In Case You Missed It: Real Talk: Finance, Accounting & Consulting Panel

By: Sumaita Mahmood 

Hi everyone! My name is Sumaita, and I am a Wasserman Career Ambassador in my second year studying Global Public Health and Chemistry. Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a panel called Real Talk: Finance, Accounting and Consulting Panel. As someone who is as far away from those three fields as could be, I was fascinated by how much I learned from the experiences of the wonderful speakers we had and how much of what they said could apply to my own life. 

Here is a list of the companies that came out to speak as well as the names of the speakers: 

  1. Esther Jacobs and Jerica Newby, BKD
  2. Raegim P Walker, London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG)
  3. Ashley Lu, Northwestern Mutual
  4. Joseph Destin and Sabrina Slade from SEO
  5. Maria Paris from UBS

We started off by hearing from the panelists on how they identify, which has played a big role in the way they have made decisions in their current careers. While they varied in their background, paths and chosen fields, they shared one piece of advice in common. Each panelist emphasized how they could have never predicted how their careers had turned out when they were first starting. Here are something things that I Iearned from these wonderful speakers that I think can apply to all fields: 

  1. Your path may be unpredictable, but embracing and accepting change is the best thing to do. 

According to the speakers, there are aspects to each of their careers that were unexpected, but they do not regret it. The key point is that it is important to keep an open mind as current college students. You never know what will happen and your interests and path can always change. The key is to be open to that change and embrace it (with help from resources from Wasserman). 

  1. Don’t let an unfamiliar work culture intimidate you, especially when your backgrounds aren’t represented. 

All the panelists admitted to not seeing people like them when looking at their careers. From Northwestern Mutual, the speaker discussed how the financial technology environment can be a difficult one to enter, especially as a minority and as a woman. Her advice was to really gain a good understanding of the atmosphere because there are different cultures within organizations themselves in addition to fields. The style of work can be completely different. For instance, the work environment of banking is quite different to the world of management consulting. Her advice can be applied to any job or career that a future student sets their eyes on. 

  1. Use your personal identity and experiences to contribute to your choices and contributions, and shape your career.

As the speaker from UBS said, using one’s identity and background can also help to break down monocultures that can exist in the workplace and fields. By bringing fresh ideas and fresh experiences, your work is automatically valuable for its potential to lead to more innovation. From her experience looking at employers, she advises to find those companies that resonate with you at your core and look at their demographics to see if this is a company that you can see yourself working for. 

  1. Opportunities are much more forgiving at this age, so make the most of them!

Pursuing a wide range of opportunities during college is a great way to gain a variety of experience and look for where your interests match best with the opportunities you have. Any experience can be a good experience because you can always make something out of it and gain experience. Through mentorship, professionals can also help students currently interested build on their skills and advance the field even more, so that they don’t start from square one. 

By attending panels like this one, you can gain a deeper understanding of what building one’s career takes. While this panel was especially helpful for someone in finance, consulting or accounting, I found it incredibly valuable in the advice I received from these professionals on how to approach the future and how I go about my own career search and career building. For anyone interested in getting great advice, Real Talk panels are a must-attend event! 

These companies and industries want to hire you!

Hiring for a variety of job and internship opportunities continues to readily increase on Handshake. In our August 2020 data, we saw top postings related to the industries of nonprofits, internet & software, and CPG – Consumer Packaged Goods, among others. Additionally, the top job functionalities for postings were Engineering – Web/Software, Finance, and Consulting.

The top employers who posted to NYU on Handshake in August included Procter & Gamble (P&G), IBM, and the Department of Energy – Office of Environmental Management, along with other organizations. Some of the additional top employers in August were also among the top for September, including BASIS Charter Schools, IBM, and Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Furthermore, in August, there were 2,200 full-time jobs, 1,206 internships, and 203 part-time jobs approved. Whereas, in September, there were 2,887 full-time jobs, 1,751, internships, and 196 part-time jobs approved, indicating a majority of increases for postings overall. 

Top Employers Seeking NYU Students

Below, you can find the ten employers who posted the most opportunities with NYU on Handshake in September 2020.

The roles that these employers posted ranged in functionality, including the likes of supply chain managers, sales account executives, WordPress developers, and strategy consultants. When compared with our previous reports, the employer with the top postings this past month increased their postings from 85 in August 2020 to 129 in September 2020. Furthermore, some employers who didn’t post in the previous month landed among the top employers with postings in September 2020, including Black & Veatch, National Grid, Arup, Coalition Technologies, and Verizon. 

  1. BASIS Charter Schools 
  2. Nashua School District
  3. Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
  4. Black & Veatch
  5. IBM
  6. National Grid
  7. Procter & Gamble (P&G)
  8. Arup 
  9. Coalition Technologies
  10. Verizon
Horizontal Bar Graph showing the September 2020 postings in totals by top 10 companies: BASIS Charter Schools - 129; Nashua School District - 100; Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education - 81; Black & Veatch - 70; IBM - 44; National Grid - 41; Procter & Gamble (P&G) - 40; Arup - 36; Coalition Technologies - 28; and Verizon - 26.
Horizontal Bar Graph showing the September 2020 postings in totals by top 10 companies: BASIS Charter Schools – 129; Nashua School District – 100; Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education – 81; Black & Veatch – 70; IBM – 44; National Grid – 41; Procter & Gamble (P&G) – 40; Arup – 36; Coalition Technologies – 28; and Verizon – 26.

Top Job Functions Available to NYU Students

Below, you can find the top ten job functions requested by employers via Handshake job postings in September 2020. Job function refers to the type of work that you would be doing at the organization via the particular role. When searching for opportunities on Handshake, you can filter the postings by job function to best align your search with the type of work you’re interested in. Please note that one job posting can have multiple job functions. 

In comparison to August 2020, there was an increase in postings throughout September 2020 for all top ten job functions, including data & analytics, education/teaching/training, and finance, among more. Similarly to August, much of this aligns with the recruitment timelines for these respective industries, primarily finance, consulting, and technology.  

  1. Data & Analytics
  2. Engineering – Web / Software
  3. Engineering – Civil / Mechanical / Other
  4. Education / Teaching / Training
  5. Finance
  6. Information Technology
  7. Sales
  8. Research
  9. Consulting
  10. Administration 
Horizontal Bar Chart showing the September 2020 postings in totals by top 10 job functions: Data & Analytics - 916; Engineering - Web / Software - 893; Engineering - Civil / Mechanical / Other - 802; Education / Teaching / Training - 755; Finance - 719; Information Technology - 606; Sales	- 557; Research - 555; Consulting - 545; and Administration - 455.
Horizontal Bar Chart showing the September 2020 postings in totals by top 10 job functions: Data & Analytics – 916; Engineering – Web / Software – 893; Engineering – Civil / Mechanical / Other – 802; Education / Teaching / Training – 755; Finance – 719; Information Technology – 606; Sales – 557; Research – 555; Consulting – 545; and Administration – 455.

Top Industries Hiring NYU Students

The following indicates the top ten industries with the most job and internship postings on Handshake in September 2020. This refers to the field/industry that the overall company fits into. On Handshake, you can also utilize filters to narrow down your job and internship search to working in specific industries. 

In comparison to August 2020, we saw an increase in September 2020 postings for nearly all of the top ten industries, including the likes of internet & software, manufacturing, and nonprofits, in conjunction with other industries.

  1. Internet & Software
  2. K-12 Education 
  3. Non-Profit – Other
  4. Investment / Portfolio Management
  5. Healthcare
  6. Research
  7. Electronic & Computer Hardware
  8. Manufacturing – Other
  9. Management Consulting
  10. CPG – Consumer Packaged Goods
Horizontal Bar Graph showing the September 2020 postings in totals by top 10 industries: Internet & Software - 397; K-12 Education - 386; Non-Profit - Other - 275; Investment / Portfolio Management - 228; Healthcare	- 211; Research - 175; Electronic & Computer Hardware - 143; Manufacturing - Other - 141; Management Consulting - 128; CPG - Consumer Packaged Goods - 125.
Horizontal Bar Graph showing the September 2020 postings in totals by top 10 industries: Internet & Software – 397; K-12 Education – 386; Non-Profit – Other – 275; Investment / Portfolio Management – 228; Healthcare – 211; Research – 175; Electronic & Computer Hardware – 143; Manufacturing – Other – 141; Management Consulting – 128; CPG – Consumer Packaged Goods – 125.

Moving forward, you can utilize this information to narrow your job and internship search for the most prevalent opportunities currently available on Handshake. We hope this helps you to explore companies, job functions, and industries that you may not have otherwise not considered.

Schedule a virtual career coaching appointment via Handshake for tips on navigating your job search process and see how other students have utilized Handshake to navigate their campus to career journey.

A Day in the Life of an Urban Planner

By Stephane Pierre, NYC Department of City Planning Transportation Division

I grew up in suburban Long Island, where I had very limited interactions with New York City. As I took more trips into the city to visit and spend time with my family, my urge to live in an urban environment grew. This led me to choose a college within a city, and in 2012, I enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh to pursue my bachelor’s degree. 

In 2015, as an undergraduate, I participated in grassroots work with Environment America on air quality issues pertaining to the City of Pittsburgh, which included mobilizing constituents through canvassing. While talking with residents, I realized many communities were facing immediate and tangible challenges that were not being addressed. From numerous conversations, I discovered that many residents did not know how to effectively elevate their concerns to the right people. Although I knew I wanted to help the world with its present and future environmental challenges, I also wanted to help address everyday community needs. Following these experiences, I still was unaware of the most effective career that would allow me to gain community perspective and influence policy change. Eventually, through various job searches, I learned about the urban planning field.

I was fascinated by the prospect of this career and how it could help not only communities within the United States, but also developing communities abroad. I became more interested when I realized that I could combine my nonprofit advocacy and environmental work experience with planning and public service. As I was gaining more experience in nonprofit work, I was also learning more about my family’s nonprofit in Haiti. Their non-profit, Organisation Pour Le Développement Integral Du Dondon, seeks to stimulate sustainable economic development in the town of Dondon, Haiti, through its cultural resources and heritage. My interest in planning was reinforced by my belief that my educational background would help me support my family’s hometown, by creating a more sustainable and viable economy.      

My first experience working for the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) was in the Summer of 2019 as an intern in the Environmental Assessment and Review Division. Through this internship, I learned about the City’s process for reviewing the environmental impact of proposed land use changes, known as the City Environmental Quality Review, or “CEQR.” More specifically, I learned about how to review transportation studies in accordance with CEQR. Currently, I am a planner in the Transportation Division, working on federally required short-term and long-term planning studies, and data analysis that supports DCP’s neighborhood studies and transportation studies. The work I do helps to inform communities and elected officials about the prospective benefits and impacts of land use actions and proposals on the transportation network.

One of the most important lessons I have learned through pursuing my career interests is the importance of networking for the purpose of information exchange. Understanding how people advance in their careers, and learning about the personal experiences, challenges, and successes of others has significantly helped guide my educational and occupational decision-making. In addition, informing people about my own personal interests helped naturally grow my contact list and allowed me to develop substantive relationships based on shared interests. It may be hard to obtain your dream internship and/or attend high-profile job fairs, but it is easy to have conversations to learn and to promote yourself. 

Working at DCP continues to be a great experience for me, as it fosters my learning and career growth. DCP provides its staff with the opportunity to understand the different disciplines within the planning profession, and how they work together. This ranges from internal trainings in land use regulation and zoning, to how data analytics can help us see and understand the city  around us. Being a planner at DCP has reinvigorated my passions for civic engagement and has given me a holistic understanding of New York City’s planning process, including getting to know the many different stakeholders that are involved in making land use decisions. I am most thankful to my colleagues and supervisors for making my experiences here meaningful and beneficial. I know that these experiences will allow me to become an effective and influential planner. 

Stephane Pierre is a planner in the Transportation Division at the New York City Department of City Planning. Stephane holds a degree in Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Urban Planning at Hunter College.

To learn more about the New York City Department of City Planning, visit

Job Searching in the time of Coronavirus

The NYU Wasserman Center is open and available to support you in your job or internship search during this uncertain time. Find a list of helpful articles and resources below, and check back often as new content will be added weekly. Schedule a virtual career coaching appointment on Handshake today!

What are some tips for job searching during this time?

What companies are still hiring?

Where do I find remote jobs, internships or opportunities?

Where can I find the Your Career and Covid-19 Zoom Webinar Recordings?

Where can I find more Wasserman and NYU Resources?

Relevant Wasserman Blog Posts:

Weekly Update: Ten Companies Hiring Right Now

Every week we will update this post with a list of ten companies who are hiring right now. The job board link and industry are included. Below is a comprehensive list of current websites who are posting remote opportunities on a regular basis as well.

Week of 10/26/2020 Job Opening Highlights

NonProfit – Other
Nonprofit – Other
Biotech & Life Sciences
Internet & Software
Biotech & Life Sciences
Journalism, Media & Publishing
Transportation & Logistics

Job Search Websites for Remote/Virtual Jobs

Learning from the past, planning for the future: Wisdom from NYU Alumni

My NYU Story

Hear from NYU alumni as they speak honestly about the transitions to college and eventually to career. The My NYU Story series showcases recent alumni who represent diverse experiences in a set of candid conversations conducted by current students. Watch webinar recordings below:

My NYU Story: July 23rd
Featured Alum: Gerianne Pérez, Actress/Vocalist (Tisch ’13 Theatre)
Student Interviewer: Clarissa Vickerie (Tisch ’21 Drama)

My NYU Story: July 30th
Featured Alum: Carolynn Choi, University Technical Recruiter at Square (Steinhardt ’16)
Student Interviewer: Armaan Ahmed (Gallatin, Class of 2022)

My NYU Story: August 6th
Featured Alum: Robert Jackson Actor, Public Speaker, Educational Strategist, and Producer (Tisch/Steinhardt, Class of 2016)
Student Interviewer: Ymani Bartholomew (Stern, Class of 2021)

My NYU Story: August 20th
Featured Alum: Michael DeLuca, 2020 Schwarzman Scholar (CAS/CGPH, Class of 2017)
Student Interviewer: Olivia Zhong (CAS, Class of 2021)

My NYU Story: September 3
Featured Alum: Imogene Fordyce (CAS, Class of 2020)
Student Interviewer: Eric Carrera (Tisch, Class of 2022)

My NYU Story: September 23
Featured Alum: Ben Rock, Tech Analyst at Accenture (CAS, Class of 2019)

All in a Day’s Work Podcast

The new All in a Day’s Work podcast features members of the NYU community, including many NYU alumni, doing interesting work, and navigating the professional world. We are excited to share their stories with you. Episodes added monthly for your listening pleasure. Listen now on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Anchor!

Violet Network

NYU has launched an online platform called Violet Network to facilitate knowledge sharing, networking, and mentorship. Violet Network will make it easy for NYU students and alumni to seek and share advice about their professional development . We encourage you to activate your account today and start exploring the community.

Advice on Job Searching in a Recession from ’08 & ’09 Graduates

In efforts to support our graduating students, we have asked several NYU ’08 and ’09 graduates to share their insights on resilience in the job search and advice for applying to jobs during an uncertain economy. Read up on some of these insights below.

Bart Rosenthal, Stern ’08, BS in Finance and International Business,
& Stern MBA ’17, Project Marketing Manager, Video at Facebook.

  1. How did you approach searching for a job during the 2008/2009 recession? How did you stay resilient and motivated?
    It’s a marathon not a sprint, so making sure you stay in a routine is incredibly important. Focus on applying to jobs, organizing coffee chats with recent alums and conducting career research from Monday through Friday. Give yourself a break on the weekends to make sure you recharge. One thing I didn’t take advantage enough of as an undergrad was the NYU Network. Get on LinkedIn and find alums from NYU who are working in fields you’re interested in. It’s always helpful to meet over 30 minute virtual “coffee chats” so you can hear from alums to get the inside scoop on a particular industry, company or role to help you prepare.
  2. Tell us about the biggest challenge that you faced during this time and how you overcame it.
    The biggest challenge was having that awkward feeling like you’re the last person to be picked for a team at a kickball match. I originally had a full-time offer secured from the previous summer internship with Bear Stearns, which fell a month before graduation. It felt like there were no good jobs left. The biggest challenge was muting that victim mentality, and instead replacing it with a protagonist mindset. Preventing the fall of the bank was not in my control, but what do I have control over today to help that could help with my job search. The Covid-19 situation is beyond any one person to solve (as was the financial crisis in 2008/2009). What is in your control are the steps you can take to apply to the right role and make the right connections for future opportunities.
  3. What is your biggest piece of advice for students who are job searching today in an uncertain time and economy? Were there any skills that you found to be particularly helpful?
    This can be an overwhelming and scary period. You’ve been in school your whole life and now that you’re ready for a job the economy tanks. My biggest piece of advice is conceptualizing that you will be working for the rest of your life. Don’t sweat a few months of delays in finding your first gig. You will find a job, make sure you’re also finding the right job for you at this stage rather than solely finding a job. Even if it’s not your “dream job” out of college, does it get you on the path of where you see yourself going career-wise?

Jake Arky, TSOA ’08, BFA in Dramatic Writing

  1. How did you approach searching for a job during the 2008/2009 recession? How did you stay resilient and motivated?
    In 2008, I was working for a theatre company, which is all I ever wanted to do. When I lost that job in 2009, I had to pivot to stay financially afloat. I answered Craigslists ads. Took odd jobs where I could. Eventually, I went out on my own, founding a literary arts and performance non-profit, So Say We All, with a fellow NYU grad. It not only kept my sanity, but was the standout item on my resume when the economy bounced back and employers were looking to hire again.
  1. Tell us about the biggest challenge that you faced during this time and how you overcame it.
    Not knowing how I was going to pay my bills–fresh out of college, I needed to pay rent for the first time, buy my own groceries, and my student loan repayments were about to kick in, so I was a bit panicked. I persevered by keeping a personal routine as best as I could: exercise, being creative in some way, getting outside, and taking the time to relax and recharge between job hunting sprints. Also, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the incredibly cheap happy hour at TGIF Friday’s didn’t help out, too.
  1. What is your biggest piece of advice for students who are job searching today in an uncertain time and economy? Were there any skills that you found to be particularly helpful?
    Never underestimate the power of putting yourself out there. Had I not pushed for what I wanted, knowing that I had to crawl in recession mud before taking bigger, cleaner strides in my career, I think I would have just moved home. Keep moving. Take baby steps, if need be, just make sure they are pointed forward. Don’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t come easily or right away. Always let your community know who you are because then they won’t forget you when it comes time to find the right person for the job.

Pooja Kumar,  Stern ’08, BS in Accounting and International Business

  1. How did you approach searching for a job during the 2008/2009 recession? How did you stay resilient and motivated?
    As challenging as it was to look for a job during a recession, it also gave me a chance to just pause. Think about what you want to do that will feed your soul, who you want to work for that will enable you to thrive, and where you want to live that will help you flourish as an individual. Build somewhat of a routine to keep yourself motivated and stay connected with your peers for advice.
  1. Tell us about the biggest challenge that you faced during this time and how you overcame it.
    Rejection – and a lot of it – is mentally and emotionally draining. It’s inevitable, but process it and then let it fuel that drive inside of you to keep going.
  1. What is your biggest piece of advice for students who are job searching today in an uncertain time and economy? Were there any skills that you found to be particularly helpful?
    Remind yourself, this too shall pass. It may take more time than you planned for, but you will get where you want to be. If you want to take this time to be otherwise be productive, try and learn another language!

Did I Really Do That? — Overcoming Impostor Syndrome as A Graduate Student

By Fatim Lelenta, Wasserman Assistant Director for Graduate Student Development

As a graduate student, you are navigating multiple roles and tasks which include taking tests, writing research papers, submitting conference proposals or leading a professional organization in your field. Typically, your graduate program is a crucial time where your personal and professional identities meet. The success you achieve throughout your program can often be perceived as a direct reflection of the impact you will have in your field of choice.  With this, comes a lot of expectation to perform and meet high standards. 

What Impostor Syndrome Looks Like

Most graduate students have the talent and skills to meet those standards and are able to successfully  navigate the demands of their graduate program. You may have feelings of self-doubt or question if you can rise to current or future challenges. Oftentimes, you might ask yourself one or more of the following questions: “Am I even qualified for this opportunity?”, “Did I earn this accomplishment and recognition?”, “I’ve been successful in the past, but was that due to luck?”

This experience is defined as “impostor syndrome”, the collection of feelings of inadequacy, particularly around one’s academic or professional abilities (Corkindale, 2008 ). These feelings and thoughts are common, especially for graduate students who are in an in-between phase in their professional development. Despite having numerous accomplishments and accolades, someone experiencing impostor syndrome may attribute their success to pure luck or interpret it as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent than they are (Weir, 2013). When in reality, you’ve put in hard work, dedication and effort to reach success. As a graduate student, you  are deeply invested in your field and are excited about diving into your career after degree completion. Learning how to identify these moments can help you continue to be successful in reaching your goals. 

How Impostor Syndrome Impacts Your Career

As you prepare to enter the world of work, it is important to understand this phenomenon and it can impact your career development. As a Career Coach specializing in graduate students, I often work with students and encourage them to pursue new opportunities, develop meaningful connections and achieve their own version of success. In regards to career development, impostor syndrome may show up in the following ways: 

  • Avoiding New Challenges: You may tend to avoid seeking out new challenges or engaging in tasks outside of your comfort zone. 
  • Discounting Your Success: There is a tendency to downplay or discount your level of success, when evidence suggests otherwise.
  • Question If You Are the Right Fit for The Job: You may question if you are the right person for a job opportunity, even though your background, skills and experiences are a perfect fit.  

4 Ways to Overcome Feeling Like an Impostor 

During periods of life transitions like graduating, starting a new job, you make feel like an impostor or compare yourself to others. Here are some strategies to help you navigate those feelings: 

  • Keep Track of Your Accomplishments: Taking note of your accomplishments is more important than you may realize. Create an easy way for you to keep track of your achievements. You can use this as a reference when you are updating your resume, drafting your cover letter or preparing for an interview. I recommend creating a spreadsheet or online document where you can take note of what you did and the date.  
  • Step Outside of Your Professional Comfort Zone: It is important to engage in new challenges and opportunities so that you can diversify your skillset. Be sure to start small – this can be volunteering to lead a discussion in class or in a meeting, sharing a new resource you found interesting or taking on a leadership role in a club or committee. 
  • Seek Out Mentorship: Find a mentor who can listen, advise and guide you during your academic or professional journey.  If you currently have a mentor, this is the perfect topic to discuss with them and find support. Mentors typically have several years of experience and are able to provide you with support and guidance as you navigate your career. Additionally, they can help you identify your accomplishments and teach you how to learn from experiences. Tapping into the NYU Alumni Network on LinkedIn is a great way to build your community. 
  • Celebrate Your Success: Always remember to celebrate when you have reached a new milestone. Whether that is with a friend, family member or classmate create a space to acknowledge how far you’ve come. You can also share your updates on LinkedIn or share with us at the Wasserman Center (  – we’d love to hear from you! 

Everyone has moments of doubt, but it is important to not let it impact your actions. Take a moment to reflect on how you can apply these tips now and throughout your career development journey.  


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How to Nail Your Education Video Interview

By Jazzmine Smith

What’s new, what’s the same, how to get to the next step in your career.

Do you remember your first time preparing for an interview? It probably involved picking out the right suit, getting a haircut that was professional (but made you stand out!), and triple checking GoogleMaps to make sure you wouldn’t be late.

Now flash forward to your most recent interviews—and factor in a pandemic that has society practicing social distancing: Your interview instructions from a prospective employer are more likely to go virtual. Video interviews that involve recording your answers to questions delivered by actors or employees are now common. In the field of education, some schools now have an endearing student ask you, “Why are you interested in teaching?” You’ll record your response—and submit it to the employer.

This new approach can present an ideal opportunity; you can do it from anywhere and stage the perfect interview! But before you dive into your first appearance on the big screen, we urge you to read these five tips to turn your computer into the best interview you have ever had.

  1. Set the stage:

A home interview might have you dreaming of pajama bottoms and the cozy spot on your couch. Think carefully, though, about where you stage your interview. Choose the space in your home with the best lighting, away from noise and other distractions. This may sound like common sense, but with most video interviewing interfaces, once you start recording or connecting with others —you cannot stop! Find a space where you will face zero interruptions for at least an hour.

  1. Technology—the gift and the curse:

Test your tech before you begin your interview. The moment you begin your interview is NOT the best time to check if that weird dot on your computer is actually a camera. Record a few test videos and watch them back. Does it look clear—or pixelated? Ask your recruiter for a test run of the video conferencing software you’ll be using. Does the microphone work right? The last thing you would want is to begin your video interview and have a tech glitch throw you off of your game.

  1. Practice makes perfect:

For many, the experience of conducting an interview with…yourself is not too common. Unless you’re a Youtube influencer, watching ourselves on tape is not something we do regularly. So try it out! Record yourself answering some practice questions. You can talk about yourself, your interests, your accomplishments and goals. Watch it back and pay attention to everything. Do you trip on certain questions? Do you take long pauses? Do you use filler words? Even for a virtual interview practicing by recording yourself can increase your awareness of how others might view and perceive you. Whatever the interview medium, practice makes perfect.

  1. Be prepared:

If you’ve landed an interview, it means recruiters believe you possess some of the qualities they seek, so it is your job now to confirm their beliefs. Re-read the job description before you begin. Think about the position’s responsibilities and how your past experience lends itself to you being the right person to carry out those duties. Highlight tasks or anecdotes from your work history that mirror the duties of your desired position.

  1. Be yourself!

The recruiters who watch your video interviews are likely reviewing a massive number of interviews every day. So be sure that you bring a flare and enthusiasm that is not already reflected in your résumé. Though you want to practice, try not to come across as overly rehearsed and inauthentic. Don’t forget to have a little fun with this—after all the ball is your court.

Jazzmine Smith is a leadership recruiter at KIPP New Jersey. Connect with her on Linkedin.

Find the original article on KIPP New Jersey’s website.

Industry Insights and Connections

The Wasserman Center is in daily contact with employers, and many are focused on moving their employees to remote work and supporting them before hiring new staff. Still, they are eager to stay engaged with you as well. Below, we have shared highlights that have come directly from employers on hiring trends and how Covid-19 is making an impact. Insights will be added weekly.

Social Work Insights: For positions that require licensure, currently there are no dates scheduled for students to sit for the NY state exam (may be relevant in other states as well). At this time, some organizations – hospitals, nonprofits etc. – are willing to hire non-licensed candidates with a caveat that licensure is expected within a certain time frame from date of hire (i.e. 6 months from start date). or more sources to stay up to date on the industry, check out the National Association of Social Workers.

Creatives / Writing & Publishing Insights: Most companies are currently on a hiring freeze, however freelance work continues to be available. Organizations encourage students interested in freelancing to reach out to the number two person at an organization. Most editorial and writing opportunities are often not posted and editors will tweet if they need writers. Finding work in this industry is all about connections: reach out to people who are producing work that is interesting to you, build connections through NYU contacts, find commonalities with others, and seek mentorship. Employers are looking for students who are quick learners, communicators, relationship builders, and have strong attention to detail. Find remote opportunities in Creatives via Working Not Working, Envato Studio, Dribble, 199 Jobs, Smashing Magazine, Creative Circle, Freelance Writing Gigs, Vitamin Talent, Design Crowd, and Contena.

Global Opportunities Insights: Employers across the world are continuing to recruit and hire international candidates. Canada in particular has goals for bringing in more non-Canadian residents to be employed in full time positions for economic reasons. They have many openings for federal skilled workers (requires 1 year of FT paid work in the last 10 years). Additionally, there are opportunities to apply for permanent residency after 3 years. In the United Kingdom, the government publishes a continuously updated list of organizations licensed to sponsor employees under Tier 2 and Tier 5 visas. Australia has been focusing on its efforts to identify and attract highly talented people from across the globe as well. Check out the Government of Canada’s website, UK List of Licensed Organizations to Sponsor, and Australia’s Global Talent Program to get started. Find Remote global opportunities in Finance via Remote Global.

Media and Communications Insights: Media and communications for non-profit organizations hiring will depend on any change in funding priorities by organizations that fund their work such as the case for The Access Group. Remote creative and assistant positions are common. ByteDance (TikTok) is still hiring. For more sources to stay up to date on the industry, check out The Hollywood Reporter, PR Week, and Reuters. Find Remote opportunities in Media/Communications via Media Bistro.

Global Public Health Insights: Organizations are still hiring, but the process will be slower.  Before hiring and training new employees, organizations need to first focus on preparing for workplace changes due to covid-19 and stay-at-home orders, and support current employees in adjusting to remote work. For more sources to stay up to date on the industry, check out the NYU School of Global Public Health News, ASPPH, and NPR’s Global Health.

Web Communications/Sales Insights: Spoke to someone at Yelp, and as expected they are on a hiring freeze. Given the amount of in person and local business that are temporarily shut down, sales has slowed down dramatically. But they wanted to highlight, that things will get back to normal, and people will be hiring again and students should be building their skills, perfecting their resume and interviews, and connecting with professionals as much as possible. For more sources to stay up to date on the industry, check out Entrepreneur and IMPACT.

Entrepreneurship Insights: Hosted a career conversations panel on entrepreneurship careers. The two panelists were in the Tech industry and Pharmaceuticals/Medicine. The biggest takeaways include that there are challenges for start-ups when it comes to asking for funding due to many companies experiencing budget cuts. Entrepreneurs also usually promote their apps/services on college campuses, so you will need to be creative with you advertising. It is more critical than ever to utilize relationships (NYU Alumni/Leslie eLab) as well as use the flexibility of your academic scchedule to test out your product and try new things so that it is ready for launch after this time. Additionally, the government is providing aid and grants so be sure to take this as a resource. For more sources to stay up to date on the industry, check out The New York Times, Entrepreneur, and Forbes.

Healthcare Consulting Insights: Organizations are still hiring, but the process will be digital right now.  Some people’s projects have been put on hold as priorities shift in healthcare (ex. Cancer drug treatments may be on hold as pharmaceuticals focus on finding a COVID vaccine) and some organizations’ resources for consulting are decreasing, as they shift funding around.  Right now, a lot of healthcare consulting firms are courting researchers, distributors, and supply chain backgrounds, who bring expertise that’s needed right now in the current crisis. Panelists said their work was mostly business as usual though. For more sources to stay up to date on the industry, check out Hospital & Healthcare Management, Healthcare Business & Tech, and HFMA.

Federal Government Insights: The Partnership for Public Service had shared the following insight on how the federal government’s hiring has been impacted by COVID-19. Many programs are still hiring and students can look for language stating that positions are “telework eligible” in the job descriptions. There are still several virtual internship programs and agencies that are recruiting. Many agencies have been instructed to hire and onboard virtually. For more sources to stay up to date on the industry, check out the Virtual Student Federal Service, Office of Personnel Management, and follow along with the Partnership for Public Service.

Marketing Communications Insights: What is consistent across the marketing industry right now is the need to reassuringly reconnect with key audiences, consumers, and partners clearly and appropriately. Marketing agencies are certainly not immune to the economic impact of COVID-19, especially those with many clients in the travel and hospitality industries. Ultimately, agencies with broad and diverse client portfolios are best positioned to weather the current economic climate. Over the long term, we expect digital marketing to gain even more importance; many people who previously conducted their business in person have had to become more fluent in online platforms and tools, which will open up new audiences to advertisers going forward. The world has become more digital in response to COVID-19, and the demand for digital marketing will be greater than ever. Find marketing opportunities via The One Club.

Finance Insights: Citi has provided some insights on the current state of their hiring practices and internship programs via their recent blog, Certainty in Uncertain Times: Welcoming our Summer Interns to Citi. For more sources to stay up to date on the industry, check out CIO, Wall Street Journal, and Business Insider. Find remote opportunities in Finance via TopTal.

Education Insights: Find remote opportunities in Education via EdSurge and

STEM Insights: Many Tech employers have had to take new approaches to their regular programs and processes. To continue to share insights from world-class speakers in the industry, IBM has put together a series of sessions that allow students to learn about AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing, and more from the experts themselves. These THINK Digital session replays are available online. Find remote opportunities in STEM via Women Who Code, Stack Overflow, Remotus, Cactus Global (Science, Tech, Global Impact), Remotey, Arc Dev, RemoteML, Moonlight,, TopCoder, Key Values, and Tech StartUp Jobs.

A Day in the Life of a Programmatic Trading Manager

We’re MiQ, a programmatic media partner for marketers and agencies. We connect data from multiple sources to do interesting, exciting, business-problem-solving things for our clients. We’re experts in data science, analytics and programmatic trading, and we’re always ready to react and solve challenges quickly, to make sure our clients are always spending their media investments on the right things in the right places.

Our business keeps growing and our company keeps getting better because we keep hiring smart new people. People like… Saral Nigam, a Programmatic Trading Manager. Check out Saral’s story below to learn about how he started his career in programmatic trading.

  1. Where are you based?

I’m based in MiQ’s New York office. 

  1. What year did you graduate and what was your major in school?

I studied at the University of Maryland and  graduated in 2014 with a degree in Economics and Finance.

  1. How did you start a career in this industry?

Right before the summer of 2013, I was told by my previous employer that they didn’t have enough budget to bring me back for the summer. This was late in the school year, so I was scrambling to find an internship. I must have applied to over 15 jobs and luckily got one call back from AOL. They’d posted their internship late and I was able to land the job in the beginning of June. After working at AOL for the summer, I was able to turn that internship into a full time job the following summer. Before that summer, I had no idea this industry even existed. I always saw myself heading down the finance route.

  1. How did your first job jumpstart your current career path?

Starting my career at AOL couldn’t have been any more fun or fulfilling. The culture at AOL led to friends that I will have for a lifetime and a skillset that I will never forget. Working at a demand side platform (DSP) gave me client communication skills and a great understanding of the technicalities of the industry. I was able to really get into the weeds of how to best use a DSP, including the best ways to optimize campaigns and how to communicate what was happening to a client. Outside of that, working at AOL put me in position to understand the whole industry because they were a publisher, and also owned a supply side platform (SSP), an attribution model, and a data management platform (DMP).

  1. What motivates and keeps you going at work?

There are two parts to my job – the trading itself, and managing my trading team. 

As a manager, seeing the people in my team grow, learn and succeed is incredibly motivating. Being able to see associates come straight in from college and grow to be successful in the company is one of the most fulfilling feelings you can have as a manager. 

And for the trading itself, when you’re hitting your clients’ performance goals and you’re able to grow an account, you feel such a strong sense of accomplishment. To do this, we often have to do unique and creative things, to outperform our competitors. And it’s great to be able to help advertisers earn a higher return on ad spend, and increase revenue for MiQ at the same time. When everything is going well and clicking for an advertiser, it’s clear you’ve done well and succeeded.

  1. What are your responsibilities as a programmatic trading manager?

As a trader manager, I’m responsible for managing the Northeast Independent business portfolio. My goal is to maintain high standards of performance across all campaigns, while delivering campaign budgets profitably. I also develop processes to keep our business in a sustainable phase.

  1. Tell me about your favorite project at MiQ?

One of the biggest gaps I saw when I came into the company was the raw learning and training process for trading. Trading is an art that takes 9-12 months to really learn and start to master, and the initial two or three months need to be really structured. Within the first six months of working at MiQ, I worked with our product trainer to write a ‘guru book’ for traders to learn everything from the basics of the industry to some complicated trading topics. Several years later, about 90% of the content still holds true because of the nature of trading. Even though a lot of our process has been updated, the basic learnings and needs are still there.

  1. What advice would you give to someone looking to start a career in programmatic trading? 

The most important attribute for a trader or anyone in this industry is willingness to learn – and use what you learn in a logical manner. This entire industry is made up of weird connections, highlighted by the lumascape. If you’re able to understand how all the different parts of the industry come together, it’s easy to fall in love with what we do, while doing something great yourself. My major piece of advice would be to talk to as many people as possible. There are so many interesting people with different views in the industry.

MiQ is launching our first-ever internship opportunity this summer! If programmatic trading or client services sounds exciting to you, be sure to apply to MiQ’s Programmatic Fellowship (MPF) here:

Wasserman Global Peer Spotlight: Rosamaria Diaz

By: Rosamaria Diaz, Wasserman Global Peer, NYU London (Fall 2019)

In Fall 2019 I had the opportunity to work as a Wasserman Global Peer while studying away in NYU London. My experience as a Wasserman Global Peer allowed me to be able to help others through effective communication. Given that applying to jobs and internships can sometimes be tedious and stressful, I used the communication skills I gained from my prior office work experience to support fellow students through this process. This experience working as a Wasserman Global Peer experience allowed me to strengthen these communication skills as well as practice presentations and direct student interaction that will likely be useful in my jobs to come.

One thing I learned while working as a global peer was that many students come from a wide diversity of backgrounds. Therefore, when going through their resumes I focused on tailoring their experiences into a story that could clearly tell the ways in which they have arrived to where they stand now. It was really interesting to see the different paths and experiences that have shaped the students that are at NYU. In addition, it was helpful for me to reflect on my own experiences and the ways in which they have shaped my own path. For example, while in London I have had the opportunity a lot about a culture that used to be a world empire. My time here has had its ups and downs, similar to any other experience. Getting used to the British English, or to the different culture dynamics, was interesting to me since I had never experienced them at home and a unique challenge. Positive elements of adjusting to this culture have included experiencing life in a city that serves as cultural and financial hub that attracts a wide variety of people. Ultimately, I would recommend doing a semester abroad and using the NYU resources to experience new cultures and new cities. Especially since NYU has such a global network – you might end up living there!

Working as a Global Peer has allowed me to see the different paths and interests that individuals have. In addition, talking to students about what their plans for the future are allowed me to reflect and find my interest in going to grad school for urban development. This experience has helped me have a more clear sense of the path that I want to take after graduation and the focus that I will approach. For me, this has been a chance to see that sometimes we are not aware of the small details that might be very helpful as we approach our futures, and how far taking the extra step to prepare can go.

Wasserman Global Peer Spotlight: Lizzie DeLeone

By: Lizzie DeLeone, Wasserman Global Peer, NYU Florence (Fall 2019)

If someone told me a year ago that I would be spending my first year of college away in a foreign country, I would have thought they were insane. When I found out I was to spend the whole first year abroad in Florence, Italy, I wasn’t sure how to react. I was grateful for the opportunity and excited to live in Italy, but worried about being so far from home and nervous about making friends.

We moved in on August 26th, 2019 and orientation week began. One of those days, we had the first of many immigration appointments for a special document needed to study in Italy. We met with our residence hall manager outside our dorm, and she guided us to the bus stop. As she’s explaining how the ATAF bus system works and where we get off, I struggled to picture myself able to do this alone. I come from a small town in the midwest where public transportation is almost nonexistent, so the proposition of trying to navigate it in a separate country in a different language was daunting to say the least. As we reach our stop and get off, she explains we’ll walk this route all the time and become familiar with the whole area. I was skeptical.

A few activities helped me with this life transition into a completely different culture from my own. The first was volunteering at “Le Curandaie” every week to dance with children and teens who have disabilities. This was an especially rewarding and close to home experience for me, and I would recommend it to anyone. I was able to form relationships with these kids and speak to them in their language, and I will never forget my time there.

Being a Global Peer for the Wasserman Center was also an important aspect of my time at NYU Florence. It allowed me to get to know my peers better, all while helping them with cover letter writing, resume building, and general job search inquiries. I learned how to be a leader and perform tasks given to me with confidence I didn’t have before.

These opportunities where I was able to reach out of my comfort zone and try new experiences reduced much of the stress I started with, and allowed Florence to feel like a second home.