Wagner Career Services and International Student Society speak on the future of work

On February 3, 2023, the NYU Wagner Office of Career Services (OCS) partnered with the Wagner International Student Society (WISS) to host a networking lunch and workshop for Wagner students. Students from across NYU Wagner’s diverse degree programs gathered at the Puck Building to learn more about networking best practices and how to take advantage of the resources at Wagner and OCS. Students also had the opportunity to practice their newly acquired skills with their peers in an informal networking setting.

Current Wagner students were joined by Wagner Alumna Simran Parikh (MPA 2020), a Senior Consultant for the State & Local Government Sector at Guidehouse, a leading public sector consulting firm. Simran offered her unique insights into public sector consulting and how students can leverage their network to pursue their career goals. Simran highlighted the Wagner community, including her classmates and faculty, as a key part of getting her through her job search as a Wagner student, pointing out that networking begins in the classroom with peers and faculty.

Students also gained valuable insights from faculty across degree programs at NYU Wagner. Professor Judy Pryor-Ramirez, Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Service and Director of the Executive Master of Public Administration Program, encouraged students to make the most of both formal and informal networks as they learn about the public service field. Professor Scott Taitel, Clinical Professor of Public Service and Director of the Social Impact, Innovation, and Investment specialization, highlighted that maintaining a network of connections can be especially useful when making career transitions and pivots. Professor Carla Sampson, Clinical Associate Professor of Healthcare Management and Public Service and Director of Health Policy and Management Program and the online Master of Health Administration Program, shared that networking has been pivotal in her own career trajectory. Networking is a valuable skill that students will utilize throughout their academic and professional journeys. To continue refining their networking skills, NYU Wagner students and alumni can refer to the career resources available at OCS, such as the networking and interviewing guide, one-on-one advising appointments, and career events throughout the year.