dartmouth apart,” Kate said, “is the way it encourages you to take the reins of your education and shape your whole experience.”

A year after graduating, Kate was approached by the founders of DREAM, Mike and Jesse Foote ‘01 and Jon Potter ‘01, to aid them in the transition from a volunteer group to a sustainable non-profit organization. Kate helped the organization craft a business model and provided a foundation for DREAM to grow into the successful program it has become.

Although she had already signed to begin work with a strategy consulting firm after graduation, Kate first completed a three month summer internship at Unitus, a small start-up microfinance institution in Seattle. Microfinance, which involves providing financial services for low-income clients, combines both of Kate’s career goals—helping people to better their lives while utilizing an interesting and challenging business model.  At the end of three months the company extended a full-time offer, which she accepted rather than going into strategy consulting.

Kate worked with Unitus until the summer of 2006, helping to develop the organization from a small start-up of six  employees to one of the most successful microfinance institutions in the country.  Unitus has won a number of awards recently, including the 2006 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Fast Company Magazine Social Capitalist Award in 2006.  During her tenure there, Kate also spent a year in Bangalore, India, establishing a Unitus branch there.  Kate has now left Unitus to pursue an MBA from Columbia University in order to “round out her education.”  No matter where her MBA takes her next, it seems likely that Kate Knight will always be using her education and passion for learning to make a difference in the world.

“Follow your bliss,” Kate says. “Find what you love to do and go do it.”

Jethro Rothe-Kushel ’03: The Film Prophet

The Film Prophet

by Julia M. Plevin ’09

There is something supernatural about Jethro Rothe-Kushel ’03. Maybe it stems from the fact that he shares a first name with biblical Moses’ father-in-law or that he was a religion major and his most impactful class was called “American Prophets.” That he got his start as a filmmaker on Pharaoh’s Streets only adds to the prophetic air that surrounds him.

“Pharaoh’s Streets” was the name of the documentary that Rothe-Kushel made the summer after his freshman year at Dartmouth. Inspired by a Sociology class called “Urban Blues” about homelessness in downtown Los Angeles, Rothe-Kushel applied for a grant from the College for money to make a documentary on the subject. Upon receiving the grant, he took the project very seriously. He became fully committed to his documentary and ended up working on it through the following year, taking it to film festivals around the globe.  It was this one project and the idea that something he created could have an impact on people even when he was not around that made him decide to take filmmaking “from a small little hobby to a life mission.”

While Jethro knew he wanted to do something with movies, he majored in religion because it was a topic he wanted to explore. He does see a connection between movies and religion and did his final paper on the movie Fight Club. He also believes that in “some weird way, movies do share a similar purpose to religion,” reasoning that movies are like storytelling to large groups of people. Films become ritualized and communities exist around the stories. “These days,” he says, “people grow up more on movies than on stories in church, synagogues, or mosques.”

A native of Silver Lake, Los Angeles, Jethro grew up around cinematography. Many of his friends had parents in the film business and he had had some experiences on a set before college. Far away from sunny Los Angeles, Jethro continued to explore his interests in cinema and new media while at Dartmouth. Groups on campus, such as Milan and Sheba, paid him to create small videos that could be sent through blitzmail. In 2000, there were videos on the Internet, but it was not yet common to send movie clips over blitz.

Six years out of college, Rothe-Kushel is already well on his way towards his “life mission.” After graduating, he received a grant to do a film on religious rituals. From there, he first got a job as an unpaid Production Assistant for a short film. He was next recommended to do the same job for a feature film.  He walked into an office one week before production, to a first time director who had spent his days doing effects for The Ring and Fifth Element, but did not know the first thing about directing a feature film. This gave Rothe-Kushel an opportunity to take on more responsibility. He started to work with the director and became an Associate Producer. From there, he has produced films and television and directed several MTV music videos. He also has worked as “the new media guy” for non-profits, helping them create content and strategize. He makes breaking into the industry sound so straightforward and easy. He alludes to karma as he says “it all started from volunteering my time.”

Rothe-Kushel understands that the film industry is very challenging because lots of people want to make movies or be involved in documentaries. Professor Jim Brown in the Film Studies department told him that succeeding in the film industry is less likely than making the NBA draft because it is challenging and hard to navigate. While Rothe-Kushel seems to have weathered the journey quite well, he notices that in entertainment and media, there is “no one along the way who has really taken me under their wing.” Therefore, he was instrumental in the creation and development of Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment and Media Association (DAEMA), to create a community of Dartmouth alums. To bridge the gap of Hanover to Hollywood, he created mentorship and internship programs.

Rothe-Kushel recommends that Dartmouth students interested in this field should “run away if they can,” but provides advice if the student has the same higher calling that has motivated him. First, the student should work to build a community of people she respects professionally and, of course, get involved with the Dartmouth alums in entertainment. Rothe-Kushel acknowledges that the financial aspect is hard to overcome because it is a challenge to find the money to support projects. He takes on the role of Benjamin Franklin as he advises aspiring producers to save at least ten percent of every check. Additionally, it is important to become familiar with the technical aspects, such as editing programs, cameras and lighting, and literary aspects, especially being able to understand how to craft a story.  Most importantly, he adds, is to have good “emotional intelligence” so that “you can motivate people and manage yourself.” If you can motivate yourself and others, you will “achieve your goals in films or anything.”

Rothe-Kushel does have goals for the future and keeps challenging himself. Next on the list is to direct a feature movie and continue to direct music videos. As a freelancer, he has to take his own advice and build community around him. He claims he has no one looking over his shoulder but himself, but that does not seem to be true. There seems to be a higher power watching over him and helping him to achieve his life mission of impacting people now and for many generations to come. Inspired by other writers, life experiences, music, art, and God, Rothe-Kushel will continue to create films with a lasting impact.

Strictly for Seniors – 9/22 & 9/25 – A MUST for ALL SENIORS

RSVP REQUIRED at www.wejoinin.com/career.services@dartmouth.edu

***This program is a MUST for ALL Seniors***

Topics include:
▪ Identifying your level of preparedness for applying to various options
▪ Practical advice on managing your schedule & setting goals
▪ Tips on your options (job, grad school, etc.)
▪ Registering w/ Career Services to receive Career Blitzes and Updates
▪ Overview of On-Campus Recruiting and our services.
▪ Receive a ‘timeline and action step’ workbook !

Outcome: You will know the strategies & resources managing your senior year and minimizing anxiety.