Industry Insights: Management and Human Capital Consulting

 

Cholda Techamani is a Master of Science candidate in the HRMD Program

Four years ago, after I finished my undergraduate degree, I did not know anything about consulting. My interest in consulting came about from a rather serendipitous encounter. After struggling with the routine work of auditing for almost a year, I was introduced to consulting by a friend. She encouraged me to apply to Accenture Thailand and I was fortunate to obtain a management consulting role.

During my time as a consultant, I worked on several business process improvements and re-engineering projects to support new organizational change. It was later in my career that I developed my interests in human resource consulting. Because of my eagerness to take on new responsibilities, I had an opportunity to work on a human resource consulting project. I helped my company design an organizational structure to support a new operating model organization-wide.

Consulting work in general satisfied my thirst for learning, problem solving, and helping others achieve their end goals and endeavors in the most efficient and satisfying way. These were the things that made my long hours and demanding work worthwhile and gratifying. I believe human capital is one of the main driving forces of business success, yet many companies overlook it and instead focus on areas that can reap immediate benefits. Without teamwork from talented and motivated employees, the company will never reach its highest potential. Thus, I decided to pursue my career in human resource consulting to help companies and individuals unlock their full potential.

After hearing about the upcoming Industry Insights: Management and Human Capital Consulting event, I didn’t think twice about signing up as I am eager to explore every aspect of human resource consulting and learn more about the industry. I am also interested to hear expert advice on how to best prepare myself to be a human resource consultant and be competitive in the job market. As a Master of Science candidate in the HRMD program at NYU, I want to make the most of my program so that I will be well prepared for my desired role. An added bonus of this event is that I will be able to have meaningful discussions and network with experts from prestigious companies in the industry.

I strongly believe in lifelong learning and this is why I encourage everyone to participate in this event. It doesn’t matter if you have zero work experience in the industry, what matters most is that you give yourself a chance to explore and learn more about this rewarding and exciting career.

RSVP for the Industry Insights:  Management and Human Capital Consulting Event taking place this Friday, February 2oth.

Myths vs. Facts: The Truth About Landing a Job in STEM

Myths vs. Facts! Breaking down the common misconceptions, urban legends, and false facts around landing a job in STEM fields!

MYTH #1: There are only Engineering jobs for Computer Science majors.

Fact: Two of the fastest-growing engineering fields, industrial engineering and petroleum engineering, staff two of the largest proportions of older workers. In both, 25% of currently employed workers are 55 years or older. Industrial engineers are vital to many manufacturing firms that struggle to find the right technically oriented talent, so the aging workforce is a threat. Petroleum engineering, meanwhile, has had a noticeable undersupply of graduates coming into the marketplace in the last few years. So, among many other fields, these two fastest-growing engineering fields are looking to hire recent graduates. To help you find jobs within your major, the Wasserman Center hosts several networking opportunities with employers looking to hire students majoring in a variety of fields including Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Civil Engineering. Make sure to check NYU CareerNet for any upcoming opportunities.

MYTH #2: Engineering students can’t join professional clubs or work during school.

Fact: Engineering students study most of the time, but not ALL of the time. The number of hours recommended for study and revision in engineering is similar to any other degree: 10 hours per course. So unless you’re doing a conjoint or accelerated pathway, you would be taking four courses per semester, hence committing to a total of 40 hours of study per week, including your lecture times. So join a professional organization or club, work some exercise in, network with employers through On Campus Recruitment; but most of all, enjoy your time in college and develop some transferrable skills.

MYTH #3: There is no variety of study or concentration in Engineering.

Fact: Branches of engineering include aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, forensic, genetic, mechanical, military, nuclear, reverse, software, and structural. 

MYTH #4: There are no examples of women in Engineering who have created something cool and innovative.

Fact: The first computer program was predicted by Ada Lovelace in a paper she published in 1843. Ada suggested the plan for calculating Bernoulli numbers with a new calculating engine called the “Analytical Engine”. Between 1842 and 1843, she translated an article by Italian military engineer Luigi Menabrea on the engine, which she supplemented with an elaborate set of notes of her own, simply called Notes. These notes contain what many consider to be the first computer program—that is, an algorithm designed to be carried out by a machine. Lovelace’s notes are important in the early history of computers. If you’re interested in meeting and speaking with an all-women panel of professionals and alumnae within STEM careers, check out the upcoming Women in STEM Career Panel on March 4th, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

Learn more about the Engineering/Technology/Computer Science/Info Systems/Construction Management/Entrepreneurship industries by attending these events:

Making It In: Tech, February 17th, 12:00pm-1:30pm

IBM Watson Day at NYU School of Engineering, February 19th, 9:30am-6:00pm

Corporate Presentation: Vitech Systems Group, Inc., February 19th, 4:00pm-5:15pm

 

Employer Insight: 6 Tips Every Non-Tech Applicant Should Know

Susan Zheng is the co-founder and CEO of Lynxsy, a mobile recruitment marketplace for companies to hire junior, non-technical talent. Previously, she was an early employee at Tough Mudder where she helped the company grow from 10 to 200 in two years. She graduated from NYU Stern with a degree in Finance and International Business.

Career advice: Take chances, and don’t worry if your career doesn’t follow a formula. The most successful people in history have had non-linear careers.

“No way I’m applying to a startup! I don’t even know how to code.”

If there’s one thing November 18th’s Lynxsy sponsored “Insider Tips to Land a Startup Job” panel hammered home, it’s that this assumption is as outdated in 2014 as MySpace, Sarah Palin’s political aspirations, and meeting men/women without first swiping right on your phone. Startups need smart people, regardless of background, who can solve problems quickly, keep their cool, and think about challenges in a critical and balanced way.

Panel speakers included Co-Founder of Kinnek, Karthik Sridharan; Head of Biz Dev and Ops atTriggermail, Max Bennett; Co-Founder and CEO of Matter.io, Dylan Reid; and VP of Marketing at Bettercloud, Taylor Gould. While attendees got to learn what startup hiring managers are looking for in non-technical applicants, the rest of the world’s 6 billion people were unfortunately not able to fit into that tiny room. Luckily I’ve taken it upon myself to summarize their advice for the other 99.9999% of the planet’s population.

1) Leave your ego at the door.

Part of working at a startup is doing gruntwork! In a 6 person company, who else is going to cold-call and enter data? It’s an ultimate “the buck stops here” situation and founders want to make sure you’ll do whatever’s needed to grow out the company.

Applicants from consulting and finance backgrounds often emphasize the wrong things when transitioning to startups. It’s not as crucial that you closed a healthcare deal worth 10 billion dollars. What founders do care about is that you got assigned a project at 2 AM and finished it before 8…that you can become an expert in a random area in three days time.

Max from Triggermail attributed this willingness to get his hands dirty as the main reason for his meteoric rise in the startup community, “I didn’t care that I was doing linear algebra in college, I’ll still do cold-calling all day.”

2) Don’t be a jerk.

When a startup is in that hockey stick growth phase, jerks cause seismic quakes of BLEH in an organization. If one person doesn’t mesh, the rest of the team suffers. The last person a hiring manager wants to onboard is an overly critical, super obnoxious, culture-killer who makes others afraid to express good ideas. Dylan from Matter.io warned of hiring a specific breed of employee who doesn’t have the same commitment as the rest of the team, “People who aren’t committed force everyone else to question, ‘Why am I here working my butt off when this guy is at the Red Sox game?!’”

3) E-mail the founders!

As opposed to huge banks or tech behemoths, startups are lean. They usually don’t have set HR departments or hiring protocol, which means if you want to connect with the founders directly you can usually just e-mail info@STARTUPSNAME.com.

Even if there’s no job listed, startups can always use smart, enthusiastic people, so it never hurts to try to make your case. Do your research beforehand and see which startups just got funding. Odds are they have money to spend on hiring. However, this isn’t an invitation to send over an overly formal e-mail or blast out boiler plate “cover letters.”

Karthik from Kinnek put it quite well, “I don’t really need to see a good cover letter in a formal sense, but if you sent me a little blurb that says ‘Hey, I found you on AngelList, I’m really passionate about small businesses, nothing on my resume really communicates that but I think I’d be perfect for your company.’ I would definitely meet up with that person.”

4) Don’t worry about your title.

If you’re joining a startup to be a VP of Whatever or if you just want to add Senior to your resume you’re not going to get hired. At a company composed of 20 people there aren’t really managers or direct reports, as strict bureaucracy would just slow down innovation. You want to convey that you’re more worried about accomplishing a specific mission than updating your LinkedIn profile. Karthik, (again, the CEO of Kinnek) even changes his e-mail signature to “Customer Service Rep” when dealing with customers because he wants to make sure they’re not intimidated.

5) Be a confident communicator.

Aviod typoz at alll costs. So much of working at an early stage startup is communicating with all types of different people. Whether you’re selling the company to new clients, resolving the issues of current ones, or communicating internally with your team, it’s important that you express your ideas in a clear, professional, and articulate manner. Contrary to popular belief, your English major friends may actually have an upper hand! As Taylor from Bettercloud made evident, “Writing skills are huge. You need to effectively communicate what we’re trying to accomplish. I don’t ever want to have to edit someone for grammar or spelling.”

6) Don’t appear desperate.

Founders for the most part don’t want to feel like they’re hiring someone desperate for any job. They want to feel like out of all the companies that were hiring, the candidate was compelled to choose them. The ideal candidate makes a hiring manager feel lucky to have found that person. A way to convey this is to do your research about a company, express true passion, and ask probing questions about the business. As Dylan conveyed yesterday “There’s a lot going on behind the scenes at any company…There’s a lot in a black box that no one really knows about. If you’re not curious about what’s going on behind the scenes then from my perspective there’s something off. Are you really interested in working at MY company or are you just trying to get a job?”

As you can see, there’s a ton of different ways you can market yourself to startups! Though, before you can impress founders with your passion, intellectual curiosity, and go-getterness, you need to figure out what startups are out there and how to reach them. Let Lynxsy do the heavy lifting and make sure you get your foot in the door with the startups that matter.

Hear from more industry professionals Monday February 17th at Making It In: Tech & Wednesday March 4th at Women In STEM Career Panel

Wasserman Center Internship Grant FAQs

Still thinking of applying to the $1,000 Wasserman Center Internship Grant, but have some questions? Not to worry, see below! For any questions not covered below, please email us at wassermaninternshipgrant@nyu.edu.

Top 10 Wasserman Center Internship Grant FAQs

  1. What is the Wasserman Center Internship Grant?

  2. What is the difference between the Wasserman Center Internship Grant and the Wasserman Center Global Internship Grant?

  3. Who is eligible?

  4. Is this internship only for students interning in not-for-profit organizations?

  5. When are the deadlines?

  6. If I have already applied, can I reapply to the WCIG?

  7. How can I apply?

  8. I recently started interning and my supervisor doesn’t know me well. Should he/she fill out the supervisor form?

  9. I have more than one internship and together I reach the eligibility requirements. Can I still apply?

  10. When are decisions made and checks mailed?

Answers

  1. What is the Wasserman Center Internship Grant?

The Wasserman Center Internship Grant (WCIG) was established to provide financial assistance to students pursuing non-paying internships in the arts, education, public service, not-for-profits and within other industries that do not traditionally pay their interns. Typically, the Wasserman Center is able to offer approximately 100-120 $1,000 grants during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Applications are reviewed by the Wasserman Center Internship Grant Committee and representatives from various NYU academic departments.

  1. What is the difference between the Wasserman Center Internship Grant and the Global Internship Grant?

The Wasserman Center Global Internship Grant is for study away students only (including the Washington, DC site), while the WCIG is for all other students currently attending class on the New York campus.

  1. Who is eligible?

Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a grant in the fall or spring:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled and taking classes in degree granting programs at NYU with at least a 3.0 GPA

  • Work a minimum of 10 hours per week for 10 weeks at a non-paying internship at a not-for-profit organization or within an industry that does not traditionally pay their interns

  • Students must secure the internship prior to the application deadline

  • Note: Law, MBA, and Med school students are not eligible for the grant

Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a grant in the summer:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in degree granting programs at NYU with at least a 3.0 GPA

  • Work a minimum of 20 hours per week for 8 weeks at a non-paying internship at a not-for-profit organization or within an industry that does not traditionally pay their interns

  • Students must secure the internship prior to the application deadline

  1. Is this internship only for students interning in not-for-profit organizations?

No. The WCIG is awarded to students interning at organizations that do not traditionally pay their interns which include the arts, fashion, media and journalism, etc.

  1. When are the deadlines?

In general, the deadlines for the WCIG (NYC and Global) are as follows for each semester:

Semester

NYC

Global

Fall

Late September

Early November

Spring

Mid/Late February

Late March / Early April

Summer

Mid June

Mid June

For the specific deadline, refer to the Wasserman Job and Internship page.

  1. If I have already applied, can I reapply to the WCIG?  

If you have applied in the past, whether you did or did not receive the grant, you are able to apply as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.

  1. Where and how can I apply?

To apply:

  • Log into NYU CareerNet

  • Go to the “Jobs” tab to access the Wasserman Center Internship Grant posting – you can search for the grant in the keywords section.

  • Download the attached word documents (Application and Supervisor Form) and provide the requested information.

    • Save as separate documents (PDF) and upload them in the “documents” section of NYU CareerNet.

    • After Application, Supervisor Form, and Resume are uploaded, click “APPLY” and select these documents from the drop down menu.

    • Complete the required survey included in the job posting on CareerNet.

  1. I recently started interning and my supervisor doesn’t know me well. Should he/she fill out the supervisor form?

The supervisor form is not due until the deadline; therefore, you can wait to send in the form. If your supervisor does not feel s/he has sufficient information, it is fine for supervisors to make recommendations based off of what they have currently observed. They may also want to include some thoughts concerning the criteria used in selecting you for your internship.

  1. I have more than one internship and together I reach the eligibility requirements. Can I still apply?

Yes, you may apply as long as both internships are non-paying. You should submit  an application (make sure you list both internships and the number of hours and weeks you spend at each) and 2 Supervisor Authorization forms (one from each supervisor).

  1. When are decisions made and checks mailed?

In general, decisions are made 1 month after the deadline, and checks are mailed approximately 10 business days after decisions are made. To view dates and deadlines for the current semester, visit the Wasserman Jobs and Internships page.

Student Perspective: Networking Tips for the Engineering & Technology Career Fair

Corey is a Senior at NYU pursuing a B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

When granted only 3-5 minutes of an HR professional’s time, don’t waste it. Being intentional in your conversation with such a brief allotment of time is essential, and most people love a straight-shooter. In these nerve-wracking instances it’s extremely natural to start discussing yourself, what you’re studying, why you came here to study it, and so much more, which can become irrelevant. However, you will quickly realize that your time is up and all that you may have gotten across is that you’re another student interested in the company’s bountiful work. Recruiters already know why you’re visiting their booth to talk to them as complete strangers; you’re there for opportunities as everyone else is. Make their lives easier by:

  1. Introducing yourself genuinely and very briefly. If you make it to an interview, that means HR assuredly wants to know more about you. Accordingly, spend those first few moments directly explaining what you would hope to bring to their company with your background. As in, be well-read in the roles the recruiters are visiting for and verbally align yourself with the qualifications. Be as concise as possible.
  2. Follow up. Don’t just send a thank you email – those are boring and there are many that get ignored. Send that email at the top of the week and at the top of the morning after recruiters have had a weekend to recover from a busy week. Please remember that they are human, too! Reiterating how badly you want a position in a thank you message is not the way to go. Instead, structure your messages in creative ways to let recruiters know you’re interested in an ongoing conversation. The Wasserman Center can help you with this.
  3. If you really love the company, but don’t hear back from the same recruiter after several attempts, it’s OK! There are several other recruiters you can reach out to after doing further company research. Be mindful of not using completely generic/repetitious messages, as recruiters often work closely with one another. Additionally, your responses may be collected by a common domain for that company, so ensure you use professional etiquette at all times.
RSVP for the Spring Engineering & Technology Career Fair on Thursday February 12th here!

From Peer to Peer: Advice on Preparing for the Engineering and Technology Career Fair

by Mehak Hasmi

The Wasserman Engineering and Technology Career Fair at the Polytechnic School of Engineering is Thursday February 12th and I am eager to share a few tips and tricks to help you make the most of your experience at the fair and, of course, score an interview.

Aside from putting on you best professional business attire, the first thing to do before walking into the career fair is to research the companies attending and note those that you would like to visit. Wasserman has made checking out participating employers easy with the Career Fair + App. If you haven’t downloaded it already, I recommend doing so ASAP via the Apple App Store or the Google App Store. Knowing companies that will be attending gives you a leg up from others who just show up to the career fair nervous, simply seeking a job or internship. Now you don’t have to perform in-depth research on every company, but just enough to familiarize yourself with the companies that interest you. Topics that I have found beneficial to research in advance include the organizations culture, their competitors, and how their open positions might be a good fit for you. You can use this information as leverage to create a memorable conversation with a recruiter. This way when you apply, he/she will recall your name and the great conversation you initiated.

In my past four years at the School of Engineering, I have attended several career fairs as well as national conferences with NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) and SHPE (Society of Hispanic Engineers). If I advise one thing to students who are going to a career fair, it would be to learn how to give a firm handshake and maintain eye contact when speaking with the recruiter. It says a lot about you because your first impression is pretty much your last impression.  You can have a 4.0 GPA and speak perfect English, but aside from that, your demeanor plays an important role. Recruiters want to get to know you as a person. They want to offer internships and jobs to individuals who will be able to manage teams and work well with those from diverse backgrounds. You have to be able to prove that you can work collaboratively with others and the only way you are going to do that is by putting confidence in yourself.

For me, interviews are always a nerve-wracking experience, but after a number of interviews, I have realized that perception is reality. The way you see yourself to the employer is the way you are going to present yourself to the employer. It is important to place confidence in yourself and to remember that recruiters want you to work for them just as badly as you seek to gain access to their organization. Career fairs present unique opportunities for NYU student’s to connect with employers and to get a shot at interviewing for a summer internship or full-time job. It is not always big things to remember, but little things that are key to helping you prepare for a successful experience at a NYU career fair. I wish everyone good luck at the fair!

RSVP for the Spring Engineering & Technology Career Fair on Thursday February 12th here!

Myths vs. Facts: The Truth About Landing a Job in Hospitality

Myths vs. Facts:  Breaking down the misconceptions, urban legends, and false facts around the job search process in the hospitality industry.

MYTH #1: I have to work in a hotel to have a career in hospitality.

Fact:  While working in a hotel is one option for many students, there are other limitless alternatives.  The hospitality industry offers a variety of careers including opportunities at tourism boards, online travel companies such as Orbitz and Expedia, events and entertainment companies as well as hospitality marketing and consulting agencies.

MYTH #2:  All hospitality careers are in food and beverage service.

Fact:  There are actually many sides to hospitality: corporate positions, which include business development, brand strategy, and revenue management for the organization, and front-line positions that consist of event management, guest relations, and operations management.  The great benefit of working in the hospitality industry is that there are numerous dynamic and specialized career paths to explore.

MYTH #3: I can use the same resume and cover letter for each hospitality position.

Fact:  Students need to tailor each resume and cover letter to reflect the position and organization they are applying for. Submitting a focused cover letter and resume highlighting company specific trends, hospitality coursework and projects, as well as your passion for the career path is key to setting yourself apart and grabbing the eye of an industry recruiter.  Schedule a coaching appointment to have your resume and cover letter reviewed by a Wasserman Center Career Coach.

MYTH #4:  Only students with hospitality experience will land positions.

Fact:  While internships are very important in the hospitality industry, employers are also looking for transferable skills from previous professional and academic experiences. Students with experience in another industry should highlight skills specific to hospitality on their resume and in their cover letter.  For example, skills including customer service, project management, sales, teamwork, and budgeting are important in most hospitality positions but can be gained in other fields. Your goal is to show an employer that you understand the needs of the industry and necessary skills to be successful.

MYTH #5:  Students don’t have to network in the hospitality industry.

Fact:  Approximately 75% of students find positions through networking with alumni, professors, friends, and previous colleagues.  Building relationships is vital to gaining contacts that provide opportunities within the hospitality industry.  During your job search you should set a goal to grow and develop your professional network by identifying individuals that you know and who are within your reach.  Students should also take advantage of the NYU Professional Mentor Network and industry events available through the Wasserman Center.  In addition, professional associations such as Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) are great resources to learn about industry trends and networking events.

Learn more about the hospitality industry by attending these Wasserman Center events:

Building a Career in Events, Entertainment, & Travel, February 12th 4:00-5:30p.m.

NYU Hospitality & Tourism Industry Expo, February 23rd 4:00-6:00p.m.

NYU Wasserman Center Internship Grant: Tips + Info from a Student Winner

Best part of winning the WCIG: The Wasserman Center Internship Grant allowed me to reduce financial stress in regards to bills and continuous rent payments. Without this internship grant, I would have otherwise sought monetary support from relatives`, whom have adversities and hardships of their own.

 Most challenging or rewarding part of your internship: The most rewarding part of my internship was the fact that it provided a public service to a generally underserved population. Not just underserved, but underrepresented. NDWA strives to provide resources to domestic workers and in-home care providers. These workers tend to be older and at times immigrants to the U.S. Jobs such as these are usually most readily available for them upon their arrival, yet NDWA realizes that while this may be the case, the majority of these employers are potentially violating basic human and labor rights. The rewarding part of working with NDWA has been the capacity to be able to have interacted with this population that only strives to obtain the simplest of information in seeking to improve their lives.

 Good advice for others applying for the WCIG: Take on an internship that you potentially see yourself in, or have always had a desire to pursue. By doing this, you can learn whether you are “in it till the end” or if it is not ultimately the right fit. Despite determining this, always strive to leave a good impression of yourself, even if it is not your passion. You are there to assist the colleagues you have learned to work with. These colleagues and the relationships built can assist you in networking, and potentially help and guide you in reaching your own goals.

 Non-paying internship survival 101 tip: Try not to think about the non-payment portion. While this can be hard, focusing in on it and having had received this grant, I have learned it makes the experience counter-productive. Through my undergraduate and graduate career, I’ve always accepted the notion that this is for now, and I am working towards having a paying job in the future. A positive attitude is key to appreciating what you are learning, and being able to successfully apply it in your future job.

Are you interning this semester? Whether or not you are getting paid, take Rosa’s advice on using your internship as an opportunity to learn more about your career interests. If your internship is non-paying, and at a not-for-profit organization or within an industry that does not typically pay interns (arts, entertainment, media, education), apply now for the Wasserman Center Internship Grant. Apply by February 24th at 11:59pm: NYU CareerNet Job ID #953347 or contact wassermaninternshipgrant@nyu.edu with questions.

Rosa Valdes is a second year graduate student at the Wagner School of Public Service, pursuing a degree in Public Administration. This past fall, Rosa interned at the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Outside of her internship, Rosa continues her schoolwork and provides freelance volunteer hours to the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in Los Angeles, CA. The Bilingual Foundation of the Arts requires continuous assistance in their development in an ever-changing sector, in which innovations are sought to exhibit interest in the arts.

Myths vs. Facts! The Truth About Landing a Job in Government

 

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Myths vs. Facts! Breaking down the common misconceptions, urban legends and false facts around landing a job in Government.

MYTH #1: The Political Science Major Myth

Fact: There are many federal careers that match a variety of majors. Federal agencies do not just need Political Science majors! In fact, some of the highest need areas are public health and medicine, engineering, the sciences, business, accounting, and information technology. Graduate degrees in government and public policy almost always lead to political careers, but since the industry is so diverse, there is no type of background that wouldn’t translate into an appropriate government job. Engineers can work for NASA, language majors can work for the CIA, and, surprisingly, bio majors can end up in the Senate.

MYTH #2: The “Washington” Myth

Fact: Jobs are not just located in Washington D.C. In fact, 84% of federal jobs are OUTSIDE of the D.C. metro region, with 50,000 jobs abroad!

 MYTH #3: The “Low Pay” Myth

Fact: Entry-level salaries are competitive with many industries. Plus, Federal employees advance quickly with the possibility of increasing their salary by 150 percent in just 2-3 years. Job security, work/life balance, leave, holidays and flexible work arrangements, and additional financial benefits, such as assistance with loan repayment are a plus as well.

 The General Schedule (GS) is the main pay scale for federal employees, especially those in professional, technical, administrative or clerical positions. The system consists of 15 grades, from GS-1 to GS-15. There are also 10 steps within each grade. The grade level assigned to a position determines the pay level for that job.

 MYTH #4: I can only work with the FBI or the CIA

Fact: There are federal jobs suited to various interests and skills, from art history to zoology. Government is also a great place to combine your skills with your interests. For example, you could use your mathematics background and your interest in the environment by working as an Accountant at the Environmental Protection Agency, your engineering degree to improve airport security, or your biology degree and interest in medicine to conduct medical research at the National Institute of Health. You can see a list of the best places to work in the federal government.

MYTH #5: The “Long and Complicated Resume” Myth

Fact: The official instructions for “What to Include in your Federal Resume” state that you should include recent and relevant positions for the job. Recent in this case means 10 years. You can include positions older than 10 years, but keep those jobs shorter and don’t include anything over 20 years old. Relevant means any job that demonstrates specialized experience for the position (experience can include internships, volunteer work, and part-time/full-time positions).

Learn more about the Government and other related industries by attending these events:

Collaboration, Cooperation and Teamwork: One Teacher’s Experience At Success Academy

Every afternoon, after a long but satisfying day teaching third grade at Success Academy Bed-Stuy 2, Lizz Tetu sits down with five colleagues and her principal for their daily debrief. Each teacher comes with a pile of student work and identifies the concepts their scholars had struggled with that day – with the shared goal of finding better ways to present the challenging material.

This sort of teamwork, engagement, and support is a hallmark of Success Academy Charter Schools, where Lizz, a 2010 NYU graduate, has worked for five years – but has taught for only one semester. The support she receives from her fellow teachers and her principal is critical to her development as a professional. 

One example of that teamwork is the daily debrief. At one recent Monday meeting, Lizz and her colleagues realized they had a common roadblock — their students were having trouble finding the deeper meaning of a poem they had been assigned. Said Lizz,  “As a team, we looked ahead at the next day’s lesson and asked some tough questions – how could we approach the material differently to help scholars improve their poetry reading skills? We’re so used to troubleshooting comprehension issues that it took only about 15 minutes to create a concrete action plan that addressed the problem.”

This level of support from colleagues, and the constant feedback and encouragement Lizz receives from her principal, has enabled her to grow as a classroom teacher – a job that was not her first career choice.

After studying education theory and policy at NYU, Lizz decided not to go into teaching. Instead, she accepted a position on Success Academy’s school operations team — learning the business side of running a school and dealing with issues ranging from student health and enrollment processing to field trip coordination and communication with parents.

Later, Lizz transitioned to the Student Achievement Team, where she learned to evaluate student data, identify scholars in need of special education services, and solve schoolwide problems alongside other school leaders.

But after four years working at schools in Harlem and the Bronx, Lizz found herself “itching to get into the classroom.”

As a graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study — which encourages cross-disciplinary thinking — Lizz is adept at applying the lessons learned in one role to the challenges of the next.

“Having been a part of those teams has proven invaluable to the work I do as a teacher. I knew how to think critically about student work, but now I get to implement changes and problem-solve on my feet, in front of our scholars,” Lizz said.

Those critical thinking and problem solving skills are essential elements of quality teaching, as are support from school leaders and opportunities for professional advancement.  

“As I learn and grow as a teacher, I continue to receive support from my school principal, who meets with me and observes my teaching every week. Also, our schools all have weekly professional development sessions,” said Lizz. “I would encourage anyone who’s passionate about social justice and ready to learn to apply to Success Academy – there’s such a sense of teamwork here, and everyone shares the common goal of ensuring our scholars receive the best possible education.”

Recognized nationally for its innovative education reform efforts, Success Academy is a network of 32 New York City charter schools (and counting) that currently serves scholars in kindergarten through ninth grade. It counts among its faculty and staff a large number of New York University alumni. For more information about employment opportunities, visit http://www.SuccessCareers.org (and check out these documentaries: Waiting for Superman and The Lottery).

Lizz Tetu is a third grade teacher at Success Academy Bed-Stuy 2 in Brooklyn. She graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies, where she studied education policy and music.  During her time at NYU, Lizz worked as a student ambassador for the NYU undergraduate admissions office and as an office assistant at the NYU Steinhardt Music Department. Lizz has spent the past five years working for Success Academy Charter Schools. She received her Master of Science in childhood education and special education from Touro College.

Interested in joining Lizz at Success Academy?  Apply for the Success Academy Summer 2015 Teaching Fellows Program here!

Secrets to Successful Networking: Building a Personal Brand

Secrets to Successful Networking: Building a Personal Brand

By Andy C. Ng (Wasserman Peer in Career)

 During one of the city’s frigid, torrential downpours, I found myself with an old friend at The Bean in the East Village – try their dirty chai latte, you’ll become an addict, I swear. Catching up about our winter breaks at home (much needed quality time with family, food and SLEEPING), the conversation naturally led its way back to school and our professional endeavors. Both my friend and I have founded our own respective social ventures: his tackling the hunger space, mine addressing yet another facet of educational inequality. The past two years have provided an enormous wealth of business plan competitions, recruiting and partnership development, but I was anxious to pick my friend’s brain about the perpetual hot topic of “networking.” He said networking is “just being a person,” or in layman’s terms, be who you are and have a conversation.

Networking seems easy on paper: attend an organized event (like the employer presentations held at Wasserman), make a nametag, and mingle with some folks. But the pressure of making a decent first impression and possibly landing an internship or job weighs heavy on your shoulders, your rapidly sweating hands, and your sanity. Making a coherent sentence all of the sudden is more difficult than landing on the right side of a curve in your Calc class. The issue is not simply being a good speaker, but rather it comes from a lack of a polished personal brand.

Public speaking is a big passion of mine, and my knack for it lies in this understanding: say what you believe and believe what you say. As college students we all are masters of “getting by” with our words, but imagine the power in really believing and supporting what you’re dishing out. When talking about yourself, the more you understand your past experiences, dreams and working style, the more beautiful a picture you can paint for others.

Here are my simple tips for building a personal brand:

1. Build Out + Learn Your Resume

  • Chances are you already have a resume, which is great! If you don’t (and even if you do, really) visit the Wasserman Center and sit with a Career Coach. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to study the most important document of your life (at least up until now). And not just the boring logistics of how much money you saved the company or how many volunteer hours you accumulated. As Simon Sinek preaches in his TED talk, people don’t care what you did – they care about why you did it. Think about your motivations, what you learned and how it’s influenced or continues to influence you. Approaching your resume in this light will give you valuable stories and insights that you can share with others.

2. Hashtag It

  • Not literally. Can you imagine #AndyNgNYU on all my profiles? But really, I’m talking about social media (the Internet in general) and how it’s actually useful. When you type your name into Google, many things might pop up. So why not put things into your own hands and populate the search with viable, honest presentations of your interests, personal story and work? You can design, write and post to a blog (like this one!), retweet and follow news of companies you admire on Twitter, and my absolute favorite, make an extremely detailed LinkedIn profile. Keep in mind that your brand follows you and exists everywhere. The more you update and post, the more chances you create for someone to notice.

3. Make a House of (Business) Cards

  • You have nothing worthy of putting a business card? Nonsense. One, you’re a NYU student which holds value on its own already. Other items you can list are positions or titles held on campus or current internships, fellowships and even scholarships. For instance, mine says I’m a Dalai Lama Fellow and a Gates Millennium Scholar. While most people might not know what these things are, they are nonetheless good starting points for conversation and elaboration. Something else you might want to consider putting on a card is your answer to the question, what are you? Are you an entrepreneur, a coder, an engineer, actor or writer? I have several of these “careers or roles” on my card and when listed, it’s a very direct way of expressing to employers (or whomever might have my card) what my likely skillset and interests are. A plus side to a card is that it’s also easy to carry around while still being professional.

4. Dress It Up

  • Wearing your personality is a possibility, even in the world of pantsuits and overpriced ties. When I first began networking, I always wore appropriate clothes with a pop of color (POC) whether it was my socks or a bowtie. Along with a firm handshake and a cute smile, this was my way of giving an awesome first impression. If color’s not your forte, no pressure – just make sure that your personal appearance is up to par. Being “put together” does not mean being average or drab. Your well-fitted clothes and confident body language should draw you compliments from everyone in the room.

If you still need some tips, make sure to check out Wasserman’s Attire for Successful Hire event later this month on Thursday, February 12th from 5-7 p.m. 

Attire for Successful Hire, co-sponsored by Macy’s!

Thursday, February 12th 5-7pm, Seating is first come, first serve basis! 

Prizes, food, AND networking!

Don’t let the wrong outfit cost you the job! Be sure to join our Peers in Careers team and representatives from Macy’s as they offer fashion advice and showcase clothing trends that will help inspire the confidence you need to land that job or internship. You will also learn to decode terms like “business casual,” and figure out how to add variety to your professional wardrobe. You can RSVP via CareerNet.

• All attendees will be entered into a FREE raffle

• First 50 attendees will receive a Macy’s Gift Bag

• View Appropriate attire for your job search, internship, and full-time wardrobe

• Mingle with Macy’s Executives and Recruiters

• Free Food and Drinks!

Remember that networking does take practice and that the more events you attend, the more comfortable you get. And with those events you should start testing out some of these tips and see which areas of your personal brand are useful and which ones need more work. Getting out of your comfort zone always feels weird at first, but when it comes to networking, the more you know yourself and your needs, the more prepared you’ll be to brand and share that with the right people who can help out.

Andy C. Ng

Andy C. Ng is a Gates Millennium Scholar and senior studying English, Urban Education and Social Entrepreneurship. In addition to being a Peer in Career, Andy is Chair of the Greek Alliance, an Undergraduate Admissions Ambassador and member of the CAS Senior Leadership Board. Outside of NYU, Andy is involved with projects at Google, Harry’s and Venture For America, having previously worked at JPMorgan Chase and his own startup, Student to Student.

Myths vs. Facts! The Truth About Landing a Job in Finance, Business, or Consulting

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Myths vs. Facts! Breaking down the common misconceptions, urban legends and false facts around landing a job in the Finance, Business, or Consulting industries.

Myth: Only business students can work on Wall Street.

Fact: Many liberal arts students have successful careers on Wall Street.  However, as a liberal arts student, you will need to build your professional skills, network, and experiences in your Sophomore and Junior years. Additional effort must be put forth to find mentors in the industry, and build connections that can lead to internships and full time opportunities.

Myth: Only investment banks and accounting firms recruit through On-Campus Recruitment.

Fact: OCR is open to employers from all industries.  Different industries have different recruiting timelines and strategies.  OCR is most successful for employers who have a larger number of internship or entry-level FT openings.  OCR is a common best practice, but it is not the only recruiting opportunity available to students. Employers can also post jobs to NYU CareerNet (outside of OCR), attend panels, host a site visits, meet-ups, recruiter-in-residences, etc. It’s best for students to use OCR in conjunction with the various other recruitment opportunities available through Wasserman.

Myth: Finance internships are only for juniors.

Fact: Many companies will hire sophomores for summer internships, but it will require additional effort, research, and networking on your part to find those companies. You may also want to consider working for smaller/boutique firms, or even start-ups, who may be more open to bringing on younger interns.  The key is to cast a wide net and keep options open as you begin to build their professional experience, skills, and network.

Myth: Superdays are super fun

Fact: Superdays are a half day or full day final round interview at the company, most commonly seen in finance, accounting, and consulting industries. You should expect to rotate through multiple one-on-one interviews, group interviews, and sometimes, even a leaderless group discussion.  Interviews can be behavioral, case, technical, or stress.  Usually, by the final round, top candidates have met the recruiter and key alumni/decision makers multiple times.

Learn more about the Finance/Business/Consulting industries by attending these events:

What’s Next: Quant Careers, February 11th, 5:30-7pm

What’s Next Finance: Beyond Investment Banking, February 25th, 5:30-6:30pm

Acing the Case Interview, March 4th, 2-3pm