The Connections You’ll Make After City Year

City Year has been named by college students as one of their top 100 ideal employers. When asked why, they said that City Year provides:

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  • A creative and dynamic work environment

  • Good references for future career

  • Leadership opportunities

  • Professional development mentoring from City Year leadership

 

 

At City Year, being successful during your year of service is just as important to us as your success after City Year.

 

You’ll gain access to our Leadership After City Year (LACY) Alumni Network, which connects you to over 25,000 past AmeriCorps members working in a full range of careers from consulting to social work to medicine. This network, along with all of your formal and informal City Year training will help differentiate you in the job market, improve your candidacy for grad school, and will ultimately help you achieve your career goals regardless of the field you choose.

 

Learn more about the career paths past AmeriCorps members have taken and how the City Year experience prepared them on our Career Paths page.


Career Paths

No matter what career field you choose after City Year, your experience with us will help you prepare for it. You’ll gain valuable leadership and career skills that can help you advance and prosper in any sector, from nonprofit, to law, to medicine to education. These are just a few career paths you can take after City Year:

Business
City Year benefits for your career in business

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As a City Year AmeriCorps member you’ll gain applicable business skills by collaborating with a diverse team to create and implement solutions to complicated issues that impact our nation's students and communities. For those of you interested in business administration and management, City Year provides a rare opportunity to grow as a leader and a citizen while making an impact in the lives of students. You’ll gain practical experience with job responsibilities transferable to the business world: making data informed decisions, goal setting, project management, working as a member of a diverse team, managing difficult conversations, and practicing social responsibility. City Year AmeriCorps members have gone on to pursue careers in many different business capacities including sales, marketing, corporate social responsibility, and consulting and cite their City Year experience as an important building block for their leadership positions.


Medicine

City Year benefits for your career in Medicine

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For AmeriCorps members looking at careers in medicine and public health, City Year provides a unique perspective. As a AmeriCorps member, you have to be compassionate and empathetic, because you’ll be forging personal relationships with students and their families each and every day. You have to be hardworking, persistent, and constantly honing the skills that’ll one day turn you into both a competent and caring practitioner. You’ll also witness first-hand the impact a lack of access to high quality health care can have on a person, a community, and society at large. City Year alumni working in the medical field say City Year shaped their pathway and provided a solid foundation for their medical career.


Technology

City Year Skills Translate to Careers in Technology

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A successful career in the field of technology is dependant not only on technical ability, but also on certain character attributes. IT professionals need to be open to feedback, willing to jump into new projects head on, and able to work well on teams. As a City Year AmeriCorps member, you will work in our nation’s schools with students and communities who face some of our nation’s most pressing issues. You will gain applicable soft skills by collaborating with a diverse team to develop and implement solutions to complicated issues. City Year AmeriCorps members receive over 340 hours of skills training in public speaking, collaboration, problem solving and relationship building. You will also gain practical experience with job responsibilities transferable to the IT world: organization, giving and receiving feedback, project management, working as a member of a diverse team, and marking data-informed decisions.


Law

City Year benefits for your career in Law

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Working as a City Year AmeriCorps member in our nation’s highest-need schools requires analytical and strategic thinking in order come up with solutions to difficult problems. These real world practices provide a strong foundation for the law field. As a AmeriCorps member, you’ll gain an understanding of the complex legal challenges that many people growing up in low-income areas face. You’ll develop your ability to understand and assess complicated situations and hone your ability to express yourself clearly and effectively. Many City Year alumni have gone on to pursue careers in the field of public and private law. No matter the field of law, they hold their City Year experience as an important one because it helped them to better relate to people, shaped their path within the field and taught them to take initiative and be resourceful.


Public Policy

City Year Skills Translate to Careers in Public Policy

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At City Year, AmeriCorps members experience the effects local and national policies have on urban schools and the communities we serve. By working with an education-focused nonprofit, corps members gain first-hand experience implementing education policy and theory into practice. City Year training equips corps members to collaborate on diverse teams to implement programming that targets identified needs and to analyze the success of those programs. The corps year experience gives insight into the dimensions of complex issues in high poverty communities and the interdependencies that exist among social issues of poverty, education, access to high quality health care, and others.


Marketing/Communication
City Year benefits for your career in communication

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As a City Year AmeriCorps member in our nation’s highest need public schools, you will utilize strategic thinking in order to develop solutions to complex problems in a fast-pace environment. You will also develop your ability to analyze complicated situations and hone your ability to express yourself clearly and effectively. These real world experiences provide a strong foundation for the marketing and communications fields. City Year AmeriCorps members receive over 340 hours of skills training in public speaking, collaboration, problem solving and relationship building. You will also gain practical experience with job responsibilities transferable to the marketing and communications world: accomplishing complex tasks under tight deadlines, project management, working as a member of a diverse team, managing difficult conversations, and practicing social responsibility. City Year AmeriCorps members have gone on to pursue careers in many different capacities in the fields of marketing and communications, including radio, television, journalism and advertising and cite their City Year experience as an important building block for their leadership positions.


Education

City Year benefits for your career in Education

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City Year provides a strong foundation for AmeriCorps members planning to pursue a career in education. During your year of service, you’ll gain an understanding of the challenges students face in high-need urban schools. You’ll also learn how a school operates while building relationships with faculty and staff. City Year provides training in research-based socio-emotional learning, literacy, and math. AmeriCorps members also receive training through partnerships with the school administration, where they get exposure to pedagogical theories and behavior management practices. From lesson planning, to tracking student progress to interacting with school administration, our alumni say their year’s worth of classroom experience has been especially useful before becoming a full-time teacher. Given the experiences our AmeriCorps members have, graduate schools in education highly value City Year alumni, and principals, districts, and teacher training programs actively seek out City Year alumni for open positions.


Nonprofit

City Year benefits for your career in Non Profit

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As a AmeriCorps member, you’ll get a first-hand experience working at a nationally recognized and respected non-profit. With a focus on education, City Year gives you the skills necessary to make an impact in the lives of students by putting innovative non-profit theory into practice.  During your service year you’ll learn to resource map communities, develop plans to meet those needs, and measure the impact of program implementation. City Year will empower you to lead your peers, build relationships with students and the communities you serve, and partner with other organizations within the community.


Psychology

City Year Skills in Psychology

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City Year provides a strong foundation for AmeriCorps members planning to pursue a career in psychology and counseling. Because City Year provides training in research-based social emotional training, AmeriCorps members are able to support students in their development as lifelong learners and leaders who strive to reach their aspirations. AmeriCorps members help students set goals about improving behavior, relationships and decision making while encouraging students to display acts of positive leadership in school and the larger community. A year of service with City Year allows our AmeriCorps members to strengthen soft skills that will build them into strong psychologists and counselors, such as effective communication, empathy, open-mindedness and patience.


Social Work

City Year benefits for your career in social work

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City Year provides a strong foundation for AmeriCorps members planning to pursue a career in psychology and counseling. Because City Year provides training in research-based social emotional training, AmeriCorps members are able to support students in their development as lifelong learners and leaders who strive to reach their aspirations. AmeriCorps members help students set goals about improving behavior, relationships and decision making while encouraging students to display acts of positive leadership in school and the larger community. A year of service with City Year allows our AmeriCorps members to strengthen soft skills that will build them into strong psychologists and counselors, such as effective communication, empathy, open-mindedness and patience.