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Alumni Spotlight: Ke Jin

There are a wide variety of careers in hospitality. Through a career in hospitality you can focus on special events, finance, public relations, and more. NYU Tisch Center alumnus Ke Jin earned his Master’s Degree in Hospitality Industry Studies in May 2014 with a concentration in Hotel Finance. He shares a bit about his academic and professional experience on the What’s New Tisch Center blogRead the entire article here



Professional Networking Tips from Treatings

Hayden Williams is Co-Founder and CEO of Treatings. Treatings is a professional networking platform that facilitates one-on-one meetups over coffee. Prior to Treatings, Hayden spent four years as an investment banker at BofA Merrill Lynch. He graduated from Vanderbilt in 2008 with a degree in Economics and Corporate Strategy.

My first job out of college was in investment banking. While Vanderbilt’s Career Center was a great resource in securing the job, it was the individual relationships I’d built the summer after my junior year that were most helpful in deciding what I wanted to do.

I was living in New York doing an internship in Consulting. I realized that I didn’t want to work in Consulting after graduating, so I had to figure out an alternative career path. I started reaching out to all of the Vanderbilt alumni I could find who were working in roles I was interested in, asking people out for coffee so I could learn about their job.

The most helpful conversations I had were with junior people working at the level I would be starting in. I wasn’t looking for a job offer, just access to information about what certain roles were like and what types of people succeeded in them. I found it more difficult to find junior people than senior people. Young professionals aren’t prominently displayed on company websites and often don’t think to open themselves up on alumni networks. But, by the end of the summer I’d met enough people in investment banking that I decided the transferable financial skills I’d pick up as an Analyst would make for a good place to start my career.

Fast forward three years later and I was promoted to Associate. I had learned a lot and worked with great people, but realized that I didn’t want to remain in investment banking forever. I wasn’t passionate about the work and my skill set was getting narrower. I wanted to leave the finance industry and potentially work at a start-up, but I didn’t know how viable that would be given my lack of technical expertise.

My best friend (and now co-founder), Paul, was in a similar situation. We both wanted to leave our finance jobs, but didn’t want to blindly transition to a job that wouldn’t be a great fit. We wanted to talk to peers who had made career transitions we were interested in. I found that existing professional networking tools were helpful in documenting and leveraging my professional network, but not reaching outside of it. This was a problem because no one in my network worked at a start-up.

Paul and I decided there should be a professional networking equivalent to online dating sites, where people could go when they wanted to meet people outside their network. So, we quit our jobs to build Treatings, a local professional network where everyone is open to meeting over coffee to share ideas and opportunities.

The core value that Treatings offers is access to knowledge. We believe that people’s insights and career experiences have as much latent value as any physical good they own, so we’re always looking to reduce the friction of knowledge transfer.

We’re a peer-to-peer networking site. We don’t differentiate between “consumers” of knowledge and “producers” of it. Most people sign up for Treatings as a consumer, not imagining that people would be interested in their insights. People are often surprised and flattered to hear they can be a producer of knowledge when they are asked by fellow members to talk about their work. People have been using Treatings to find collaborators, meet people with shared interests and learn about new skills.

We have incorporated a filter into Treatings that makes it easy for NYU alumni and students to connect with each other. You can sign up for the platform and follow companies and skills you’re interested in. You’re then matched with other members based on shared interests and can propose coffee meetings with whomever you’d like.

We think networking should be a routine part of people’s lives, but it doesn’t have to be boring or formal. Treatings is all about taking conversations about your work out of the office. We hope you get the opportunity to meet fellow members of the NYU community over coffee (or the beverage of your choice!).

Sign up today! treatings.co

Alumni Guest Blog: South Korea

Name: Christian Clampitt
Graduation Date (month/year):
May 2012
NYU School/Program/Major:
College of Arts and Science, Philosophy

Current Title: Guest English Teacher
Current Organization/Employer:
Korean Ministry of Education
Current Location:
Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea

Where are you from originally? Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Littleton, Colorado.

Did you study abroad while at NYU? If so, where? What skills/experiences did you have while abroad that prepared you to work globally (if applicable)?

I did not study abroad while at NYU. I was a transfer student; while at my previous university I studied abroad in England. (Transferring to NYU, New York itself felt like an exotic location!)

For going abroad, what’s most relevant is your patience, especially the greater the length of time abroad.

Three months abroad (whether working or studying) allows plenty of cultural exploration, but concludes before the ‘honeymoon’ is over. The period after the enchantment is when challenging cultural differences genuinely appear. Anyone can read about a cultural difference, but the actual practice of navigating cultural differences day after day requires the virtue of patience. Are you patient enough to reflect on how cultural others interpret your behavior? Are you patient enough to set aside your own feelings in order to accommodate the other culture’s approach?

(It’s best to learn to like the differences, but if they were so easily overcome, they wouldn’t be cultural differences! So in the meantime, there is patience.)

I learned to practice the virtue of patience in England, but I’m learning it even more in South Korea. If you’re planning on short term work abroad, then the same skills that make you a great student (ingenuity, independence, responsibility) will make you a great young professional. But if you’re planning to work abroad longer, you’ll need to supplement your regular skills with greater patience.

How did you end up working in South Korea? Were you targeting that location specifically or seeking a position abroad?

At my previous university I took an ESL course, had many Korean friends and attended a Korean-language church. The pastor taught me how to read and write Korean! As my graduation from NYU neared, I knew I wanted to spend some time abroad after college. I had always wanted but never been able to visit Asia, and since I already knew some Korean, South Korea seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Did you encounter challenges pertaining to visa/work authorization or language barriers during your job search and the application for this position?  How did you overcome them?

The Korean Ministry of Education’s English Program in Korea (“EPIK”) makes a great effort to minimize the language barrier and manage the ‘paperwork,’ especially during the application and orientation processes, by allowing applicants to use English-language agencies. For example, I researched EPIK independently but then used an ESL placement agency (ESLstarter) to guide me through the application, interview and visa documentation. The founder, Claire, even met me at Incheon airport!

What types of activities/experiences prepared you to work internationally? (classes, extracurriculars, study abroad, internships, etc.) 

Language and history classes are very beneficial. Even if English is commonly spoken at your destination, knowing some of the local non-English language communicates respect and care. Knowing some history also demonstrates that you find the location and culture interesting and worthy of study.

What are some of the benefits and challenges of working in South Korea specifically, and outside of the U.S. more generally?

Korea is a small country in a great global location. Nothing is ever too far: I can take an inexpensive and comfortable bus to Seoul, a city bigger than New York, or to Beopjusa, a Buddhist temple on a secluded mountain range. Both trips only take an hour and a half. And when you’ve finished exploring Korea, it’s easy to fly to New Zealand, China, Japan or the Philippines.

The challenge I have to mention is the high language barrier. Korean isn’t as hard to learn as Mandarin or Thai, and in many ways I like it more than English – but it’s still hard work to learn. And since it’s not uncommon for a Korean’s English to stop at ‘Hello’ and ‘Nice to meet you,’ you will have difficulty communicating if you don’t learn some Korean.

Sometimes, a cultural difference can be a benefit or a challenge, depending upon your patience and attitude. For example, the younger generation considers itself increasingly westernized and therefore modern, though Korea is still very much an East Asian culture. For example, this means that while there are more nearby high-end coffee shops in my “small” city of 600,000 than in my old neighborhood in Manhattan, the work culture remains very communal. I regularly play volleyball, get coffee and eat dinner with my office co-teachers and even the whole school. At first this work culture felt like an intrusion into my private time – but I was patient and now I quite enjoy it! I’ve even gone camping and fishing and traveled to Jeju Island with co-teachers. So, some cultural differences that initially feel like a challenge may become a benefit.

I think this is true for working outside of the U.S. more generally: cultural differences, depending upon your attitude, are either the main benefits or the main challenges of working abroad.

What advice would you give to students who are interested in a position like yours? (tips, resources, etc.)

Teaching English abroad is a great way to travel and to live abroad; there are many destinations and various short term and long-term opportunities available. Some places require TESL certification and/or a degree in education, but many don’t (Korea only requires a degree). For those interested, I would recommend researching TESL and exploring the community at sites like Dave’s ESL Cafe. I used ESLstarter as my recruiter – Claire was immensely helpful. Once you’ve decided on the destination, start to learn some of the local language.

What are your future plans? Do you see yourself coming back to the U.S.?

My plan is to return to America within the next few years to complete a few additional science courses before applying to medical school.