After graduation this year, Blake Berkowitz, NTC ’21, will be starting his career off at Epic as a technical solutions engineer. He will help diagnose and resolve software issues facing healthcare providers while also managing the implementation of novel technological solutions to assist with the care of patients and improve upon clinical operations. This is an exciting and challenging job for a recent grad and Berkowitz credits his early success to his time at Tulane and assistance he got from the NTC Career Services Center.
Berkowitz experienced the multitude of options for students to build a professional presence through Career Services.
“My first experience with Career Services began when I enrolled in the CRDV course ‘Majors, Internships, and Jobs,’ led by Geneva Torrence. This course taught me how to build upon an existing LinkedIn profile, strategically prepare for interviews, and write a polished résumé and cover letter.” Berkowitz explains.
These types of one credit courses help introduce groups of students to the work they’ll need to do to prepare themselves for internships, jobs after graduation, and finding a career path. Students are also encouraged to meet one on one with advisors during their entire time at Tulane, but especially their junior and senior years.
Berkowitz shares his experience working with Career Advisor and Senior Year Experience Coach Scott Cohen.
“I first met Scott before classes began my senior year, and we spent that session finalizing my résumé and cover letters. Scott brought a fresh perspective and went out of his way to address every detail he was able to find that could be improved upon. Additionally, he took the time to establish a connection with me and kept me in the loop regarding upcoming career events. And when I’d see him at these events, he’d guide me toward the tables that suited my career interests. A few weeks later, I met with him before an in-person final round interview, which I had never participated in before. Not only did he inform me on what to expect for the interview, but he also advised me on how to behave at the pre-interview dinner and even what to wear to these events.”
Career Services hosts events designed to connect employers with students looking for internships and post-grad opportunities. Berkowitz sought out these events to learn more about what he could do with his skills and degree and cultivate skills he would need when meeting with prospective employers. “I attended several internship and job fairs. Since these were tailored toward college students, it was a great way to develop my networking capabilities and learn which strategies worked well and which could be improved upon. And as a result, I received an offer for an internship related to my major from one of those fairs.”
NTC Career Services is expanding and growing their capabilities to assist all undergraduate students in reaching their potential and leveraging their time at Tulane. Berkowitz advises that students “take the initiative to meet with an advisor ASAP, whether it’s to finalize a résumé or discuss career plans, and follow-up with them periodically in order to develop a professional relationship.” With a new leader this year and a changing world, we could not agree more.