ICYMI: Internship Boot Camp

Hi everyone! My name is Chelsea and I am a sophomore at NYU studying Economics. 

As someone who is interested in a career in the finance/business industry, but not quite sure how to prepare myself for it, I was excited to have the opportunity to attend Wasserman’s Internship Boot Camp sponsored by Morgan Stanley. While I was a little nervous about how limited my knowledge of finance was, I quickly realized that the Internship Boot Camp served as a learning opportunity for students of all different levels of interest to understand what it is like to work in finance/business. 

The Internship Boot Camp consisted of a series of different presentations and panels that helped the attendees get a glimpse of not only life at Morgan Stanley, but how you can prepare for an internship or job within a large organization. Charlie Chasin, Managing Director and Global Head of Reengineering and Expense Management at Morgan Stanley, emphasized the importance of developing strong problem-solving skills and exploring classes and interests beyond business and finance while in college. He also encouraged us to find a workplace in which we will love the people and find a good work-life balance. 

Pierre Dobson, Executive Director of Human Resources offered great tips for attendees to create and maintain a unique brand. I was able to learn that there are two parts that constitute your brand: packaging and value. Packaging correlates to “what you are known for” and value refers to “what you bring to the table.” Director Dobson allowed us to work on defining our own brand through a group activity that walked us through the five steps in brand development

  1. Analyzing current brand: What are you currently known for? What do you bring to the table?
  2. Defining ideal brand: What should you be known for? What should you bring to the table?
  3. Constructing brand: What are the gaps between your current and ideal brand? What do you need to do to eliminate the gaps?
  4. Maintaining brand: “It can take ages to build your brand but one action to completely destroy it” (from Director Dobson’s presentation) 

Creating a brand is useful in the job search process because it allows you to differentiate yourself from other applicants. When employers are interviewing many candidates in search of the perfect applicant, it is crucial that you make a memorable impression on them through your brand. I highly recommend going through the five steps to successful brand development and thinking about what makes you special as a candidate before you apply to a job or an internship!

The Bootcamp concluded with a Q&A session with a panel of NYU alumni currently working at Morgan Stanley and a brief overview on applying for internships at Morgan Stanley. As recent graduates of NYU, the panelists offered great advice to students on how to prepare for the job search process and what to expect when transitioning into the “real world” after graduating from NYU. While all four panelists recommended that we start exploring and thinking about our careers as soon as possible, they also agreed that any experience in college such as clubs, on-campus jobs, and so forth are valuable parts of your job application. Moreover, each of the panelists worked at a different department at Morgan Stanley, showing us the various ways one can become a part of the finance/business industry as a whole. As someone who has an interest in both writing and finance, I found alumna Stella Park’s story of combining her love for creative writing and finance as an Equity Researcher at Morgan Stanley, especially motivating. It was inspiring to hear about the interesting work our alumni were doing at Morgan Stanley and it served as encouragement for me to aspire to do the same. 

For any freshmen or sophomores interested in a career in business or working at Morgan Stanley, the Internship Boot Camp is a must-attend event! 

ICYMI: Mindful Interviewing

Didn’t get the chance to check out the Mindful Interviewing event last Thursday? This workshop, led by Genevieve Boron of the Wasserman Center and Melissa Carter, Head of Mindfulness Education & Innovation at Mindful NYU, was designed to let attendees know how to use mindfulness before and during the interview process. Read below for Wasserman Career Ambassador, Tiffany Wong’s, take on the event.

Hello everyone! My name is Tiffany and I am currently a senior at NYU studying Applied Psychology. Throughout most of my college years, I have had the privilege of learning about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. In fact, one of our research labs looks exactly how mindfulness can better empower students to take charge of their education. So when I heard about the brand new Mindful Interviewing workshop, I knew that this was definitely an area where I can learn a lot from. 

As a collaborative event between the Office of Global Spiritual Life and NYU Wasserman, we were given practical tips on practicing mindfulness in a high stress, high stakes situation such as an interview. Knowing that our nerves can actually hinder us from being at our best performance, it was especially important to be self aware and think about the ways that you can anchor yourself back to the cool, calm, and collected person you are. Sometimes, even just acknowledging the physical sensations we are experiencing before the interview is a great grounding method to refocus back to the moment. One special moment that I especially enjoyed during the workshop was having the opportunity to give a surprise elevator pitch to our neighbors. Even though it threw us off guard a little bit, I found myself using the methods that were taught literally just minutes before in order to calm myself down and really pitch to my neighbor about my career interests!

A big takeaway that I got from this event was definitely learning about some practical steps to set myself up for success. We know about ourselves more than we would admit, and it is important that we can really lay the groundwork for us to perform at our best. 

  • Remembering to emphasize with the interviewer that the position/company culture is a good fit with your experience and skills is a must! 

I now feel much more confident to bring out my best self in interviewers and I highly recommend that you also attend this workshop if you ever get a chance to! 

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Mindful tip: Try breathing in for four seconds and breathing out for six seconds four times to help to calm the nerves while preparing for the interview and right before the interview.  Research the industry, organization and yourself (have a story prepared for everything on your resume) before the interview.  The night before the interview write down all the things you are worried about- this “brain dump” can help you sleep better.  Don’t eat or drink anything you don’t normally eat or drink the day of the interview.  Eat a meal with protein if possible before the interview and stay hydrated for your best mental power.  After the interview take time to celebrate and write down reflections within 30 minutes to help you write your personalized thank you emails to everyone you interviewed with.  Check out the Interviewing Guide on Handshake- Career Center –> Resources –> Interviewing for more tips and tricks.


Iseult Conlin, CFA, is a 2009 CAS graduate who majored in Economics and Psychology. She is a US Institutional Credit Product Manager at Tradeweb where she focuses on product development, strategic initiatives and client acquisition.  Tradeweb is a leading, global operator of electronic marketplaces for rates, credit, equities and money markets, and serves more than 40 products to 2,500 clients in 60 countries in the institutional, wholesale and retail markets. Every day, Tradeweb facilitates more than $630 billion in notional value traded.

Iseult joined Tradeweb in 2018 after almost eight years at BlackRock, where she most recently served as an Investment Grade Bond Trader. In that role, she spearheaded the firm’s electronic credit trading efforts and market structure advisory, alongside trading a variety of credit products. Prior to BlackRock, Iseult was an Economist and Fixed Income Strategist for Latin America at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Iseult was named to Forbes’ Finance 30 Under 30 List in 2016, and was recognized by Markets Media as Top Fixed Income Trader in the publication’s Women in Finance Awards in 2017.

5 Things I Know Now:

1. Uniqueness is an asset. Stay weird
When I was younger I was always trying to fit in. To me, that meant thinking the same way, dressing the same way, enjoying what I thought I was supposed to enjoy…but I was just imitating what other people were doing. I hid the quirky things about me that made me different deep inside.

It wasn’t until college that I realized my “weirdness” is actually an asset and that uniqueness in thought and approach is actually a positive quality. In my career, I am constantly bringing new perspectives to existing problems and challenging the status quo, standing up for ideas I believe in even when most people disagree. I can honestly say that I don’t think I would have achieved as much success in my career so quickly if I hadn’t embraced that weirdness and found the confidence to bring it to the table.

Weird is cool. Weird is memorable. And following the rules doesn’t push us to be better. Your uniqueness as a person makes you exclusively you, be yourself. I particularly like this quote from John Lennon – “it’s weird not to be weird.”

2. Hearing is different from Listening
One critique that always stuck with me was not truly “listening”. My manager at the time made the point “when I ask you a question, you’ve already come up with an answer before I’ve even finished my question.” This led to the realization that even though I might be hearing the words, I wasn’t truly listening to the meaning. These are two very different things.

Someone once said “hearing is through the ears, but listening is through the mind.” Hearing is a sense that helps you receive sound waves, whereas listening is accurately interpreting the message transferred by the other person. A lot of people go through life only listening in the context of our own world view and end up interpreting what they hear in that narrow construct. Being truly open-minded  to understanding what someone is really saying is an important skill. It may take time, patience and self-awareness but it makes the difference in life and especially your career. Hearing is something anybody can do, listening is intentional.

3. There is power in observation
I spend a lot of time observing people. Watching how people interact, how they present themselves, what they are motivated by and how they treat others around them— can be a career game changer. If you notice a leader in your business, or conversely someone you don’t want to emulate, watch them. If they are successful (or unsuccessful) there is probably a reason. Curiosity and an awareness of others – and how you relate to them – can really inform the right approach.

4. It’s never as bad as it seems in the moment
I’ve cried in the bathroom at least twice, though luckily, not at my current employer. It happens, to everyone, men and women, just starting out in their career and even more established and it’s OK. You are human. Don’t beat yourself up when it happens. You will get through it and when you do, you will be stronger for it.

The first time I cried was because I made a major trading mistake. It wasn’t something I could control but I did not catch the mistake either. We found the error 10 days later and it ended up costing the firm money. My boss was not particularly gentle about it and I was yelled at. It made me realize that I didn’t have a true grasp of what had happened. I made a point of learning from my mistake. I checked and double checked my work and asked questions if I was unsure. Now those checks are second nature, and while it’s a hard lesson to learn, the lesson was invaluable.

5. When you don’t know, say you don’t know
Never fake it until you make it. I detest that saying. Set your ego aside and admit when you don’t know something. Then go look it up and become obsessed with the topic until you fully understand it. By nature we want to please, so often times, people come up with an answer even if they know it’s not entirely right. Admit you don’t know everything and you‘ll learn in the process. Plus, pretending can diminish your credibility: people read through “faking it” really quickly. Respond with “let me confirm and get back to you” instead and come back with a timely answer. Admitting you don’t have enough information, but know how to get it, is a much stronger trait and imperative for leaders.

NYU Podcast Academy

Hello, I’m Jeremiah Campoverde, a rising senior at Stern concentrating in Marketing, with a dual minor in English and BEMT. My passion for storytelling and my entertainment-centric career goals stem from my ardent belief that stories can promote understanding and advocate for underrepresented and marginalized voices.

My Jesuit education in high school instilled in me a new sense of faith predicated on service and advocacy, and I wanted to marry that call to action with a fulfilling career. While at NYU, I’ve learned that entertainment commands large-scale societal influence. I was inspired to pursue entertainment marketing by how Ryan Murphy positioned and “marketed” the sixth season of AHS. Not long after that realization, I joined the LabCast and had yet another realization: I not only wanted to be part of the process, I also wanted to tell stories — and tell my own stories. As an intersectional mix of identities, I’m still not represented fully or accurately in media. However, this pitfall will not stop me from manifesting that visibility for future generations who are like me but still don’t see themselves on screen or in audio.

As a business student, I’m exposed to the business side of the industry, yet as a storyteller I crave to explore the creative side, in which I hope to grow and thrive. So in trying to reconcile my career goals with telling stories and creating content, I have finally found a place at NYU where I can do what I love and gain valuable experience along the way – NYU’s Production Lab.

Throughout these next few weeks, I will be writing a blog detailing the journey and story of the Production Lab’s Podcast Academy – a podcast “incubator” in which the Lab will teach and workshop six different audio projects, with the hope of them being picked up for further development at our Live Pitch Event on September 26th. As a co-host of the Production Lab’s The LabCast student podcast, I’ve found a way to marry my creative spirit with my academic pursuits. Join me on this journey as we help six more talented storytellers delve into the world of podcasting.

Check out the Production Lab’s Podcast Academy blog.


Ava Ring (NYU ’18) who currently is a Sales Development Representative at Vettery, has answered a few questions for our Alumni Spotlight Series.

What do you most enjoy about your work?
I work in SaaS (Software as a Service) Sales on the Sales Development side at Vettery. I sit at the top of the sales funnel, so my job is to introduce Vettery to potential users, influencers, and decision makers at companies that need to hire great talent. My introduction leads to a mutually beneficial partnership that we hope continues long into the future! Oh, and then there’s the little fun perks of working at a startup like cute dogs, scrumptious snacks, bonding happy hours and motivating competitions.

What is the best career advice you received in your job or past internship?
Find what motivates you. Sales can become repetitive—pitching and then hearing no can be draining. What gets you through the day? Is it being part of a team, money, your competitive nature, pride, going on vacation? Remind yourself of it because staying positive is a great tool in your tool belt.

How did you find your current job and what Wasserman services, or programs did you use, if any?
I am a massive fan of NYU Career Net! Use the free wealth of information that’s at your fingertips, including resume workshops and career advice. Over the course of my time at NYU, I found six jobs and internships through NYU Career Net, so I promise it works. You will get back what you put in to your career and personal development, so invest in yourself. Future successful and positive you will thank you.

What classes or projects did you work on in school that helped prepare you for the work in your current position?
My last semester I took the courses Introduction to Sales and Negotiations in Stern and they helped me decide I wanted to pursue sales after school. I found myself looking forward to these classes and that surprised me because I just took them to fulfill a few requirements. Going out of your comfort zone and taking classes and hobbies is definitely worth it because you might learn something about yourself you didn’t know before.

What advice do you have for current students looking for jobs in your industry?
I have learned so much in a year, and there is still so much more to learn! Here are a few things to help you out: You have to want to do sales to be successful in sales. You have to be able to rejoice in the little wins throughout the day and brush off the no’s. Believe in the product you are selling and the vision of the company. People can tell if you’re lying, so be genuine with your intentions and the value you’re giving them. Going the extra mile in sales goes far!

Vettery is an online hiring marketplace powered by machine learning, with a mission to connect companies with top job-seekers across the world.

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Ava spending time with some Vettery colleagues at the company’s annual summer party.

Get hired on Handshake.

Handshake is a platform designed to help guide you through your career search journey. No matter whether you know exactly what kinds of opportunities you’re seeking or you’re just starting out, this platform has the tools to take you where you want to go.  Handshake has more opportunities for students and recent grads than anywhere else online – over 400,000 employers of all different shapes and sizes are in the network. These employers range from big to small, from every industry imaginable, and span the globe.

Why should you use Handshake?

  • It helps you find relevant opportunities.
  • It helps relevant employers find you.
  • It connects you with other students and alumni to get meaningful advice.
  • It gives you access to a wide array of career-building resources.

See how other students have utilized handshake to navigate their campus to career journey.

Activate your account, create your profile, and get started at nyu.joinhandshake.com and download the app via the Apple Store and Google Play.

5 Resources to Uplevel Your Marketing Game in 2019

Contributed by:  Longneck & Thunderfoot: A full service creative agency hiring graphic designers and writers in their NYC office.

No matter your level of expertise, these resources can help keep your digital marketing skills up to date.

If you’re a digital marketer, or aspiring to become one, you know that career success means keeping up with rapidly-evolving best practices. With so many possible specialities and skills, just getting started can be overwhelming.

But don’t send that MBA application just yet — there are easier (and cheaper!) ways to dig deeper into your areas of interest and add new life to an old resume. Many companies and organizations offer classes that can help you boost your marketing prowess without going back to school.

If you’re brand new to marketing, you should start with a free option, to make sure you’re headed in the right direction for you. If you’re job seeking, consider a course that offers resume-ready certification. And if you’re already a marketer, try filling in specific knowledge gaps, whether that means becoming a PPC pro or trying coding for the first time.


Free HubSpot courses are a great choice if you want to deepen your understanding of particular aspects of marketing, like inbound marketing, sales, social media, emails, business writing, and much more. Current marketers can easily brush up on latest best practices or branch into new areas of expertise, while job seekers can add the handy HubSpot certifications to their resumes.

Courses typically offer several hours of videos broken down into digestible sections. Each topic is presented by multiple experts, so that you benefit from a greater range of perspectives. You also get helpful access to an online community of other learners.

Google Digital Garage

Most of Google’s free skill-building courses are simple introductions to help promote basic digital literacy, but the more substantial Fundamentals of Digital Marketing course actually offers a certification you can add to your resume. With over 40 hours of footage, and 26 modules, this course can help beginners understand the core concepts behind everything from analytics to content marketing to SEO. Even better, it gives you comprehensive insight into Google tools, which is a must for aspiring marketers. Over 300,000 people have completed the course, demonstrating its value and clout within this industry.


Knowing the basics of HTML/CSS can be surprisingly useful for marketers, especially if you handle the technical aspects of SEO, need to make basic website design changes, or want to communicate effectively with developers. CodeAcademy is a great free option for diving into code, with several HTML/CSS Courses that work for even the most novice learners. Learn at your own pace for free, or invest in a Pro account for practice projects and quizzes that help you gauge your progress.

PPC University

PPC University from Wordstream is a free educational resource that can help both beginners and professionals learn everything there is to know about pay-per-click, or paid search marketing. The company offers blog posts organized by expertise level on everything from using keywords to geotargeting. Accompanying e-books, whitepapers, and webinars mean you can dig deeper on specific topics that interest you, or find an answer to almost any PPC problem.

General Assembly

General Assembly is a well-known career transformation company that boasts 35,000 graduates and 20 worldwide campuses. You’ll likely get good value for your money if you choose their five-week, part-time digital marketing course, currently $750. The website claims this will be “an online course you’ll actually complete,” with units on customer acquisition, channels, conversion and retention, metrics, and more. You can work on your own schedule, balancing a full-time job, while virtual check-ins with a mentor give you motivating feedback. It might be a pricier option, but the hands-on final project could seriously improve your marketing chops.

If you’re not ready to go all-in, their all-day in-person workshop costs $349, and promises to get you up to date on the latest digital advances. You’ll learn about strategy, quality content, metrics, and techniques for optimizing channels. On the other hand, if you’re seriously committed to a job switch, you could consider investing $3,950 in one of the intensive in-person or online options.

Your Time To Shine

In 2019, it’s never been so easy to level up. No matter your current ability, your goals, or your desired commitment level, these resources are a great way to polish your skills and stand out to employers.

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Writing Is Hard: A Practical Guide to Writing an Article, from Professionals

Contributed by:  Longneck & Thunderfoot: A full service creative agency hiring graphic designers and writers in their NYC office. 

When you write, you need to do two things that don’t always play well together: organize your thoughts and write them down. This is a guide to doing both as painlessly (and effectively!) as possible.

Writing is hard, partly because it involves two concurrent processes:

  1. Developing latent ideas into a form that people can understand.
  2. Getting them down onto the page in a meaningful structure.

So, trying to write an article from top to bottom, start to finish, is essentially writing it in exactly the wrong way with respect to developing your ideas. If you start with your introduction, you’ll be introducing ideas you haven’t developed yet.

Here’s a guide to shortcutting the process, thereby avoiding the time that might otherwise be wasted by, for example, trying to write your article intro from a ‘cold start’ (having not organized your ideas beforehand).


Top to bottom, the standard structure for articles meant to be published digitally looks like this:

  • Standfirst
  • Introduction
  • Body
  • Conclusion

This is more or less exactly the wrong order in which to write. Here’s how I recommend approaching it instead:

  1. Body
  2. Conclusion (then cut and paste to be your introduction)
  3. Actual Conclusion
  4. Standfirst

This order of composition works because it actually reflects the process of developing your ideas into a form that people can understand.

Start with the Article Body

It is tempting to start an article from the top: beginning with the standfirst and introduction, moving to the body, then finishing with the conclusion. However, this approach is actually backwards. Why? You don’t know what you’re thinking until you try to say or write it.

This fact becomes clear when you sit down to write about ideas that sounded great in your head — but are much harder to express linguistically on the page. This means that, if you start with writing the introduction, you’ll be trying to introduce ideas that you haven’t fully worked out. So, begin with the body paragraph following your first subheading.

Cut the Conclusion and Put it at the Top

Once you’ve finished writing the body of your article, you’ll have set down your main arguments and ideas in words. Conclude by summarizing your main points and the thrust of your article (coherently of course!), then cut what you’ve written and paste it at the top. Voila: your conclusion is now your introduction! It might need a little rewording, but it’s much easier to write an intro like this than to start drafting it fresh out of the gate.

Delete the Cliche

Writing is hard, partly because starting the process is hard. Often, writers break through blank page syndrome by beginning with a cliche. So, rather than starting with facts and information (the stuff people actually want to get out of the article), the writer starts with something irrelevant.

For example, “If a picture is worth a thousand words, then video is worth a million words!”

Or, “They say that you can’t judge a book by its cover, nor can you judge a blog post by its header image.”

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Basically, irrelevant cliches are a sort of throat-clearing that can help writers to get started. But, once you’re getting your ideas onto the page, the cliche has served its purpose and you can get rid of it safely.

Go Meta (Write Your Conclusion)

The best conclusions aren’t just summaries; rather, they combine an article’s main ideas into a higher-level synthesis. If the function of a concluding paragraph were merely to summarize the main points of the article, you may as well just copy the introduction or even provide a ‘Back to Top’ hyperlink.

This is an opportunity to think more generally and express bolder ideas. The conclusion should take your argument up a notch, rewarding loyal readers with a bit of added insight.

TL:DR: Force Yourself to Write a Standfirst

The standfirst is an awkward format because it’s short enough to make conciseness necessary but long enough that all meaningful information should be included. TL:DR is a useful mantra in this area. Originally from Reddit, the abbreviation stands for too long, didn’t read — users post this reply when a post is too long and they abandon it midway. It then came to refer to a summary of such posts, intended for attention span-starved internet users.

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Keep this audience in mind when you write your standfirst. If they lose patience, you lose a reader. Force yourself to express the article on a very high level, or even by some other means, such as metaphorically or with a (non-cliche) rhetorical question. Here’s an example from one of our President Jonathan Allen’s first articles on the L&T Blog:

‘TL;DR: Microsoft’s new CEO sent a ‘meh’ email today. Too much about him and not enough about the company. Speak to your audience and get out of your imaginary interview chair!’

Writing is counterintuitive because the order of operations for the two processes involved — thinking and writing — are necessarily distinct. This counter-intuitive nature means that a lot of written content out there, especially online, shows evidence of the scaffolding created by writers to help them actually get something onto the page. Don’t be afraid to tear the scaffolding down: your ideas are sturdy enough to stand on their own.

By Oliver Cox

Alumni Spotlight: Meagan Wansong (NYU ’15)

Meagan Wansong (NYU ’15) who currently is a Senior Talent Executive at Vettery, has answered a few questions for our Alumni Spotlight Series.   

  • What was your major field of study?
    • I was in the Global Liberal Studies program, with a concentration in Politics, Rights and Development, and a minor in Environmental Studies. A mouthful, I know! My focus was actually Urban Green Space Development and I went abroad to Berlin to study the public parks there for my thesis!
  • What is your current position?
    • Currently I am a Senior Talent Executive at Vettery. My job is to work directly with job-seekers to make sure they’re onboarded to Vettery and have a positive experience once they start their search with us. I coach them through interviews, prep them for negotiations, ensure communication between them in the company is fluid and review their resumes so that they can be as successful as possible. 
  • What is the best career advice you received in your job or past internship?
    • Don’t focus so much on the title of a position, or fixate on a particular role when looking for a job. When I graduated, I wouldn’t have thought that “Talent Executive” was the job for me. Before Vettery, I worked for a women’s nonprofit organizations in their marketing and fund developments departments. At first glance, it seems like I did a complete 180 from my last job to hear but once I learned about the position here at Vettery I saw that I had plenty of transferrable skills that would help me succeed in the Talent Executive position. For example, the experience I had building relationships with donors helped immensely when I needed to begin building relationships with job seekers. 
  • What advice would you give a current student on preparing and/or being successful at a future job or job search?
    • Definitely take advantage of Wasserman, both the online portal with job postings and the staff on campus that can help you with interview prep. Many of my friends never stepped inside the Wasserman office, but I know the ones that did were a lot more confident going into interviews and landed great jobs! Also, don’t forget to start building your network before you graduate. Find out what people around you have done in their careers (alumni, professors, family friends, etc.) and see what connections you might be able to make through them. 
  • How did you find your current job and what Wasserman services, or programs did you use, if any?
    • I had someone at Wasserman look over my resume and they provided me with some really good edits. I also served on the Liberal Arts Advisory Board at Wasserman so I got to host and attend many events there with really awesome speakers on different industries and career paths. We had alumni come in who had decided to go to graduate school, start their own businesses, or found great jobs in NYC (these are also great people to network with!).  

Mission: to provide a more transparent recruiting process for everyone involved and to help make meaningful matches between hiring managers and job-seekers. Now over 15,000 companies and thousands of job-seekers connect with Vettery. They are working non-stop to improve the hiring process, developing machine learning algorithms and matching people from all over the world across all industries.

“Our job is finding yours. A meaningful connection, like the one we formed years ago, can change your life. Hopefully we can help change yours.”

Employment Outlook: Canada

By Mary Anne Thompson, Founder and President, GoinGlobal, Inc.

To sustain its growing, healthy economy, Canada looks toward a growing immigrant workforce and expats to take up the slack for its skills shortages, aging population and declining birthrate.

Canada is a wealthy, high-tech, industrialized society with plentiful natural resources and a highly skilled work force. Its economy is strongly linked to that of the US, which receives 75% of Canadian exports, making Canadian markets vulnerable to the economic fluctuations of its southern neighbor. Despite some unrest with the US/Canada relationship over the past couple of years, the economic outlook for Canada this year is positive, with both exports and investments on the rise, which is good for the job market.

Canada has one of the highest immigration rates among OECD countries. In fact, immigrants have accounted for nearly 90% of the country’s labor force growth over the past few years. Because of Canada’s aging population and declining birthrate, its working age population is not growing. In response, the government has set a goal of accepting 1 million immigrants by the end 2021.

Canada’s new immigration system Express Entry (English, French) expedites the process of bringing in foreign workers with skills in short supply in Canada. Jobseekers fill out an online form that then matches them with available job openings. In addition, each Canadian province and territory has its own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) (English, French), which allows provincial officials to nominate workers interested in settling in a particular area. In addition, the recently reopened Parents and Grandparents program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor parents and grandparents to receive permanent residence status in the country.

Employment Outlook

Overall employment grew by 2% over the past year. There were increases in both full and part-time jobs. The current unemployment rate is 5.8%. However, Canada’s unemployment rate for workers aged between 15 and 24 is a high 10.8%.

Business confidence remains high, according to the most recent Business Outlook Survey by the Bank of Canada. Companies also report positive hiring intentions, especially companies in the services industries. More and more firms are enlisting managed services providers or outside consultants to tackle large projects or those projects requiring specialized knowledge.

Short Term

Canada’s job vacancy rate hit a record high last year, with just under 550,000 job openings. The greatest number of job vacancies is currently in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. Manpower’s employer survey reports a positive hiring outlook for the near future, with 16% of employers planning to hire and 80% of employers expecting to make no changes to current staffing levels, leaving only 4% unsure of hiring plans.

A recent Hays survey of employers found that 52% expected to increase permanent staff hiring this year, and 58% planned to increase hiring of temporary staff. Employers in British Columbia and Ontario are predicted to do the most hiring.

Long Term

The International Monetary Fund expects the unemployment rate to hover at around 6.2% this year into next, and then to slowly climb to 6.5% by 2023. By 2026, the Canadian government predicts that the labor market will generate a total of 1.8 million new jobs. A quarter of the Canadian population will be aged 65 and over by 2035, when it is estimated that immigrants will account for 100% of population growth. It is predicted that Canada will need 350,000 immigrant workers per year by 2035 to meet its labor needs.

By Sector

Over the past year, the private sector has added 319,000 new jobs – an annual increase of 2.7%. However, the public sector has seen an increase of only 0.7% in employment. Employment has risen the most in professional, scientific and technical services (+6.8%) and public administration (+3.6%) according to Statistics Canada. Other industries have seen little significant change.

ManpowerGroup reports that employers in all ten industry sectors plan on adding jobs over the next few months. The transportation and public utilities sector has the strongest hiring plans, followed by public administration and manufacturing. The weakest hiring outlook is in construction.

By Region

British Columbia (BC), Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan currently have the lowest unemployment rates. BC and Saskatchewan also saw the highest rates of job growth in the country over the past year. Job growth in Quebec has remained flat, but New Brunswick was the only province that actually saw a decline in employment over the past 12 months.

Areas of Job Promise

The job market looks good for most industries into the near future.

Top 25 Occupations Expected to See the Highest Growth and Salaries

  1. Utilities manager
  2. Engineering manager
  3. Pipefitting supervisor
  4. Pharmacist
  5. Public administration director
  6. Health care manager
  7. Business executive
  8. Banking and credit manager
  9. Veterinarian
  10. Marketing and public relations manager
  11. Air traffic controller
  12. Statistician or actuary
  13. Dentist
  14. Pilot and flying instructor
  15. Audiologist and speech language pathologist
  16. Telecommunications manager
  17. Mining and quarrying supervisor
  18. Specialized engineer (agriculture, textile, biomedicine, etc.)
  19. Computer systems manager
  20. Construction manager
  21. Aerospace engineer
  22. Economic development director
  23. Software engineer
  24. Head nurse and medical supervisor
  25. Scientific research manager

Source: Canadian Business

Talent Shortages

It has been estimated that 5 million Canadians will retire by 2035, creating a significant gap in the workforce.

Hays reports that 82% of surveyed employers are suffering from a skills shortage. Thirty-one percent of employers attribute their hiring difficulties to fewer workers entering the job market in their industry. This is especially true for the construction, manufacturing and logistics, and procurement sectors. Another quarter cite a lack of candidates with the right training and skills.

By Sector

The following sectors report the strongest hiring intentions for permanent and temporary workers this year, according to a recent survey by recruitment firm Hays.

Sector Percentage of employers reporting plans to hire permanent staff Percentage of employers reporting plans to hire temporary staff
Office professionals 77% 40%
Architecture and interior design 65% 25%
Legal 65% 21%
Sales and marketing 52% 48%
Construction 52% 28%
Human resources 52% 24%
Manufacturing and logistics 50% 24%
Accounting and finance 48% 23%
IT/ Telecommunications 45% 13%
Resources and mining 36% 23%

Source: Hays

Industry Sectors Expected to Add the Most New Jobs Annually Through 2026

  • Health care
  • Construction
  • Food services
  • Management, administrative and other support services
  • Elementary and secondary schools
  • Legal, accounting, consulting and other professional services
  • Computer systems design and related services
  • Social assistance
  • Finance, insurance, real estate and leasing services
  • Retail trade, architectural, engineering, design and scientific R&D services

Skills in Demand

Selection factors under the revised immigration program include one’s age, level of education, work experience, the presence of a valid job offer and the likelihood of the candidate to settle permanently in Canada. Employers may also prefer skills such as English-French bilingualism, and local diplomas or certificates.

‘Canadian experience’

For newcomers, the all-important ‘Canadian experience’ can be an obstacle to finding a good job. What ‘Canadian experience’ really means is having the required soft skills that are valued in Canadian society. In fact, 60% of Canadian employers value soft skills over hard skills. Having the required hard, or technical, skills can get a candidate an interview, but only those with the necessary soft skills will likely get the job. Many Canadian employers report difficulty finding the right combination of skilled workers with soft skills. Valued soft skills include:

  • Communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Knowledge of local language (includes learning professional jargon)
  • Presentation skills
  • The ability to make small talk
  • Leadership and initiative (people management, goal setting, problem solving, etc.)
  • Conflict resolution and negotiation
  • Accepting constructive criticism
  • Flexibility
  • Business etiquette (hand shaking, making eye contact, etc.)

Newcomers should learn Canadian social etiquette, be aware of Canada’s cultural diversity and engage in cross-cultural communication. A Robert Half survey reports that 90% of managers say that a candidate’s fit into a company’s culture is just as or more important than work experience or skills.

A great way to learn Canadian workplace etiquette is by volunteering. For more information, see this guide’s section on Non-Profits and Volunteer Organizations. In Quebec, the Canadian Practice Firms Network (CPFN) (English, French) offers newcomers the opportunity to practice doing a job (and thus getting experience) within a simulated environment.


Canada has opened its doors and arms to many immigrants over the past several years, and it has done a good job of integrating them into the workforce, a workforce that will come to rely on them more and more over the coming years. As Canada deals with an aging population, a declining birthrate and skills shortages, it must look now, more than ever before, toward its newest inhabitants and willing expats to take up the slack in its labor market.


Alumni Spotlight: Isabella Kundu ’16

Isabella Kundu graduated from NYU in 2016 with a degree in Dramatic Writing. She is a fifth-grade English teacher at Success Academy Bronx 3 Middle School.

From my earliest years in elementary school, I always knew I wanted to go to college. I also knew that getting good grades so that I could get scholarships is how I would be independent and make choices for myself. I went to school in Massachusetts with a large number of English language learners, and I could also see that my peers were placed in lower level classes year after year simply because they entered school not knowing English. While I, along with my mostly white and native Englishing speaking peers in the honors classes, zoomed ahead, the ELL kids fell further and further behind. They didn’t necessarily have college as an ambition until high school, and by that time, it was too late for them to catch up.

Witnessing this inequity from a young age informed my interest in working in education. I wanted to play a part in helping all kids have the same opportunity I did to go to a great college and pursue their passions in small classes with brilliant professors. After college, I sought out an organization that prioritized college readiness for all students and I found Success Academy.

Success Academy valued all the things I did, including a classroom focus on critical thinking, analysis, and feedback. I majored in Dramatic Writing at NYU, and the robust discussion and feedback in my classes profoundly improved my writing and my thinking. As a fifth-grade English teacher at a Success Academy middle school in the Bronx, I am able to bring that model and mindset to my students. When they are made uncomfortable by feedback on their writing, I share with them my experiences as an undergraduate. “This is exactly what you do when you’re a college student!” I explain to them, “You constantly receive and incorporate critical feedback on your writing and thinking.”

At NYU, I had the opportunity to work as a reading tutor through a Work Study with America Reads. I knew from this experience that I liked working with kids in the classroom, but over the three years of working at Success Academy, I have discovered many other aspects of teaching that I love. For example, I never liked “group work” at school, so I didn’t expect that collaborating with my colleagues would be so fun and fulfilling. Many of my co-workers are like family to me — they make me laugh, they challenge me (we debate everything from the novels we’re teaching to the latest political developments!), and they help me through the most difficult parts of the year. Everyone has a truly “all hands on deck” attitude: When problems come up, I know I can trust my team to help me figure it out.

Another thing I have found surprising about teaching (and my non-education peers probably would too) is the variety of my daily work. Most people think teachers deliver a lesson, give an assignment, and grade homework — and that’s it. But at Success, we put an amazing amount of thought into planning a lesson and figuring out how to deliver material in a way that makes kids want to learn it. It’s like putting on a performance — and I’ve found it’s my favorite part of teaching. I love breaking down the lesson into sections that are manageable and interesting and thinking about the questions I will ask to help kids master the skill I’m focusing on. In a way, it’s like playwriting, where you have to break down the story into sections — scenes — and carefully construct dialogue that moves the story forward, advances the audience’s understanding of the characters, and entertains them!

Last but not least, I didn’t expect teaching to introduce me to an entirely new passion and potential career. Through my work at Success, I have learned that I love planning lessons, activities, and questions that will meet the needs of all my kids. The field of curriculum development is something I never even knew existed, but now I know it is the aspect of education that I find most interesting, creative, and intellectually challenging and it is the path I plan to pursue after teaching.

Attending NYU, where I got to be part of a safe and supportive community while exploring an endlessly exciting city and growing and expanding as an artist and individual, was a unique and life-changing experience. I feel so lucky that this first phase of my career at Success Academy has provided something similar: a nurturing, supportive community and the opportunity to grow personally, intellectually, and professionally — all while fulfilling my lifelong desire to help kids access the educational opportunities they need to pursue their dreams.For more information about working at Success Academy, visit their Careers page.

Top Tips on Writing a Postgraduate Application for the UK

Amy Chandler from the University of Exeter, UK provides tips on all things UK Education and building a successful application.

Top Tips on Writing a Postgraduate Application for the UK
You’ve decided further study is for you and there’s a fabulous course at a fantastic university which you’d just love to attend.  Writing a great postgraduate application will put you in a strong position to do just that.  The personal statement is perhaps the trickiest part to get right, so here are 8 tips to help you: 

Doing your homework on the Institution and the course is crucial.

Plan ahead

  • Preparation, as so often, is the name of the game. You’ll need to submit your application as early as possible, particularly if the course is very competitive.
  • Consider having a one to one appointment with a Careers Consultant to discuss any aspect of applying for postgraduate study. Think ahead to who you could ask for feedback and references; more on this later.
  • Read the Rules and Guidelines provided: It’s vital to read the instructions supplied by the Institution regarding completing your personal statement. Many universities will have a particular procedure they want you to adopt and will give you advice about this. Also check the selection criteria.

Structure your personal statement

  • Your statement should have an introduction, main body and conclusion and should grab the reader’s attention from the beginning.
  • Roughly half of the main body should focus on you and your interests and the other half on the course. Finally summarise why you’re the ideal candidate.
  • Regarding length, check the guidelines given by the university you’re applying for, otherwise it should be one and half sides of A4, around 1000-1500 words.

Show you’re ready to undertake postgraduate study

  • Give the admissions tutors evidence of your enthusiasm, commitment and motivation for further study and research.
  • Give evidence of your skills, academic and non-academic, and how they’ll fit with the course. Demonstrate how you’re motivated to do high levels of independent research, and mention completed projects and dissertations.
  • Show you can manage yourself and meet tight deadlines and show your academic credentials such as critical analysis and communication skills.

“The Career Zone offers one to one appointments for feedback on postgraduate personal statements. It’s also a very good idea to show your statement to an academic in the field.”

Do your homework on the Institution and the Course

  • Researching the course and the Institution will pay dividends. Show admissions tutors you know something about the Institution you’re applying to. Say why you want to study there and what makes the Institution stand out from others.
  • Are there certain modules exclusive to this Institution, a specialisation which particularly interests you, links to industry or an academic you’d like to work with?
  • Be specific, and if you’ve visited the institution or spoken to a course tutor or current student, remember to mention it in your application. 

Show how the new course links to your past studies and your future career

  • Is this course a completely new direction for you or is it a development of what you’ve studied before? If the former, you can show how you will deal with the academic challenges which might arise.  If the latter you can demonstrate how your current academic study is relevant, and outline particular skills you have to offer.
  • Express your interest in the subject, perhaps including some academic references or readings. Giving some indication of which career you might want to get into will show selectors you have a good motivation for doing well on this course. Show evidence that this is an informed and mature career decision.

Thoroughly check your grammar, spelling and punctuation

  • Your written communication skills are also being assessed so taking the time to get these right will be time well spent.

Ask for feedback

  • You may have read your statement a hundred times over, but it always helps to have others look over it too. The Career Zone offers one to one appointments for feedback on postgraduate personal statements. It’s also a very good idea to show your statement to an academic in the field.


  • In many cases you’ll need to give the names of two academic referees.  These should be lecturers or tutors from your course since they need to comment on your academic capabilities and suitability for the programme of study you’re applying for.
  • A great personal statement shows just how much you’ve got to offer the programme, as well as what you’ll get out of it and also why you deserve a place on it above other candidates.

Amy Chandler from the University of Exeter, UK will be in Palladium Hall Lobby from 11am – 2pm on Tuesday 30th April. She is happy to talk all things UK Education, the benefits just one year Masters from just £17,600, courses, quality, location and the application process.

About the University of Exeter, UK

The University of Exeter, UK currently has 29 subjects ranked in the TOP TEN – only Oxford and Cambridge have more! A stunning campus University, 2 hours outside London, ranked 12th in the Sunday Times Good University Guide (Out of 128 Universities!). We offer 3 year degrees, with a high on-time completion rates and very competitive tuition fees, as such we attract an ever increasing number of America students to both our degree and postgraduate courses.

Find all our postgraduate courses with the entry requirements and all our scholarships.

The University of Exeter is located in the south west of England (2 hours by train from London), with a beautiful campus just a short walk from Exeter city centre and 20 minutes from the inspirational coast. With 22,000 students, including 5,000 international students from 140 different countries.  A member of the prestigious Russell Group, awarded TEF ‘Gold’ (Teaching Excellence Framework) based on student satisfaction, with an on-time completion rate of 96% and excellent graduate prospects -95% are in employment or further study within 6 months.

For more information on how to apply for a postgraduate degree in the UK – watch this helpful video.