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An Alumnus’ Perspective on the Talent Demand for International and National Security

Joseph deTani

Ambassador Joseph R DeTrani is president of the Daniel Morgan Academy, a nonprofit, independent graduate school in Washington, DC enhancing and advancing the education of those interested in a career in the national security field. Previously, he served as special envoy for the Six Party Talks with North Korea and was the Senior Advisor to the Director of National Intelligence. He is a graduate of New York University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and attended the NYU School of Law and Graduate School of Business Administration.

The United States finds itself in the most challenging strategic situation it has faced since the Cold War. In order for us to address the latest global challenges, we need more people who are well educated in supporting the US national interest. Given the nature of the issues we face, there are several broad areas that are now particularly relevant to the national interest, and in which there is the most pressing need to educate and develop a national cadre of experts.

The first area is national security, broadly defined. Specifically, this means contending with threats to the US as well as opportunities to advance strategic political and economic interests, including promoting democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. National security also entails applying the means necessary to take advantage of opportunities and meliorate challenges. Every aspect of national security requires educated experts to develop innovative ideas and strategies, encompassing both the national defense and foreign relations of the US, and utilizing military, diplomatic and covert intelligence assets to protect the country and its citizens from attack or other danger. Experts in numerous departments and agencies of government require an array of regional and functional specializations to assess and contend with, for example, the Russian conflict with the Baltic States, North Korean nuclear and missile development, and the flood of Syrian refugees to Europe, to name but a few.

Intelligence also requires well educated specialists, who collect, assess, and disseminate information and analysis to assist US government policymakers in making decisions in support of US national security. They may analyze countries’ intentions within specific geographic regions; reveal the secret instructions of nuclear negotiators; or utilize sophisticated signals for intelligence, human intelligence, and other means to locate extremely dangerous terrorists.

Additionally, there is a requirement within several agencies of government for highly educated experts in a field less well known outside government circles, described as “information operations.” Information operations apply digital and human influence methods to affect the perceptions, decision-making, and behavior of leaders, groups, or entire populations, in support of US national security objectives.

At the Daniel Morgan Academy, a new graduate school focusing on national security studies, we take a unique approach to preparing our students for successful careers in these three specialized areas. We rely heavily on practitioner scholars to instruct our students in the areas of national security studies, intelligence studies, and information operations studies — the only educational program in information operations outside the US Government. Our students are prepared in foreign and security policy, as well as regional studies, from the perspective of scholars who have not only written about it, but lived it. Our students are trained to analyze and communicate well, both in written and oral form, by professionals who have learned through professional practice what succeeds and what doesn’t in government, and who can convey some of the tradecraft in which they have been steeped. While the US Government, corporate, and NGO demand to recruit national security professionals remains strong, at the Daniel Morgan Academy we hope to provide our students the kind of unique competitive edge that will help propel them to successful careers.

If you are interested in getting more information about graduate study opportunities at the Daniel Morgan Academy, visit https://danielmorgan.academy/.

If you are interested broadly in international careers, attend the upcoming “Careers in Distressed Areas” panel on April 29th, 2:00PM.

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: http://careers.cognolink.com/usa/graduates/

 

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.

 

How an English Major Got an Internship at JP Morgan

Andy is a Recruiting Coordinator at Google, supporting the hiring process for industry-level software engineers. He is the co-founder of Student to Student, NYC’s only free tutoring and mentoring program for low-income middle schoolers aspiring to attend an elite specialized high school. An advocate for accessible and disruptive education, Andy serves on the Advisory Council for New York University’s Leadership Initiative, and the Board of Directors for College For Every Student.  

Since high school, Andy has worked and supported communications and community relations around the world. He spent the last year helping to bring nonprofits online through Google, and has previously consulted on marketing and talent acquisition for Harry’s, Venture For America, and the Global Good Fund. 

Andy is a Gates Millennium Scholar, Dalai Lama Fellow, and Kairos Society Global Fellow. He currently resides in San Francisco, CA and holds a B.A. in English with honors from New York University.  In March of 2014, Andy wrote the following for InternMatch’s Student Stories.

“If JPMorgan were a person, what qualities would he/she have?”

Two things come to my mind: (1) ‘This is one of the most interesting questions I’ve been asked in an interview!’ and (2) ‘Probably not a love for reading Walt Whitman.’ Being a true English major, “Song of Myself” is one of my all-time favorite poems so I could’ve freaked out. But I didn’t. You might be wondering why I’d be in a JPMorgan interview, let alone a final round interview, which this one was. Well to begin, my journey to this gorgeous building on Park Avenue began last fall.

I had applied for and was accepted to NYU’s Diversity Internship and Career Preparation Program (DICP), which specifically serves students from under-represented backgrounds. Throughout the fall semester I attended several workshops held by the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development. The options were limitless: “Resumes and Cover Letters That Work”; “Acing the Interview”; “Social Media + Networking for your Job Search.” And this was just the beginning. There were career counselors waiting to sit with me and discuss my career goals and give me real insight on any applications I was filling out. But where did these applications come from?

Employers. Sure, I could and did look up postings on our school’s job and internship database, but the best source is the direct one. Through DICP I was able to meet working professionals at on and off campus networking sessions. Any industry or scale of company was represented, from big corporations like Morgan Stanley to smaller nonprofits and startups located in the city. It was at the last event in February where I met a VP from JPMorgan – super casual, I know. While our conversation was brief, I was able to express my academic and career interests and get a business card from this gentleman. After following-up with him the next morning, he informed me of the internship opportunities available and offered to send my resume directly to human resources. I was nervous, but hey, it wouldn’t hurt to at least try!

I submitted my resume and cover letter, and waited for a response from the internship gods. When March rolled around, I was scheduled for a phone interview and the next day, I moved on to final round interviews. This is when I actually got nervous. I didn’t know anything about financial banking or anything related to numbers. But in preparing for any interview, I set aside some time to relax and research. I read articles about JPMorgan, checked the stock market, and even watched Bloomberg videos leading up to the morning of one of the biggest days of my life. By the time I arrived in the lobby, I knew that JP’s stock had gone up and that I should not be investing in Nike (for the time being).

Throughout my three interviews, I made sure to articulate the knowledge I had gained and more importantly, I was myself. I knew I would receive skeptical questions concerning my major and I embraced them. I gave honest answers and made my interviewers see that just because I like Walt Whitman and Dave Eggers doesn’t mean I can’t hold my own when analyzing a business strategy. One woman even remarked, “I like you already. You prove that you’re not defined by your major.” And that is a fact. So if you’re applying for an internship that is not traditionally associated with your course of study, don’t panic – get excited! Take advantage of your school’s career resources, practice your writing and interviewing skills, and whenever possible get yourself out there and meet professionals! There are tons of free networking events and as a student you hold a lot of power. People want to talk to you and hear what you like and have to offer. Be proud and go after those positions!

And if you were wondering, if JP Morgan was a person, he/she would be “analytical, organized, and flexible enough to work with anyone and everyone.” I also received and accepted an offer to be a summer intern with JPMorgan in their Chase Leadership Development Program.

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How I, an English Major, Snagged an Awesome Job in Startup Tech Sales

Sawyer Huff is in sales development at Mag+, a platform for creating and distributing designed mobile apps. He graduated from NYU in 2014 with a degree in English and American Literature. Sawyer grew up in Minnesota and currently lives in Brooklyn.

 To say the least, I didn’t envision myself in sales or tech when I started undergrad at NYU. After sitting through my MAP courses for most of freshman year, I decided to take the least practical track and pursue a degree in English just because it was fun. Becoming an English teacher seemed like the career path of least resistance, so I told myself that was the one for me.

After graduation, I spent four years working as a tutor, speculating about writing some books, and questioning everything; I then found myself in a business development role at a tutoring company. My job was to drive around New Jersey networking with psychologists and schools and hire college kids as tutors and match them with referred students. I was stuck at an unoriginal company in a saturated market. Luckily, I did get to do some of my first cold calling, networking, sales, and presentations to prospective clients, all of which were invaluable experiences to dip my toe into. But I was bored by the monotony.

I started looking aimlessly on the internet for job openings on Craigslist, Jobs.com, Indeed, and Glassdoor. Trying to steer clear of education because of my unstellar experience, I started looking around at sales jobs in the tech industry (which I had paid close attention to since some of my friends had dropped out of college to work at startups).

Although I felt confident in my sales and business development skills, I didn’t have the resume for these jobs. I kept having to come up with fluffy cover letters about how I have great people skills and how much I looked forward to devoting myself to evangelizing ABC company’s Product X. I didn’t hear back from anyone.

That was when I came across CloserIQa platform that connects job-seeking tech sales professionals to all the awesome startup jobs out there. On CloserIQ.com, I was prompted to build my profile using my resume stats as well as my specific sales skills: how many years of sales experience I had, which industries I was familiar with, what knowledge of CRM systems and sales tools I had, and so on. Filling out the form was intuitive and quick—I was finished with the basic info in five minutes.

Anticipating the cover letter section, I navigated forward with sweaty palms. Ah, not yet—CloserIQ then prompted me to attach my resume. One more click landed me on a page with just two questions and a play button beneath each. The top of the page read, “Record your answers to the questions below. We recommend keeping your answers down to one minute!”

I was thrown off at first. “Am I confident in my ability to string together a sentence?” I thought. “I know I can identify the meter in sonnet, but can I talk?” The questions were tough, too. “What are some of your greatest professional achievements so far?” and “What are some challenges you’ve overcome and how?” After a few minutes of foot tapping and nail biting, I had my confidence re-gathered and my responses prepared.

After finishing, I had a good feeling. Submitting a recording of myself answering a question was an easier and better way to convey my personality to potential employers. It also saved me a ton of time—no more forced cover letters.

The next day, I got a message through CloserIQ from Javier Rosas, the director of global sales at Mag+. Over the course of the next few weeks I interviewed with him and the CEO Gregg Hano. I knew I could see myself working under both of them, I liked their vision of the future of Mag+, and I was desperate to get into something—anything—that was stimulating. I got the job, so it turns out that thing was tech sales!

Javier is my boss now and I’ve been with Mag+ for about 4 months. It’s been a great experience that will definitely keep me in the industry for a while. Mag+ is a software platform that allows designers to build mobile apps for materials that would have been traditionally printed, such as product guides, memos, and brochures. We started out in the magazine industry when the iPad came out, and grew from there.

Being on the sales side is continuously dynamic, and I have learned a TON on the job, not only through figuring out how the product itself works, but through researching the diverse businesses, industries, and solutions the platform is used in and for. Now I’m working with a creative, intelligent group of people putting something out into the world I can really get behind. Boxes checked!

Getting an English major wasn’t so bad after all.

Interested in tech startups and sales jobs? Check out CloserIQ to find open positions you’ll love and read our career blog for advice on how to get hired.

CARE3: Care. Connect. Community

By:  Rama Murali 

Rama Murali (NYU CAS ’00) is the Founder and Director of CARE3 (Care Cubed), a community organization composed of and supporting Family Caregivers in Chennai, India.

I moved to Chennai, India in 2012 to help my mother care for my beloved and beautiful grandmother, who was suffering, with tremendous grace and strength, from the combined effects of a massive stroke and breast cancer. I never thought of myself as a person who would be responsible for the care of another – I was focused on my career in international public health and enjoying traveling the world – but there I was, embarking on the most difficult and rewarding role of my life. It was also a role in which I felt most challenged, most alone, most in need of help.

I am a Caregiver.

Of all the groups I have identified with – a native New Yorker, an Indian- American, a public health specialist, and many more – it was as a Caregiver that I first truly felt the need to connect with others in my group. I understood first-hand the challenges that my family and I faced, and realized there must be others like me out there. I wanted to find my Caregiver community so I was not alone, and so others would not feel alone. I knew there was great potential in convening those going through the same thing and building a safe platform for sharing and support. I had no idea how to do it. Sure, I had worked with communities in health programs; but, those programs were usually part of a project of an external agency with lots of funds and resources to incentivize people coming together. I was not a community organizer. I was not a big name that could draw people. I was not even fully fluent in the local language! So I relied on the thing that made me want to reach out to others– being, and understanding what it is to be, a Caregiver.

Building a Caregiver Community.

Rama Murali

One by one, I visited homes and met with other Caregivers. The understanding that is essential for building strong community programs – to getting people out of their homes and into a new, foreign environment where they can share things they rarely have shared before – came from sharing my experience, speaking the language of my community, and, most of all, listening. It came from months of groundwork, all with the hope of building trust and bringing people together. The experience was incredible: getting a treasured glimpse into other Caregivers’ lives, gaining greater awareness of the central challenges and joys that connected us, and learning so much from each and every Caregiver. I was educated, humbled, and strengthened by each Caregiver’s story. Here I was (a community builder!), part of a growing group of Caregivers being mobilized, becoming empowered, and forming the foundation of a connected community.

I learned that once one people came together, things began to change. I was not alone in wanting to help. The language of individual Caregivers started morphing from “I do not know how to manage some days.” to a group of Caregivers saying “We can help each other.” I learned to let go of my vision of what the community should be, and became more and more open to the shared vision of the community – something more powerful that I had envisioned.

Where are we now?

Eighteen months later, I have connected with almost 200 Caregivers and their families, impacting the lives of over 400 people in Chennai.  We have come together as CARE3 (Care Cubed), the first Caregiver network of its kind in India, and now have two meetings across the city each month. These meetings are the core of our program – allowing Caregivers to connect, while learning about self-care and community support. Some of our activities include: building a crowdsourced resource directory of health care service providers, populated with ratings and comments from Caregivers in CARE3; publishing quarterly newsletters, which include Caregiver stories and articles by members of our community; and, building a larger grassroots community of supporters across the city – including yoga centers, physiotherapy clinics, NGOs, and businesses – who donate space and resources for our meetings and help us keep costs low. Most importantly, WE (no longer me alone) are mobilizing a community that more and more Caregivers are willing to identify with, share ownership of, and take pride in. We are sharing our model freely, hoping that other Caregivers take it up and build such communities across the country. In fact, a Caregiver living in Pune, Maharashtra is starting a similar group using lessons learned from CARE3!

Movements happen from within a community – when those sharing common experiences come together and realize that their collective voice is loud and vibrant. I firmly believe that it all starts with the simple act of reaching out to others, and knowing that connecting with one person at a time can start something that makes a difference to the lives of many.

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If you would like more information about CARE3 feel free to email me at RamaCare3@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CareCubed. Our website (www.carecubed.org) will be launched on October 13th – so please check there soon for updates and more information!

Meet Rama, hear more about her work, and gain valuable career advice at these upcoming programs:

Alumni Spotlight: Ke Jin

There are a wide variety of careers in hospitality. Through a career in hospitality you can focus on special events, finance, public relations, and more. NYU Tisch Center alumnus Ke Jin earned his Master’s Degree in Hospitality Industry Studies in May 2014 with a concentration in Hotel Finance. He shares a bit about his academic and professional experience on the What’s New Tisch Center blogRead the entire article here

 

ARE YOU ALSO A HOSPITALITY MAJOR? ATTEND THE 2014 FALL HOSPITALITY, TOURISM, AND SPORTS MANAGEMENT CAREER FAIR ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30TH. RSVP TODAY!

In case you missed it: Day in the Life of Entrepreneur Jeff Zhang NYU ’08

Jeff Zhang (NYU ’08), tells us all about a day in the life at his start-up,  @ShopSpectre! Click the logo to view!

If you are interested in getting more information about startups, or are looking for an internship at one of the many emerging start-ups in NYC, don’t miss out on our Start-up Expo taking place on November 21st at Kimmel. Register today for more information!

A Chat with Alexandra Karasavva from TransPerfect

NYU Alum, Alexandra Karasavva, chats about her working experience at TransPerfect, a global business services company. If Alexandra’s story and the company focus interests you, be sure to follow their guest tweets on Wednesday, October 23rd, at  @nyuwassemployer, attend their Employer Presentation on November 6th from 3:00-5:00pm at Wasserman, or apply for their Project Coordinator position, Career Net ID 908030.

Language services seems like a “niche” industry, how did you get involved with that?

It’s definitely a specialized and emerging industry on the world stage given the growing importance of globalization; but it incorporates so many fundamental and universal aspects of international business, such as communication, profitability, negotiation, people management, and cultural sensitivity to name a few.

I have always been internationally minded, having worked for the United Nations, founded a non-profit organization involving Middle East Conflict Resolution, studied abroad in Prague, and taken intensive Arabic classes, all while at NYU. It wasn’t really until I saw TransPerfect at an NYU career fair that I realized there was a company which incorporated so many of my strengths, interests, and passions into one position. That’s why I’m so eager to spread the word to the rest of the NYU community about our incredible opportunities!

What was the transition like for you from the public sector/non-profit world into this company?

I left NYU feeling frustrated with the public sector-the bureaucracy, red tape, inefficiencies… I wasn’t sure that  the corporate world would be right for me, but I soon realized an environment that is more fast-paced, direct, efficient, and autonomous made me feel like I personally accomplished something every day. I could see my own projects through from start to finish, take full accountability and ownership, and create, foster, and lead change. I set out to feel that my company is a different place with me in it; I can SEE those results, I can see a team that I helped to build and grow, I am surrounded by what I helped create every day, and that gives me an enormous sense of accomplishment.

What is the best part about working with different languages? Do you work with people in other countries?

That’s one of the best parts of this job-I have strengthened my skills in languages I already had knowledge of, and have learned so much about the ones I had never been exposed to. Our team can tell you something is wrong in Korean or Hindi, without being able to speak them. We can look at language and tell you if it’s Finnish or Swedish, Spanish for Latin America or Spain, or why it’s important to know what area of Malaysia you are translating something for. You learn all kinds of cool things on the job.

We work with people from other countries all day, every day. You learn to develop your communication skills in dealing with people from other cultures, make friends all over the world, and learn as much as you open yourself up to-I worked with one linguist for about a month in 2008 on a Georgian project, and got real time updates multiple times a week on the Russian invasion as it was happening!

Have you gotten opportunities to visit these other places?

Absolutely. Travelling opportunities are a very attractive part of any job, and so long as you have a business case for them, have proven yourself capable, and have paid your dues, they are available. I have spent weeks and months at a time in our Barcelona and London offices, have travelled on business throughout the US, and have gone to meetings in Paris, Brussels, and Dublin to name a few. I also have an extension of my team working out of Hong Kong. That’s one of the best parts of working for a company with over 70 offices worldwide!

You’ve gotten chances to work with people from other cultures, but what’s the culture within TransPerfect like?

We honestly have one of the best corporate cultures I have ever seen or heard of. TransPerfect is a very innovative, vibrant, and young company. My colleagues are ambitious, worldly and highly educated. They speak numerous other languages, have lived in a variety of other countries, and can teach you more than you thought possible just by being in their presence. Our team is filled with competitive banter, laughter, and contagious energy. We spend time together after work, support each other through the more challenging times, and hold each other to extremely high standards. It’s an intense environment, but one that makes the time fly by.

When did you know that senior management was the path for you?

I knew as soon as I moved to the Team Lead position and had my first employee. I started to feel that sense of accomplishment and pride associated with being able to drive and foster someone else’s career, to teach them, watch them succeed, and move up in a company that only promotes from within. To have the company’s investment and trust in you to innovate, lead, and grow your own small business within the TPT family is a great source of pride. I started 6 years ago  in an entry level position and have watched my sphere of influence expand from handling a small individual project to running a team of over 40 of the best business people in the industry. If you’re ambitious, and prepared to work hard, you will see and feel results that make it more than worthwhile.

What do you look for when hiring people?

I look for people who have passion before anything else-who take their careers seriously, with an intensity and a fire that is impossible to fake. I also look for people who realize that incredible opportunities like this come with a commitment to hard work, with a realization that they need to earn the career that they want, and are ambitious enough to do what it takes to get there. This job is not for everyone. It can be extremely stressful and intense at times-we are dealing with the heavy hitters in every industry on a daily basis, and millions of dollars are at play. If those are the stakes that drive you to perform, which they certainly are in my case, then we want you on our team.

What advice would you give someone who is starting out in his or her career?

Stay with it. It’s hard to know exactly what you want to do when you first graduate from college, but in most industries cherry picking aspects of a career isn’t possible, and moving from one company to another early in your professional life won’t get you ahead. The grass may always seem greener on the other side, but nothing beats the good old-fashioned road of working your way from the ground up with unassuming, hard fast tenacity. It’s a principle from our parents’ generation that would be wise for us to remember.

I also think in this new generation of instant gratification and technological advancement, patience and resilience are virtues often overlooked. It takes time to build something from the ground up, even if it’s your career in an already well-established company like TransPerfect. Things don’t happen overnight, and without the patience to do things correctly, see them through, and employ that methodical “quality over quantity” approach to your job, it’s easy to miss unbelievable opportunities. No matter what you do, there will be ups and downs. You’ll fall, and you will fail. I certainly have, but I’ve gotten back up. It seems clichéd, but people forget it. As a manager, I pay a lot of attention to how people dust themselves off and pull themselves up on my team. The ones that do it with grace, humility, and more drive than they had the first time around are the ones that really make it.

 

What to Include on Your Resume

To include or not to include… how to decide what to list on your resume

As the summer draws to a close, our current and former graduate and undergraduate students may be ending summer internships, buckling down for their first major job search, or are even seeking promotions at their current company after graduating with a prestigious NYU degree.  Your job history, internships, leadership activities, and education are all important milestones that you will want to include on your resume- but should you?  In this blog post we will provide you with some basic guidelines for determining what information is relevant and intriguing to employers, and what experiences should not make the cut!

Your Resume is a Targeted Document

Your resume should be targeted and relevant to the opportunities you are seeking. This should be the guiding point for how you decide what to include on your resume. If you are seeking a position in marketing, is that part-time store clerk position you had 12 years ago going to be relevant? Probably not. Always refer to the job description and highlight your skills and accomplishments according to the job requirements.

What to Include for Education and Academic Information

As a general rule, when you move onto new points in your academic career, former stages of your life will become less relevant. For instance, you should only include high school information for a few years after you graduated from high school. If you are an upperclassman or older, high school information should not be included on your resume. As a graduate student, you should include less information about your undergraduate experiences (clubs, activities, coursework, etc.). If you are a professional with many years of work experience, you could also consider moving the education section down the page and starting your resume with your work experience.

How to Narrow Down Your Work Experience

For professionals with significant work experience, a good rule of thumb is to focus on your work experience from the past 10 years. The technology you used and skills you gained from a position you had over 10 years ago may not be as useful today. Of course, the 10-year guideline may not be applicable to all students, but it is often a good starting point for professionals with many years of work experience.

You can also consider adding headings to your experience section such as “Real Estate Experience” and “Additional Experience”. Highlight your industry-specific experience in the first section, and briefly summarize your other experience in the next section.

Emphasize Accomplishments

Even if you have over 20 years of experience, remember that it is important to focus on your accomplishments and not your years of experience. Focusing on accomplishments will also help you to remove unnecessary information from your resume – rather than focus on duties and responsibilities, describe your accomplishments and skills.

While these are guidelines to get you started, what should or shouldn’t be included on a resume is often dependent on the person’s specific situation. Stop by the Wasserman Center Walk-in Hours or schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor to talk about how you should update your resume.