- How do I make an appointment with the Career Center?
- Why should I make an appointment with the Career Center?
- What happens during an appointment with a Career Counselor?
- Can my parents/friends come to my appointment with me?
- I have some ideas for panels, guest speakers and site visits. Who should I talk to about this?
- What is YU CareerLink (YUCL) and how do I use it?
- How can I make appointments online?
- Does the Career Center place me in a job?
- What is an informational interview and how do I get one?
- How do I go about choosing a major?
- What if I have no idea what I want to do with my life?
- What are career assessments (sometimes mistakenly called “the Tests”) and how will they help me?
- What should I do after graduation?
- What do I do if I've never had a “real job” before?
- What should I wear to an interview?
- How do you answer the “strengths” and “weaknesses” questions on an interview?
- If I want to work in Israel once I graduate, what do I do?
- Where do I go to get more information about going into health and law?
- Are there specific issues that could arise for me as an Orthodox Jew in the workplace?
How do I make an appointment with the Career Center?
The Career Center is available on both campuses. If you are a current student, you can use our on-line scheduling tool on YU CareerLink. Click here to log-in and request an appointment. You can also call us at either of our campus locations:
500 West 185th Street, Suite 530 (Furst Hall)
215 Lexington Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (646) 592-4135
Hours of operation:
Monday-Thursday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Friday: 9:00am – 2:30pm
Walk-in hours (no appointment needed; 10-minute meetings) Monday-Thursday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm (Wilf Campus) / 1:00pm – 3:00pm (Beren Campus)
Why should I make an appointment with the Career Center?
It is important to identify your desired career paths, and obtain relevant career experience, sooner rather than later so that you have the best possible chance of succeeding at your goals. Experience not only builds your resume, making you more attractive to employers and graduate schools, but also helps you clarify and confirm if a career is the right fit for you. At the Career Center, we are available to assist you with:
- Choosing a major and developing career goals
- Obtaining career information and resources
- Conducting industry and organizational research
- Developing contacts/networking
- Learning job search techniques
- Graduate school application and selection
- Resume preparation
- Developing interview skills
- Finding full-time, part-time and internship opportunities
What happens during an appointment with a Career Counselor?
Appointments are individualized to meet the specific needs of each student. During these appointments, we will address any questions or concerns you might have, from choosing a major, to finding an internship or job; to helping you determine a career path. We may discuss your familial, academic, social and work backgrounds, and discuss your future goals and provide tools and resources to help you achieve those goals.
Can my parents/friends come to my appointment with me?
Because of the confidential nature of these appointments, it is strongly suggested that you attend these appointments by yourself. Often times our life decisions can be influenced by external factors like our family and friends. In these appointments, it is important to target what it is that YOU want. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please make an appointment with a Career Counselor to discuss further.
I have some ideas for panels, guest speakers and site visits. Who should I talk to about this?
You can discuss this directly with your career counselor, or submit an event request or proposal through our Event Request form.
What is YUCL and how do I use it?
YUCL (short for YU CareerLink) is a career management system, where you can search and apply for jobs/internships, find out about site visits, panels and workshops with the Career Center, and post your cover letter and resume materials. It also gives us a way to stay in touch with you to let you know about career related opportunities and events with our office! You can sign up for an account and log in here.
Your YU email address is your username, and you should have received your password via email. If not, simply click “forgot password” and a new one will be emailed for you. Call or stop by the Career Center with any questions.
How can I make appointments online?
Current students can use the YU CareerLink system to schedule appointments on-line. Step-by-step instructions on how to do so can be found here. Alumni should schedule their appointments by calling either of our offices to set up a time to meet with a career counselor.
Does the Career Center place me in a job?
The Career Center is not a placement office. Here at the Career Center, we empower students to develop the skills, resources, contacts and materials they need to find and secure the position they desire. We aim for all positions to be advertised to the undergraduate student body through YUCL, so that everyone gets a fair shot at applying for a position of interest for which they qualify. We do conduct employer outreach and encourage organizations to recruit YU students, and we post those opportunities on YUCL. We also host panels, forums, and career fairs to connect students with potential employers.
What is an informational interview and how do I get one?
Please see our handout on informational interviewing and how to network:
Informational interviews are conversations with professionals in a field you are considering. A counselor at the Career Center can help connect you with such a professional through our database called YU InfoLink. You must first schedule an appointment with a counselor to review the guidelines of conducting these interviews before we will provide you with the contact information of the professional. For more about informational interviewing, see our Informational Interviewing Tip Sheet.
How do I go about choosing a major?
Please see our handout on how to choose a major.
What are career assessments and how can they help me?
Career assessments can be helpful tools to integrate into the counseling sessions. The purpose of these instruments are to give students some insight into understanding who they are, which can then lead to new areas for growth and career exploration. An initial appointment with a counselor is required prior to determining if the assessments would be appropriate, and then a follow-up appointment is scheduled to review the results. These evaluations are NOT aptitude tests and do not tell students what career to go into.
What should I do after graduation?
There are many options which can include obtaining a job/internship, going to graduate school, or obtaining a fellowship. Meeting with a career counselor can help you to further solidify your plans for after graduation.
What do I do if I’ve never had a “real job” before?
We suggest making an appointment with a career counselor so that we can review your past experiences and discuss ways that you can start building your resume materials. Getting involved on campus through clubs, athletics, volunteer efforts/community service, and other activities is a great way to get started.
What should I wear to an interview?
Interviewers decide whether or not they like your appearance well before they will assess your abilities or personality. Men should wear conservative, dark-colored suits with collared shirts, and ties, as well as polished shoes. Women should also wear suits and should wear stockings, professional pumps, conservative make-up, and simple jewelry. Grooming is extremely important for both men and women (shaving, wearing deodorant, and refraining from the use of cologne/perfume). If you are not sure what to wear on an interview, please ask one of the staff members of the Career Center. For more details, see our "Dress for Success" guide on our website.
How do you answer the “strengths” and “weaknesses” questions on an interview?
Please refer to our handout on interviewing for further information on how to answer this question and others.
If I want to work in Israel once I graduate, what do I do?
Please visit the Finding Work in Israel and Outside of NYC section of our website.
Where do I go to get more information about going into health and law?
In addition to meeting with a career counselor, we recommend that you meet with your pre-health or pre-law advisor so that you can plan accordingly. Click here for information.
Are there specific issues that could arise for me as an Orthodox Jew in the workplace?
Yes, there are many specific issues to consider. Please read our handout for more information.