Workshops

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

Job Search Bootcamp for Millenials
Date: January 8 and 15, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Location: Center for Continuing Education, Mamaroneck

Reboot Your Career: Position Yourself for Success at Your Company, Discover a New Role or Get Back Your Mojo
Date: January 30, 2015
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Center for Continuing Education, Mamaroneck

Recent Workshops

Launch Your Career: How to Articulate Your Value Proposition and Define Your Ideal Path

Date: May 7, 2014
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: NYU Wasserman Career Center

Launch Your Career: How to Articulate Your Value Proposition and Define Your Ideal Path

Date: December 10, 2013
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: NYU Wasserman Career Center

Is This My Right Career? A Webinar Workshop for Gen Y’s
Date: January 18, 2013
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Columbia University Alumni Career Development Seminar Series

Is This My Right Career? A Workshop for Gen Y’s
Date: January 22, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: NYU Wasserman Career Center

Career Exploration: The Value of Internships and Volunteer Opportunities for Students
Date: January 30, 2013
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Marymount School

Is This My Right Career? Part II A Workshop for Gen Y’s
Date: April 25, 2012
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Location: Wasserman Career Center, NYU

Mediabistro Job Search Boot Camp
Brand You, Delivered: Tips for Building a Cohesive Resume, Cover Letter & Supporting Materials
Date: Feb. 7, 2012
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Webinar

Barnard College Senior Initiative
Social Media: A Pivotal Part of Your Career Planning and Job Search: An Interactive Workshop for Barnard College Seniors
Date: Feb. 22, 2012
Time: 6:15-7:45 pm
Location: Barnard Career Development Center

NYU Wasserman Center
Is This My Right Career? A Workshop for Gen Y’s
Date: April 11, 2012
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: Wasserman Career Center, NYU

Is This My Right Career? A Workshop for Gen Y’s
Date: Dec. 14, 2011
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Location: Wasserman Career Center, NYU

Mediabistro Job Search Boot Camp
Rev Up Your Resume
Date: Nov. 3, 2011
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Webinar

AESC 2011 Researchers & Associates Summit – How to Search for Success
Speed Search Session – A Dynamic Opportunity to Discuss Challenges and Discover Solutions
Date: October 21, 2011
Time: 10:10am — 11:10am
Location: Apella at the Alexandria Center

I regularly work with groups on career development skills and issues. These workshops are practical and interactive, designed to provide state-of-the-art career tools and skills as well as insights into individual strengths and possibilities. Sessions can be tailored for groups at any point in their careers.

Choose from the following topics or let me develop a custom program for you. Contact me by email at allison@allisoncheston.com or phone at (917) 975-4184.

Is This My Right Career?
A Workshop for Gen Y’s

This highly interactive workshop brings together a group of Gen Y’s who are early in their careers and want to know if they’re on the right track. I work with the group on personal branding, and we then identify potential career tracks and roles that work within the context of their particular skills and interests. Based on personal introductions I match participants to work in small groups and then provide feedback. A follow-up workshop is recommended. Here is some feedback from the most recent event at NYU:

“This was a great, interactive session.  Allison really created an open environment in which we could all understand each other’s backgrounds and better understand our own strengths and goals. I think it would have been helpful to hear from someone like her my senior year at NYU as I was panicking to find the right career and basically ended up falling into the wrong place as a result… But maybe it takes that experience to understand what’s not right.”

“This was a great presentation. Allison is very approachable and you can tell that she really loves her work. I think it would be helpful to have her come in for a series of workshops like this, as I think we all left the room feeling like we could have benefited from a bit of time to reflect. This way the same group of people could return to exchange the ideas we came up with in the interim. It was interesting to hear what other people are going through or struggling with in their own job searches, as well as to hear about the different interesting things that people do for work, or would like to do for work.”

“It was so nice to meet you and attend at your workshop at NYU a couple weeks ago. It was a fantastic and wise talk and what you said has really resonated with me.  I wanted to tell you that I feel your gift- to sum it up and spell it out- is truly amazing.  Thank you.

My favorite things you did included:
-suggesting who we should ‘pair-up with’, during the ‘creating your power phrase’ process
-the simplicity, straightforwardness and solidity of your powerpoint presentation”

Authentic Career Marketing
How to Articulate Your Value Proposition and Use Social Networking to Push Your Career to the Next Level

This workshop helps mid-career executives identify their distinguishing characteristics and brand, and use that brand to direct their job search and better communicate with their networks. I have given this workshop at NYU’s Steinhardt School and at trade association conferences. It can be modified for groups of 10-75 people and is designed to meet the needs of both veteran executives and those newer to the workforce.

The workshop is in two parts. First I help attendees focus on their positioning, what makes them unique in the market. I provide tools to help group members think about themselves as a product and help them generate phrases that describe what they do best. We discuss how to best market and promote oneself during the job search. In the second phase, we analyze profiles on LinkedIn, and discuss recommendations for using LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. It is very hands-on and practical. This workshop requires two hours.

Make Yourself More Relevant in Today’s Market
A Guide to Augmenting Your Skill Set and Getting Hired

The fallout from the recession has severely affected mid-career executives, many of whom are late Generation X-ers and Baby Boomers who have focused their careers in sectors that are now at risk.

In my practice I see many executives with excellent track records who now realize that they should have added New Economy skills to their portfolios while they were still employed. But it’s not too late! In this workshop we dissect individual backgrounds and conduct a gap analysis, making specific recommendations for adding the skills needed to compete in this market. This may include coursework, internships, private tutoring, and the like. And we will share our ideas not only on what is missing but how to get it.

Specific examples of this skills gap include a managing editor at a print publication who needs exposure to the online world and to learn how to move from a print magazine to a web-based or mobile content provider. Another example is an architect who wants to compete in the new world of green architecture.

Your Next Phase
For Women Seeking to Return to the Workforce

This workshop is for women who have taken a hiatus from work and are now eager to return. We address the entire process, from identifying possible career paths, to creating the right career marketing materials, to interviews, to the negotiation process. This pragmatic workshop will provide the tools everyone needs to help define their best selves and bring them to work. It is designed to be both a confidence boost and an action plan.

For this workshop, I suggest small group sessions for maximum benefit.