The YU Career Strategist: May 10, 2021

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ISSUE 25 • May 10, 2021

Note from the Executive Director

To the Class of 2021:

You are extraordinary.

Your senior year was different than any you could have imagined when you began at YU. Yet here you are, graduating in person, after a year that was, all at the same time, online, in person, synchronous, asynchronous, part virtual and part on campus.

No two students had the same experience, yet you all made it to the finish line, and we in the Shevet Glaubach Center are so very proud of you.

You have provided us with purpose in our work, and your smiles, laughter, curiosity and drive have made us more determined than ever to all be together again soon on campus.

Just because you are receiving a diploma does not mean you are leaving YU. Your navigation of this new arena of work is a new chapter in all our lives. We will be following your journeys, having you come speak to our newest students, and celebrating your accomplishments.

We in the SGC wish so much for each of you in the way of safety and health above all else, yet also meaningful work and impactful careers. You will make your lives, and all lives, better because of the choices you will make. You are good people, each one of you. It has been an honor to have worked with you these past years, and my sincerest wishes for much success.

All the best.


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Sara Tepper

Sara Tepper ’15S

Sara Tepper majored in psychology at the Stern College for Women, and was an active member of the psychology club before attending Baruch College for her M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2017.

Sara currently works as an analyst in the Talent Management division at JetBlue Airways and recently spoke to current students at an SGC event.

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

I always knew that I wanted to do something with psychology, learning about how people work and how they are motivated to do certain things.

At Stern, I was enrolled in a few economics and clinical psychology courses, and I was torn between traditional psychology and the business world. But after more research, I learned I could be in business with a psychology focus. It was a win-win.

That is how I decided that I wanted to do industrial psychology. I was able to take three to four courses at Sy Syms School of Business, and that confirmed that I wanted to do this.

I started in the YU system at Einstein as an intern, a recruiter of sorts. I liked parts of HR, and some parts not as much, and everything after that was a trial and error. I tested out different parts of industrial psychology. Which then got me to JetBlue.

What does your work at JetBlue look like?

I wear many different hats. It is highly collaborative place, and I work with a bunch of different people, so JetBlue employees put the best products out there.

How did your summers set you up for this career?

Internships! I learned a lot of soft skills, time management, organization, how to work with people of different backgrounds with different opinions, and then I sharpened my technical skills in Excel and PowerPoint.

Each industry has its own way and process; I was able to learn that and let that lead.

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

Get any hands-on experience you can. Go to the job board. Work with a career adviser. Checked in with your professors. Join a lot of clubs and societies, not just to expand your knowledge but to meet other people. Work for free if you have to. I worked as a free research assistant to get something on my résumé because I didn’t have much professional experience, something you are really challenged by as a student.

Where do you see yourself going from here?

I see myself managing a team of practitioners and driving initiatives that help the company’s bottom line while also driving employee engagement. I want a seat with the Chief Human Resources officer.

Tip of the Week

Optimizing Summer Success

I recall an early internship working for a friend’s mother after returning from Shana Bet before starting college.

It didn’t take long to realize that I didn’t want to pursue that particular line of work as a career. But I also knew that I would continue to work hard and be proactive about asking for extra work if I had substantial downtime between tasks.

The reference she wrote for me (this was before LinkedIn made it incredibly easy to request a reference to adorn your profile) was a factor in helping me obtain a subsequent internship with a midsize company in London, and that in turn was a great stepping stone for an internship at a major investment bank.

If you don’t yet have a professional internship, all is not lost, especially this particular summer. While I started returning to the office several days a week back in November, many other professionals are only just starting to return, and this will create more demand and opportunities for interns to help with a backlog of projects, orders, and so on.

Few of these full- or part-time positions will be advertised widely, so be sure to let friends, extended family members and community members know that you’re available; they can help be your eyes and ears, increasing the chance that you’ll learn about openings.

If you are attending camp or taking summer courses and have little time to take on remote work before or after (or even during) the session, be sure to carve out time to develop your network and potentially lay seeds for the future.

Get to know your co-counselors or your new summer classmates, discover their career aspirations and be inspired by the types of things they are doing to achieve their goals. Learn what their older siblings and parents do; if it interests you, ask whether they can make an introduction and arrange a time to learn more about their work and career path.

This is doubly important if you haven’t yet selected a major or career path, so if you are the type of person that would never initiate a conversation in an elevator, now is the time to practice this skill and start speaking to strangers.

At a minimum, find a few minutes once or twice a week to log onto YU-MVP and use the incredible platform and its templates for reaching out to several of the hundreds of alumni and friends of YU who have volunteered to be a resource to you. Ask them for a 20-minute conversation during specific dates when you know you’ll have good availability to speak with them.

By eliminating the hardest part early in the summer, such as following up with those who don’t respond to your initial inquiry and the to-and-fro of coordinating a meeting time, you can curate your own “Career Day” filled with a series of informational interviews that enable you to enrich your industry and organizational knowledge while refining your career strategy.

A final idea for optimizing your summer: Create your own initiative.

For example, one of your peers is coordinating a Shavuot flower fundraiser for his community; customers are preordering and will drive by for their flowers on Thursday or Friday.

To make the most of these brief interactions, he’s preparing some unimposing questions to learn about what the customers do professionally and plans to ask several of them for a short conversation (aka an informational interview) after Yom Tov and add as many as he can to his LinkedIn profile.

What opportunities do you see in your community to share your talents or solve a challenge?

Hatzlacha and good luck with finals, have a wonderful Shavuot and know that we are here for you during the summer and beyond.

Daniel Coleman
Assistant Director

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
  • 2022 Summer Analyst, Morgan Stanley • YUCL Job ID: 45225 • Deadline: 6/03
  • Development Assistant, Madraigos • YUCL Job ID: 41698 • Deadline: 5/25
  • Fixed Income Global Markets Summer Analyst (Summer 2022), TD Securities • YUCL Job ID: 45231 • Deadline: 6/01
  • Creative Marketing & Social Media Manager Intern, Talty Bar • YUCL Job ID: 41699 • Deadline: 5/25

Entry-Level Jobs

  • Account Manager Associate, B&H Photo & Video • YUCL Job ID: 40674 • Deadline: 5/20
  • Accountant, Rhodium Capital Advisors • YUCL Job ID: 41498 • Deadline: 5/21
  • Java Developer, CentillionZ • YUCL Job ID: 45229 • Deadline: 5/31
  • Human Resources Position, Stock Your Home • YUCL Job ID: 41595 • Deadline: 5/22
  • AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator, Reading Partners • YUCL Job ID: 42112 • Deadline: 6/4

Early- to Mid-Career Jobs

  • Psychologist/Social Worker 2021, The Shefa School • YUCL Job ID: 42490 • Deadline: 6/01
  • Principal Girls Highschool Orlando, Orlando Girls Torah High • YUCL Job ID: 42161 • Deadline: 6/05
  • Registered Nurse, ODA Primary Healthcare Network • YUCL Job ID: 41377 • Deadline: 5/19
  • Licensed Physical Therapist, Centers Health Care • YUCL Job ID: 41597 • Deadline: 5/23
  • Administrative Supervisor BSFT Regular Full-Time, Graham-Windham • YUCL Job ID: 42037 • Deadline: 6/02


We’re off for the semester.

Inside View

The SGC has met with 957 individual undergraduate students through April 30, 2021, accounting for nearly 50% of the YU undergraduate population.

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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