Mamta Prakash

EMPA-Public Service Leaders - 2015

Fiscal Management Associates
Mamta Prakash

Why did you choose Wagner for graduate school?

It felt right from the moment I walked in to the info session - from Wagner's dedication to public service to the collegial vibes. My three main reasons for choosing Wagner were its dedicated and brilliant faculty, the flexibility to design my own list of courses from across NYU with few restrictions, and evening courses that enabled me to work full-time.

How did you find your first post-Wagner job?

I have recently started as a Consultant at Fiscal Management Associates (FMA). I attended a Finance career panel (organized by Wagner’s Office of Career Services) where FMA was presenting and set up a follow-up meeting with the alumna panelist. Although that did not translate into an instant job - I am there now. Career Services was great at helping and directing me through thinking about resume and cover letter updates, how to dress for an interview, and what questions to expect.

How did your Wagner experience prepare you professionally for what you are doing today?

Wagner helped me think and grow intellectually in ways beyond nonprofit management. I learned what good leadership looks like, how to negotiate effectively and think strategically and collaboratively, and gained an understanding of my own leadership qualities.