Fanwood's Ivy Educational Services' Career Counseling Featured in NY Times "Education Life"

Nicole Oringer, along with partner Jacqui Byrne of Scotch Plains, opened Ivy Educational Services in Fanwood.
Carolyn Magnani, career counselor at Ivy Educational Services.

FANWOOD, NJ -- Ivy Educational Services (250 South Ave., Fanwood) partner Nicole Oringer and career coach Carolyn Magnani were featured in the New York Times "Education Life" section story ("Career Coaching for the Playdate Generation" by Laura Pappano) about career counseling services for college students and graduates.

Pappano wrote that members of the "playdate generation," who have been "expertly guided through life transitions from preschool to college," find graduation a scary prospect. Many young adults are turning to career coaches, such as Carolyn Magnani, for guidance in the next stage of life.

“Students are more confused than ever about what the next step is,” said Nicole Oringer, co-owner of Ivy Educational Services, a New Jersey company that began career coaching four years ago, often to students they had helped with college applications. Turning to experts seems only natural: “This is a generation of students that has been given a lot of resources and advice.” - New York Times.

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Oringer said that while Ivy Educational had not been actively expanding in the area of career counseling services, they have a great resource in Magnani, who has 20 years of experience that spans the corporate and non-profit worlds. Magnani, who holds BA and EdM degrees from Harvard, has been Director of Student Services at NYU, Assistant Dean at NYU’s Stern School of Business, and a career strategist at  the Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland.

"Over the years we've been asked by former students for resume, interviewing and career assistance, but we held off until we found the right person...until we met Carolyn," Oringer said. " Carolyn coaches our clients. We don't find internships for students or jobs, however."

Oringer explains that people seek out therapists, coaches, accountants -- all kinds of assistance when they need mentoring, advice, or counseling. Preparing to start a career can be stressful, especially for individuals who have sought assistance in other areas of their personal growth.

"Career counseling is another way to get through life's transitions," Oringer explained in an interview with TAPintoSPF. "Like much of the work we do in college counseling, it's about going to a source that is not emotionally involved with the client, such as parents, siblings, and other family members."

To read the entire New York Times article, click here.

"It was an interesting conversation and I think the reporter did a great job of parsing out relevant points," Oringer added.

For more information, contact IVY Educational Services, 250 South Ave. (entrance on Martine Ave.) Fanwood. Call (908) 322-0533 or visit

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