Career Center connects students and alumni

With the start of the 2015–16 academic year comes a new program linking alumni with current students.

Hillel Presser '12 (right) mentors Kuda Biza '09, '10 in business.
Hillel Presser '12 (right) mentors Kuda Biza '09, '10 in business.

The Hannifan Center for Career Connections’ one-day alumni shadowing program begins during the winter break in mid-December and runs through the January Term.

“The purpose is to expose students to specific careers and potential mentors so they get a taste of a particular area to see if it sparks a more serious interest,” said Barbara Cambia ’80, the center’s executive director.

The program is the brainchild of Hillel Presser ’12, a former adjunct professor at Lynn and asset protection attorney with a domestic and international practice based in Boca Raton. It provides motivated and ambitious students with the chance to trail Lynn alumni in the workplace for a day to learn about career paths and job responsibilities—creating connections with fellow Fighting Knights for possible future mentoring and networking opportunities.

“I’ve had the opportunity to mentor Lynn students … those who I taught in class and who made an effort to stay in touch,” said Presser. “I know how important a mentor is. I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am today without one. Yes, it’s important to have an academic framework, but maybe even more important to see things with a real-life view and build relationships. I like to say it’s not who you know, but who knows you.”

A member of The Lynn University Leadership Society since 2009, Presser received his MBA from Lynn in 2012. His wife, Ashley (Martini), is also a Lynn graduate—receiving a B.S. in 2009 and an MBA in 2010.

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