The YU Career Strategist: March 15, 2021

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ISSUE 21 • March 15, 2021

Note from the Executive Director

What you do at your internship this summer is much more important than where you are doing it. A family business, a startup or volunteering with purpose can be equally as impressive as being at Apple, Morgan Stanley, Accenture or Deloitte. What you get out of it and how you sell it on your résumé and during an interview is what matters most.

It can be challenging to convince a recruiter to give you a chance when you have limited experience to support your claims of professionalism, diligence and strategic thinking.

When humans were the primary source for screening candidates, big name companies on résumés caught the eye of many recruiters. Today, with most companies using applicant tracking systems, it is the content of your resume and not the company name that is often recognized first.

Keep this in mind when exploring your options. Should you want to be a marketer after graduation and accept an offer to work for a family food service business this summer, take the initiative to create the opportunities that will help you get the job you want once you receive your degree.

In addition to completing everything assigned to you, seek out the responsibilities that will sell you, such as competitor analysis, market research and defining promotional channels, and lock in a solid employer reference for the future by giving 200% to the job you were assigned.

Jim MacWhorter, assistant director, offers great suggestions for ways to add to your professional narrative in this issue of the Career Strategist.

Employers will only know what you tell them. Always create the experience at your internship that you want to share in future interviews. The internship responsibilities presented to you may be valuable to the company yet not be helpful for building skills for your future. It is up to you to create the spin.

Make this summer a skill-building one.

—Susan


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Spotlight

Rebecca Kahn

Rebecca Khan ’19SB

Rebecca Kahn completed her B.S. in Business Intelligence and Marketing Analytics (BIMA) before joining Mindshare and working her way up to a Senior Associate role.

In February 2021, she joined Analytic Partners as an analyst. We recently had some time to catch up with Rebecca.


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

If someone were to describe some of my personality traits, he or she would probably use words like motivated, goal oriented, organized, analytical and a problem solver. I think many of these traits have gotten me to where I am today.

When I first started college, even though I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, I was extremely motivated and set goals for myself throughout school. I think the process of setting goals, whether big or small, allows one to improve and push himself or herself and continue to learn and develop skills.

Thinking in these terms has really pushed me to always work my hardest, whether that was in school or in a work setting, and I have grown and found many opportunities in such a short time because of that.

What interested you in Analytics? How did you initially take your first steps?

I always was interested in psychology and understanding consumer behavior but also knew I had a strong math aptitude and was an analytical thinker. I wanted to do something that sort of combined both those interests and that led me to analytics.

Since my major was more focused in marketing analytics, when it was time to explore internships and jobs, I started looking at companies focused in marketing/advertising and narrowed it to the analytics teams within those companies.

Although I didn’t necessarily see myself working as an analyst in a marketing setting for a long term, I felt that it was a smart first move to make and a good place to build my technical skills before I found the specific company I wanted to work in.

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

The important skills needed when it comes to analytics and analyzing data are to be a good communicator, be comfortable pushing your limits and to think outside the box.

Throughout the courses I took at YU, whether they were major specific or just general requirements, I was able to develop these skills and feel well rounded.

YU offers a range of courses at various difficulty levels, and the hope is for you to go out of your comfort zone and to explore some of the more challenging courses offered.

I’m happy I took advantage of that because it really taught me how to stay organized, communicate well and think critically, which are all important to be successful.

Many students are looking for internships and full-time roles. What are things you did to set yourself up?

I started looking for internships my first year in school, to just get exposed to the workforce, and mainly used LinkedIn and Glassdoor. I didn’t necessarily know exactly what I wanted to do, but getting my feet wet early on in the business world was extremely helpful.

From my first internship experience, I was able to narrow down to more of what I wanted to do, and that helped me land the rest of my internships throughout school and eventually a full-time job after graduation.

Throughout my search for internships or jobs, I always kept a spreadsheet of what I had applied to and ranked what interested me. I would sometimes even reach out to people within the specific companies to hear more about what their roles were, and from those experiences, I connected with a lot of great people, which was also helpful.

What can students do to maximize their college experience? What are a few things you did?

Take advantage of what the school offers. Go to major fairs, career fairs, networking events and panels to really get a sense of what it’s like working in that field which you may be in one day.

When I first started school, I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to major in, so the first step I took was going to the career fair which introduced me to the BIMA major, and that’s when I realized that it was something I was interested in.

Once starting the major, I also met with several professors throughout my years to just ask for guidance or answer any questions I had, which helped me find the path I wanted to take.

If you had to provide a final piece of advice to students, not just those in business, what would you tell them?

The sky is the limit in terms of success. Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone, and be willing to explore what really interests you even if that takes time. Seek out people who have similar interests who might be more established and ask them as many questions as you can.

And remember, the first job you take may not be your dream job or your forever job, but you’ll learn from it and, in the process, learn more about yourself.


Tip of the Week

Alternative Summer Plans

One thing many students believe is that they need an internship to stand out on their résumés.

Of course, there is a perfect reason to believe this, but having an internship is not the only way you can stand out on your résumé.

Employers want to see initiative. They want to know that who they are about to hire is going to be ambitious with their work and go above and beyond to ensure success within the company.

Previous work experience is beneficial and is a desired aspect of one’s résumé, but that doesn’t mean it is your only option. Especially in this day and age, remote work and learning experiences are being seen on résumés now more than ever.

The following is a compiled list of different ways to gain valuable experience over the summer if one is not able to land an internship. In a recent webinar, I discussed each item in detail to help you explore ways to move your career forward.

  1. Take advantage of our resources
  2. Search for remote summer internships globally, nationally and locally
  3. Use crowdsourced data to your advantage
  4. Find organizations and departments ramping up due to the pandemic
  5. Stay alert and be ready to act fast
  6. Look to online networking to make connections and connect with like-minded people
  7. Consider a micro-experience
  8. Volunteer with nonprofit organizations
  9. Pursue an independent project
  10. Teach yourself something
  11. Launch an organization
  12. Reach out to local businesses
  13. Find an interim job to improve skills and qualifications for your future career

Being able to find work now could help show future employers that you are adaptable, humble and able to overcome unprecedented challenges like the novel coronavirus outbreak. Future employers may also be impressed that you do not have an employment gap on your resume at this time. You can also use an interim job to improve the qualifications on your resume. Real work experience, transferable skills and soft skills like complex problem solving, remote communication and time-sensitive work common in these interim jobs can help move your career forward.

The webinar and this list is a point of reference, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team at the Shevet Glaubach Center for Career Strategy and Professional Development to discuss any and all details.

Jim MacWhorter
Assistant Director of Career Advising


Internships and Jobs

These can be accessed through the YU Career Link: YUCL

Internships

  • Summer Internship Experience in Israel, The MassChallenge-Israel Startup Accelerator • YUCL Job ID: 36603 • Deadline: March 25
  • Algorithms Management and Policy Intern – Remote, Summer ’21, Mayor’s Office of Operations, City of New York • YUCL Job ID: 36603 • Deadline: March 31
  • Editorial Intern, All-Star Parents • YUCL Job ID: 42931 • Deadline: April 1
  • Social Media Intern, All-Star Parents • YUCL Job ID: 42930 • Deadline: April 1
  • Web Intern, All-Star Parents • YUCL Job ID: 42936 • Deadline: April 1
  • Intern (Actuarial Services Undergraduate – Summer), Centene • YUCL Job ID: 39662 • Deadline: April 11

Entry-Level Jobs

  • Human Resources Assistant, Claims Conference • YUCL Job ID: 42254 • Deadline: March 16
  • Software & Technology Development Business Development Rep., WorldWide Tech Services • YUCL Job ID: 42986 • Deadline: March 14
  • Family Assistant, Union Settlement • YUCL Job ID: 40914 • Deadline: March 27
  • Entry Level Paralegal – Legal Assistant, Lanin Law P.C. • YUCL Job ID: 42574 • Deadline: March 28
  • Economic Research Assistant, FDIC • YUCL Job ID: 42572 • Deadline: March 28

Early- to Mid-Career Jobs

  • Empowerment Social Worker, Henry Street Foundation • YUCL Job ID: 42938 • Deadline: March 15
  • Youth Social Worker, Henry Street Foundation • YUCL Job ID: 42939 • Deadline: March 15
  • Early Childhood Lead Teachers for the 2020-2021 School Year, Magen David Yeshivah • YUCL Job ID: 40482 • Deadline: March 19
  • Director of Education – JFCS Holocaust Center, Jewish Family and Children’s Services • YUCL Job ID: 43018 • Deadline: April 10
  • Senior Engineering Team Lead, CauseMatch • YUCL Job ID: 40554 • Deadline: April 14

Events

Northwell Health Virtual Hiring Event

With springtime just around the corner, Northwell Health’s Virtual Hiring Event is a great way to get a fresh start on a new career. With so many opportunities at so many locations to choose from, this is your first step toward a bright new future in the community where you live, love and belong.


Yeled v’Yalda Information Session

Join Yeled representatives, Fruma Gajer, Director of Recruitment and Placement, and Mina Sputz, Program Director of Disabilities and Educational Services, to learn about the valuable and enriching work they do, the types of opportunities available, and what they look for in candidates. This event is geared towards those seeking or currently have a degree in SLP, LMSW, LCSW, PT, OT, and Special Education.

  • Tuesday, March 23
  • Time: 11:45 a.m. ET
  • Zoom

Titans of Tech Consulting: Accenture & Avanade

Join tech professionals and computer science alumna from top tech consulting firms, Accenture & Avanade, to learn about consulting in the technology industry and opportunities available at their firms.

  • Wednesday, March 24
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • Zoom

Exploring Fields & Careers in Health

Interested in a career in health but unsure which field is right for you? Attend this panel event to learn about the diverse health industry and hear from professionals in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physicians Assistant, and Nursing.

  • Monday, April 12
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • Zoom

S&P Information Session

S&P Global Ratings is the world’s leading provider of credit ratings. Join alumnus, Gilad Kopelman to learn about the S&P’s role and impact on the financial markets and the 2022 CREDit Summer Internship Program including the application process and tips.

  • Tuesday, April 13
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • Zoom

Inside View

During the month of February, 193 new jobs and internships were posted directly to YUCL.


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!


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