Career Building

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Internship & Job Opportunities

We encourage you to share any internship opportunities or job openings by emailing Kristen Bowes in the Alumni Relations office and on the official St. John’s Prep Alumni Network LinkedIn page.

Highlighted below are recent internship and job opportunities sponsored by alumni and friends for St. John's alumni and current students. Please note that any jobs or internships listed on this webpage are not guaranteed to be provided to Prep alumni. More internships to come!

YMCA of Metro North: Peabody, MA - Looking for passionate and qualified staff to join their aquatics team for the fall season. Applicants should be fully certified upon application and must be at least 16 years old. If interested, please email alumnus Dom Jonah '15. View a full list of open positions here.

Acelleron Medical Products: North Andover MA - A fast growing medical equipment company is seeking full-time, highly motivated, Customer Service/Sales Specialist. The fast paced environment requires a detail-oriented person who possesses the ability to educate clients and multi task. Good communication skills and problem-solving skills are essential to be successful in this role. If interested, please email Jason Canzano '96 or call 978-738-9800 x100 for a complete list of requirements.  

SAP: Multiple locations - The SAP Academy for Early Talent is presented by Drew LeBlanc '05, Northeast Presales Director. The program attracts, inspires and develops a globally diverse community of high performing university graduates. It harnesses the skills and natural abilities to empower the next-generation of SAP professionals through a world-class multi-dimensional learning experience. Recruiting for the 2016 classes has started! Apply online.  

Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor: Andover, MA - This job is presented by Larry Hurst P '17, senior vice president wealth management. If interested, please call Larry at 800-734-0650.

Merrill Lynch Client Associate (assistant to a financial advisor): Andover, MA - This job is also presented by Larry Hurst P '17, senior vice president wealth management. If interested, please call Larry at 800-734-0650. 

MarkForged: Somerville, MA - Multiple job and internship openings presented by Matt Katzman '01, If interested, please email Matt Katzman.

Biased Boston Sports: Are you interested in the journalism/blogging world? Biased Boston Sports has internships available for committed individuals looking to pursue careers in journalism. If interested please visit biasedbostonsports.com, email Peter Packowski '14 or call 978-766-3841. 

Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA): CHIA, an independent agency established pursuant to M.G.L. c. 12C, serves as the Commonwealth’s primary hub for health care data and a primary source of health care analytics that support policy development. CHIA has multiple internships available if you’re looking to be part of a diverse and innovative team responsible for identifying opportunities to improve health care in Massachusetts. If interested visit www.chiamass.gov/join-our-team. 

Career Building Resources

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Presentation! Change in Boston: Michael Dalton '83

On March 29, 2016 John Howie '07 hosted alumni for a New York City Business Breakfast featuring a presentation from Michael Dalton '83, executive managing director at Cushman & Wakefield.

Michael's presentation focused on the exciting corporate and residential changes taking place in the Greater Boston Area and giving Prep alumni an insider view of what is yet to come! He encouraged attendees to:

Michael Dalton '83, is an executive managing director with Cushman & Wakefield, formerly DTZ. In September 2015, the two companies merged in a $2.04B deal. Cushman & Wakefield is a global leader in commercial real estate services. Mr. Dalton has been in the real estate business for over twenty five years, and works with corporate clients and institutional owners throughout the Northeast. He has represented numerous corporate clients in New England and throughout the world in the acquisition and leasing of office, manufacturing, R&D and laboratory facilities. Mr. Dalton has received his B.A. in political science from Boston College.

Video! Banking Industry: Jim Phalen '68

As part of the Boston Business networking series, Jim Phalen ’68 hosted a group at State Street Corporation in Boston on June 4, 2015. Jim, who is vice chairman and head of the Office of Regulatory Initiatives, Strategy and Compliance, spoke about the future of the U.S. banking industry, and the way the Prep influenced his career path, to more than 70 Prep alumni. The next Boston Business Breakfast will take place in the fall. Read more about Jim Phalen's background here.

Video! Internships & Mentors: Drew LeBlanc '05

On February 20, 2015 Drew LeBlanc '05, Director of Analytics at software giant SAP, spoke about maximizing career opportunities at the Boston Business Breakfast. He shared his story about using internships, networking, and goal setting to build a successful career playbook. Read more about Drew's background here.

Young Alumni Career Workshop: Helpful Hints

The annual Young Alumni Career Workshop took place on January 4, 2017. Check out these helpful hints from Coley Rybicki '78!

1. Job descriptions - Companies spend a lot of time writing them - use them to your advantage. Hiring managers are looking for candidates that are prepared and confident in their accomplishments.

2. Be happy - Money isn't everything - at a minimum you will be working 2080 hours a year, your well being will suffer if you are unhappy with your career. 

3. Adaptability - Despite four years of college most do not work in the professions they studied as an undergrad. Be open to all possibilities. It is okay to apply for jobs in a variety of industries. 

4. Work your network - Start with your St. John’s Prep and college networks; the more connections you have, the more opportunities you might find. Keep your LinkedIn and Prep EverTrue app profiles up to date. Attend events such as SJP Business Breakfasts and regional networking receptions.

5. Know the value of a Prep education - St. John’s Prep is not only well known in the Boston area, but holds a strong reputation around the country. You may feel pressure to remove your high school information from your resume. You never know, your interviewer may have a connection with the Prep!

Resume Writing: Dave Lucey '87

Dave Lucey ’87, Recruiting Manager at Epsilon, offers tips and suggestions on writing an effective resume. Use this resource to to write your first resume or to tweak your current resume. Dave's presentation is available here in PDF form. And here is the sample résumé he referenced in his presentation.

The Job Hunt: Matt Donato '94

Matt Donato '94, Director, Center for Careers and Life After Brown, Brown University, shares some of the steps he recommends for his Brown grads as they begin a job search.
  • Fully understand your financial conditions: How much do you need to make to pay current expenses and meet long term financial commitments? How much do you need to make to have a reasonably fulfilling lifestyle?
  • Make an inventory of your skills so you know what you're good at (or need to improve on). Also, make an inventory of the qualities you want in a job (big vs. small organization, customer facing vs. desk job, amount of travel, etc.).
  • Write a resume and outline how you will write cover letters for job opportunities. Your resume should be a well-organized, cleanly formatted summary or snapshot of your professional skills, qualities, achievements, and expertise. When you write a cover letter, it should be customized to a specific job opportunity. It should connect the requirements of the position laid out in a job posting with the skills, qualities, achievements, and expertise on your resume. Have more than one person (a friend, relative, networking contact, career counseling professional) review your resume (and occasionally your cover letters)  to spot errors or make suggestions for improvement.
  • Network, network, network. I can't emphasize enough how important networking is in today's economy. Networking is relationship building, not transactional. Prepare for networking conversation or informational interviews much as you would for real job interviews. Always be open to networking opportunities. Utilize all networking avenues available to you (your network of family, friends, neighbors, fellow high school or college alumni, former professional or volunteer colleagues). Try to network your way into organizations that interest you or that will be hiring.
  • Set daily, weekly, monthly goals for job search actions you can control: networking calls made, informational interviews requested, resumes submitted, etc. Treat your job search as a full-time job (which also means, taking a break occasionally to avoid being overwhelmed by the search).
  • Consider part-time or temporary employment to help alleviate financial concerns. Also, consider volunteering for a day or two each week. Getting out and doing something, whether paid or not, can provide structure, enhance your feeling of self-worth, and potentially expand your professional network.
  • Be self-aware. Make sure you feel like you are making progress in your job search.  Try to know where you need to improve throughout the process (practice interviews, resume writing, etc.). Keep track of what is working and what is not working. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

Networking Tips: Peter Dolan '74

The following career tips come from Peter Dolan '74, chairman of a national task force on childhood obesity (ChildObesity 180) and past chairman and CEO of Gemin X Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb.  This is the blueprint he developed to reach his own professional and personal goals. Use these tips to make your search more effective.

  1. Start with an honest and critical assessment of your strengths and weaknesses. Then try to match that to appropriate job opportunities. You need to be able to tell that story when you are ready. And it needs to make sense. If you say you want to play for the Red Sox or be first violin in an orchestra, you need to be convincing as to why that isn't just wishful thinking.
  2. Generate a list of 10-15 people you think would be willing to help you. This is NOT 10-15 people you barely know but think are in your targeted area. You will be asking these people to actively help you, so it's more important that they want to help than whether they know of a specific opportunity in your targeted area.
  3. Ask to meet with the people on your list. Reassure them you aren't asking them for a job and don't assume they have one appropriate for you at the moment. You want to get their ideas and ask them to consider sharing their relevant network with you.
  4. Do not burn up your best network prospects until you have done #1. Don't meet with people until you have a story to tell. Don't waste their time with "I just need a job". If you aren't willing to do the work to tell your story in a compelling way, why should they go out of their way to use their network and potentially waste personal capital helping you sort out what you might want to do? I don't want to suggest it is easy to find your passion or determine what you want to do, but don't waste your best potential advocates on that task. Find two or three others to help you weigh the pros and cons of different choices and develop your story before you take it on the road.
  5. The purpose of meeting with your 10-15 best network people is to get at least one or two ideas from every meeting, people they know to call or meet, job areas they might know about, or people who just started on the path you want to pursue so you can learn more.
  6. Follow up, follow up, follow up. Demonstrate you are the kind of person they want to help and would hire if they could. Let them know what happened when you called or met with their contacts. Keep them appraised of your search process overall. Keep them in the game until you land a job.
  7. Be open to serendipity and don't miss an opportunity to tell your story. You never know where the conversation may go or where it might lead.
  8. Finding a job is hard work. It requires positioning yourself in a positive but realistic way and targeting your search toward appropriate prospects. It also calls for a positive attitude (and a willingness to accept rejection), and above all else, persistence. If that sounds like the kind of approach you would want to see in someone you might hire someday, there's your first insight. The way you approach your job hunt demonstrates the way you would approach your job. Good employers will pay attention.
  9. "Sending out my resume" is neither networking nor typically effective. Move beyond that phase of your search as soon as possible, or better still, don't even start there. Here are tips you can use to make your search more effective.
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