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Networking On and Offline

Samantha Knoerzer, a Publishing graduate student in SCPS, offers insight into the recent Networking On and Offline event. She is currently a eBook production intern at Berghahn Books, an international, academic book publishing house that resides in Dumbo, Brooklyn and works as a social media coordinator for BiblioCrunch, a source for indie publishers which helps connect self-published authors and publishers with book publishing professionals to get new books and apps to the market.


Networking is an important part of furthering your career while attending and after NYU.  Whether you are looking to begin your career, expand it, or even if you want to switch careers completely, panelist speakers highlighted that it is important to network and get to know people in your field in order to expand your opportunities. The panelists stressed that networking is not about calling everyone in search of a job. Rather it is about building relationships, staying in touch with your current network, sharing information, asking for assistance, and most importantly, being authentic.

The four most important tips from the panel were:

  1. The three main steps of networking:

    1. Setting a career vision: Understand why you should network. Networking is important, as everyone already knows. It is important to understand two things when networking: What is my career vision? And, what do I want my next steps to be? By understanding these two things, you can begin to map out a potential career path via networking.

    2. Analyze yourself: Understand what you should network. Many people get stuck at this section, knowing that they want to network, but not knowing how to do so. In order to begin this path to networking, you need to ask yourself: What knowledge/skills/info do I have now? And, what knowledge/skills/info do I NEED in order to begin my networking path? Once you understand this, you can begin to network for your career.

    3. Set networking goals: Create networking goals to complete your career goals. Some sample networking goals are: What is the next step I should take in my career? How can I make a career change into publishing? What qualities is a specific company looking for? What are the trends that are happening in my field? Why am I not getting hired? In order to answer some of these questions, start by making a networking inventory of all the people you already know.

  2. Finding networking contacts online: How do you find contacts to strangers in your field online? The answer: Always look for online networking opportunities. Plenty of places hold networking events advertised through social media. Some other networking actions can even be done directly through online. TaskRabbit, Findspark, Glassdoor, as well as many other sites allow people to go online and complete tasks and take part in online networking webinars in order to network directly from home. Taking part in social media, and following important people in the industry online is the other great way to network online. However, before you do anything, you should make sure to have your own social media up to date.

    1. Twitter networking tips: For Twitter make sure to complete your entire profile. Post a good icon image consisting of a headshot with a single colored background. Once that is done, make sure to follow important people and companies in your industry that have a huge pull in the networking world, and while you do this, share valuable content to be noticed. Finally, always make sure to ask questions on your Tweets to get people engaged with your page and make sure that you, yourself stay engaged with others in the social networking circles that surround you.

    2. Linked In Networking tips: For LinkedIn, make sure to use a profile summary, and once again use a professional photo with similar description as the requirement for your Twitter account. Make sure to always grow your network and join groups that can be of networking value to you. Look on sites such as linkedin.com/alumni to stay connected with your past networking circles, always pay attention to recommendations, and upload projects and portfolios whenever completed. And once again, most importantly, STAY ENGAGED!

    3. Sending emails for requesting informational conversation: Sometimes, the best way to network and really get to know more about a company is to set up an informational interview. From these you can learn valuable information about a company, and really connect with a circle that if you desire to work within, you should understand and connect to. When sending an informational interview/conversation email request make sure to keep it short and simple, sticking to the three main points: Who are you? Why are you writing to them? How much time is this going to take? Making sure to keep your email short and concise will give you the best way to become an interest of connection to the person you are emailing.

  3. Finding networking contacts offline: Offline is just as important, if not more important, than online networking. Going to events can be the best ways to make in person connections. Making in person connections gets people to know you by not only name, but face, which can help you in the long run when you show up to an office for an interview and see people you know. Like what was said in the panel, “Every time you step outside, it is an interview.” Stay friendly and get to know the people around you, even the people next to you in class, to ensure a great networking circle in every aspect of your life.

  4. How to build a relationship via networking: The steps to building a relationship are crucial. First, make sure to send a personalized message introducing yourself. After the meeting, make sure to send a thank you email consisting of follow up thoughts and questions that you still may have. After one month, consider reaching out to send a virtual hand, if needed. Four to six months past that, plan to meet up for coffee, or setup a phone chat. Nine to twelve months after your original introduction, consider an email or phone call consisting of personal and professional updates in order to stay in touch. After this, always send some reconnect emails and attempt to repeat the same cycle in order to keep your networking connection strong.

Next steps: What can you do right now? Make networking manageable; do it a little bit at a time and challenge yourself. Right now start establishing your networking skills by meeting 2 new contacts each week, schedule one informational interview a month, and attempt to reconnect with one person you’ve lost touch with each week. Reach out to existing contacts, takes notes for personal touch, select a tracking mechanism and schedule check-in points. You can even consider scheduling an appointment with a career coach to review your networking plan and help with your correspondence. This is available right now at NYU’s Wasserman Center. All of these opportunities are available to you right now. Why not take advantage of them?

Mentor Network Spotlight: Joanna Harp

Joanna Harp, a graduate from NYU with a degree in Media, Culture, and Communications talks to us today about how college helped prepare her for her career as a Vice President and Publisher of Haymarket Media, Inc.

How did you find your job? Recruiter

What’s the weirdest job you ever had? Not a weird job but attended Comic-Con during my year at DC Comics.  If you’re not a comic fan, the environment is certainly a strange one!

What’s the best career advice you ever received?  Your career is like a chess game; you need to envision where you want to be a few jobs in advance and set yourself up for the future, not just the immediate.

What is the hardest interview question you’ve ever been asked? How did you answer it? Generally being asked to address a specific skill set I may not have.  Equate it to a skill I do have and draw relevant parallels.

What part of your college experience prepared you most for the real world? Balancing school, work and internships.

If you could tell your college self one thing, what would it be? Pursue what you like, the money will follow.

Mentor Network Spotlight: Ronnie Cropper

Ronnie Cropper, the Senior Account Manager of Century Business Solutions shares with us some college and career tips. After graduating from St. Johns University with a degree in finance, Ronnie was recruited to work for Century Business Solutions.

What’s the weirdest job you ever had? When I was 18 I worked on a snow/melting machine which cleared the parking lot of snow at Giants Stadium.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Don’t be afraid to fail, nothing has never been accomplished without failing first.

What is the hardest interview question you’ve ever been asked? How did you answer it?  One interviewer asked me to name some of the author’s of my college textbooks? I luckily remembered one.

What part of your college experience prepared you most for the real world? Going away to school and being on your own is a great experience that I recommend to anyone who has an opportunity to do so. You will find resilience and resourcefulness that you never knew you had.

If you could tell your college self one thing, what would it be?  Party less and get more involved with the school. Take school and the opportunity you have more seriously. Don’t take it for granted.

Mentor Network Spotlight: Jennifer Gore

Joining us on the Wasserman Center’s Mentor Network is Jennifer Gore, the founder and CEO of Weleet with some valuable career advice.

How did you find your job?

I applied to and was admitted to the Texas Creative program where I spent two years building a creative advertising portfolio. A week before graduation one of our professors told us that two recruiters from Y&R New York were coming to do a portfolio review for our class but not to get our hopes up because they weren’t there to hire, just to provide feedback. Three days before graduation I got a call from my professor asking me to come to the Communications Building because the recruiters wanted to meet me. When I stepped into the office and saw the two recruiters sitting there dressed in all black (how New York!) all I could manage to say was, “hi.” To which the head recruiter replied, “you’re hired.” I paused and she said, “I’m not kidding. Now sit down and ask me anything you’d like to know about your new employer.” One month later I moved to NYC site unseen. Been here ever since.

What’s the weirdest job you ever had?

The weirdest job I ever had was reading celebrity tour riders as a production assistant for the music TV show, Austin City Limits. It was fascinating to see celebrity and musician food and drink requests among other quirks. Oh Willie Nelson.

What’s the best career advice you ever received?

1) Always be prepared to make your next move. One foot firmly planted in the door; one foot ready to step out.

2) Don’t be afraid to take the initiative and do more than what you’re asked to do. Most of the time being proactive greatly outweighs any mistakes you might make along the way.

3) Fake it till you make it. For example, if in a pinch, like for some reason you’re not prepared for a meeting or presentation, be sure to dress and look great that day – but don’t make being unprepared a habit because this little tactic will only get you so far!

I know that’s three pieces of advice (refer back to #2)

What is the hardest interview question you’ve ever been asked? How did you answer it?

Q: If you were a kitchen utensil which would it be?

A: A potato peeler because I like to see what’s beneath the skin of things.

What part of your college experience prepared you most for the real world?

Definitely the work study program I participated in to pay off my student loans.

If you could tell your college self one thing, what would it be?

Don’t be so hard on yourself! You’ve got an amazing future ahead of you.

Mentor Network Spotlight: Patrick Cunagin

Patrick Cunagin, the Co-Founder and COO of doUdeal, graduated from Trinity University with a degree in Accounting. This week, Patrick gives us invaluable career advice.



How did you find your job? Went to Trinity with the CEO!

What’s the weirdest job you ever had? Had to parade around NYC in a banana costume for Jamba Juice!

What’s the best career advice you ever received? If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t be good at it.

What is the hardest interview question you’ve ever been asked? How did you answer it? What Disney character would you be and why? I said Aladdin because he’s confident, humble, and goes out of his way to get what he wants. It caught me completely off-guard, so I reverted to a more cliche answer (which I try to avoid).

What part of your college experience prepared you most for the real world? Being in AKPsi, a professional, co-ed business fraternity. We interviewed or were interviewed hundreds of times, and the organization was full of like-minded people doing big things.

If you could tell your college self one thing, what would it be? It would definitely be to work my butt off to try to make something work, but if it’s clearly not working, then get out. I was injury-ridden the second half of my college soccer career, and I continued volunteering for organizations that were clearly not getting done what needed to be done.

Mentor Network Spotlight

NYU Wasserman Center is proud to provide NYU students with the resources to help students explore careers through the Mentor Network. The Mentor Network links NYU students to professionals who are interested in sharing valuable information about industries and potential careers. Stay posted for weekly features on our inspirational mentors.

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Today, we introduce you to Karen McDonough, Founder and Executive Director of World Arts Today Magazine. She talks to us about her career in journalism and what she did in college to prepare for it. Karen graduated from San Diego State University, with a degree in Journalism.

World Arts Today magazine is a non-profit organization providing arts news reporting in the public interest.  Their mission is to report on the vital and necessary role the arts play in an informed society, to improve the quality of arts journalism, to elevate the level of public appreciation of the arts, and to participate in the arts. World Arts Today helps to advance the arts in the public domain by providing independent journalism to benefit communities around the globe and the people they serve.

Name: Karen McDonough
World Arts Today magazine
Founder/Executive Director
College/University you attended:
San Diego State University

How did you find your job?

After more than 25 years in the business, I started my own online magazine.

What’s the weirdest job you ever had?

Selling balloons at a card shop.

What’s the best career advice you ever received?

Always do your best no matter what.

What is the hardest interview question you’ve ever been asked? How did you answer it?

What is one weakness? I chose one area that could be an asset or a weakness.

What part of your college experience prepared you most for the real world?

Working as a paid intern writing for The Los Angeles Times.

If you could tell your college self one thing, what would it be?

Spend a semester abroad.

Resource of the Week: Mentor Network


Resource Name: Mentor Network

Where to find it: Thorugh your NYU CareerNet account

What it is: It’s a great resource that the NYU Wasserman Center provides to help students explore different careers by connecting them with alumni and other professionals who are interested in helping you gain valuable experience in whichever career field you choose.

How do they do that? The Mentors in this program are available for you to have an in-person informational interview in which you can discuss their occupation and even obtain career advice and strategies. They’re also open to a “Day on the job” or a “Shadow Day” in which you get to spend a few hours observing your Mentor’s daily work routine and gain a real work perspective on a potential career. Lastly, they’re even available through a phone or Skype call for you to gain even more career-related information.

Who it’s good for: It’s fantastic for all you NYU students out there who want to explore your different areas of interest but don’t really know where to begin. And of course, for alumni and outside employers who are willing to give advice or just talk to students about their jobs and companies.

Why you should use it: As a student at NYU, you don’t really have that much free time to take an internship or job in every company or career you’re interested in. This is a fantastic way to save time as well as get the benefit of talking with a mentor who’s willing to guide and help you figure out. And it’s easy to do so as well!

To connect with a mentor in your area of interest, you can come in for a walk-in appointment and a counselor will briefly go over protocol and the steps to utilize our Mentor Network.

If you have additional questions please contact career.mentornetwork@nyu.edu

Careers in Engineering

Careers in Engineering

“We need engineers with basic skills, but we also need engineers, but…we are also looking for engineers who can work across borders, and understand a foreign culture and language. That will be an even greater asset to any engineer to have those types of skills.” — John E. Goossen, vice president, Innovation Hub and SMR Development, Westinghouse Electric Company

The Engineering industry deals primarily with construction, design, manufacture, planning, and operation of structures, machines and devices. Its sectors include, but are not limited to:

“It actually has never been a better time to be an engineer. Engineers are core and central to innovation and improving the quality of life in this country and the world…it’s going to be engineers who create an environment that we can all live on this planet and share resources in an effective and meaningful way.” Thomas G. Loughlin, Executive Director of ASME

Engineering is one of the fastest growing, highest-paid career paths for professionals. Many sectors are expected to grow at a faster-than-average pace throughout 2014. Also, within the Engineering industry there is the enormous opportunity to create new jobs.

However, in order to be successful in engineering, you must understand how engineering intersects with other disciplines. Often times, engineers find themselves Many professionals in engineering report that they fell into their specialization by doing what they were naturally good at.

Engineering + Technology Spring Career Fair at NYU-Poly
Thursday, February 28, 2013, 11am-3pm | NYU-Poly, Jacobs Gymnasium

NYU students and NYU-Poly students are invited to attend this fair to meet with a large number of employers from diverse industries. Explore full-time, part-time and internship opportunities in fields including Engineering, Computer Hardware/Software, Technology, Science, Management, and Digital Media among others.

This fair will take place at NYU Poly

Career Path Profiles: Software Engineer at GE Healthcare

Considering a career in engineering? Curious how to get started? Or what the job demands? Take a look at this GE Software Engineer’s advice on Vault’s Career Path Profile. Click here to learn more.

Resources at NYU Wasserman

  • Meet with a career counselor to discuss career options and opportunities at NYU Wasserman or NYU Wasserman @ Poly
  • Use your NYU CareerNet account to sign up for relevant events, apply for jobs, and view resources from professionals via Career Explorer, CandidCareers, and Vault Career Insider.
  • Tap in to our Mentor Network to connect with alumni and professionals in the industry.
  • Visit the NYU Wasserman and NYU Wasserman at Poly for additional resources.

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Mentor Spotlight: Lisa and Lara


Lara Rosenblum

Company: Inzenka

Position: Consultant

College/University you attended: NYU

Major: Economics

How did you find your job? NYU CareerNet

What’s the weirdest job you ever had? I was a pizza delivery girl when I was 17.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Don’t apply to jobs you are not 100% interested in.

What is the hardest interview question you’ve ever been asked? How did you answer it?
What are the three areas of growth you see our company heading to over the next decade, and what notable market evidence supports your claims? I improvised and made something up on the spot.

What part of your college experience prepared you most for the real world? Graduate school internship

If you could tell your college self one thing, what would it be? Specialize.


Mentor Spotlight: Julian & Pauline

Julian Metcalf

Company: Moody’s Investor Service

Position: Associate Analyst – Public Finance Group, California Team

College/University you attended: MPA Wagner/NYU, BA SFSU

Major: Masters of Public Administration, BA of Geography

How did you find your job? Networking with alumni from Wagner. I identified a group of alumni working in the areas that interested me most. I asked them for informational interviews. During the calls I learned everything I could about their roles, their organizations and the challenges they face. One alumnus turned out to be the managing director of public finance at Moody’s. Her work seemed intellectually stimulating and very challenging. Working in public finances as an analyst seemed like a rare opportunity to learn about hundreds of government organizations and immerse myself in regional economics. After our phone call I did even more research, and followed up with thank you email and expressed my interest in working for Moody’s if an opening arose. I found even more alumni who worked at Moody’s at continued the routine of asking for informational interviews. Within weeks I had spoken with several people across the organization. Eventually it paid off, and two months later I was driving across the country to start at an opening in the San Francisco office.

What’s the weirdest job you ever had? Starting a business at age 17.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Remain open to new challenges and opportunities without losing sight of your big picture goals. It’s easier said than done, but both flexibility and commitment are critical for advancement and fulfillment.

What is the hardest interview question you’ve ever been asked? How did you answer
it? “Are you willing to do X.” The “X” being some unexpected and in my opinion negative component of the job. The problem was that besides this new twist I really wanted the job and in the middle of an interview when you’ve been unemployed for months it is easy to be very agreeable. However, I consider a job interview a two-way interview, where I am interviewing them as much as being interviewed. After a moment of honest reflection I said “no.” It was
difficult to essentially nullify my chances of the job mid-interview, but it was important for me to set limits for myself and communicate them. I wouldn’t recommend everyone react the same way, it is very situational. In many circumstances it is best to provide an affirmative answer, and spend time after the interview reflecting on your response.

What part of your college experience prepared you most for the real world? Writing essays and presenting in class. In every job I’ve ever had communication has been critical in some. Even in the most technical roles it is critical to convey abstract ideas through writing or presenting to your manager or groups. All of the essays and class presentation on even the most
random topics prepared me to better articulate my ideas and get my point across.

If you could tell your college self one thing, what would it be? Relax, stop worrying about what you’ll be when you grow up because there are plenty of jobs in the world and it just takes time to find them.


Pauline Ma

Company: Johnson & Johnson

Position: IT Analyst

College/University you attended: Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Major: Media, Culture, and Communication

How did you find your job? I completed a 6-month internship with J&J before my senior year and heard about the rotational IT Leadership Development Program which I am currently in the process of completing. The support of my manager and the network I had built within J&J definitely didn’t hurt!

What’s the weirdest job you ever had? Selling Cutco knives. I’d say it’s pretty weird when someone asks you what your job is and you respond with “I sell knives…”

What’s the best career advice you ever received? These words from Denice Torres (President of McNeil Consumer Healthcare) really resonate with me: “With your career, you have to say what you want – but make sure you want what you’re saying.”

What is the hardest interview question you’ve ever been asked? How did you answer it? “Tell me a time you made a mistake or came across a big challenge – and what you did to overcome it; how did you remediate the situation?” I think this is one of the hardest questions to answer because as human beings we just don’t like admitting when we’re wrong, and telling others about our mistakes is not an easy thing to do either! I addressed this question by
discussing the importance of humility and transparency in both professional and personal life, along with the consequence of owning the decisions I made and learning from them. I used my J&J internship and experience as President of an on-campus club as illustrative examples.

What part of your college experience prepared you most for the real world? Each and every one of my (8!) internships prepared me in different ways. Fundamentally, 3 things:

1. I got to experience “office life” in a variety of environments – large corporations vs. boutique firms, managing my career development completely on my own vs. being a part of a formal
internship program, etc.

2. I’m thankful that I was never in a position where expectations were for me to simply get coffee, answer phones, and make photocopies. Instead, I was given the opportunity to learn by being hands-on: creating press materials and writing releases, interacting with editors and bloggers, and more – tasks that my managers themselves were doing. I was lucky throughout the various internships that my managers weren’t micro-managers; they gave me the space to discover what parts of the business I liked (or not) and gave me the room to come up with solutions on my own when possible.

3. I learned early on how to navigate the office through building relationships, networking effectively, and communicating clearly to a diverse group of professionals from various functions and industries.

If you could tell your college self one thing, what would it be? I would quote Oprah Winfrey… “You can have it all. Just not all at once.”