Psychotherapist and Post-Degree Psychodynamic Fellow, Karen Horney Clinic
The Mental Health Counseling program at Baruch College was everything I could hope for in a graduate program and more. It was important for me to find a small cohort-style graduate program as I personally thrive in a community setting. I was able to get out of my comfort zone and push myself in ways I never had before. I believe the support that is built into this program is a main factor as to why I was able to succeed. The cohort provided me with a foundation of peers in which we professionally and personally relied on one another to navigate the program together. This support system was especially vital during the pandemic. Even through the darkest of times we were able to come together as a community and provide each other with support and consistency during uncertain times. Now as graduates we have established a lifelong professional network. Our cohort was not just the students but all the professors and Baruch staff members who supported us every step of the way. What sets this program apart is the heart that it has.
This program has been life changing for me in so many ways. The professors truly care for their students and go above and beyond to be there for you during your journey. I am so grateful to all the professors who took me under their wing and helped me find my passion as a therapist. As a Latina woman, it was important that the graduate program I attended focused on diversity, cultural competency, and be a place where I would feel seen and heard. My professors supported this by encouraging me to do research topics that focused on the Latinx community or helping me look for placements that work with diverse populations. I feel this program has helped me find my passions, my voice and even more important, myself.
I found my current position as a psychotherapist and post-degree psychodynamic fellow at the Karen Horney Clinic through a job search website. I wanted to find a role that was aligned with my values and would help me continue learning. The Karen Horney Clinic provides New Yorkers, from all backgrounds, professional and compassionate mental health services at an affordable cost.
Coordinator, Assessment & Selection at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
I enjoyed my experience in the I/O Psychology program at Baruch College. In addition to making good friends, the program exposed me to professors who made the classroom come alive by sharing their experiences from the applied world. I learned to apply our science in the study of human behavior in the workplace to improve the performance and well-being of individuals. This program developed my skills in data analysis, research methods, job analysis, psychometrics, and survey development. It also introduced me to professional associations such as SIOP, Metro, and Blacks in I/O. A special thanks to all of my professors for sharing their knowledge and for making a difference in my life.
Because I wanted to work in talent assessment and selection, I used LinkedIn’s job alert to inform me of current job openings in the field. This is how I found the position of Coordinator, Assessment & Selection at the Chicago Transit Authority. I am happy to graduate as I found a job where I will be using my I/O skills by conducting and coordinating the development, revision and administration of pre-employment and promotional assessments. I am grateful for the Weissman Graduate Career Services office as its workshops and services helped me become a more attractive candidate.
Associate Director, Telefundraising. The Metropolitan Opera.
The Arts Administration program at Baruch College has made a lasting impression on my professional and personal growth. The program allowed me to build my professional network and refine my arts administration practice. Most of my experience was virtual due to the impact of COVID-19, but that gave so many of us an opportunity to seriously ask the question “what do we want arts administration to be going forward?” I feel this program gave me the room to ask that question and find answers in partnership with my fellow graduate students. It was an immensely collaborative experience.
Professionally, this program has helped shape my career. It has taught me change can come from the desk of anybody in an arts organization. I like that Baruch values that kind of thinking. Doing my consultancy for the organization that I work for, allowed me to bring in everything I learned and craft a project with real world meaning. Having gone through this program I feel more confident to pursue a role in senior leadership.
I’ve been at my current company – The Metropolitan Opera – since March of 2012. After a year and a half I was promoted to supervisor, and then to my current role of Associate Director of Telefundraising. This program has given me a profound understanding of the kinds of issues that all arts organizations deal with. It has changed my arts administration practice, and I have already started applying what I’ve learned.
Mental Health Counselor and Practice Administrator, New Pathways Counseling Center
The MHC program at Weissman has been a transformative journey for me. As a career changer, I wanted a program that mirrored the 9-5 schedule that my friends were experiencing in order to stay connected to my support system as a graduate student. Baruch’s program offered that, and a chance to create my own community through our cohort model. Even after graduation, my peers are relying on each other for referral networks, training resources and fun social activities like rock climbing together after work.
The greatest gift that this program gave me towards my career was the personal growth journey our professors fostered in the classroom. Yes, you learn how to become a counselor in this program academically, but what you really learn is how to become the type of person and counselor you want to be morally and emotionally. Our professors and the cohort challenge you to explore your own experiences and how that shapes your view as a therapist. Additionally, the practical experience offered through the practicum and internship helped me build upon my skills learned in the classroom and apply them in real time with my clients.
I found my current position as a therapist and practice administrator through a job search website. I was looking for a role that combined my previous experience with an undergraduate degree in business and my therapeutic strengths. It also helps that New Pathways Counseling Center provides affordable and accessible care, which has also been important to me.
Organization Transformation Consultant, Deloitte
The Baruch College, MS in I/O Psychology program has provided exclusive access to a strong alumni network spanning such industries as People Analytics, Consulting, Assessments and Learning &Development. I was not sure which field I wanted to major in at first, but such courses as Coaching, Psychometrics, and Organizational Change solidified my interest in Talent Development and Organizational Development. The faculty are science practitioners, so the courses were hands-on, with multiple practice-projects and personalized feedback which, coupled with a year-long thesis project, sharpened my academic writing and analytical skills.
I breezed through the internship interviews (one of which came through an alumni connection), completing two amazing I/O Psych internships over the course of the program. Through career events organized by WSAS Career Services, I learned how to leverage the power of the professional community, position myself in the job market and search for opportunities. My career transition was much smoother than I had expected thanks to the guidance, resources, and ongoing support. Shortly after graduation, I accepted a full-time position in the top consulting firm, Deloitte, which I learned about by attending a virtual fair at SIOP.
Substance Use Counselor, Inter-Care
When I made the decision to leave a 17 year career in arts administration it was important for me to find a graduate program that emulated the best qualities of New York City. The Weissman Graduate Program incorporated a small and supportive cohort model within a larger diverse university, and truly emulated the mission and qualities that made me proud to call myself a New Yorker. My supportive peers and knowledgeable, accessible professors created a space that was challenging both academically and emotionally. I was encouraged to combine the skills I had gained over the past 17+ years with the knowledge I was gaining in graduate school to become a culturally competent, ethical, and humane counselor. The mental health counseling program at CUNY Baruch helped me create a strong supportive network made up of my cohort peers and professors. By having support from professors and peers alike I was able to grow and change professionally and personally, becoming not only a better counselor but a better human being.
The Baruch program is a perfect arena for burgeoning counselors to learn how to combine science with instinct. From my experience at my clinical internship at Mount Sinai’s Addiction Institute I learned first-hand that recovery is a practice, and the greatest interventions involve meeting patients where they are, helping them to set boundaries, and holding space for the emotions they’ve spent years numbing and avoiding. My work at Mount Sinai and within the Weissman Graduate program for mental health counseling made me a more genuine, proactive, and culturally competent humanistic therapist.
The program helped me realize that I am a humanistic counselor who is professional, compassionate, and authentic with his clients. I help them discover who they are and how to get to know themselves. I want my clients to feel seen, be heard, and develop their sense of efficacy towards their own personal growth and change. I am passionate about working with individuals in recovery or who are struggling with substance use disorder, individuals in the performing arts and the LGBTQIA+ community.
During my time at Baruch the cohort model allowed me to cultivate strong, respectful connections with my peers and provided the opportunity for me to build a professional network at my internship site. Both of these connections assisted my job search and eventual placement at Inter-Care.
Marketing Manager, TENTERPRISES, Inc.
Baruch’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences Master’s Corporate Communication graduate program proved to be a wonderful and life changing experience for me. After working in the advertising-publishing industry for over 25 years, I returned to school because I also wanted to teach corporate communication at the college level. I am very pleased with what I learned and now feel ready to go on to the next level of my career. In the graduate program students receive direct supervision and support from faculty and staff. I was very impressed with how the professors welcome the students, and how they made us quickly feel a part of the Weissman graduate community.
There is a high-level of mentoring from faculty who are experts in the field of corporate communications. The professors are teaching real life lessons. The knowledge you gain from the master’s program is priceless. I personally enjoyed learning new techniques, research methods, and new communication strategies currently used by corporations. Advisors in the graduate program were very helpful and supportive. I appreciated the small class sizes that allowed the professors to give more impactful individual time to their students. Weissman Graduate Career Services helped me to update my resume, and my LinkedIn profile which was very helpful for my job search.
In my current position at T-ENTERPRISES Sales Agency, I am the marketing manager. I handle all promotional and marketing material to promote company items. T-ENTERPRISES is a family business that stands for Thomas Enterprises founded in 2001. My husband Robert James Thomas Sr. is President & CEO. In addition, I am President & CEO of Marie Della Thomas and Associates founded in 2006, which I started after leaving my former employer Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc., and Disney was my first client.
Baruch College master’s program broadened my viewpoint on the direction I want my career to go. I highly recommend students that want an impactful learning experience to attend the Weissman corporate communication graduate program. At Baruch students are learning in a real-life multicultural environment from professors of diverse backgrounds, and that was very important to me as a Black businesswoman.
Principal Talent Acquisition Coordinator, Celonis
I took a leap of faith when I applied to the Corporate Communication Graduate program. Many of my close family and friends considered enrolling to be a risky move. As for myself, I always had an interest in internal communication but was hesitant about cultivating a career out of it. Confused about what to do, I contacted the Assistant Director of Academic Advisement. The guidance received, even as a prospective student, was enough for me to submit my application.
Fast forward to today, I can confidently say I made the right decision.
The faculty and administrators of the Graduate Studies at Weissman all have immense clarity in their respective fields of work. I honed in on my interest in internal communication by enrolling in courses that excited me, such as Employee Relations, Corporate Culture, and Quantitative Research. I truly believe having the opportunity to enroll in these courses laid the foundation of my career in Talent Acquisition.
Currently, I am a Principal Talent Acquisition Coordinator at Celonis. I learned about my company while searching for content on LinkedIn for my thesis project. The communication strategies I grasped throughout my graduate program allowed me to collaborate with internal partners and provide transparent candidate experiences.
The MA in Corporate Communication at the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences is undoubtedly the best investment I made for my personal and professional growth. I am forever grateful for the education gained, the connections made, and the barriers broken solely from this program.
Guest Experience Manager, SUMMIT One Vanderbilt
The Baruch MA, Arts Administration program gave me a robust boost to my professional network and introduced me to lifelong friends. I was able to grow my critical thinking skills and have engaging dialogues with future and current leaders in the arts and culture industry. The skills and best practices I studied have made their way into my toolkit and are utilized consistently in my management career. I’m excited to find new ways to implement them on my path to senior leadership.
After being laid off due to COVID-19 from the Shed, a non-profit arts organization, I was recruited into the world of for-profit attractions to work as the Operations Supervisor for Edge in Hudson Yards. I now work as a Guest Experience Manager for SUMMIT One Vanderbilt.
Talent Developer, Altice
The MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology program truly opened my eyes to the realm of possibilities that I could reach in my career. I thoroughly enjoyed how dedicated, smart and supportive the professors were and I made great connections with other students. Through my studies at Baruch, I was able to learn coaching techniques, leadership development and talent planning. These skills, tied with my prior work experiences, led me to the job I have today.
I found my current position as a Talent Developer with Altice through LinkedIn.
Diversity Fellow, Tier 2, Therapist, Kull Institute for Psychotherapy
I was looking forward to being part of a program that had a small class size and a cohort-style model. This was invaluable as it allowed me to bond with my classmates and my professors. The intimate nature of the program allowed me to grow and develop into a mature therapist. This program helped me feel confident, and very supported by my peers and professors. I enjoyed the attention paid to the practical component of therapy, which was very helpful when I transitioned into a work environment.
I was able to find my therapeutic style and this helped me immensely. I also really enjoyed the addition of the 100 practicum hours, I felt this gave me an advantage over other students and I was able to secure a highly competitive internship competing with students from Ivy League schools.
I learned about my current position as a Diversity Fellow, Tier 2, Therapist, with the Kull Institute for Psychotherapy through online research.
Assistant Vice President, Learning Advisor, Institutional Clients Group, Citi
I would classify my time at Baruch College as two of the best years of my life to date. At Baruch, I made great friends and colleagues who have helped me grow and expand my knowledge of how to apply I/O methodology into the way we work. I took every opportunity to network and connect with students from different programs across NY as well as professionals in the field. This was something that was stressed heavily during my time in the program and I believe it has been my biggest success factor.
The I/O program contextualized the term “practitioner” for me – which is where I wanted to focus my efforts after graduating. I found the class on Team Effectiveness and Work/Life balance to be practical and currently use it in my daily work. My past work experience prior to joining the I/O program was in operations where I had limited knowledge of these principles, so completing these courses provided content where I could appreciate the implications and best practices of how we create and improve our work environments.
I learned about my current position from a former classmate who referred me for a role, and through conversations I ended up with my current position.