Forensic Focus Spring 2014

February 2014 SCHOOL OF GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES How to “Organize” Your Career Planning Where do you go for career guidance? If forensics is a completely new field for you, how do you find a job? If you already work in the forensics profession, how do you find better job opportunities? At Stevenson University, students get advice from experts in our Office of Career Services as well as from faculty members and alumni with realworld experience. We asked three different experts about their advice for career planning— and all of them agreed that students should “organize” their career planning by joining organizations and professional associations. CONTACT INFORMATION Thomas Coogan Chair, Forensic Studies 443-352-4075 Angela Scagliola Reynolds Director, School of Graduate and Professional Studies Recruiting & Admissions 443-352-4414 Barry Dunkin, our Career Services specialist who specifically works with our School of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) students and develops contacts with employers that hire GPS students, thinks that joining a professional association is a great idea for students who are new to the field. Dunkin says doing so is “a great way to get involved in your profession.” He points out that most associations have student or young professional memberships at reduced rates and student chapters that are mentored by seasoned professionals and that some offer scholarships. There also are numerous benefits for students already working in forensics who join professional organizations, perhaps the most important being the ability to network. “Expanding your network gives the opportunity to access the ‘hidden job market,’ or those jobs that don’t get advertised or posted,” Dunkin advises. Stevenson University adjunct faculty member John Grimes, who is President of the Maryland Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), agrees that students who are trying to enter the forensics profession should join associations. “Joining a professional organiza- tion allows the student or recent graduate to immerse themselves in their selected field and pave the way to a successful career,” Grimes says. “Professional associations, such as the ACFE, offer training opportunities; resources, including industry magazines, white papers, chat room discussions and blogs; networking opportunities where student members get to know working professionals; career mentoring and resources; scholarships; student chapters; no-cost or reduced fee membership; and professional certifications.” Stevenson University graduate Philippa “Pipps” Nash also supports student involvement in professional associations. Nash, who received her Master of Science Degree in Forensic Studies in July 2012, was an active member of the Stevenson University Student Chapter of the ACFE as well as the Maryland ACFE Chapter. She received the Maryland Chapter’s $2,500 scholarship award and, upon graduation, was hired by HSBC Bank as an Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Investigations Officer. She was subsequently promoted several times to her current position as AML Senior Investigations Officer of Special Investigations. Nash gives credit to her involvement with the ACFE as a student and now as a working professional for her career success. There are many other reasons for students to consider membership to a professional organization including: • Taking advantage of association career resources. Associations often have job postings only available to their members. Some association websites allow you to post your resume if you are looking for a position. This is a great way to find targeted job postings for your area of interest. continued on next page