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Careers in Public Service: An Interview with Special Agent Danielle Messineo from the FBI

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By Diana Mendez, Assistant Director at the Wasserman Center

Danielle Messineo is a Special Agent at the FBI and also works in recruitment for the agency. Danielle holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Hofstra University and an MBA in Business Management from Dowling College. Before working for the FBI, Danielle worked as a Product Manager for for a fitness manufacturing company. Working in the Fitness industry was her “back-up plan” if she couldn’t be involved in government work. Although she loves the important work that she does with the FBI, Danielle suggests that students also have a realistic view of their careers and always have a backup plan when it comes to looking for jobs in order to have more options and career prospects.

Danielle was generous enough to talk to one of our Wasserman staff members to provide insight into her career at the FBI and within the federal government at large. Below are the answers to our questions.

Wasserman Center (Wass): How did you get started in this field and how long have you been with the FBI?
Danielle Messineo (DM): “I have been an agent for 22 years. My interest in law enforcement began as a child watching TV shows, such as as Starsky & Hutch, the Mod Squad, and SWAT (some students may be too young to know those!!!) After graduating college, I thought about going to law school and/or applying to different law enforcement agencies. During this time, I met someone who was married to an FBI Agent and educated me about the process. I then applied to numerous agencies, including the FBI.”

Wass: What skills and/or advanced degrees does a candidate need for this field?
DM: “You do not need an advanced degree. However, obtaining one will make you highly competitive for the position. We are currently looking for Special Agent applicants with the following skills in the following areas: Science, Technology, Math, Engineering, Cyber, Foreign Language, Law, Accounting, prior law enforcement/military, and pilots. Students apply for these special agent positions through the fbijobs.gov website.”

Danielle suggested that students apply for the Honors Internship Program (10-week, paid internship for college undergraduate and graduate students) or the Collegiate Hiring Initiative (for graduating seniors or individuals who have graduated with an undergraduate, graduate, or PhD degree). Applications for these summer internships start in August of each year. For more information about the qualifications and skills necessary for these positions, you can visit the FBI website for student jobs here. The FBI website also contains a wide array of information about the FBI; it is meant to educate students about the culture, procedures, and expectations of working at the FBI.

Wass: What characteristics/personality traits do employers value in the federal government?
DM: “We look for people who demonstrate leadership, are team players and who are highly motivated. We want people who have strong character and integrity and are committed to protecting this country.”

Danielle also added that students can demonstrate these skills through the interview process. Specifically, candidates should include concrete examples of their relevant past experience. There will be many behavioral questions during the interview process where they will be asked to describe examples of how they have used their analytical, interpersonal and personal solving skills, as well as their reasoning and flexibility.

Wass: What is an average day or week on the job like?
DM: “There is no average day or week on the job. It depends on the violation that you are working on and what type of investigations you are conducting. You might be conducting an arrest on Monday, out on a surveillance on Tuesday, in the office on Wednesday preparing reports, testifying in front of a Grand Jury on Thursday, and interviewing witnesses on Friday.”

Danielle’s work at the FBI is that of an investigator and has revolved around violent crimes including: organized crime, drug trafficking/money laundering, gangs, and violent crimes against children. She was a Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Award Recipient in 2009 for her tireless efforts in a child pornography investigation. She is getting ready to go to an elective training in Quantico, which will enhance her presentations, recruitment and overall work in internet safety and cyberbullying.

Wass: What is your favorite thing about your work?
DM: “The feeling of purpose and making a difference. There is no better feeling than knowing you have made this world a safer place.”

Wass: What is the work culture like at the FBI?
DM: “The work culture embodies hard work, integrity, and dedication to protecting the US no matter what challenges we face.”

Danielle also expanded upon the internal office culture at the FBI. She mentioned that in general, there is not a lot of turnover within the agency, which allows for a family feeling, as special agents usually start very young and grow up on the job with each other. Danielle enjoys the social component and special bond that she’s able experience within her squad mates.

In terms of the treatment of female Special Agents in a male-dominated field, Danielle actually feels that being a woman represents an advantage in her line of work. For instance, women deal with investigations that men can’t cover (battered women, abused children). There are many opportunities for female special agents depending on the type of investigation being conducted at a given time. Danielle has not personally ever experienced discrimination. According to her, everybody is treated as equals and everybody has to earn the respect of their colleagues through their work ethic.

Wass: What are the advancement opportunities at the FBI?
DM: “Special Agents enter as GS-10 employees on the law enforcement government pay scale and can advance to the GS-13 grade level in a field, non-supervisory role. Special Agents can thereafter qualify for a promotion to supervisory, management and executive positions to grades GS-14 and GS-15, as well as to the FBI Senior Executive Service.”

Danielle is currently a GS-13, step 10 employee (right below management level), and it took her about 10 years to get to that level.

Wass: How long was the process for you to get hired at the FBI?
DM: “The process for me was very long because I originally applied in 1993 and then there was a hiring freeze. I re-applied in the summer of 1994 when the freeze was lifted and entered the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA in January of 1995. The current selection process can take anywhere from 6 months to 1 year.”

Danielle expanded upon the hiring process at the FBI. Phase 1 entails applying online and taking a 3 hour test at a local testing facility. The test includes cognitive and behavioral questions. Candidates are informed on the spot if they passed or failed the test. Then, a meet-and-greet at a local facility is required. Candidates sit down with an agent and go over their resume in greater detail (special agents need 3 years of professional work experience, which does not include internships or volunteer work). Phase 2 consists of a 90 minute written exam, and a 1-hour oral panel interview with 3 agents (assessors). In this interview, assessors will discuss candidates’ core competencies. If the candidate passes phase 2, they will get contacted a week later to take a physical fitness test. If the test is passed, a background check is next (polygraph, drug test, medical check-up, and references). If the candidate is successful in all of these phases, a conditional job offer is extended. If accepted, new hires will be placed in a class for a basic field training course. The 21 week academy consists of 12 weeks of academic work and and then a law enforcement phase.

Wass: What are some challenges in this field?
DM: “An FBI Agent’s job is a very demanding job both mentally and physically. There are many challenges, however, that the training and support that is provided to every employee in the bureau, prepares you for. As a Crimes Against Children investigator for 13 years, the subject matter and evidence review was the most challenging for me in my career. However, due to my mental toughness and excellent support system, I was able to handle the violation successfully.”

Wass: What advice do you have for potential applicants?
DM: “Because the FBI sets such high standards, applicants should review employment disqualifiers so they know that certain choices they make now can potentially prevent them from becoming an agent or with a law enforcement career in general. Maintain your physical fitness and establish a regular fitness routine, make it a lifestyle. Scrub your social media and make sure that anything you have on the Internet portrays you in only a positive way.”

Wass: What changes in the hiring practices, if any, do you expect at the FBI with the Trump administration?
DM: “I do not expect any changes in the hiring practices. I expect more support for our organization.”

Danielle then specified that she hopes that more budget support would be provided.

We thank Special Agent Danielle Messineo for her insight and advice regarding her work at the FBI and within the federal Government! If you wish to contact Danielle with additional questions about working for the FBI, her recruiter e-mail address is nyrecruiting@ic.fbi.gov.

Interested in government and not-for-profit work? Attend the “Making It in: Non-Profit & Government” Career Panel at the Kimmel Center (Room 806) on February 23rd, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. This interactive session featuring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Peace Corps, and Teach for America, among others, will allow you to learn about various professionals’ experiences and how identity can impact career paths. Underrepresented students are strongly encouraged to attend! Lunch is provided! To RSVP, click here.

If you would like more information about how the recent hiring freeze will affect students looking for positions within the federal government, please click here.

Profile of a Wasserman Center Internship Grant Recipient

Hajratalli, Narissa

Narissa Hajratalli is a sophomore at CAS studying Neural Science on the Pre-Health track. She is currently volunteering at NYU Langone Medical Center as a Research Intern at the Neuroscience Institute. She works under Dr. Jayeeta Basu’s lab where they study the brain circuitry that underlies learning and memory in brain. Narissa is also involved in Lafayette Residence Hall Council as Director of Events.

What is the best part of winning the Internship Grant?
The best part about winning the grant is being able to pursue my passion for research without dividing my attention by juggling a job on top of my school work.

What are the challenges and rewards of doing an unpaid internship?
My biggest challenges I found during my internship were that I sometimes took longer than usual to get tasks done or I would have problems troubleshooting if things didn’t go exactly as planned. For example, I deal with fixed tissue of transgenic mice brains and my job is to slice the brains and mount slides of these. You have to be extremely careful with the delicate tissue and I would take my time to ensure I didn’t make any mistakes or ruined the data. However, this internship is extremely rewarding because I am learning so much about the field I am truly interested in!

What advice do you have for students who are applying to the Internship Grant?
I say that you should apply even if you are on the fence about it. Don’t be afraid to pursue an internship just because it’s not paid. There are other ways of obtaining funds!

What tips do you have for surviving an unpaid internship?
Be conscious about your money! It’s very easy to blow all that you have on Chipotle but it’s important to have money for the essentials first. I always pack my lunch so I can cut out the cost entirely!

The Wasserman Center Internship Grant was established to provide financial assistance ($1000) to students pursuing non-paying internships within not-for-profits, the arts, education, public service and other industries that do not traditionally pay their interns. For more information, the application and eligibility criteria can be found on NYU CareerNet under Job ID #1053216. The application deadline is February 23rd, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. Please keep in mind this is a competitive process.

3 Things You Need to Know to Make an Impeccable Impression

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Jessica Yeh is a senior in the Hotel and Tourism Management program at School of Professional Studies, concentrating in Marketing and Revenue Management and minoring in Japanese. She has been through six different internships since attending NYU, during semesters and summers. She is passionate about building an Asian American and Taiwanese American community. One of her proudest commitment, besides being a Wasserman Campus Ambassador (WCA), is being the assistant director of an upcoming Asian and Taiwanese American conference at NYU.

Lost Before Your Wardrobe?
Have you ever stood before your wardrobe and felt completely lost it because you do not know what to wear for an interview? Please take in a deep breath and know that it is not as intimidating as you think.

Besides preparing for the interview itself, there are 4 things you need to know to make an impeccable impression:

1. Know your company.
It is never a bad thing to research about your company. For instance, you would take notice of its core values, image, and culture. Is it a more uptight corporate culture? Is it more relaxed like a start-up? Is it fashion focused? Is it professionally focused? You need to get a good feel of the company and you can use your attire as a way to express yourself. After all, companies are looking for the best fit for their respective environment.

2. Know your position.
Yes, you can use your attire to express yourself, but you also need to consider the position that you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for an entry level position in a luxury fashion company, you may wear something that is more business casual so that your attire reflects your creative nature. However, it would be too much if you wear something over the top like the celebrities on the red carpets.

3. Know yourself.
You need to know your what suits you and what does not. When you are choosing your shirts, skirts or dress pants, you should never choose something that is overly tight or loose. It is generally right to choose something that fits just right. You want to look comfortable in your professional attire in order to set the right tone before you start an interview. You do not want your interviewer distracted. Instead, you want them to focus on your face and you want them to listen to what you are about to say.

4. Better to “dress up” than “dress down.”
It is always better to dress up than dress down. It is better to let your interviewer think that you are serious about the interview rather than think that you are sloppy. You want to take each opportunity seriously, too, because the industry can be small and you don’t know where you will run into the same interviewer again.

You Got This!
There are some really great stores where you can find affordable and quality professional attire, such as Macy’s.

Good luck on your professional journey and start your professional wardrobe today!

Attire for Successful Hire is in on Thursday, February 9th at 5PM in Palladium Hall. In this fashion show, you will learn about the appropriate attire to wear to interviews and networking events depending on the industry. There will be free giveaways and a raffle, along with a LinkedIn photo booth. Sponsored by Macy’s. RSVP to attend.

In Case You Missed It: Secrets to Landing (and succeeding in) a Job in PR and Corporate Communication

Dariana Colon-Bibb

Dariana Colon-Bibb joined the Wasserman Center at SPS for a webinar “The Secrets to Landing a Job in PR and Corporate Communication”.

Dariana is an entrepreneur, life enthusiast and advocate for fearlessness. She was born and raised in New York City, before graduating from the prestigious all-women’s institution Spelman College and the historical boarding high school, Phillips Andover Academy, all of which are a testament to her diverse upbringing and charge to change the world. She has experience in event planning, public relations, production, team management and programming. She is knowledgeable of proper social media execution and digital marketing campaigns. She is also passionate about female advocacy and speaking on behalf of female and underprivileged youth.

Key Take-Aways from the webinar as shared by Wasserman Graduate Assistant Daniela Hornivius.

1. Disrupt the hidden job market through networking by increasing awareness of your personal brand and sharing your abilities, skills, and background. 70-80% of jobs are found through networking. These are, for example, jobs that haven’t been posted on job boards or the corporate website. An active job searching approach is more effective and should be your priority to land job or internship opportunities.

2. Build authentic relationships with your contacts by communicating a sincere interest in their work and advice. Don’t contact people to ask for a job but rather follow up with your network, exchange information and offer your help.

3. Create your own website, blog, or social media site to build your professional brand and to connect with business professionals in the industry. You can leverage your online appearance by asking experts for help or feature them on your website, blog or social media platform.

4. Keep up to date to the pulse of your industry to engage in meaningful discussion when you are building your network. People will remember you if you’re knowledgable about trends and ask questions.

5. Volunteer at conferences, seminars or workshops to expand your network, meet influencers and gain experience. Attending these events as part of your job search is a great starting point to show that you’re passionate about the industry and inquire the direct contact of an expert.

6. Stand out by researching who you are going to meet to find points of commonality or their work. It’s easier to start a conversation if you know that you have something in common by changing the perspective from “I” to “We”.

Be sure to check-out NYU CareerNet for additional employer and industry events to hear from the experts their top tips to land a job and succeed in your selected industry!

In Case You Missed It: Day in the Life at Ketchum

Did you miss a day in the life at Ketchum? Click on the image below for a recap!

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Follow us on Twitter @NYUWasserman for tweets on a day-in-the-life of employees at different organizations. A professional will take over our account for the day and give you live updates about the projects they work on, meetings they attend, and the culture of their office.

How to Brand Yourself as an Expert Through LinkedIn

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Suryabala Shenbagamurthy is a digital advertising professional with an authentic love for the field. She works at a digital agency in midtown and prior to was with Goldman Sachs and the United Nations. Her accolades had her participate in Google’s 2015 Online Marketing Challenge and she was featured in the Hindu, one of India’s most influential media outlets. Surya holds a master’s degree in PR and corporate communications from NYU, Class of 2015, and gave a TEDx speech on social media influence in 2016.

1. LinkedIn Headline
This is probably the easiest way to attract a potential employer. It’s also the most important and your first step towards personal branding. Most students assume that LinkedIn headline – the text following your name – must reflect field of study or internship position title. That’s not true. For starters, your LinkedIn headline can say whatever you want!!! So get creative and position yourself as a specialist. For example, if you’re majoring in integrated marketing, your headline can be “Marketing Specialist.” Or if you’re majoring in public relations, your headline can read “Media Relations Strategist.” Refrain from using “Actively looking for jobs” in the title. You might come off desperate and miss out on networking opportunities. Another great example is highlighting your skills or aspirations in your headline (Screenshot below).

Prachi Gohil
Source: Prachi Gohil LinkedIn Profile, M.S. Integrated Marketing, 2016 New York University Graduate

2. Profile Picture and Cover Photo
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I couldn’t agree more. Especially in a platform like LinkedIn where you can show your potential employers that you’re the right cultural fit by adding a little color to your profile. For example, Yang Zhao branded her LinkedIn profile with a black and white theme and used a cover photo of a man feeding swans and ducks from a snowy river bank in Krakow, a famous photograph by Marcin Ryczek. Though her major is in marketing, she wanted to differentiate herself from other candidates by branding herself “cool” and “creative.” On that note, here’s a secret: NYU Photo Bureau offers free in-studio headshot appointments for students from June through April, 10:30am to 4:00pm.

Yang Zhao
Source: Yang Zhao LinkedIn Profile, M.S. Integrated Marketing, 2016 New York University Graduate

3. LinkedIn Summary
Most students and professionals overlook this section. Or they end up giving a literal summary of their professional background. Best LinkedIn summaries are written with passion. Unlike your resume, LinkedIn is first and foremost a social media platform. So be casual and speak about why you’re in the industry. What motivates you. Your expertise and skills. And maybe quote a famous saying that you live by. Most importantly, capture the reader’s attention. It’s truly an art. And it comes with many versions of edits. You can also brag a little by including images of your accomplishments and your online portfolio. Here’s a great example:

Sanya Deshpande
Source: Sanya Deshpande LinkedIn Profile, M.S Integrated Marketing, Brand Management and Digital Marketing, 2016 New York University Graduate

4. Recommendations
There’s a misassumption that only full time experiences deserve recommendations. And in a student life, internships, on campus jobs, and student club management activities along with classes form a full-time job by itself. So how to evaluate these experiences and show a potential employer that these experiences matter too? Simple. Ask your internship or on campus job manager, and club president to write you a recommendation. It can be about a contribution to the team, your personality, work ethics, professionalism, or a random quote saying “She’s just awesome! We couldn’t have done this without her!”
Nishita Tamuly
Source: Nishita Tamuly LinkedIn Profile, M.S. Integrated Marketing, 2016 New York University Graduate

5. LinkedIn Posts
If you’re not a fan of writing, you might not like this idea. But hey! You don’t have to publish a LinkedIn blog post for 700 words. Just sharing your views on industry trends in less than 350 words could go a long way. Or you can write about your final project, talk about research and findings, and even include a presentation. The goal is to share your knowledge and differentiate yourself from many other candidates in the job market. As a bonus, potential employers can browse through all your LinkedIn posts just below your summary enhancing your profile.
Suryabala Shenbagamurthy
Source: Suryabala Shenbagamurthy LinkedIn Profile, M.S. Public Relations and Corporate Communications, 2015 New York University Graduate

Careers in Public Service: An interview with Darius Callier from the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York

Darius Callier

The Wasserman Center will be interviewing professionals working in public service to better understand how their careers have progressed. For our third “Careers in Public Service” interview, we are exploring local government, and met with Darius Callier.

Darius Callier is a Policy Analyst for Project Management in the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York. In this capacity, he works on various initiatives set by the Mayor, including as the Project Manager from the Mayor’s Office of Operations for City’s Initiative to End Veteran’s Homelessness.

How did you get started in this field?
I began my career as a Teaching Fellow and Assistant Teacher at the elementary and high school levels, and Teaching Assistant for an undergraduate study abroad program. My transition into policy was eased through pursuing joint master’s degrees at Georgetown University and the Universidad Nacional de San Martin in Development, Management, and Policy.

My job search after graduate school was very targeted, because I knew I wanted to work for local government during my application process, I engaged in networking, and by the time I applied, my resume had already been seen by three connections I had made in the office. As this was my first job after graduate school, networking greatly helped, although I’d had previous experience in other fields that I knew how to make relevant to this work.

What skills/advanced degrees do you need for this field?
In terms of skills, the interpersonal/networking skills are very important; our office culture is very interpersonal, so these skills are highly valued.

In terms of degrees, a master’s degree in a related field definitely helps, but isn’t necessary. There are almost two routes into the office; one is that, with a relevant Master’s, you can get directly into the Office of the Mayor. However, if you don’t have a Master’s (or if your Master’s is in a non-relevant field), you can start off at one of the city agencies, build your experience, and work up to our office.

What characteristics/personality traits do employers value in your office?
Our office values diversity and the ability to provide a unique perspective, which is something I really appreciate because it really feels like everyone has a space at our table. As I previously said, interpersonal skills are also important in many different ways; we have to be able to work effectively with a range of people, and networking and connecting with others is very valued as well.

What is an average day/week on the job like?
I do a range of different things, so I’m not sure there’s an average day. I’m in project management, so my office implements the mayor’s initiatives. I work totally on homeless policy, so on a given day I might be visiting flagship shelters, talking with our clients, coordinating inspections of the city’s roughly 650 shelter buildings, between five city agencies, and so on.

What is your favorite thing about your work?
Because I work in homelessness, I feel like the work is inherently meaningful, and I can directly see how my work affects people; I like being able to see the results of my work. I also get to make changes that take effect quickly, which I appreciate.

What is the work culture like?
In our office people are ambitious, but also not competitive; people are kind, thoughtful, and supportive. I personally feel like there is a lot of autonomy and trust in my ability to get things done. It is also not very hierarchical, and everyone gets to experience ownership of some domain, which is exciting.

What are the opportunities for advancement?
There are lots of opportunities for advancement; people move up quickly or move onto work within agencies. As a result there is a lot of turnover.

What was your networking strategy?
I was always prepared for networking; before I was hired I ran into the Mayor at an airport and approached him about how I wanted to work for him. That in itself didn’t get me the job; in fact, my resume was probably put through extra scrutiny to avoid appearances of favoritism. However, by the time I had the chance to interact with the Mayor, I was prepared with a graduate school education, relevant professional experiences and information on the specific position I was aiming to enter. You never know when you’ll make an important connection or run into someone who can help, so I can’t stress enough the importance of being prepared for networking all the time. Further, you can get more information than you would think from informal conversations; an off-hand comment can turn out to be useful in an interview, so make sure to pay attention, even when the information seems minor.

What are some challenges in this field?
There isn’t really a template for my job, so sometimes it is difficult to figure out when I should make a call on my own and when I should defer to someone else. Also, like in all politics/policy work, my behavior always reflects on my entire office, even when I’m not at work; this isn’t a problem for me, but the idea of being “always on” is something to be aware of.

What advice do you have for potential applicants?
I would recommend looking at the description for the position you’re applying for and use this to match your experience on your application materials. Know that being “experienced” can mean a range of things, and don’t discount your previous experience – at first, I wasn’t sure my teaching experience was relevant, but it certainly is. Also, if you’re determined to be in the Mayor’s Office, know there are many routes there; many of the city agencies get you great exposure, so consider starting there!

Interested in government and non-profit work? Attend the Government and Non-Profit Expo at George Washington University on February 17th, 2017 from 10am-3pm. Travel to Washington D.C. to meet employers hiring for full-time and internship positions in government, non-profit and public sectors. The fair is held in collaboration with Georgetown University, University of Virginia, University of Richmond, College of William & Mary, Swarthmore College, and Yale University. To RSVP and obtain information about the free bus service for students, please click here.

4 Things to Think About Before Starting a Business while on OPT

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Chaiyaporn Chinotaikul is a Co-Founder and Manager at NOAM NEW YORK, a jewelry e-commerce website. He graduated from NYU SPS with a degree in Graphics Communication Management and Technology. His Co-Founder is Alissara Kulchaipanich, another NYU graduate with a degree in Integrated Marketing.

It can be a little daunting when you want to start a business as an international student. The sheer amount of legal documents for business is already a headache, but adding immigration law to that pile and you’ve got yourself a motivational black hole.

However, OPT can at least help you take it step by step. That’s right, you can be legally self-employed in the U.S. if you start a business with OPT. This will give you a little breathing room. Still, there are a few things you should think about before you begin:

1. Prepare a Business Plan Before your OPT Start

Don’t make the mistake of writing a business plan a week before your OPT start. You only have one year on OPT and few businesses take off within a year of starting. Take some time off your study to do market research and other preparations. Make the most of your OPT.

2. Explore Your Visa Options

It’s a bad feeling when you’ve just got your business up and running and then find out you have an expiring OPT at the corner. That’s why it is a good idea to decide early which visa you need to continue your business. There are entrepreneurial visas (E-1 and E-2); there are also specialized visas like EB-2 visa (National Interest Classification) and O1-A visa. Before making your decision, it’s always better to first consult an immigration lawyer. Note that first consultations with lawyers are usually free.

3. Apply for a Visa Early or Plan Your Exit

If you decide to stay and apply for an entrepreneurial visa, get a lawyer and do it early. The earlier the better. The process can be long, and there is no guarantee. If you do not plan to stay, then plan for your exit. Find out who you need to inform to close your company (IRS is only one of them).

Alternatively, you can manage your company from outside the U.S. by hiring a manager to take over when you leave. If this is what you want, I recommend setting a revenue goal (or active user goal), and only hire a manager if you reach this goal. You don’t want to hire a manager and then close the company from a different continent when you find out there is no market for your product. The paperwork will be a nightmare.

4. Starting a Business Can be an Extension of Your Education in the U.S.

Starting a business doesn’t have to be about being successful. It can teach you things you won’t learn in class. I started an e-commerce jewelry business without the expectation of succeeding. My primary goal is to learn how to build a business from the ground up. Of course, we are doing everything we can to deliver values to our customers. We have a business plan, a small but sufficient capital, and a niche market gap that isn’t crowded – which is to provide jewelry that are practical and convenient, specifically catered for working women.

But as you know, it’s possible that we are as blinded by our ideas as all the ex-business owners who were rudely awaken by the cold water of reality. Still, we are learning more than we ever thought we would. It is by far the most exciting experience I’ve had in New York – and probably the most enlightening experience, as well. If starting a business, either in the U.S. or elsewhere, is your goal, then take this valuable opportunity. You will not regret it.

To see NOAM NEW YORK, visit Chaiyaporn’s website.

In Case You Missed It: Day in the Life at Terrapinn

Did you miss a day in the life at Terrapinn? Click on the image below for a recap!

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Follow us on Twitter @NYUWasserman for tweets on a day-in-the-life of employees at different organizations. A professional will take over our account for the day and give you live updates about the projects they work on, meetings they attend, and the culture of their office.