The King's College

Office of Vocational and Career Development

The Office of Vocational and Career Development (OVCD) has a clear mission—to prepare and equip students for meaningful vocations and careers that manifest the honor, professional skills, and intellectual facility that we develop at the College. Students gain tools and insights from caring faculty in order to develop a plan that suits their individual, long-term career goals.

CAREER SPOTLIGHTS

Fallon Prinzivalli (PPE ’11)
Brand Marketing Manager at ReedPOP

“After freelancing for MTV, I ended up at an events company working in customer service and marketing for B2B events. I wasn’t passionate about it, but I was able to learn all aspects of event management .I really liked it so I thought, ‘How do I blend what I’m passionate about with the new skills I’ve learned?’ I took a step back and figured out a ‘goal company’ where I wanted to work. For me, that perfect blend of event management and pop culture was New York Comic Con. I connected with their Marketing Director on Twitter, of all places. I discovered his team did much more than New York Comic Con; they were ReedPOP. I now work on a team that runs roughly 30 pop culture conventions worldwide for more than 1.8 million fans.”

Jerron Herman (MCA ’13)
Associate at Heidi Latsky Dance

“I started my dance career while at King’s. I was really into theater, particularly writing for it, so I did as many internships in theaters around the city that I could. One of those internships was at The New Victory Theater in Times Square. While there, I worked on a studio intensive with choreographer Sean Curran, who took a liking to me and said I had good movement. Ultimately, he introduced me to his friend, Heidi Latsky, who is the Artistic Director of her own dance company. Five years later, I’m still working for her!”

Anna Wilhelm (MCA ’14)
Brand Strategist at Horizon Media

“Transitioning from college to work was easier than I thought it would be​. Advertising is a client services job, so my role largely involves short-term projects—-think three to ten days each. ​​The skills required to create and execute quality client deliverables are very similar​ to the skills required to succeed at King’s​.”

Our Philosophy

Vocational and career development is about far more than just landing a job when you graduate. It’s about gaining the necessary tools and insights that propel you toward success throughout your career. Our unique philosophy, therefore, focuses on life-long success through a three-pronged approach—discover, develop, and design.

Discover

Your vocational imagination is limited by your vocational exposure.
Most of us imagine ourselves working in professions with which we are familiar. If legal dramas are our favorite television shows, then we want to be lawyers. If we loved our third grade teacher, then we want to be teachers. But we want our students to have big imaginations. Therefore, we offer them horizon-expanding opportunities so they can re-imagine how they might offer their unique skills and talents as gifts to the world.

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Know Yourself

Socrates’s famous statement, “Know thyself,” holds true even in your career search. Take our recommended career assessment, YouScience, to know your values, skills, interests, aptitudes, and personality, and where your unique gifts and talents might best fit particular industries.

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Know Careers

To expand your imagination about what’s possible, take our recommended career assessment, YouScience, explore Vault and ONET, attend OVCD roundtables with practitioners, stop by on-campus recruiting events in the Fish Bowl, and visit marketplaces with the OVCD.

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Know King’s

You’re not married to your major—that is, you can study something that’s unrelated to your eventual career. As you choose your major, then, ask career-related questions, like, What skills do I want to grow? What tools do I want to gain? Which professors will challenge me?

Develop

Skills trump passion in the quest for work you love.
You can have an incredible amount of passion for a cause or an industry, but if you don’t have the skills necessary for a particular job, then you won’t land it. Employers want job candidates to be professional in their communications, applications, and interactions. So we want to prioritize developing the right skills for success.

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Create Your Resume and Cover Letter

Recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds reviewing a resume, so you need to make sure yours is in top shape. Also, your cover letter is a writing sample, demonstrating your ability to communicate accurately, succinctly, and professionally. Attend an OVCD workshop to write yours.

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Build Your Network

Here’s a secret: 70-80% of the job market is hidden—that is, it’s never posted publicly. The vast majority of hiring is done by friends and acquaintances hiring other trusted friends and acquaintances. One of the greatest advantages of going to King’s is the diverse professional network you can build during your 4 years in NYC. Start with The People List, 100+ practitioners open to doing informational interviews with students, and KingsConnect, our student and alumni network.

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Volunteer

We’re not a school just for ourselves, but for others, too. As we gain skills, we want to give back to our neighbors. So we partner with The Bowery Mission to do student-led resume workshops for homeless men and women who are re-entering the workforce.

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Apply to Grad School

Graduate school is a huge choice—the time and effort spent is significant and lasts several years—but some jobs reward graduate education with significantly larger salaries, too. If you’re thinking about graduate school, check out our graduate school information page.

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Practice Professionalism

“Professionalism is the new participation grade,” we say. That means that our campus tries to create an environment where professionalism is valued from the ground up—from attire to timeliness to etiquette and more—whether you’re in class or at a school-sponsored event.

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Pitch Yourself

Your resume will get you in the door, but your personality will land you the internship or job. You need to learn how self-marketing can help you impress potential employers in just a few short minutes and how to avoid common mistakes.

Design

Build your way forward with a bias toward action.
Although one of the main rubrics through which we seek to discover our career path options is passion, but “follow your passion” is bad advice. First, we should be self-skeptical about our passions—after all, our hearts are selfish, and work is about serving others, not ourselves. Second, there’s no evidence that we have pre-existing passions that we must follow. Most of us are malleable—that is, able to do any number of things. At King’s, then, we have a bias toward action that encourages students to explore their fields of interest in practice. In addition to meeting with an OVCD career coach in a small group coaching session, students are encouraged to build their way forward through prototypes—from informational interviews to marketplace visits to internships—so they can test out careers before graduating.

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Prototype

Good prototypes are cheap, informative, and quick. As an underclassman, you should be doing informational interviews— with upperclassmen, alumni, and family friends—from the start of your college career. Through informational interviews, and marketplace visits with the OVCD, though, you will become more familiar with your skills, interests, aptitudes, and personality. When you’re fairly certain that you want to test drive a particular career, then you want to do an internship—probably when you’re a junior or senior.

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Practice Investing

If you’re interested in finance, business, or banking, we have a unique prototype just for you—our fantasy investment league. The top 3 winners receive cash prizes, and all participants get some investing experience—a key differentiator as a candidate—before jumping into Wall Street. At the beginning of each Spring semester, be on the look out for details on how to join.

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Get Coached

As you prototype, you’ll want to schedule a coaching session with one of our OVCD representatives. We’re here to help guide your discovery, development, and design, as you chart out possible career paths. In order to be coached, though, you must attend a resume workshop. So do that early.

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