Career Advice from VNSNY Community Mental Health Panelists

Last week, our office sponsored a panel discussion with VNSNY and their community mental health professionals to learn about their career paths and what led them to this work.

If you missed the session, here are some key takeaways:

    • Meet and build relationships with folx in the field, because networking is still one of the most effective ways to land opportunities.
    • Seek mentors and supervisors who are invested in your development. Surrounding yourself with a strong support system is key to growing and advancing in an organization.
    • Take risks by being open to new opportunities or exploring new paths—these experiences can help you build career agility, find meaningful work, and expand your professional network.
    • Take ownership of the job you have right now; it will not only help you build character and skill sets for your current role, it will also prepare you for future ones.
    • Make sure to prioritize self-care. When interviewing, ask questions about initiatives that are in place to support the well-being of employees and the agency as a whole.

Thanks to those who attended, as well as to our speakers Jessica Aitken, Natasha Anderson, Deborah Cho ’15, Sabrina Machuca, and Echelle Norman, and Keith Peters and Leah Blumberg for collaborating with us on this event!

You can find the presentation slides and speakers’ contact information in Career Connect within our Document Library under the Employer Events / Information Sessions folder.

NYC Civil Services Exams for Social Workers | Apply by October 27

NYC civil service exams are now open for the following roles!

Exam filing date: 10/7/20 – 10/27/20 | Exam Fee: $68.00

View the Notice of Exams (NOE) for more information including what both jobs involve and require, and how to apply. To learn more about NYC civil service and the exam process, review DCAS’s employment page.

Home/Life Services Recruitment Event | Wednesday, October 7

Want to support families and children experiencing homelessness and help them access essential services and permanent housing throughout NYC?
Attend Home/Life Services recruitment event on Wednesday, October 7, 12:30- 1:30 PM to learn about opportunities,  hear about the organization’s culture, and experience from their Director of Social Service.
Pre-Register HERE
Home/Life is hiring for full-time social work/client care coordinator roles. Positions are available throughout the 5 boroughs and there are opportunities to accrue hours for clinical licensure. Questions? Email Avi Gardenswartz, Clinical Supervisor at agardenswartz@homelifeservices.org.

Register for the 2020 Social Enterprise Conference!

The 19th annual Social Enterprise Conference, Capital for Good is going virtual! The Digital Event Series, hosted throughout the academic year, will cover a range of topics in the social impact capital space.

Unlike past years when the event was in person, this year’s conference is entirely free of charge!

The conference will bring together industry leaders, investors, philanthropists, professionals, faculty, students, and alumni to share best practices and engender new ideas surrounding the intersection of capital and society. Speaker presentations will catalyze conversations of change and embolden a generation to take risks in order to create a world in which everyone, regardless of where they were born, has the equal opportunity to succeed in creating a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

KEYNOTE KICKOFF

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020
10:00 AM – 1:45 PM

Register now →

Digital Event Series

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October 30, 2020
November 13, 2020
December 4, 2020
January 22, 2021
February 5, 2021
February 19, 2021
March 12, 2021
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UPCOMING PROGRAMMING TOPICS

Capital for Justice: Using Impact Investing for Racial Equity | The .06%: Founding and Fundraising as Women of Color | Solving Renewable Energy Intermittency: Can the United States Rely on 100% Renewables? | Sustainable Fashion | News + Money | Sustainable Real Estate Development | Impact Investing | ESG Investing | Scaling Social Impact for Social Ventures | Sustainable Farming | Microfinance | Education Reform | and more!

NYPCC Virtual Career Fair for Bilingual MSWs | Wednesday, September 30

Message from the New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center:


Calling all Bilingual MSWs, MHCs, & MFTs, You’re Invited to NYPCC’s Virtual Career Fair on September 30, 2020 from 1:30 P.M. until 2:30 P.M. In order to attend this virtual career fair, either click on our flyer (below) or click on the following link:  https://zoom.us/j/94531729172

Please be advised that if you’ve already interviewed with NYPCC and/or were able to meet with someone during our last virtual career fair, we are still reviewing your resume and ask that you not attend this particular fair. We want to make sure to give those that we haven’t met yet the same opportunity that you received!

Once registered, upload your resume to one of the following links.

*Please note that we are hiring for all locations and you should apply to whichever location is most convenient for you:

For the Bronx: https://smrtr.io/467qf

For Bushwick: https://smrtr.io/45FtL

For Linden (East New York): https://smrtr.io/48LQS

What to Expect:

During our virtual career fair, once candidates connect to the zoom meeting, they will be placed in our waiting room, asked to wait for the host to let them in, and seen in the order of arrival. Please be patient with us as we are excited to meet with all of you and want to make sure that we are being fair and giving everyone the time that they deserve.

Exclusive Global Career Resource for Students and Alumni

Did you know that as a student or graduate of Columbia School of Social Work, you have free access to GoinGlobal, an international career resource for both domestic and international candidates?

Whether you are interested in pursuing an opportunity across town or around the world, take a look at GoinGlobal, including their country and city career guidesdirectory of employers, H1B visa employer listings, and opportunities in 120 locations worldwide.

With the changed employment landscape due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have recently added a wealth of new resources to support your job search.

Take a look at the links found on their homepage sidebar “Job Search During COVID”:

    • Working During a Pandemic – forward thinking job search and networking tips
    • COVID Career Advice – timely news articles covering a range of topicsGlobal
    • Employment Briefings – areas of job promise in key countries

You can also find new economic information in their country career guides under “Snapshot” and “Job Search Overview.” Note every country guide has a dedicated section under “Finding a Job” about “Telework and Freelance.”

To learn more about the site’s features and resources, take a look at their user training schedule.

Welcome Fall 2020 Students!

The Office of Career Services and Leadership Management would like to extend a warm welcome to our Fall 2020 class!

We look forward to meeting you and discussing your career plans as you further your education and training to promote social justice, equity, inclusion, and the overall well-being of others as anti-racist practitioners.

Want to get a head start on the conversation? Join us on Thursday, September 3 at our Career Q&A session for new students! See details within your Orientation materials.

Career Connect

Later this week, you will be receiving access to our exclusive career management system, Career Connect!

Please keep an eye out for a welcome email from: swcareer=columbia.edu@mg.gradleaders.com (It’s not spam!). It will include instructions on how to schedule appointments, register for future career events, access career-related resources, and more.

Asking Powerful Negotiation Questions

Establishing your value and asking for more is not a selfish act, says Alexandra Carter, Director of the Mediation Clinic at Columbia Law School and author of Ask for More: 10 Questions to Negotiate Anything. Instead, it primes others on how to value you and those who will come after you.

Negotiating is also more than asking for a higher salary and includes intangible benefits such as recognition for your achievements and mentorship and training opportunities. Asking questions is the most underutilized practice in a negotiation strategy, notes Carter. Some powerful questions she suggests asking yourself in any negotiation process are:

    • What’s the problem I want to solve and how? This can help frame what you want to ask for and how you ask for it.
    • What do I want from this negotiation? Consider both tangible and intangible needs.
    • What am I afraid of? Air out your emotions and hesitations by writing them down. Once you acknowledge your feelings, you can move forward to creating a strategy with confidence.
    • Where have I successfully advocated for myself or others in the past? In evaluating the strategies you’ve used and simply thinking about a prior success, you are more likely to do better in negotiating.

Remember, whatever you want to ask for, keep it optimistic, specific, and justifiable. Learn additional tips including how to boost your confidence going into a negotiation by listening to this episode on the How to be Awesome at Your Job podcast.

Written by Rawlisha Pena, Assistant Director of Career Services and Leadership Management, August 25, 2020