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.
I have attended Alumni/Student networking events, where I have made effective contacts which have already begun to guide me in interesting directions—not to mention making friends.
I think there are two important points about academics to concentrate on: use class assignments to help you do more at your organization (or one you want to go to) and really take classes that you see helping you down the road.
During the Spring of my first year at Wagner, I began having advising sessions with OCS staff, and as a result, have been engaging in comprehensive assignments to make me thoughtful and proactive about building the career path of my choice. I am so grateful to OCS. They have been especially helpful this year as I narrow my focus, prepare for and succeed during interviews, and accept or decline offers.
I have used class assignments to find out more about issues on several occasions. I wrote a paper on small business assistance that prompted a research center to apply for a grant to study the same issue -- they received the grant, and I ended up with a full-time, summer research position and the opportunity to co-author the study.
My goals have become more clear and tangible. I have done a lot of self discovery of my talents and limitations.
Reading daily, weekly, monthly publications/ newspapers/ journals is extremely important in my field. I have to stay current on what are the important topics that are affecting the mental health research field in order to inform my own research.
Because of my interest in NYC issues, I read the Gotham Gazette almost every day. It provides a good summary of city issues and politics. It has led to useful academic sources of information and has also proved useful in interviews.
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.
With OCS’s help, I have been able to direct my studies, internships, and extracurricular activities in ways that allow me to explore different career options and build my network of professional contacts.
Wagner’s location provides unrivaled access to organizations and individuals in the field. While I served as co-chair of the Nonprofit Network, we were able to tap into this community to organize events and provide Wagner students with a forum to meet leaders, create networks, and share ideas about the direction nonprofits are taking, nationally and internationally.