All posts by Jocelyn Reaves

Jocelyn is a native of Chicago and networking enthusiast. Jocelyn’s passion for mentorship and creating access to educational and career knowledge drove her to create Fireside Insights. She received her MPH from Boston University School of Public Health and has an undergraduate degree in Cellular Molecular Biology from Connecticut College. She currently works in healthcare consulting at GfK.

Negotiate Your Salary the Right Way: a Fireside Chat with Lisa Toby

After making it through a strenuous interview process, the greatest gratification is receiving a call stating that you have been selected for the position of your choice. However, while you may be excited about beginning a new career, you may be a little less enthusiastic about the salary and benefits the company is offering you.

In this Fireside Chat, we sat down with Lisa Metropolis-Toby, the Assistant Dean of Career Services at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) to learn about how to negotiate a job offer the right way. Continue reading Negotiate Your Salary the Right Way: a Fireside Chat with Lisa Toby

Doing Your Homework: What to Research Before an Interview

So you’ve practiced how you will answer all of the behavioral questions that come your way, but it’s also equally imperative to convey that you understand both the company itself and the role you are applying for. In order to properly prepare for an interview, it is important to conduct background research to guide your discussion.

Continue reading Doing Your Homework: What to Research Before an Interview

Build Your Own Fashion Brand: A Fireside Chat with Kenya Mills

Kenya Mills is a trailblazer in the fashion industry. She started her career as a stylist in Dallas and now owns her own fashion line– The KMills Collection. Since its inception in 2014, the KMills team has grown, and the collection has been worn by celebrities such as Lynn Whitfield, Dascha Polanco, and Claire Sulmers.

In this Fireside Chat, we spoke with Kenya Mills about the intricacies of designing and managing your own fashion line. Continue reading Build Your Own Fashion Brand: A Fireside Chat with Kenya Mills

Fireside Insights Summer of Success: Workshops, Career Fairs, Summits, and More!

The summer is a great time to catch up on networking and continued learning opportunities for your career and professional development. We’ve done the hard work for you by sifting through numerous events across the country that would be just right for all of our FI followers.  This list contains FI-approved summits, workshops, networking opportunities, job fairs, and courses. Check it out! Continue reading Fireside Insights Summer of Success: Workshops, Career Fairs, Summits, and More!

Promoting Diversity in the Legal Field: a Fireside Chat with Aprill Hawkins

Meet Aprill Hawkins, Director of Engagement at Just the Beginning, a legal pipeline organization which encourages underrepresented students to pursue careers in law.  In her current role, Aprill engages in fundraising efforts, alumni engagement and raising the organization’s profile. She is an educator by trade, and received her Master’s of Education Degree from Loyola University of Chicago. Before joining the team at Just the Beginning, Aprill was the Career Program Manager at the Posse Organization, and was previously the Program Director at the Visitation Scholarship Program.

In this Fireside Chat, we spoke with Aprill about the role of diversity in law school, and barriers that prevent qualified applicants from entering the legal field. Continue reading Promoting Diversity in the Legal Field: a Fireside Chat with Aprill Hawkins

Introductory Excel Guide: Useful Functions, Capabilities, and Formulas

No matter what job you are seeking or what role you currently have, most employers will expect for you to have some knowledge of Microsoft Excel. Begin exploring Excel today with our introductory guide. Continue reading Introductory Excel Guide: Useful Functions, Capabilities, and Formulas