John Hyde Dean of Career Services Office: Career Services Campus: Old Westbury
Member of NYIT Since: 2008
John Hyde is one of NYIT's most connected peopleas the stacks of business cards rubber-banded by industry in his office confirm. As dean of career services, Hyde matches students with job prospects, alumni with mentoring opportunities, and companies with future employees.
"We leverage technology to bring students to where employers are looking for them," says Hyde, whose staff of 16 includes members of NYIT's campuses in the Middle East, China, and Canada.
Hyde's day starts at 7 a.m., with Skype calls to NYIT staff in as many as five countries. His main goal, he says, is to provide transparent global career services with resources such as CareerNet. He and his team implemented the online system in 2009 to give students and employers access to job leads and resumes from any location. Today, it is active with 6,200 contacts, 1,005 job listings, and 1,464 student resumes.
During his tenure, his team has designed a three-course internship certificate program (ICP), opened Community Service Centers (CSCs) in Manhattan and Old Westbury, and relaunched the award-winning NYIT Alumni Mentor Program. Using social media sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook, Hyde has introduced students to alumni mentors around the world, while the CSCs have provided volunteer opportunities for all NYIT students, especially international students with non-work visas studying in New York.
Though Hyde is a natural at making connections, the born and raised New Englander found his niche on another continent. For 15 years, he worked in student affairs roles and directed career services and alumni relations at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. The spontaneous move came after six months of backpacking in Europe.
In Australia, he acquired many of the business skills that make him successful today, as well as a penchant for Aussie slang such as "pressie" (presentation) and "chewie" (chewing gum). His staff has dubbed these idioms "Johnisms."
The bond and work ethic of Hyde's career services team has led to a number of successful ventures. Together, they have coordinated NYIT events on both New York campuses and around the world, including a Feb. 12 career and internship fair in Amman, Jordan.
"We're highly visible," Hyde says. "My staff is wonderful. They're making a difference every single day and liking it."