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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.