The heart of NYU Wagner's programs is our faculty. An amalgam of full-time, clinical/research/visiting, and adjunct professors, they are outstanding teachers, expert researchers and committed practitioners.
Serving on the WSA executive board has provided an invaluable learning opportunity with regard to understanding how high-functioning groups operate, how to be a leader and a follower, and how to translate student complaints into concrete suggestions for enhancing the Wagner program.
I have an interest in youth development, so I seized the opportunity to mentor court involved males ages 14-19 with the Looking Ahead Mentoring Program sponsored by the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services.
Being Co-Chair of Wagner Environmental Policy & Action (WEPA) was really a great experience to work with other students, faculty and experts who were passionate about similar issues. I not only felt like my efforts were worthwhile in bringing important issues to light for students at Wagner, but also provided a great personal learning experience.
My very first experience in the mental health services field was as a volunteer intern at a community mental health center. Experiencing the service delivery issues from within the system first hand has definitely been instrumental in helping to form my career goals.
Being a member of the UPSA board was an amazing opportunity to meet friends and network. I made more contacts by organizing events than by attending them.
I worked with OCS to refine my resume and learn how to tailor it to each job I applied for. I realized that there were common threads between what seemed like loosely related activities I had done prior to Wagner, and with OCS' advice, I was able to weave them into a cohesive story.
Through my internship, I was able to attend a conference which taught me a whole host of other issues related to domestic violence and during which I met various practitioners working with the issue on different levels, like social service delivery, legal issues, and activism.
If you keep seeing job postings in your field asking for skills you don't have, it means it's time to assess yourself and see what you can do to improve.
Employers want more than excitement and enthusiasm—they want and need skills. When I first came to NYU Wagner I consulted the OCS job binders and web listings, not for job openings, but to learn what skills I needed to develop in order to attain the positions I wanted when I graduated.
I worked with OCS to refine my resume and learn how to tailor it to each job I applied for. I realized that there were common threads between what seemed like loosely related activities I had done prior to Wagner, and with OCS’ advice, I was able to weave them into a cohesive story.