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What to Do Now

When you arrive on campus, the career exploration process starts almost immediately. You’ll want to be well positioned to take advantage of the many opportunities in the fall. Here are some key steps to take now and throughout the summer.


Assess Your Skills and Values

It is important for you to begin identifying your existing skill set and determine the skills you want to develop and use going forward in your career. It is also key to consider your values -- what work activities satisfy your personal and professional needs and what motivates you.

Research Your Target Functions and Industries

Research and explore your career options and related tasks to confirm your interest. Gain a working knowledge of current market trends, so that you have productive conversations and stand out early in the process.
  • Check out our Resources Per Area of Interest web page
  • Take advantage of complimentary access to career/industry guides:
    • WetFeet (Register as a new user by entering a valid Stern email address.)
    • Vault (Register as a new user by entering a valid Stern email address.)
  • Read major business publications, such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times & Bloomberg Businessweek

Recruitment Task List and Timeline

A significant number of summer internship on-campus interviews occur in January between the first and second semesters of the first year. If you will be pursuing a summer internship through traditional on-campus recruiting, your availability during this time will be critical. For the Class of 2017, on-campus interviews will begin in January 2016 (date TBD).
 

Summer Through LAUNCH 2015 - Self Assessment & Résumé Update

  • Assess your skills/strengths, values and areas for growth
  • Research your target industries/functions
  • Create your résumé using the Stern résumé template
  • Leverage the Stern résumé writing guide for useful tips
  • Review industry specific sample resumes
  • Mark your calendar for career development programming throughout the academic year, and for January on-campus recruiting for summer internships (begins in January 2015, before classes start)
 

Fall Semester (Year 1) - Prepare for Summer Internship Job Market

  • Attend panels and workshops
  • Participate in professional student club activities and events
  • Meet with a career counselor
  • Network and build contacts
  • Schedule informational interviews with MBA2s and alumni
  • Develop a list of target companies
  • Attend corporate presentations
  • Attend fall career fair
  • Prepare for interviews
  • Participate in MBA2 strategy groups
  • Submit applications for on-campus interviews
  • Check NYU Stern job postings for summer internship opportunities
  • Update your LinkedIn profile
 

January During Winter Break (Year 1) - Interview On Campus for Summer Internships

  • Continue interview preparation
  • Interview on and off campus for summer internships
 

Spring Semester (Year 1) - Secure a Summer Internship

  • Continue interviewing on and off campus
  • Continue checking NYU Stern job postings for summer internship opportunities
  • Attend spring panels and workshops
  • Participate in professional student club activities and events
  • Continue networking and building contacts
  • Attend spring career fair
 

Summer (Between Year 1 and Year 2) - Confirm or Change Career Goals

  • Complete summer internship
  • Continue networking and building contacts
 

Fall Semester (Year 2) - Prepare for Full-time Job Market

  • Attend corporate presentations
  • Continue networking and building contacts
  • Participate in professional student club activities and events
  • Prepare for interviews for full-time opportunities
  • Check NYU Stern job postings for full-time opportunities
  • Interview on and off campus for full-time opportunities
  • Attend fall career fair
  • Update your résumé
 

Spring Semester (Year 2) - Secure First Post-MBA Full-time Job

  • Continue checking NYU Stern job postings for full-time opportunities
  • Interview off campus for full-time opportunities
  • Participate in professional student club activities and events
  • Continue networking and building contacts
  • Explore new opportunities
  • Attend spring career fair