Good Shepherd Services is hosting a Virtual Information Session and Career Fair on Thursday, November 4, 2021, from 12:00 – 3:00 PM ET with a strong focus on Social Work careers.
Meet with Social Workers from different program areas (Foster Care, Prevention, Domestic Violence, Residential and School based programs), hear how their work impacts NYC communities, get a glimpse into a day-in-the-life of various roles, and find out what career tracks are available to you.
Those from all experience levels are invited to join.
Register here: https://tinyurl.com/xbcfuz5s
The Office of Alumni Relations and Office of Career Services and Leadership Management are pleased to resume our career mentorship program for the spring semester!
The program will run from Monday, February 1 through Friday, May 28. Requests will be accepted until Friday, May 14.
Mentoring Program Overview
Through this program, students can request to connect with up to 3 alums per month for 1:1 conversations to:
- Gain insights and perspectives about a career path, field, organization, or industry;
- Get advice about career planning, searching and applying for jobs (including resume writing), networking, interviewing, or navigating life after CSSW; OR
- Seek support in general from someone who’s been in your shoes as a student
- Fill out this mentoring program interest form. On the form, you will find a link to a directory with a list of more than 300 alumni volunteer mentors who are eager to meet you! Select the one you’re interested in meeting. Note that you will have to complete this form for each request.
- After submitting the form, you will receive an email confirmation as well as an introductory email from Jennifer March from Alumni Relations connecting you to the alum of choice within a few business days. If you don’t hear from Jennifer in that time frame, please email her directly at [email protected] to follow up.
- Once you receive the email, it will be your responsibility to arrange a meeting directly with the alum using the contact information provided. While Zoom meetings are recommended, you can choose a platform that works best for both you and the alum.
Remember: This is NOT a forum to ask for a job or a recommendation for a job, but rather an opportunity to gather valuable information based on their knowledge and expertise.
After the initial meeting, it will be up to you and the alum to decide whether to continue to stay in touch.
For general questions about our alumni mentors, please email Jennifer March at [email protected].
For guidance on how to prepare for a meeting, refer to our Informational Interview Guide. You can also view free, on-demand webinars on informational interviewing (and other career development topics) from LinkedIn Learning, or schedule an appointment with the career team to discuss further.
We hope you take advantage of this special opportunity!
Want to learn more about potential AGPP career paths after graduation?
Join AGPP Caucus Leaders on January 27 at 12:30pm where they will be speaking to alumni about their career paths post Columbia and how their careers have been impacted by their experiences of being in the AGPP track! See below for details.
If you have any questions for the panelists, please fill out this survey.
Date: Wednesday, January 27
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Join via Zoom (Meeting ID: 958 0656 2839)
We were thrilled to welcome back alumna Ashleigh Washington ’09, Senior Director of Learning and Staff Development at Safe Horizon, to discuss how she shaped her social work career, from providing direct services and managing programs to leading trainings for a national organization!
Attendees had the opportunity to gain a number of takeaways, including:
- Taking the time to reflect on your experiences and assessing the activities in which you excel, the issues and causes that drive you, and the environments in which you enjoy working and thrive;
- Embracing every opportunity as a learning opportunity; and
- Owning your own career journey, including actively seeking ways to grow, build skills and expertise, and contribute
Thank you, Ashleigh, for sharing your inspiring story and these useful tips on building a fulfilling career!
Did you miss the talk? The captioned recordings for this and Dr. Joy Ippolito’s talk are now available in Career Connect’s Document Library within the Workshops / Webinars / Presentations Folder. (UNI login required.)
Join us for an intimate conversation with Ashleigh Washington ’09, Senior Director of Learning and Staff Development at Safe Horizon, on how her talent for innovation and strategic leadership has driven her experiences in social work and nonprofit management.
Career Talk with Ashleigh Washington
Wednesday, December 4, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
CSSW Room C05
Live-stream available; registration required.
Ashleigh Washington is currently the Senior Director of Learning and Staff Development at Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading victims services agency. She leads training and professional development for the agency’s 900+ employees.
Her talent for innovation and strategic leadership has driven her experiences in the field of social work over the last 13 years. Ashleigh has also worked in the fields of substance abuse, public education, healthcare, and supportive housing, providing both direct practice and management in the non-profit sector.
Ashleigh holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Prairie View A&M University in Texas, and a master’s in social work from Columbia University. She is currently a Ph.D. student in social welfare at the City University of New York.
Philanthropy New York hosts group informational interviews to explore career paths in the philanthropic sector, as part of our “Interested in Working at a Foundation” series. This July, they will provide an opportunity to learn about the field of philanthropy from the perspectives of two leaders in the field.
Join Altaf Rahamatulla, Program Officer at New York Foundation, and Tasha Tucker, Program Director, Racial Justice at Trinity Church Wall Street, as they discuss career path experiences in both the philanthropic sector.
- When: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 -3:30 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
- Where: Philanthropy New York, 320 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017
- Members of PNY & Partner Orgs: $0.00
- Non-Members: $0.00
- The advantages and challenges of a career in philanthropy
- The range of jobs at an organization and some general day-to-day responsibilities
- The structure and possible priorities of foundations you may encounter on your job search
- A realistic picture of the competencies corporate and private foundations may value in potential new hires and the number of jobs available in the field at a given time
This session will not include
- Specific job leads
- Individual interviews with contacts within the field
- Altaf Rahamatulla, Program Officer, New York Foundation
- Tasha Tucker, Program Director, Racial Justice, Trinity Church Wall Street
- Jo Christine Miles (Moderator), Public Policy Fellow, Philanthropy New York
Individuals interested in learning about careers in the field of philanthropy.
- Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague, please click on the “Register Now” link above.
- Non-PNY members: Create an account or log in above and click the Register Now link.
Please email [email protected] with any questions.
Join the students of L.E.A.P. (Lead, Empower, Act, with Purpose), an initiative led by Fordham social work students, on Tuesday, February 12 at Fordham University Lincoln Center for an eye-opening night of looking at social work through a uniquely unconventional lens.
L.E.A.P.’s mission is to motivate and inspire future social workers. Their events offer a fresh and stimulating perspective on how to apply your social work degree to non-traditional opportunities that fulfill your commitment to making an impact.
All social work school students and alumni from the New York area are invited to attend.
- Rae Draizen, Director of Brand Strategy at Collective, A DEI Lab: Social entrepreneur, startup enthusiast, strategist, writer, and advocate.
- Andrew Hill, Co-Founder of LiftEd; Named to the 2018 Forbes “30 Under 30” List: Entrepreneur, designer, and innovator with a deep-rooted passion for improving lives by leveraging software technology.
- Dr. Joanne Hill-Powell, Co-Founder & Chief Data Scientist at LiftEd: Behavior analyst consultant, advocate, and educator.
- Bianca Crystal Reid, Licensed Social Worker, Movement Specialist, and Doula
|Refreshments and Networking
|Welcome from L.E.A.P.
|Keynote Speakers: Rae Draizen, Andrew Hill and Dr. Joanne Hill-Powell Featuring: Bianca Crystal Reid
|Engagement with Speakers and Attendees
Learn from 40+ Social Impact Leaders sharing their best strategies and advice for growing a career that makes a positive impact in the world at the upcoming Social Impact Career Virtual Summit, hosted by: and co-hosted by:
What You’ll Learn
- An in-depth understanding of the types of roles and career paths you can pursue in the social impact space
- Strategies on how to channel your passions, talents, and skills to create a career that makes a difference in the world
- Clarity on what nonprofits and socially-conscious companies are looking for in job candidates
- Tips on what you need to have in your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile
- Advice on exploring new career options, searching for jobs, and tapping into the hidden job market
How the Virtual Summit Works
The Social Impact Career Virtual Summit is a FREE online event providing you with the key insights for growing a career in a B Corp, Social Enterprise, or Nonprofit; in CSR, Sustainability, and Impact Investing; or as a Consultant, Freelancer or Social Entrepreneur.
- After registration, you’ll receive an email with everything you need for getting the most out of the virtual event.
- When the summit begins on October 15th, you’ll receive an email each day with a link to access all the interviews for that day.
- All interview recordings will be available until midnight, October 18th.
- If you can’t make all the sessions, no worries! After you get your free ticket, we will provide an option to access all the summit recordings to watch at your own convenience!
Summit Schedule + Speakers
Day 1 – October 15th (7:00 pm EST)
Facebook Live Kick-Off Event: Summit Overview + Live Career Coaching Q&A with Marcos Salazar, CEO of Be Social Change
Day 2 – October 16th (9:00 am EST)
For-Profit Careers: Using Business as a Force For Good
Day 3 – October 17th (9:00 am EST)
Nonprofit Careers: Working to Solve the Most Pressing Social and Environmental Problems
Day 4 – October 18th (9:00 am EST)
Entrepreneurial Careers: Working as a Social Entrepreneur, Impact Consultant, Freelancer, and Creative Social Impact Career Pathways