Navigating Preferred Versus Legal Name in the Workplace

It can be difficult to know when you can use your preferred name rather than your legal name, but there are a few instances where it is clear which should be used. Read on for different ways to present your preferred name and strategies when you are in the workplace.

By Lydia Sutton
Lydia Sutton
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5 Takeaways for Aspiring Higher Ed Professionals with PhDs

In a recent career panel for graduate students titled “Expand Your Career Options” (Fall 2023), four panelists with PhDs working in different offices at UConn shared their career trajectories and advice. Read on to see the key takeaways from this panel and stay tuned for the next Expand Your Career Options event!

By Damiao Zoe Xu
Damiao Zoe Xu Graduate Assistant, Graduate Student and Postdoc Career Programs and Services (She/Her/Hers)
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Creating Your Art Portfolio

As an art student, your portfolio is essential to your career as it allows you to both demonstrate your skills as well as provide more information to interviewers and recruiters.

By Cameron Turnbull
Cameron Turnbull
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Bioneers: Making Connections for Environmental Activism

Bioneers is a non-profit organization that not only works towards environmental activism, but provides opportunities for Native & Indigenous youth to solve environmental issues.

By Avery Caya
Avery Caya Graduate Assistant, CLAS/Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (They/Them/Theirs)
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5 Soft Skills Essential for Asian & Asian American Individuals to Stand Out and Get Promoted 

Combatting the “model minority” myth can be frustrating when entering the work force. But, these soft skills can help you stand out and navigate a successful work environment.

By Michelle Wong
Michelle Wong
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How to Answer the Question: “What Are You Doing After Graduation?”

Anticipating the dreaded question at your holiday dinner: What are you doing after graduation? Explore ways to make you feel more prepared to answer the question.

By Kathleen Powell
Kathleen Powell Front Desk Operations Assistant
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Supporting Native & Indigenous Communities: The First Nations Development Institute

The First Nations Development Institute supports Native and Indigenous youth and communities through educational, development and scholarship resources. Learn more about the impact they create in communities across the United States!

By Avery Caya
Avery Caya Graduate Assistant, CLAS/Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (They/Them/Theirs)
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Alumni Spotlight: Alumni Success Story: Kaitlyn Bruneau

Meet Kaitlyn Bruneau, a licensed clinical social worker and is currently a senior cognitive behavioral therapist. She is a UConn Alum from the class of ’13 graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. The Center for Career Development sat down with Kaitlyn to hear more about her experience as a first-generation student and how that has impacted her throughout her career!

By Amanda Rutha
Amanda Rutha
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Alumni Spotlight: Fernando Alfonso III

Meet Fernando Alfonso III, a senior supervising editor at NPR and an Adjunct Faculty Member at Morehouse College. He is a UConn Alum form the class of ’09 graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English.The Center for Career Development sat down with Fernando to hear more about his experience as a first generation student and how that has impacted him throughout his career!

By Mary Malerba
Mary Malerba Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
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Alumni Spotlight: Shihab Khalfalla

Class of 2023 alumni Shahib Khalfalla shares his experiences as a first-generation professional, and offers advice to first-generation students on how to find support and resources.

By Mary Malerba
Mary Malerba Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
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