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.
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 have been in the work world for awhile, but I realize when you’re job hunting and interviewing, you can never know too much about leaving a favorable impression with a prospective employer.
The 'How to...' tools on-line are fantastic; specifically, the resume and cover letter writing guide and the interviewing and negotiating offers guide. I have used them to prepare my resume and cover letters, paying close attention to the job description and how to adjust my resume to fit what the employer is seeking. I have forwarded them to friends outside of Wagner and they have found them very useful as well.
Before entering Wagner, I spent hours on the course website, identifying any course I found remotely interesting, reading course syllabi and mapping out a sequence.
Use OCS Walk-In Hours to their fullest. I have had my resume revised and revised and revised – they’re great at helping you hone your message.
Wagner alums are everywhere! I feel like I run into them constantly, especially in my current job. I found my job last year through a current student, my supervisor now is an alum, and I plan to talk to other alums before seeking future internships.
I use academic assignments to explore areas of professional interest. While researching a paper for my Intro to Policy course, I made contact with several international organizations. Each conversation provided new insight into my field of interest, and a couple of contacts encouraged me to stay in touch. Taking this approach grounds my experience in current practice and provides great opportunities to refine my career path and build important contacts in the field.
During the Intro to Policy class we were given an assignment to draft a strategy memo for a policy advocacy campaign. The assignment was given with considerable flexibility, in particular, with regards to the selection of the policy issue. I fell upon a topic within the issue of juvenile justice that really caught my attention. I immersed myself in the project and felt that I had found an issue that I wanted to explore further. This assignment prompted me to attend a career panel on working within the justice system, which then led me to get a summer internship with the Vera Institute of Justice.
We should all be very conscious that we are building new networks right now. Active involvement with student groups and activities or engaged discussions with peers outside of the classroom is personally just as important to me, if not more, than my classes.
“I made a two year plan with every class I would take until graduation. I stuck to the first year without any changes so that I would do all of the core courses and prerequisites first. The second year I left open to change and actually changed it a little based on what I had heard from other students and which professors I particularly liked, and issues that I had taken more interest in.