Rethinking Your Career?

NYU Program Helps Boomers

written by Ellen Freudenheim, MPH

Most universities across the US offer career guidance for students and recent graduates. Some have open-door policies for their alumni. But few rival the public career guidance services available at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (212-998-7060, www.scps.nyu.edu/careers), a pioneer in the field of career guidance for people who are mid-career and beyond.

Executives, professionals, business managers, homemakers returning to the workforce, aspiring actors, artists and musicians seeking a stable income—in short, a cast of characters as varied as you’d expect to find in the Big Apple—utilize NYU’s services.

At the heart of the program are dozens of interactive workshop-style classes led by practitioners or experts in a given field. You can find out about jobs in public relations, financial services, college administration, health care, or non-profits. You can attend a workshop on various aspects of small business ownership and entrepreneurship. Or, you can sharpen specific job-hunting skills: writing resumes, effective networking, and using the Internet as a job search tool. There’s even a workshop on “self promotion for introverts.”

Through a separate division, NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, mature students can enroll in degree and non-degree courses in philanthropy, fundraising and non-profit management. Those interested in the tourism field can find courses in special- events management or hotel operations here.

Workshops cost from $90 up, and run from a few hours on a Saturday to several sessions. The duration and cost of classes vary. All are open to the general public.
One-on-One Consulting

NYU’s Office of Career Management, which operates independently of the university-wide student career service program, offers one-on-one counseling sessions available in four areas: career planning, going back to school, coaching and professional development, and job search. A popular $400 package includes a battery of tests (Link to 5. Planning a Career Transition: About Tests) and four individual counseling sessions. A la carte options include resume or interview prep ($110), and individual education advisement ($100).

Alternatively, the $340 “individual job search advisement” provides a personal job-hunt buddy. This four-session program promises to deliver a detailed job search plan, a spiffy resume and cover letter, and help with interviewing and salary negotiations.

“There’s an interesting shift in introversion and extroversion and that varies as people age,” says Arlene Yellen, 60, a veteran career counselor who has seen many Baby Boomers come through the New York University’s Office of Career Management. “In your 20s and 30 s you are more concerned about what kind of impression you are making. Past age 40 your family, emotional and physical well-being– even politics– become more important than having people like you.”

Yellen says she’s struck by how many Boomers today are looking toward the nonprofit world for future jobs.

“Purpose,” she says,” is a very large word.”