Transitioning from College to Career: Never Too Early for Great Advice

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Sheila Lynch joined the Wasserman Center in 2009 and is currently serving as an Assistant Director. A longtime member of the campus community, Sheila received her B.A. in Psychology from NYU’s College of Arts and Science and is currently pursuing her M.A. in NYU Steinhardt’s Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness program.

It’s the one thing that unites all students–regardless of major, degree, year or experience. One day, the textbooks will close, and you will be thrust into the “real world.” Some of you may already be mentally preparing for what this will look like:

-commuting to the office during rush hour
-in the field 9am-6pm, 5 days a week
-goodbye long summer breaks…

Others may be rubbing their temples and considering the validity of a third consecutive master’s degree because being a student forever might be fun…! (If this is you, come see a Career Coach).

Regardless of where you are in your NYU career, at some point it will be your time to transition from university life to full-time work. At the Wasserman Center, it is our goal to make this transition as smooth as possible by teaching you the skills, tools, and strategies for successful job searching and long-term career development.

But we also recognize that it isn’t just about finding your first job out of school. There are many other facets to consider:

-negotiating salary and benefits
-making a good impression on the job
-maintaining a networking and building a brand
-navigating “office politics”
-setting professional goals
-finding a mentor
-developing a leadership style
To help address these topics (and more), the Wasserman Center is hosting its annual College to Career Boot Camp on Friday, Nov.13th from 9:30am-4:30pm in Palladium. We’re bringing in leaders from a variety of industries to share their insights and help you develop the skills you need to hit the ground running. This one-day conference is open to students of all levels. APPLY to NYU CareerNet Job ID 99169 by midnight on Tuesday, October 13th. 
Leading up to the event, we’ll be featuring quick tips from your very own Wasserman Career Coaches, as they share their experience with transitioning from college to career through this blog. Here’s a sneak peek:

Best advice I got…
-It takes years to build a brand, and seconds to destroy it.
-Take on those special projects/extra work. [They’re a] great way to meet people and get exposure to new things/skills.
-Before you start a job, reach out to your manager and ask how you can best prepare (what you can read up on, etc). Not only will this help you prepare to enter a new industry, but your boss will be impressed with you from the start.

I wish I had known…
-I wish I hadn’t “played it so safe” with my job search. I would have applied to more “reach” jobs.
-You have to work to create community after college. There’s no dining hall or club meeting where you know you will see people on a consistent basis.
-[I wish I had known] how important networking would be, especially as it pertains to applying to graduate school. Sometimes we think networking is only relevant in the job search context, but it was extremely useful for me to understand its value in other areas.

We’ll be providing more “best advice” as College to Career Boot Camp approaches. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to send in your application to attend the conference in person. Remember, the deadline is tomorrow at 11:59 PM!