Become Violet Ready
Skills for Success Beyond NYU
Below are some of the top skills employers seek in candidates and strategies on how you can develop them to gain a competitive advantage. Whether you are interning, working remotely, taking a course, or volunteering in your neighborhood, here are some ways to build your skills this summer. Review and assess your current skills, choose what to develop, and follow the strategies below for some ideas.
Explore a skill to get started today!
After You Developed these Skills:
- Incorporate these skills and accomplishments into your resume and upcoming interview talking points
- Start building additional skills specific to your industry (ex. Digital technologies)
- Check out NYU’s Career Development Process, Explore - Prepare - Connect, to see what stage you are at and advance to the next stage this summer
Articulate ideas clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing.
Identify your values, interests, skills, strengths, and growth areas.
Inform future decisions by reflecting on past experiences.
- Research your top five employers of choice by reviewing the company website to research their industry, culture, and jobs posted. Reflect on what qualifications you meet and note areas to continue developing
- Watch a TED Talk, describe your connection to it, create a goal, and act on it
- Start a journal or blog and keep notes about your summer (what you learned, what you want to learn, interests, passions, questions, what’s next?)
Build professional connections and share industry information for mutual benefit.
Build strategic partnerships and work together towards common goals.
- Start a virtual club with a fellow NYU student
- Enter a team competition, work with classmates on a research project, explore local hackathons, case competitions & more
- Work with others at local food pantries and food distribution sites employing appropriate social distancing
- Create a repository on GitHub and share it with classmates to build a project this summer
Develop a positive reputation by demonstrating competence, respect, and integrity in the workplace.
Expand knowledge of career options, what’s required to both secure and be successful in potential jobs.
Internship and Job Search
Learn and apply the necessary steps to secure professional opportunities.
- Attend Wasserman’s weekly virtual workshops
- Review Wasserman’s resumes, CVs, and cover letters guides
- Undergraduate Students: Upload your resume to VMock to receive instant targeted feedback
- Check out NYU Service Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
- Practice your interviewing skills on Big Interview
- Complete your Handshake profile
- Stay up to date with articles on hiring trends and tips on Wasserman’s continually updated blog post
Intercultural & Global Fluency
Value diversity and apply cultural awareness across relationships and environments.
Leverage strengths, experiences, and relationships to stay motivated and persist through setbacks.
- Read this article on How Resilience Works
- Develop a strong social network; talk openly about setbacks and ways to persist through challenges.
- Discover your greatest strengths through the VIA Character Survey
- Find what works for you in terms of self-care and work life balance. Check out NYU’s Office of Global and Spiritual Life for tips
- Establish goals for yourself in the next month, year, and next five years
Work with others to set direction, create alignment, build commitment and achieve positive results.