Jim Scott, founder and principal of CareerChoiceFirst, recently spoke to 35 Lycoming College business and accounting students regarding job offer negotiations, types of basic compensation and benefit packages, and long-term job security.
Scott, a graduate of Lycoming College, stressed the importance of professional development, noting that people are most content in their career when they work for a company that encourages and provides opportunities for them to grow intellectually.
Kelley Hile, a junior with a double major in business administration and corporate communication attended the presentation.
“This isn’t information you learn in the classroom,” Hile said. “I didn’t realize there was a strategy to negotiating salaries and juggling job offers. After this presentation, I feel more prepared to start my career search.”
Anne Landon, internship coordinator, invited Scott to speak as part of an internship professional development seminar series.
For the past twelve years, Scott has specialized in career management and transition. As founder and principal of CareerChoiceFirst, he specializes in career planning with people of all ages, from high school and college students, to executives in transition. He previously served as vice president and managing consultant at Lee Hecht Harrison in Parsippany, N.J. and as a senior consultant at Transition Solutions in Wellesley Hills, Mass.
Prior to his experience at Lee Hecht Harrison and Transition Solutions, Scott gained career experience serving in various positions at GTE Sylvania, Shaw’s Supermarkets and Staples, including a human resources supervisor, manager, director, and vice president. He has worked in manufacturing, distribution, retail, and research and development on both the domestic and international fronts.
Scott received his bachelor’s degree from Lycoming College and is a member of the Lycoming College Board of Trustees.
CareerChoiceFirst was founded in 2013 to aid young professionals in transitioning to a successful career. Their focus is on helping individuals seek a new career and find the right path for them, in addition to giving them the abilities to follow that path. They offer a range of career management services for young adults, professionals, managers and executives. They specialize in planning and executing personalized career strategies, all designed to help individuals reach their full potential. For more information, visit the CareerChoiceFirst website.