Mentor Network Spotlight: Michael McCaw

Michael McCaw, a graduate from NYU’s College of Arts and Science with a degree in psychology got his job as the Assistant Director of the PhD Program at NYU Silver School of Social Work through NYU CareerNet. Today Michael offers invaluable advice on getting through college and careers.

What’s the weirdest job you ever had? – Repainting 1980s/90s action figures.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose; all that matters is how you play the game.”

What is the hardest interview question you’ve ever been asked? How did you answer it? “You are in a room with your peers/colleagues/staff. If asked to describe your three best qualities, how would they respond? You are now asked to leave the room, and your peers/colleagues/staff are asked to describe your three worst qualities. What do you think they would say?” Although this is an extremely tough question to answer “correctly,” it is important to remember that you can always frame seemingly negative qualities in a positive light. Always play to your strengths.

If you could tell your college self one thing, what would it be? You’re not going to figure out your life by the time you graduate! It’s important to have a plan in place, but keep your mind open. Worry about the things you can control and use that as a solid foundation for opportunities that arise. Believe in yourself. Also, stop eating pizza 20 times a month if you don’t want heartburn later on!

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