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What I value most about my time at Wagner has been the opportunity to balance both reflection and action in managing my career. As a planner by nature and profession, I tend to gravitate in theory towards straightforward approaches: set a goal and then figure out how to accomplish it. However, I realize that in practice, I don’t even know the meaning of linear. The Composing Your Career approach gave me the opportunity to be thoughtful in my decision-making and yet still be open to new, expansive opportunities that came my way.
I usually "check-in" with myself after each semester as a way to strategically plan my future. I process what I've learned in the classroom or at an internship, and assess how what I've learned will strengthen my skills. I also evaluate what I liked/did not like about a particular job/organization and apply that to my goals for the future and as direction for pursuing other internships. This process has showed me that it is okay to be interested in many different things (i.e., management, policy, public health) and that it is possible to find a career that encompasses all of those interests. I have also realized that the field of health is much broader than I ever thought, and there are many possibilities out there to pursue.
OCS’s career panels, networking events and professional development workshops have given me exposure to ideas, people and internship opportunities I needed to build my skill-set and become a more effective policy analyst.
I thought I had a good resume until I went to OCS and they helped me make it 1000 times better. Now it is tailored to what it is exactly that I am looking form whether an internship or a job, international or domestic.
I attended a number of OCS career information sessions. They helped me learn more about different opportunities and meet alumni and other professionals in those fields. One of those information sessions led to my internship with the NYC OMB.
Knowing yourself is key. By asking difficult questions about your career goals and proactively trying to get those answers, you will get a more meaningful and enriching experience at Wagner. The Office of Career Services and the Composing Your Career framework is a natural place to start.
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.
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.