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Career Tips to Beat the Winter Break Blues

Unless you’re that lucky NYU student who spends winter break traversing the streets of Paris, jet skiing in the Caribbean, or even staying busy with J-term, it may just be that time of year again.  The time of year where the initial Netflix binge begins to slow, meals from the holidays are finally finishing digestion, and all your friends from home start trickling back to their respective schools, leaving you wondering what in the world you should do with your life. I digress.  Fortunately, I’ve come to find that winter break can be the perfect time to ensure that you’re set for the coming months.  Whether you’re looking for a part-time job, a spring semester/summer internship, or even full-time employment, a few hours of work amid your slew of down time can do wonders. Below you’ll find a few tips to help spice up your professional development over winter break.

1.    Update your resume.

We’ve seen it before: you’ve spent hours adding to your resume, coming up with the perfect format, describing your amazing work and contributions to companies/overall society in just one page, and you’re feeling great about yourself… until you realize that was done over a year ago. A lot’s happened since then, so get to updating!

2.    Creating/updating your LinkedIn page.

For those of you who have yet to hop on the LinkedIn train, there’s no better time than now. Set up your profile and begin making connections.  If you already have a LinkedIn account but (ahem,) haven’t given it a glance in weeks, the time has come my friend.

3.    Get organized: Make Lists.

Organize lists of companies you’re interested in, what you’re looking to get out of employment, locations you’d like to explore, application deadlines, and other general attributes to your professional future.  Making lists can provide clarity, organize to your thoughts, and help you figure out what your next steps should be as you seek employment.

4.    Consider a personal website.

Across disciplines, students and authorities alike have been creating personal websites in order to market themselves professionally. Consider this option and look into some resources for finding ways to build a personal website. (There are both free and costly options out there. Spend some time on Google or speak to a Wasserman Career Coach for more information.)

5.     Network

Reach out to people in your network and express interest in getting more experience in your respective field. You never know how far a simple question or a “hello” can go!

6.    Meet with a Wasserman Career Coach

Whether it’s in person or remotely, winter break is a great time to meet with a career coach to talk in greater detail about your goals for the coming year. By planning ahead, and taking a few moments out of your break to spice up your professional life, you can be steps ahead in the game.

These are just a few tips to help you plan for the rest of the year. If you have any specific questions, feel free to meet with a Wasserman Career Coach. View the Wasserman website for more information on winter break walk-in hours and remote meetings for those outside of NYC. But most importantly, enjoy your winter break! I’m sure there’s something new on Netflix for you to get addicted to.

Once you return from break, make sure to attend our spring career fairs! Information is below:

Spring Job & Internship Fair

Thursday January 29, 2015 11am – 3pm | NYU Kimmel Center

Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with employers hiring for summer internships and full-time positions in various industries!

Engineering & Technology Fall Fair

Thursday, February 12, 2015 11am – 3pm | NYU Brooklyn Campus, Jacobs Gymnasium

NYU Students are invited to explore full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities in a variety of fields, including engineering, computer hardware/software, technology, science, management, and digital media.

Download employer information on The Career Fair Plus app, featuring: 

  • · Complete company listing
  • · Interactive Floor Plan
  • · Event Details
  • · Announcements for real-time updates
  • · Career Fair tips section to help you prepare

Search for the NYU Career Fair Plus app on Google Play or iTunes

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Terri Burns is a junior studying computer science in CAS. This year, Terri is on the communications team with her fellow Peer in Careers. Outside of her work with Wasserman, Terri is a Resident Assistant in Carlyle Court, a Google Student Ambassador, and heavily involved with NYC’s largest student technology organization, Tech@NYU.

 

How to Make the Most of Your Time Back Home

By Hillary Lee, CAS 2015, Peer in Career

Finals are done, finals are over!  Time to go home, relax, and hopefully enjoy spending quality time with your family!  But wait, while you’re home, you should still be thinking about how to take advantage of all that free time you have and use it to prep for the job search process.  Taking advantage of your time at home?  It’s only a month, what could there possibly be that you can do?  Oh, but the opportunities are limitless.  In this post, I have listed 3 basic, easy, simple things you can do over break to help prepare yourself for the job search process during upcoming semester and beyond.

Add Experience to Your Resume:

Just because winter break is about a month long doesn’t mean you can’t make it a productive one.  There are many things you can do over break to add more experience to your resume.  Possibilities include volunteering at a local organization or shadowing a professional in the field you are interested in.  This way, you can test if a specific field is actually what you are interested in before dedicating a summer (or lifetime) to it.  There are even some select companies who offer short internships over winter break that you can apply for (but this also requires research in advance). Fortunately, there’s CareerNet to help!

Maintain Connections and Continue Networking:

Never lose touch with the people from your past!  Meet up with old high school friends, see how they’re doing and where life is leading them.  Keep those old connections alive! Just because you only see each other a few times a year does not mean they are not important.  Another way to maintain connections is to visit your old high school.  Catch up with with your old teachers, thank them again for all they have done for you and for those recommendations that got you into NYU.

Prep Yourself:

Winter Break is prime time to prepare for the job market.  Without the stress of school or other responsibilities, you can dedicate more time to improving the way you represent yourself to employers.  Don’t just review and edit your resume, have others look at it too!  Ask your family or friends to take a peek at it and tell you what they feel. You can even let your old teachers to look over it as well.  Having multiple sets of eyes on your resume can never hurt.  Break also gives you time to practice your interview skills.  Explore CareerNet and test out all the neat features you can use, like Big Interview or InterviewStream.  Now is the perfect time to practice in front of the mirror, because for the next month, you won’t have roommates who will judge you as you talk to yourself.  You can also use this time to do more research on the field you are interested in.  What jobs do you want to explore in the future? What are the qualifications for those jobs?  What can you do to improve your qualifications?  These are all questions you will have time to explore and answer over break.

These are just some examples of how you can make the most of your break from school.  Don’t just sit there are watch Netflix on your bed the whole time! Remember, you are limitless.

Guest Blog: Peer Presepective on Volunteering

I have found my experience as a volunteer and more importantly as an advocate for social justice to be overwhelmingly rewarding . Upon being admitted to NYU and receiving a Martin Luther King Scholarship, my thirst for social justice has only increased.  Throughout my 4 semesters at the university I have completed  the Resolution Assistance Program with New York City Housing Court, volunteered with New York Cares, and participated in community service days organized by the NYU Black Student Union and Academic Achievement Program (AAP).

Through AAP’s World Changers Program I currently serve as a mentor to high school and middle students. My most profound volunteer experience, however, has been with the Brooklyn Young Mothers’ collective. This agency seeks to meet the educational and emotional needs of young mothers in order to position them to lead healthy and successful lifestyles.

I began working with BYMC to assist with administrative tasks throughout the office including filing, updating fundraising data bases, and contributing to the blog and newsletter. Today I am the agency’s  Volunteer and Donations Manager. This position requires me to recruit, research, and hire new volunteers, and coordinate the donations of material goods.

In addition to learning and understanding the stories of phenomenal young women, this position allows me connect with a New York City community outside of NYU.  While my volunteer experiences have allowed me to make an impact on various communities it has also enabled me to clarify my career goals.

I learned that I am most fascinated by the operations of businesses and non-profit organizations. My experiences at BYMC assisted me in receiving a position as an Operations Intern at the financial technology company LendKey during the Summer of 2013. Volunteering has enriched my educational experience, my personal career development, and has allowed me to make a difference within the social justice issues that matter to me the most.

Follow Up Friday: Career Fairs, Interviews, and Diversity – OH MY!

We definitely kicked the semester into high gear this week. We managed to find the time to stop our heads from spinning to give you an inside look at what’s going on at the Wasserman Center.

Diversity Breakfast On Wednesday, the DICP program wrapped up its spring events with the annual Diversity Breakfast. Roughly 50 students attended and took the opportunity to interact with a wide array of employers, including City Year, Ernst &Young, Deloitte, BlackRock and many more wonderful organizations. It was a great way for students to learn about different opportunities and meet new people in a casual atmosphere.  Thanks to all students and employers who participated!

Spring Job & Internship Fair                                                                                   Over 100 employers flooded the Kimmel Center on Thursday for the Spring Job + Internship Fair. Students had an opportunity to explore job and internship opportunities unique companies including Apple, Christie’s, Dyson, idelli, Lincoln Center, Mars, McGraw-Hill, the Scripps Network, and UNIQLO, among others. Joining us from our Employer Partners were BlackRock, Citi, City Year, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Macy’s, Morgan Stanley, Peace Corps, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prudential, and Teach for America.

OCR Interviews The highly anticipated Spring 2012 On-Campus Recruitment (OCR) season began Wednesday, February 1st. During the first week of recruitment employers interviewed over 850 students in 3 days. The 17 different companies holding interviews included Barclay’s Capital, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, UBS, Wells Fargo, Guggenheim Partners, and Nomura. In addition, with 6 information sessions serving hundreds of students each, and Recruiter-in-Residence informational interviews with companies such as Deloitte and the Central Intelligence Agency, the Wasserman Center strives to support the limitless potential of our students.

Attire for Successful Hire Sponsored by  Macy’s A few NYU students made their Wasserman Center modeling debut at this year’s Attire for Successful Hire. With Macy’s and our Peer Educators, we were able to discuss the do’s and dont’s of professional fashion. Remember, just because it’s in style doesn’t mean it’s in style for work!

@NYUWassEmployer Launch  Did you ever wonder what a typical day  is like at the job of your dreams? Since the Wasserman Center is so hip (yes, hip) with social media, we’ve added a new Twitter handle to help give you an inside look at different companies! Follow us at @NYUWassEmployer to see what’s going on at organizations like Macy’s, Nielsen, and MORE! Once a week a different employer will tweet his/her day in the life – find out if these jobs are for you by following along.

This week, we had City Year tweeting their day. Check out a recap that shows what it’s like to work in NYC’s public schools!

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