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I have been volunteering to do taxes for low-income people for a few years, before I developed an interest in finance. That work helped demonstrate my ability to work with numbers. The Earned Income Tax Credit is popular right now, and I have applied for some advocacy positions or city positions dealing with tax policy, so the volunteer work has been helpful.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OCS has been a tremendous help to me in terms of helping me edit my resume, proof read a cover letter, or be a sounding board at times when I have been unsure about my path. I eventually want to work in hospital administration or in healthcare consulting. By showing me how to market myself to an employer, Sharon's guidance provided me with the know-how to create a cover letter that got me the interview for my current job as a Project Manager in the Revenue Management division of a hospital corporation despite the fact that I DO NOT have a financial background and have never worked in a hospital.