Steps to Success for New ImmigrantsPosted: November 25, 2013
We have a special big Thank-You to give this year! On November 19, 2013 a professional networking night concluded the first partnership project between the New York Junior League (NYJL) and the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center at The English-Speaking Union. The NYJL presented “Steps to Success” series of workshop over 6 weeks. Steps to Success is the NYJL’s premier job skills training outreach program. The NYJL Volunteers prepare, teach and attend these job skills trainings in the community and facilitate participation and discussion with workshop attendees.
Twenty NYJL volunteers attended the event. All volunteers are professionals in their fields – banking, communications, informational technology, finance and nonprofits. The networking night started with the speed networking activity. 20 NYJL volunteers, all professionals in their fields, sat face to face with 20 immigrant job seekers, and the fun started… Every 2 minutes the volunteers changed their partner by moving to a chair to the left. In this way, all 40 participants were able to briefly introduce themselves to each other.
Afterwards, over pizza, participants continued talking with professionals with similar backgrounds.
For our immigrant members – we think “the most important part of this event is the follow-ups. Don’t leave your new connections hanging. Pick and choose the people you’d like to know better professionally and send them an email. Nothing too intense, just a quick “it was nice to meet you, I’d like to know more about your endeavors” kind of thing. My two biggest tips for networking newbies: Don’t leave your business cards at home and perfect your handshake” (from Confessions Of A Speed-Networking Virgin, Erika Owen, a blogger for Fast Company).
Again, thank you, all volunteer from the NYJL, for supporting our new immigrant members! Looking forward to continuing our partnership!
And here are some pictures from the event: