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New career advisory services for alumni

If you're in a state of transition in your career – whether through losing a job, relocating, returning to work after parental leave, or just feeling in a rut – you'll be interested in the new career consultant retained by Alumni Affairs. The Johnson School has contracted with Manhattan-based Lynne Allen to provide alumni with career advisory services.

Lynne Allen
Manhattan-based career consultant Lynne Allen
Allen, who helps business professionals with career objectives, self assessment, career opportunities, and networking strategies, has been working with the school's Palisades and Cornell-Queen's Executive MBA (formerly Boardroom Executive MBA) candidates for the past year. She has also consulted to MBA students at Columbia, Stern, Baruch, and Rutgers.

Karrie Borgelt, director of Alumni Affairs, explains that Allen will be helping alumni in a number of crucial areas: "Lynne will conduct quality sessions one alumna/us at a time, assist them with career counseling tools in order for them to secure a job, or aid them in realizing the career change that would allow them to reach personal and professional satisfaction."

In today's job environment, periods of transition are a given. "The transformation from corporate paternalism to employee empowerment has translated into more-frequent job changes, especially during the first 10 years post graduation," says Karin Ash, director of the Johnson School's Career Management Center.

"Whether the job market is good or not, alumni are on the move," says Ash. "Sometimes they know they want a change but aren't sure of a future direction; sometimes they want to make a career change and need help."

A big part of Allen's role is helping clients identify their transferable skills. "Then, we determine how to take those skills into a new direction – perhaps a completely different career," she says.

If a client wants to make an unrealistic career change, Allen works to enlighten and redirect him or her towards more-viable prospects. "If you're a 38-year-old IT professional, you're probably not going to become an investment banker," she points out. "But if you're excited by finance, what components of finance interest you? Where can we find those components in a career more aligned with your background?"

Individuals who are successful but dissatisfied may be ignoring their personal values and interests. "Some clients have built a lot of credibility in a job, but are really unhappy," says Allen. "You have to find an organization that's connected to the things you're interested in."

She tells of an IT professional who wanted to start up an organic foods business but didn't know how. Allen suggested that he look for a technology position instead – inside an organic food company. He loved the idea. "And after he's worked in the industry, made contacts, and seen their challenges, maybe he can start up his own business," she adds.

Allen's service is another way in which the school reconnects with and helps alumni. "We are so, so appreciative of the energy and commitment many alumni have for the Johnson School," says Ash. "This service is one way to show our appreciation."

You can email Lynne Allen at lga3@cornell.edu.

Alumni career resources
Lynne Allen's services complement other alumni career services offered by the Johnson School:

Network with fellow alumni via online directories:

Does your company have openings? Send job postings to alumnijobs@johnson.cornell.edu.