OCS to Move to Larger Offices in Palladium Residence Hall

New York University’s Vice President for Student Affairs, Marc Wais, today announced that the Office of Career Services (OCS), which helps NYU students and alumni/ae with career development, will move to a new, larger space in the Palladium Residence Hall from its current locations at 3-5 Washington Place and 719 Broadway. The University expects to hire an architect for the project within the next month.

The Office of Career Services, which will be renamed the NYU Center for Career Development after it has moved, assists students in finding jobs during their academic careers at NYU and in planning for and embarking upon careers after graduation. Last year there were more than 52,000 visits by students at OCS events, seminars, interviews, and counseling appointments. The “Life Beyond the Square” annual survey (which included some 1,600 respondents from the Class of 2004) showed that 94 percent of the class were employed or in graduate or professional school, and that 81 percent used OCS in their job search.

The new space will significantly enhance OCS’ operations: it will consolidate OCS’ two locations and provide the office with a 60 percent increase in space; additional, improved interview rooms for students to meet with recruiters; a larger presentation space; and access to public meeting spaces at the Palladium. The Office of Student Affairs and OCS are also examining the prospect of expanded hours and enhanced services for graduate students and alumni/ae.

Marc Wais said, “From the presidential transition reports, from the conversations that took place around the Middle States Association self-study, from the Student Senators Council recommendations for the University budget, and from my own conversations with students, it was clear that there was a strong emphasis on consolidating the Career Services offices and providing the operation with better space. OCS serves a crucial function, and it has needed a space that is consistent with the importance of its mission and the demands of students. I am excited and pleased by this move: the Center for Career Development – which will be the operation’s new name after it has moved – will be able to better serve students and recruiters in this site, and it is consistent with the Palladium’s multi-use identity. As we move forward with the design, we expect to solicit student input through the Student Senators Council. It was the advice and suggestions of students that led us to set aside such a large space for OCS, and I am sure there will be more valuable suggestions and advice going forward.”

Trudy Steinfeld said, “The NYU Office of Career Services’ move to a first-class and comprehensive facility at the Palladium represents a strong commitment by the University to the importance of career development programs and services for our students. The new state-of-the-art (soon to be called) NYU Center for Career Development will be a centerpiece in the continuing upward movement of NYU. The new space will be able to house all current programs and services, including Student Employment, Career Counseling, seminars, employer presentations, and on-campus recruitment programs in one location, while providing the room necessary to expand services for graduate students and alumni. The facility, with its central Union Square location, will be able to attract more premier employers to campus to interview students for internship and full-time opportunities. Additional evening hours– which we are currently examining – will make access to facilities for students and alumni more convenient than ever.”

The University expects to hire an architect to design the space within the next month. After bringing on an architect and construction manager, the University will develop a timeline for construction.

New York University, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, was established in 1831 and is one of America’s leading research universities. It is one of the largest private universities, has among the largest number of international students in the U.S, and sends more students to study abroad than any other U.S. college or university. Through its 14 schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and dramatic arts, music, public administration, social work, and continuing and professional studies, among other areas.

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