Making a Difference: Day in the Life of a Development Specialist

Noelle

Noelle Aubert graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and Sociology. She now works as a Developmental Specialist at South Bay Community Services.

Each and every day as a Development Specialist is special and unique in its own way. Just the other day, I got to witness the amazing privileges of my job after working consistently with a two-year-old boy diagnosed with Autism. For five months we worked on the use of sign language. On this day in particular my client finally used the sign for “more” without any prompting or assistance from me. I almost jumped out of my skin and screamed with excitement. I couldn’t contain my enthusiasm as I said to his daycare provider, “DID YOU JUST SEE THAT?!?!” She had also witnessed him use the sign and was just as happy and excited as I was. This was just one of my many proud and rewarding moments that I have had so far in my career as a Developmental Specialist and I can’t wait for many more to come.

I would have never have imagined I would have ended up in this career as I had always dreamed of being a teacher, all the way up until it was time to leave for college. As planned, I started my college career at Bridgewater State University studying Early Childhood Education double majoring in Sociology. I enjoyed college, especially my senior year where I spent my days studying learning strategies, tactics, and ways to differentiate lesson plans for young children based on their specific needs. I completed my pre-practicum in preschool and second grade, and student taught kindergarten and first grade. I came to know a multitude of different people including other teachers, children, and families. Behavior management, classroom organization, and differentiated lesson planning were only a few of the many skills that I acquired during this time; not to mention all of the children’s songs I learned.

After passing all of my MTEL’s and graduating with my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, I was under the impression that my degree only allowed me to be a classroom teacher. That led me to start my career as a preschool teacher in Quincy, MA. In this very diverse area, I met children and families from many different homes, cultures, religions, and ethnicities. During the three years that I taught there, I collaborated with Physical Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Behavioral Therapists, and Developmental Specialists. Little did I know, in a short time, I would begin my career as a Developmental Specialist at South Bay Community Services.

In January of 2016, I left my job as a preschool teacher and accepted the job offer at South Bay and started my current position. Now my days consist of a car trunk filled with toys, a bag full of paperwork, and most importantly making a difference in the lives of each child and family I work with.

Each day starts off with me hopping into my car (with a large cup of coffee) and driving off to my first client’s home. When I get there, it’s a gamble of what kind of outcome I will receive from each child. It all depends on what has happened that day in the child’s life. For that hour that I am there “playing toys” with my client, the child could be learning a variety of different skills that are essential to their development. I may be working with a child on communication, whether it be getting them to use words, signs, or start to put 2-3 words together. The child may need help with their motor development, for example, walking. In this case, it may be an hour of encouraging a child to cruise along the couch with little support. In some cases, a child may need help learning to eat finger foods, so during my session, I encourage the child to use their fingers to eat desired food. All of these goals that I work on with the child are part of their IFSP (individualized family service plan) which the family and service coordinator create together. Many of these tasks may seem so simple to us but to these children the milestones are astronomical.

On top of working directly with my client, I also involve the parents or families. This could mean that I give mom a strategy such as using signs at home instead of words or giving a foster parent support on where to find ABA (applied behavior analysis) services for her foster child who has just been diagnosed with autism. All of these skills that I am teaching to my clients and families will be beneficial for them to know in order to participate fully in their daily routines and/or the community.

I am also a group leader of a toddler group at South Bay. The toddler group is similar to a daycare setting that occurs once a week for two and a half hours. Each child that is in the toddler group has qualified for Early Intervention services and is working on certain goals and outcomes. At toddler group, they have the opportunity to interact with other children and also work on these goals. The children get the chance to communicate with other children, learn independence, participate in circle time, sing songs, do art projects, and have snack with their peers. It is a great way to foster social skills and interactions with others.

In the short time of six months that I have been working at South Bay, I have already been rewarded in so many ways. Whether it be on Tuesdays at toddler group or Monday mornings working with my client with autism, I am constantly reminded that I made the right choice. While working with a team of other professionals, supervisors, and specialists who are always willing to offer their help in any way and learning new things everyday, I am seeing my efforts pay off in the lives of these children.

To learn more about Development Specialist positions and other rewarding careers at South Bay Community Services, visit http://www.southbaycommunityservices.com/careers/

In Case You Missed It: Day In the Life at Nielsen

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Career Fair Success Tips from Wasserman Career Ambassador

Rex Hsieh

Rex Hsieh is a sophomore studying Economics and Mathematics. He has a passion for studying businesses and macro-economics. When not studying, or working as a Wasserman Career Ambassador, he enjoys writing fiction and poetry, touring art museums, and solving mathematics problems!

Maybe you have been to a career fair before; if so, you know how it is: students and employer representatives, eager to showcase themselves, mingle with each other for an entire day, rambunctious rooms/halls, innumerable literature/employer materials, countless resumes, sundry “business casual”-styled combinations, colourful banners…even the air feels a little humid. The entire thing looks, and feels, like a vast chaos—only a well-thought-out one.

If you have not been to one before, here are two things you should know:

1. It is difficult to define what good that attending a career fair will give you. Because this is so frequently asked, it is important to know what a career fair is. It is an opportunity for two interested parties to know more about each other: students (who are usually vested in knowing more about job openings), and employers (who are looking for potential hires, sometimes with full-time opportunities). Both parties reap benefits from knowing more about each other. It is hard to know if attending a career fair will be good for you, especially for job-seekers (career fair does not guarantee one to be hired!), if you do not know it is essentially a gigantic networking session (more on this later).

2. And this almost goes without saying—everyone attending is well prepared. Imagine a meandering queue of dozens-plus students, all intent on meeting one employer representative (say, Delta Airline). Not only do you have to wait for your turn to talk to the representative (perhaps up to half-an-hour), you do so knowing that others—as well prepared and ambitious as yourself—are pitching to the representative as well.

However, these are not written to dissuade you from attending the career fair at Metropolitan Pavilion this fall; far from it! Anyone—and, really, everyone—can stand to gain from attending this event! There are a few things you should be actively planning from now on. Here, I have broken them down to “must-do”, “must-remember”, and “smile.”

MUST-DO
1. Pick out formal attire to wear. Business casual will generally be okay. Professionalism is always a plus!
2. Read up on the employers who will be attending. About a week or two before the fair, Wasserman Center will have a list of participating employers. Study what they do. Know what you want to ask. Be as specific as you can when crafting your questions. Employer representatives will be genuinely impressed if you show interest in what they do, and who they are!
3. Print out copies of your résumé (and maybe business cards). Know that this is a mingling section; you want the employers to know as much as they can about you, as time permits. Giving them a well-written CV will help! Having a business card definitely adds to your professionalism (more on this later)!
4. Prepare a short pitch. In short: be ready to talk about your strengths, skills, interests—in addition to who you are, why you are here, and how much you welcome the representation to the N.Y.U. campus!
5. Plan out a number of options. Time is nobody’s friend; if you cannot arrive early (to the fair), think about whom you really want to meet, and prioritize them. If your original plan does not work, go for another one! Maximise your gains by planning out your options first!
6. Be ready to listen. What I have found to be unfortunate, especially at career fairs, is students’ reluctance to listen to others. Students generally have a marvellous speech planned out, so they do not want to be interrupted. The truth is, the employers may have impromptu, spur-of-the-moment questions for you! Listen to whatever they say. Be a good listener, because that quality appeals to everyone!
7. Take the employer pamphlets/literature. One important reason: you never know what interests you, or what openings an employer have. It is unlikely that the representative knows every opening there is; your best shot at knowing as much about them as possible is through reading their literature. After all, they are for you.
8. Follow up with employer representatives. It is important to treat the conversation you have with representatives as, perhaps, your opening conversation. Follow up with them, and discuss with them the opening(s) and why you would like to be considered. Important: network with employer representatives; do not interview them.

MUST-REMEMBER
1. Know your directions at the day of career fair. The employers you want to talk to are unlikely the ones situated closest to the entrance. Be prepared to study a map of employers. Find them as soon as possible, when you arrive. This will alert you of the crowds or queues of people around employers! Again, this increases your flexibility on the day of the fair.
2. That you are unique. Someone is bound to recognise how special you are. Everyone has a unique value, which only he or she can bring to the table. Just be sure to talk about your extra-curricular activities, affiliated communities, work experiences, connections, and so on, when appropriate.
3. Career fair is a giant networking session. As mentioned before, career fair is essentially a networking event. The aim of a networking event is to know what you can offer to others—not what they can offer you. Think about what you have to put on the table for employers. Demonstrate what you can do for others. Be courteous with others, and be professional (because you also represent NYU)!

SMILE
No one likes to associate with someone who is serious or rigid, especially when it comes to first impressions! Rather, put on a smile. And, use appropriate body language—like giving firm handshakes and making eye contact—while exercising restraint (i.e. don’t overdo anything). Always be aware that you should try and leave representatives the impression that you are a gregarious, warm person. Representatives are likelier to tell you tidbits, if they not only find you a good candidate for open positions—but also like you as a person! Smiling appropriately adds a touch of professionalism for you.

It is important to know that being at a career fair is, as the word “fair” suggests, like engaging in the sale of “goods.” Ask yourself what you have to offer—because employers are here with their job openings. If you try asking yourself the question hard enough, you will get the best answer there is. The hardest thing is always to put some effort before any result takes place. But once you do, you can, almost doubtlessly, expect returns. Start now. Yes. Don’t wait. Go ahead. And be at the fair this fall! See you there!

NYU students from all majors and programs can attend this year’s Fall 2016 Job and Internship Fair. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Find out more by logging into NYU CareerNet.

Five Things to Expect at a Startup

Jared

Jared Feldman is the Founder and CEO of Canvs, the technology platform created to measure and interpret emotions. As a student in the Entertainment, Media and Technology program, Feldman completed a reverse mentorship program with media executives at Time Warner. In mentoring these executives, he identified a huge gap between the questions people had and the tools available to answer them: none of the tools on the market were capable of providing insight and context instead of raw, complicated data. Canvs started with a mission to fill that void by providing insight and context around how people feel towards content. Jared has now grown Canvs from a small social media startup to a multimillion dollar company supporting clients like HBO, NBC, CAA, UTA, and more.

We sat down with Founder and CEO (and NYU alum) Jared Feldman to find out what makes working at a startup such a unique experience and how Canvs adds their own unique spin to the classic startup culture.

1. Autonomy – At a startup, independence is the name of the game. Looking to have ownership on a project and take it from start to end? As an intern or in an entry level role, there are few places that offer you the opportunity to be able to truly run with a project. There’s no other place you’re able to do that at a intern or entry level position than at a startup.

2. Holistic view of the industry – At startups, you (or your colleagues) are regularly interacting with investors, clients, and partners across a variety of touchpoints. There’s no better way to get a sense of how your industry comes together or what kinds of technology they’re prioritizing than by being on the ground floor of a great company. At Canvs, we work closely with traditional media companies like NBC — while also interacting with entertainment companies who are working to redefine the industry, such as BRaVe Ventures.

3. You wear many hats – At any startup, working outside your comfort zone is the norm. Sure you might work on a given team but any job description you receive at a startup is only the start of it. You can go from working on a powerpoint that will be presented to the board of directors at a multi-million dollar company to ordering pizzas. That dichotomy is what makes it exciting.

4. Responsibility – There’s no place where being a team player is more important than at a startup. At Canvs, we all work across team, and the employees that work best here are the ones who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. No task is too big — or too small — for anyone at a startup. While the old adage is true that we’re all in this together!

5. Cool Perks – Most startups are known for their cool perks. At Canvs, we pride ourselves on our company culture. Between beer-on-tap, endless snacks, and monthly company events, you’re bound to have a fun alongside your coworkers. We’ve previously gone bowling, kayaking in the Hudson, and even ‘Escaped’ the Room. We really mean it when we say that ‘we work hard and play hard.’

Canvs focuses on the emotionality of social media content. They analyze social media content and identify those that contain emotions in them so networks, agencies and the like can take these emotions to inform their marketing, advertising, and production decisions across a multitude of touchpoints. Canvs has been featured in a number of leading publications including The Wall Street Journal, Variety, The Atlantic, The LA Times, CNBC.com, Mashable, and Ad Week’s Lost Remote.

Still looking for an internship for academic credit this fall? Visit NYU CareerNet and apply for marketing and customer success internships for the Fall 2016 semester Job ID 1040396 and Job ID 1040110 at Canvs.

Student Spotlight Series

Leon Wang

Leon Wang is a Stern student from the class of 2019, studying Finance and Statistics. This summer, he is a Strategic Planning Summer Analyst at Primary Care Development Corporation.

“I am helping this New York-based community development financial institution (CDFI) in evaluating various states’ markets for lending and consulting opportunities and risks to recommend the next geography to concentrate on for business development purposes. I have enjoyed the opportunity to practice my structured problem-solving and data collection and analysis skills, as well as, to get to know my team members, who have been incredibly welcoming and helpful in my project and development.”

Student Spotlight Series

Joseph

Joseph Bieselin is a student at the Tandon School of Engineering pursuing his Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering and Computer Science. He plans to graduate in 2017. This summer, he is the Software Engineering Intern at FactSet Research Systems.

“I have been having tons of fun both during and outside of work. FactSet provides housing within a minute walk of the office for all the interns who can’t commute to work (which is most of the summer interns). We have gone to trivia nights, restaurants, and even have an intern kickball league with other companies in the area. And while at work, I have been developing a Node.js server that will go into production for clients at the end of the internship. I have been learning a lot of other web development techniques as well due to the awesome work environment and engineers in the company. 10/10 would intern here again!”

Student Spotlight Series

Abigail Lyall

Abby Lyall a Stern student in the class of 2018, currently studying Finance and Information Systems with a minor in Computer Science. This summer, she is a Flight Operations Intern at BLADE, a company that provides helicopter and seaplane flights to and from the Hamptons and many other exciting destinations.

“Because BLADE is a startup, I’ve been doing a wide variety of tasks in all different areas of the business. It’s a fast-paced environment where things happen very quickly so it is important for me to be always on my toes and checking email, text messages and Slack channels for passengers that need to be contacted or changes that need to be made in our system. I’ve also been putting together weekly reports of flight data and presenting my analysis to the company executives. Using my reports, I’ve worked alongside company employees to schedule flights at times where there is the most demand and make sure we use our aircraft in the most efficient ways possible.”

Student Spotlight Series

Lewam

Lewam Ghirmay is a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, planning to study Economics and graduate in 2019. This summer Lewam is a Human Resources Intern at SOS Children’s Villages International in Ethiopia.

“It’s pretty exciting to be a summer intern at such a fulfilling organization in my home country, Ethiopia. At SOS, I work closely with the Human Resources Department and I help manage employees that are appointed to help children in need.”

Student Spotlight Series

Alex Mayes 2

Alexander Mayes is an NYU Shanghai student studying Business and Finance, with a double minor in Chinese and Political Science. He expects to graduate in 2017 and is interning this summer as a Summer Analyst at Goldman Sachs in their Investment Banking Division.

“Within Investment Banking, I sit on the Private Placements desk, a group that arranges private equity issuances for pre-IPO companies. I’ve already learned so much this summer, and we’re only halfway through the internship.

I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to work at Goldman this summer, and I’m especially thankful for the continued support of NYU, Beta Alpha Psi, and my friends and family!”

Student Spotlight Series

Lisa

Lisa Azcona is a student at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She plans to graduate in May 2017 with her degree in Media, Culture, and Communication and Broadcast Journalism. She is a Production Assistant for Telemundo 47/NBC Universal.

“I interned for Telemundo 47’s entertainment show ‘Acceso Total’ during the spring 2016 semester and was lucky enough to be asked to come back! I absolutely love working in TV production because I do a little bit of everything. I assist producers, select entertainment news stories, write scripts, craft social media posts, usher celebrity guests, etc. I like to believe that the position is preparing me to achieve my lifelong dream of becoming an entertainment news reporter!”