The YU Career Strategist: April 26, 2021

Logo Shevet Glauch Center

ISSUE 24 • April 26, 2021

Note from the Executive Director

Does graduate school need to be a destination when you first begin at YU or can it be one that is decided upon along the way? The short answer is that it can be both.

Your career strategy is one you will add to and edit throughout your entire life. You will have a personal road map with many turns and a lot of open road, and at times you will also endure traffic jams and need to go in a different direction. Like taking a trip, you need to pack for everything at the onset that you think you may need for the journey.

What I mean by this is that you should be a strong candidate for graduate schools whether you decide to pursue graduate study or not. Similar skills, strengths, academics, grades and activities are sought out both by employers and graduate school admissions boards. You do not need to decide at the outset that you are going to pursue one or the other—just be prepared for both.

An employer may ask you about internships you have had, and you do not want to respond with, “I thought I was going to graduate school, so I did not pursue internships, which could have led to a job.”

A graduate school admissions officer may say, “You have done so many internships, and I am wondering if you ever considered doing research or taking additional coursework?” Again, be prepared for both types of interviews as the skills desired are very, very similar.

Naomi Kapp, one of our associate directors, offers advice in this issue of the Career Strategist on how to apply and optimize your chances of receiving an offer to the graduate school of your choice. Naomi and your faculty as well as all of us in the SGC are here to get you from point A to point B and to all the points on your map.


Walk-in Hours and Advisers

Collaborate with the Shevet Glaubach Center for Career Strategy and Professional Development to gain support, insight and guidance to plan events based in career development, job search readiness, networking and more.


David Freund

David Freund ’107SB

David Freund majored in finance at the Sy Syms School of Business in addition to being the senior class president during his time at YU.

After graduating, he had a number of finance-related roles before moving to SSCG Media Group in 2016, where he currently serves as a manager of data and analytics. SSCG is a partner of the Omnicon Health Group, which uses data to enhance health care for its constituents.

David had a few minutes to share some tips and his story with SGC recently.


You are very accomplished individual. What set you up on this path towards success?

It has been a journey.

I started in finance at Smith Barney just as everyone got laid off, so I had to find my next step. Someone at the SGC really helped me get connected to a CFO, and I was able to work under him. One thing led to another, and I ended up learning in their data analytics sector. I then moved to AOL, and Apple.

When my division at Apple, which was a tremendous experience, was shut down, it gave me time to find my next step, so I started at SSCG and have been working there for 5 years.

What does your work at SSCG look like?

We service big pharma firms such as Pfizer and Amgen, running everything from search to digital advertising. We run all the analytics for Amgen, and we splice in all the data to optimize their campaigns. I specifically work on cancer medicines, and it has been an incredible experience figuring out how to get this information to the doctors.

How did your time at YU set you up for this career?

I think there are several ways that YU set me on my path. The dual education really allowed me to learn balance; you would not get that at other places. I had great peers, not only as friends but also as study partners with them in the library, and we are close to this day. My classes in the business school, and my major in finance (especially about what I learned with Excel), taught me so much. Good relationships with the faculty were also key.

What are some recommendations you have students going into the data workforce?

Arming yourself with data skills and data science tools will help you in interviews. But also delivering a story, being able to be a storyteller to a client, is crucial: We want a client to be able to understand our work.

How would you advise students who are currently in their studies?

I think it is important to do well in your studies, so it is important to dig in, especially in things like data and accounting. But you also need to start connecting yourself to the outside world, through LinkedIn or connections, and start to meet people in your industry. Try to make yourself a flexible schedule so you can do an internship. For that first interview, it is about the skills you have obtained and how you can be a good fit.

Any final words of wisdom?

I had such fun, such a good time, with my friends while at YU. You should try to enjoy your moment and not worry so much about the first job and interview. YU is always a school that has your back, especially at the Career Center, and it is a strong relationship to have.

Tip of the Week

Graduate School Redux

So, it is that time of year again, when a whole new cohort of juniors and seniors, those applying for Spring 2022 or Fall 2022 admissions, are about to embark on graduate school applications.

Regardless of the fields you are considering, it is not too early to begin your graduate school admissions process. However, the timing is especially critical for students planning to apply this cycle to medical and dental schools (through MCAS and ADDAS) and other allied health fields (i.e., Physician Assistant) as applications open in June and pre-med advisers agree that the earlier you apply, the better your chances are of getting early interviews (if you send in your secondaries also early).

Once you have decided that graduate school is what you want to pursue for your career entry or advancement next year, and that you indeed are a strong candidate to apply for this admission cycle, here are some steps you should be taking now:

  1. Investigate schools in your area of interest, determining where you want to apply based on (geographical locations, cost, size of program, entrance requirements, quality of program, faculty research and student composition). Also note the application deadlines.
  2. Speak to professors, mentors, alumni, career advisors and academic advisers to gain their feedback about your choices.
  3. Explore if graduate admission tests are required (MCAT, DAT, OAT, LSAT, GRE, MAT, GMAT, etc). If they are required, please note the test dates. While most are offered online many times a month, some have specific dates, and some are offered on Saturday (GRE subject area test) so you must look at the dates offered for Sabbath observers. Make sure your test requests are in by the appropriate deadline. Give yourself ample study time (usually at least eight weeks).
  4. Begin to think about whom to ask for recommendations and ask professors and employers to serve as references. Contact the SGC (Career Center) to learn how to do so professionally.
  5. Order official transcripts from each college you attended, even from summer schools. As long as you are counting those credits towards your BA/BS degree, you need to have official transcripts.
  6. Fill out application
  7. Then begin to think about your Personal Statement. Although this may sound simple, it is not. You often have a limited space (character count or word count) in which to write a compelling essay. Most often it is about depth, not breadth.
  8. Practice for interviews if your school requires one. You can request a mock interview via the SGC and/or practice via our online tool, BigInterview.

Please note that the Shevet Glaubach Center is here to help you through each step in the process as are academic advisement and faculty. Don’t miss the upcoming webinar on Wednesday, April 28, at 7 p.m., “Get into Graduate School with Help from Your Friends” (see the information below), which will focus primarily on writing effective Personal Statements.

Naomi Kapp
Associate Director of Career Advising

Internships and Jobs

These can be accessed through the YU Career Link: YUCL


  • Actuarial Intern, Transatlantic Reinsurance Company • YUCL Job ID: 41489 • Deadline: 5/21
  • Collegiate Mentoring Program (In-Person), Trinitas Regional Medical Center • YUCL Job ID: 44907 • Deadline: 5/17
  • Creative Marketing & Social Media Manager Intern, Talty Bar • YUCL Job ID: 44169 • Deadline: 5/25
  • Intern – Executive Assistant to CEO/Founder, 1Konnection • YUCL Job ID: 41491 • Deadline: 5/21
  • Plus 972 – Internships, Plus972 • YUCL Job ID: 44402 • Deadline: 5/7

Entry-Level Jobs

  • A/P Clerk, B&H Photo & Video • YUCL Job ID: 40898 • Deadline: 5/11
  • Account Executive / Recruiter, Fairway Consulting Group • YUCL Job ID: 41747 • Deadline: 5/26
  • Reimbursement Analyst, Centers Health Care • YUCL Job ID: 41907 • Deadline: 5/29
  • Care Manager – Brooklyn, Care Design New York • YUCL Job ID: 40910 • Deadline: 5/12
  • Inside Sports Advertising Sales, Professional Sports Publications • YUCL Job ID: 44828 • Deadline: 5/7

Early- to Mid-Career Jobs

  • Chemistry Teacher, SAR High School • YUCL Job ID: 42700 • Deadline: 5/28
  • Judaic Studies Teacher, Magen David Yeshivah • YUCL Job ID: 44550 • Deadline: 5/13
  • Registered Nurse, OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services • YUCL Job ID: 40911 • Deadline: 5/12
  • Plus972 – Business Development, Plus972 • YUCL Job ID: 44405 • Deadline: 5/7
  • Associate Marketing Manager, Kayco Kosher & Beyond • YUCL Job ID: 40797 • Deadline: 5/4


Virtual Finance Meet and Greet

Join the Shevet Glaubach Center at the Spring 2021 Finance Meet & Greet to virtually meet and chat with various alumni, professionals, and recruiters in the finance industry to learn about their companies and firms.

  • Tuesday, April 27
  • Time: t p.m. ET
  • YU Career Link—Events—Career Fairs

Get into Graduate School with a Little Help from Your Friends

Oh, no! Where do I begin with my medical, dental, graduate school application, especially that “dreaded” Personal Statement? Understand what Admissions Officers are looking for in this important document and get started on answering these few questions.

  • Wednesday, April 28
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET
  • Zoom

Inside View

The SGC has in-person availability at the Beren and Wilf campuses over the next three weeks! Visit YUCL to schedule an appointment with Susan Bauer, Joshua Meredith and/or Daniel Coleman.

Special Notice

Yeshiva Academic Institutional Repository (YAIR) and Your Career

If you’re a graduating senior, you’ll want to know how to maximize your reach and impact to potential employers, graduate schools and colleagues. One means you should consider is the Yeshiva University Institutional Repository, better known as YAIR.

The repository is a treasure trove of intellectual output by students and faculty. Created within YU’s Strategic Plan, YAIR’s goals are to promote YU students and faculty globally, as well as to raise school pride and document campus life.

Although faculty members use this platform to share their published articles and book chapters, students have also found the digital venue to be a great way to store, exhibit and share their own academic achievements.

At the undergraduate level, there are a few options.

The first is the required archiving of capstone honors theses. But students should consider sharing other types of work as well. Some examples are articles in student journals, research data and reports and artwork.

Each work receives a permanent link (URL) to be used on CVs, job and graduate school applications, social media and personal websites.

Are you interested in learning more? Check out the YAIR Guide and then schedule a consultation with Stephanie Gross, Scholarly Communication Librarian (646-342-5176).

Best of luck!


Resources | YUCL

Shevet Glaubach Canvas Hub

Check out the Shevet Glaubach Center’s latest on-line resources on majors and industries as well as to view our tip-sheets and more in Canvas. Request to join the Shevet Glaubach Center’s Resource Hub and check out our modules.


The Shevet Glaubach Center for Career Strategy and Professional Development supports the leaders of tomorrow. Our students will be able to think strategically about designing their careers while in college, at graduation, and for life.