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Life as a Research Analyst from an NYU Alumna

Amber Smoczyk graduated from NYU in 2015 with a degree in Politics and Spanish, and now works as a Research Analyst at Cognolink.

Early in the second semester of my senior year at NYU, I interviewed for a job as a Research Analyst at Cognolink, a global primary research firm with an office in midtown Manhattan. As a double major in Politics and Spanish, I had been searching for positions with non-profits and government organizations, but Cognolink stood out to me as a unique company with opportunities for students of all majors. What I admired most about Cognolink was the company’s emphasis on its employees’ personal and professional growth. I started working this July and have been learning and training ever since. I’ve already taken on new responsibilities and will soon begin project managing and interacting with our clients directly, a rare opportunity for most entry-level positions.

Cognolink’s clients include many of the world’s top hedge funds, private equity firms, and management consultancies and our goal is to assist in their research and help them make smarter investment decisions. We act as a non-advisory partner, facilitating consultations between our clients and industry experts, who can provide them with valuable insight that is difficult to find elsewhere. As a Research Analyst, I am constantly studying a wide variety of industries, as our clients look at a diverse array of markets, from Brazilian agriculture to UK real estate to US oil and gas.

On a typical day I work on about five different projects.  Each morning, I review my assignments with my Team Leader and my Project Manager, who will also brief me on any new projects we may have received overnight. After answering emails and following up on yesterday’s work, I might start working on a brand new project. My research begins with a quick online search for news in the space the client is looking at, whether it’s telecommunications, automotive companies, or grocery retailers. Often, I will find a recent article describing a change in the management of a particular company, a sharp decline in demand for or supply of a certain product, or the release of a new technology. Familiarizing myself with the news allows me to approach the project in a more informed and efficient way. After doing my own preliminary research, I begin the task of identifying experts who could speak with my client and provide a first-hand perspective on the topic. Perhaps I will reach out to a former CEO in the sector my client is looking at, who could shed light on recent market events.  At this point in my research, communication skills come into play. A Research Analyst at Cognolink spends a great deal of time on the phone speaking with experts, so being able to speak professionally and confidently is of the utmost importance. The focus of our clients’ research is often quite niche, so it is important to ask the right questions in order to determine whether or not the expert would be a helpful resource for the client. If my own conversation with the expert goes well and I am confident they could contribute to the project, I will write up a short bio describing their qualifications and pass it along to the client. After the client indicates their interest in speaking with the expert, a phone-based consultation is scheduled. 

Working at Cognolink is an opportunity to learn about many different industries, stay up-to-date on current events, and get an inside look into the world’s financial markets. The company is growing now more than ever and the opportunities for growth and promotion within are readily available. Cognolink fosters a company culture of hard work balanced with plenty of fun. The company is full of recent graduates and young professionals, all eager to work together and create a welcoming office environment.

To learn more about the Research Analyst position, visit:


4 Truths About Taking a Gap Year

Compiled by Project Horseshoe Farm Fellows ‘15-’16 and written by Melissa Luong

Melissa Luong recently graduated from Binghamton University. She is now pursuing a one-year fellowship at Project Horseshoe Farm in Greensboro, Alabama before entering graduate school next fall. 

Fellows at Project Horseshoe Farm pursue a one or two year gap-year fellowship serving vulnerable community members by focusing on education, leadership, and community. As we came together and brainstormed about our experiences, we reflected on the last five months of our gap year. We came up with 4 important things that everyone should consider when pursuing a gap year between college graduation and graduate studies. 

1. You don’t have to go abroad.

This is the ever-popular choice for a gap year, but it isn’t your only option. Traveling and/or doing a year of service is just as accessible in the United States. Regionally, the U.S. has many differences and unique cultures. Only two of the nine fellows are originally from the South. The rest of us are from California, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania. We’ve been learning so much about the culture, traditions, and food that the South values. None of the fellows have lived in a rural area before this gap year and we’re learning that cows escape from their pastures more often than you think.

2.  Explore every option.

Don’t keep yourself in a narrow frame of mind. Last year, a current fellow (then a graduating senior) only went to our information session because she was curious. What we imagined for ourselves after graduation while we were in college isn’t exactly what all of us are doing. Many of us never intended to move to a small town in the Deep South. If we were to tell the freshmen versions of ourselves that we’d be moving to a rural community in Alabama, most of us would be pretty shocked. However, we are enjoying our time in a place which is different from what we’ve experienced before. Take a chance on an unconventional opportunity.

3. College doesn’t teach you everything.

Think of your gap year as a transitional year. We are using our gap year to figure out if the professional ambitions we developed in college are truly what we want to pursue. It seems like a better option than pursuing graduate training and then finding out that what we thought we wanted isn’t really what we want anymore.

4. Be open to new experiences and people. 

Consider what you want from your gap-year. You’ve spent a good few years earning your degree in an environment in which you’ve grown accustomed to certain things. Learn to challenge yourself so that you can be receptive and understanding to experiences and people different from you. Our fellows are from all over the United States and are alumni of Ivy League schools, small liberal-art colleges, and state schools. Even more so, we are meeting community members who, at first glance, are so unlike us that it seems a friendship would be difficult. We find that this isn’t the case at all. We’re pushing ourselves to understand and empathize with everyone we meet and we’ve been welcomed very warmly.

Hopefully, these truths that we’ve imparted will help you formulate an idea of if and what kind of gap year is best for you.  Best of luck, class of 2016!

To learn more about Project Horseshoe Farm and this exciting gap year experience for students interested in healthcare, education, or social entrepreneurial leadership, check out their info session at Wasserman on November 9 at 3:30pm.

A Wasserman Career Ambassador’s Top Tips for Networking at Exploring a Legal Career

Isaro Carter is a junior studying Applied Psychology in Steinhardt—but she wants to be an entertainment lawyer! She has a passion for rap music, cartoons, and really good food. When she isn’t working with the Wasserman Career Ambassadors, she can be found at your nearest gym or in Bobst studying. This semester Isaro is on the Freshman & Sophomore Engagement team with her fellow Wasserman Career Ambassadors, as she hopes to help more underclassman get better acquainted with Wasserman.

On Tuesday, October 27th from 5:30-7pm, the Wasserman Center is hosting Exploring a Legal Career in collaboration with the Preprofessional Office at CAS. There will be five attorneys present to speak with students in a roundtable discussion about the law, law school, practicing law, and careers in law.  Now that you know what the event will entail, do you know how to get the most out of it? Here are some tips to help you do just that!

  1. Be professional – If you do nothing else, make sure you maintain a professional demeanor—you want to make a good impression!
  2. Do your research Knowing as much as you can about the kind of law area you are interested in, the law school you want to go to, etc. will help you to formulate better questions, and you’ll stand out that much more.
  3. Make sure your elevator pitch* is tight – For more reasons than one, your elevator pitch will come in handy; for this particular event, it’ll make you look very professional and seem like a no-nonsense kind of student.
  4. If someone really speaks to you, ask for/take their business card – This one is a no-brainer. This will allow you to keep in contact with them.
  5. Send a follow-up email – For this one, you have to gauge the appropriateness of sending an email—if you find that you made a genuine connection and would like to learn more by speaking further with this individual, reach out with a follow up email because it’s a simple gesture that can go a long way.

*Bonus: The Elevator Pitch – It isn’t only used for meeting people in elevators! When networking, you really only have a couple of seconds to hook people and give them a general sense of who you are and to make a lasting impression, so having a quick, concise pitch ready to go will always come in handy.  When constructing your pitch be sure that it answers these questions:

  • Who are you?
  • Where do you go to school?
  • What do you do?
  • What are you interested in doing?
  • What can you offer?

Having all of these elements can give people a quick snapshot of who you are and what they can help you with (if they are so inclined) or to whom they can refer you. Getting this down will make you look like a power player, even if you’re only an undergrad—remember, you always want to make a good impression!

Now that you’ve read all of these tips, you should be in good shape to maximize your opportunities at the Exploring a Legal Career event.  You won’t want to miss it!

Exploring a Legal Career will take place on Tuesday, October 27, 5:30-7:00 PM at The Wasserman Center, Presentation Room A.  It’s being sponsored by The Stern Business & Law Association and the NYU Opportunities Program.  Whether you’re sure a career in law is for you, or you’re just curious about the field, join the event for round-table conversations and networking!  It’s open to all majors.  RSVP here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 3 Tips on LinkedIn for Career Changers

Julbert Abraham, MBA – is the CEO of AGM, a LinkedIn Marketing and Training firm in New Jersey. He is a serial entrepreneur and a social media marketing instructor. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average professional in America now only stays in a role for about four and a half years. Prior to being an Entrepreneur, I had my share of career changes. I was able to learn from each of the phases and I have used social media to facilitate my transitions. One of the main tools that I used during my career changes was LinkedIn. Here are the top 3 tips that will help you as a career changer to maximize LinkedIn for your journey:

Tip #1- Developing a professional LinkedIn profile

With over 347 Million professionals on LinkedIn, you have to create a powerful presence with a complete LinkedIn profile. To achieve that goal, you need the following:

-        A professional headshot and background header

-        Attention grabbing headline that describes the value that you bring to an employer in 120 characters or less

-        A personalized and optimized summary section that makes it easier to find you and speaks directly to potential recruiters and employers about your capabilities and your accomplishments

-        Highlighting your past experiences with bullet points on how you were able to make a difference in your prior positions

-        Three to five recommendations from your peers and/or past clients who had an opportunity to work with you

Tip #2 – Connecting with strategic industry recruiters

Now that you are changing careers, you have to answer the following questions:

-        What exactly are you looking to do?

-        What industry would you like to work in?

-        Where would you like to work?

-        What are the top 5 companies that you would like to work for?

Once you are able to answer these questions, you can now work with alumni and recruiters to help you with your search. You can use the Advanced Search tool on LinkedIn to help you find these key recruiters that you can connect with then reach out to them for a conversation. There are thousands of recruiters out there and it is very important that you find two to three recruiters that can work with you and help you find your next career.

Tip# 3- Participate in LinkedIn Groups

As a career changer, think of this opportunity as your own business where you have to create a personal brand and market yourself effectively. With LinkedIn groups, you are able to join some niche communities. These communities may also be where your next employer goes to learn from industry experts. You can establish a presence in these groups by doing the following:

-        Participating in current discussions

-        Sharing valuable content that may benefit the group as a whole

-        Interacting with some of the key contributors and other members of the groups

Within a few months, you may become the “Go-to Guy or Gal” in the group who is providing value. This strategy will not only allow you to create a personal brand it will also allow you to interact with your potential employers, develop a relationship with them on and off LinkedIn which may lead to an interview and hopefully your new career.

To learn more tips like this from Julbert Abraham, be sure to reserve your spot at the Career Changers Conference on Friday, October 16th 2015 where he will be hosting a session on “Using LinkedIn for your Career Change.

In Case You Missed It: Day in the Life at Time Inc.

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In Case You Missed It: Fall 2015 Engineering & Technology Career Fair

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The Business of the Performing Arts

Jennifer Root, Hiring Assistant at DCM, Inc.

I am an artist.  My great passion in life is opera.  The expression of the music, the artistry of the performers, the set and the lighting, and the costumes and make-up all contribute to this incomparable visceral experience.  I am a professional opera singer, and I have been lucky enough to perform some of my favorite roles on stages that once only existed to me on television.  I was in the Houston Grand Opera Studio for four seasons, I stood in for Christine Goerke in a performance of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Glimmerglass Festival, and most recently I performed Senta in The Flying Dutchman with Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center.  When I was in school, I learned about music theory, music history, languages, style, and vocal technique.  Essentially, all the basic components of “How to be a Performer.”  This has all served me well, but one major component was lacking.  Music is a business.

The Business of the Performing Arts

The longer I work as an artist, the more exposed I am to this reality.  Music is a business.  As artists, our education usually focuses on the production of our art form, and the business side of it is largely neglected.  And yet, the truth is that arts are a business like any other.  They have costs, budgets, goals, and deadlines.  They have to make choices between projects, venues, artists, and a world of other factors.  In the past few years, we’ve seen some august companies end up in hot water, or even become defunct for a number of different reasons.  Artists are not only watching their favorite venues suffer, they’re watching their job opportunities disappear.  At some point, we have to ask, what can I do to support my passion?

While there are many answers to this question, one of the simplest answers is to make sure there’s an audience.  For most American non-profit performing arts organizations, ticket sales cover less than 50% of the costs of any given production.  The rest is (hopefully) covered by private donors and underwriters.  Both are essential to the survival of a performing arts organization.  By concentrating on ticket sales, we not only ensure revenue, but we make sure there’s an audience for the performers.  Believe me, nothing is as underwhelming as performing to an empty house.

Working in the Arts When I’m Not Working in the Arts

In May of 2015, I started working with DCM, Inc. as their Hiring Assistant.  My main function is to make sure we have plenty of callers to support all of our non-profit performing arts and advocacy clients.  I still continue to work as a singer, but now I also have a way to “give back” to the arts community.  I gain great satisfaction from working on behalf of our clients.  Instead of working a job that holds little interest for me outside of my paycheck, I’m working in a place that directly contributes to the success of respected arts organizations and advocacy programs.  In addition, I’m surrounded by other artists who wanted to remain within the arts business when they weren’t actively working as artists themselves.  My office is filled with actors, dancers, singers, authors, photographers, instrumentalists, and of course, salespeople.  They come here because they love the arts, and want to see them flourish.  They come here because they are great salespeople, and know they can earn good money.  They come here because we offer flexible schedules that they can arrange around their auditions and classes.  Mostly they come here because they love talking about their passion, and they want to share this joy with new and returning patrons.  For many, this is a great way to earn money while they’re in school, or until they land a big artist’s contract.  For some, it’s a great career opportunity.  For everyone, it’s about serving non-profit organizations throughout the country.

For more information on DCM, please visit, or apply via NYU CareerNet, Job ID 992654.




Starting a Career in Consulting: an NYU Alumnus Story

Jack Yip is an Associate Consultant at Optimity Advisors. His current role is a Business Analyst at a large consumer operated and oriented plan (CO-OP). His responsibilities include project management support, data analytics, and business decision-making. He enjoys budget traveling and is often on the lookout for airline pricing glitches. He grew up in Hong Kong and has lived in New York City for the past thirteen years. He is a 2014 graduate of NYU Stern where he majored in Finance and International Business, and is a member of Beta Alpha Psi.

One of the most important decisions we make in college is choosing our career. Our first job determines the skill set we will develop, and has a significant impact on future jobs we plan to take. I chose to begin my career in consulting because I wanted to strengthen my interpersonal skills and to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work in various industries.

I utilized NYU Wasserman’s Career Center to land both my financial planning internship and my consulting job post-graduation. As a freshman, I thought I wanted to become an actuary. However, I ultimately decided that I would prefer a job that allowed for more client and team interactions, which is exactly what a career in consulting provides. I specifically looked for a consulting firm where I would be placed as an external consultant at a client. This would allow me to work for multiple clients over the course of my job, as opposed to an internal consultant, where I would be placed on projects within a single company.

In the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to work on multiple projects in a variety of team settings, which has helped me to develop an invaluable and highly transferrable set of skills. I’ve learned to facilitate client interactions, streamline business processes, and stay focused in high-pressure situations.

I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy a great work-life balance at my firm. My firm’s core values include celebrating diversity, having fun, nurturing talent, team focused, thinking big, delivering quality, and standing together as one.  Not only am I encouraged to reach out to other project teams to learn about their work, I am also welcomed to express my interests in projects I would like to be involved with, a privilege that is not available at all consulting firms. As a young professional, it’s crucial that I reach out and learn as much as possible from those around me. I have made it a priority to take every opportunity to expand both my network and my knowledge.

Another way I contribute to my firm is by participating in internal workgroups such as recruiting, professional development, and social media. For those who are more adventurous, they can start their own! Last year, two of my colleagues at the Associate level created a Health and Wellness workgroup, and were able to get over 200 of our employees to participate in a 6-week long Steps Challenge. For myself, in addition to helping out with recruiting (i.e. organizing on-campus recruiting activities), I have also had the opportunity to publish weekly technology tips for the company on topics ranging from using Apple products to creating pivot tables in Excel.

As an avid traveler, I decided to study abroad in both Shanghai and Sydney. Working as a consultant, some of my greatest business experiences have been on the road in a host of different cities. Depending on the dynamics of the project, a consultant like myself could potentially work from our home company office on Mondays and Fridays, and work on the client site Tuesdays through Thursdays. The constant change of scenery keeps me engaged and excited.

Regardless of your choice of career, I strongly suggest that you reach out to recent graduates working in fields you are interested in, as you will be able to learn about their experiences and assess whether a career in their respective fields is right for you.

Optimity is currently accepting applications for the 2016 Associate position through NYU Wasserman’s On-Campus Recruitment Program. Please visit NYU CareerNet to apply by September 20 11:59PM EDT.