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The Year After was created in the summer of 2013 in response to all we learned about the sophomore experience that spring!

We’re so excited to journey through this year with you! Any question you want answered, let us know! And be sure to review our “What Now?” section regularly. We’d hate for you to miss something!

Regular posts every MONDAY. And sometimes on Wednesday. Enjoy!

Please note:

Our December 15th post will be the final post of the fall semester. We will resume on Monday, January 19th to kick of the spring semester!

As always, thank you for reading! And have a restful winter break.

 

 

Eat, Sleep and Be Motivated

Posted on: December 15, 2014

Originally posted in December 2013,
a good reminder for this coming winter break!

It’s that time of year again, when students are studying for finals and all-nighters are filled with hot coffee, study groups and even goodies in the dining hall.

For the Center for Career and Professional Advising, it is a time when many of our conversations with Sophomores surround the most practical use of your time while on Winter Break. You’ll be leaving for home soon, and we want to make sure you are using your time wisely.

There is the obvious: sleep, eat healthy home-cooked foods, and visit with family and friends. Every one of these simple things will help you come back in January rejuvenated and ready to tackle Spring 2015.

Here at the CCPA, one of the healthiest things we can recommend is to spend the three or four weeks at home – without the distractions of campus life – thinking about next summer. The more organized you can become over winter break, the healthier your internship search will be – and these benefits will be seen as you manage all of your other academics and activities.

I know it may seem early, but in the world of the internship and summer job search, it’s exactly the right time to get started.  Below are my top six recommendations for your Sophomore year Winter Break:

1. Create your Résumé.
If you have not already done so, take a stab at a first draft of your résumé. You can have the CCPA review it upon your return.

Check our samples for layout and structure, taking special note to the tone and use of action verbs.  Since you have not officially selected a major yet, use “Anticipated Major: ________” until you declare.

2. Explore your options.
Before you even want to look for an internship, get some ideas about different careers out there.  Narrowing down your search is an important part of the process.

The “I can do any internship in any location” approach sounds flexible and intriguing, but you may quickly find this type of internship-search is overwhelming.  That’s not to say that you can’t keep your options open, but thinking about what type of industry you might like to explore gives you a place to start.

And while you are at it, check out the link, “What can I do with my major” and the guides on our Vault Career Insider.

3. Get a Feel for what’s out there.
Not sure about what opportunities are actually available? Check out several databases to give you a sense of what to look for in an internship.

First visit CareerConnect, fill out your profile, and take a look at employers who are targeting Haverford interns through our recruiting program. Check out LACN, a database housing internships submitted to highly selective liberal arts colleges nationwide. Finally, visit our Virtual Career Resources, a page dedicated to a variety of paid subscriptions, many of which offer internship databases & listings of their own.

4. Talk to people.
Databases are a perfect place to start, but a good portion of internships are obtained by making personal connections – and rarely do these conversations start with, “Can I have an internship.”

It is very important to learn about different careers from family, friends and Haverford alumni. Conduct information interviews and get up to speed about trends in different fields, and advice from people who are immersed in these careers everyday. These conversations will often lead to a discussion of summer plans or how you can obtain experience, but let this happen naturally.  It will only get to this place if you start the conversation correctly: by asking for information, not a job.

Join the CCPA group in LinkedIn, and check out our resource guide that includes just about everything you will need to help the networking process, including sample introduction emails. And if you live near DC or NYC, attend one of our alumni networking receptions.

5. Check out our Haverford College Funded Internships.
There are some funded opportunities sponsored by the college, and it is important that you start this process early. Many (not all) are self-designed, which means that you need to find the opportunity and apply with that internship/job in mind.  This means research, connections, etc.

It is very important that you take these opportunities seriously. Internship committees can tell the difference from an essay that is thrown together the week it is due, and one that has been given the thoughtful time commitment it deserves.  Submitting professional cover letters, resumes and well-written essays take time.  Winter break is the perfect opportunity to get the ball rolling.

6. Update your calendar.
There are so many on campus events and opportunities that can help you in your internship search.  Whether it’s a career panel sponsored by the CCPA, the Not-For-Profit Career Fair, a time-management workshop from the OAR, or an alumni chat sponsored by a specific major – every one of these events will help in your journey.

Our office calendars are continuously updated, but many of these dates are already online. Spend a few minutes over break adding them to your own calendar.

For a comprehensive list of events and internship deadlines, visit the Haverford CCPA calendar on CareerConnect and view it by month.

 

Finals Are Here Once Again

Posted on: December 8, 2014

Good morning and CONGRATS on arriving at the final week of classes!

As you very well know, FINALS week kicks off one week from today. But THIS is the week to enter finals mode if you’re not already there. Do not wait until this weekend. Speak with your professors, meet with your tutors, and devise a plan for what’s listed below TODAY. RIGHT NOW. Finals week should find you READY TO GO and IN CHARGE.

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To Engage or Disengage, That Is the Question

Posted on: December 1, 2014

Hi, Sophomores!

A lot of our posts this year have offered opportunities to try new things, get involved in different programs, and generally enrich your experience on campus. Regardless of your level of involvement in clubs, groups, and teams, it is important to reflect on how you are engaging with campus life through your academic, extracurricular, and work experiences. As a Freshman, I remember feeling as though a lot of experiences were prepared for me. After I joined the Ultimate team, I suddenly had a whole group of upperclassmen organizing practices and inviting me and the other Freshmen to team events. At times, all I had to do was show up and participate without very much thought as to who was pulling it together and how. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great feeling! A big part of Freshman year was enjoying the newness of the experience, and letting campus open itself up to me. But during that initial transition I didn’t really reflect on how my participation got me more engaged with campus life in general.  Continue reading

Leadership at Haverford – Get Involved!

Posted on: November 24, 2014

Hello Sophomores!

Hopefully you are preparing to have a restful and restorative Thanksgiving Break, spend a few days catching up on work/sleep/Netflix, and also check in on the “What Now?” tab of this blog, to make sure you’ve kept up with the many other offerings available to you throughout the year! Several wonderful leadership building opportunities within the Haverford Community are coming up pretty soon after you return that you (and/or your friends) might want to start thinking about!

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It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Posted on: November 17, 2014

If many of you are like me, you woke up this morning wondering when November happened. The countdown to the end of the fall semester has begun. I’m not talking months or weeks, but days! November can bring an overwhelming abundance of emotions. Stress, anxiety, fear, regret, just to name a few. And while I can’t promise you relief from these emotions, I can promise you resources that might help lessen the blow felt when the calendar turns from November to December.

Brace Yourselves

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Expanded Hours for One-on-One Consultations at the OAR

Posted on: October 29, 2014

Between attending classes and labs, working at your on-campus job, and meeting with professors, it can be a challenge to squeeze in much else before 5 p.m.

At the OAR, we’re always adapting our services based on student feedback. You asked, we listened — beginning next week, the OAR will offer late afternoon and early evening consultations to better accommodate students’ busy schedules. We’ll also hold walk-in hours for those students who haven’t scheduled an appointment.

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Mentors. How Many of Us Have Them?

Posted on: October 27, 2014

This post originally ran on February 24th, 2014. 

Isn’t it a bit presumptuous for organizations and companies to demand you include at least THREE references with your internship or job application? At least?? Do they assume you have a team of people, on speed dial, sitting around, waiting to sing your praises – every time you chase down an opportunity?  Some even require they be professors or administrators with whom you’ve had “regular one-on-one contact”. Between homework, studying, working, being awesome and hanging with friends, when exactly are you supposed to cultivate lasting relationships with faculty and others on/off campus? Moreover, how do you make these relationships feel real? Comfortable even? Comfortable enough to feel assured in requesting a reference or letter of recommendation?

Answers to such questions have nothing to do with the questions and everything to do with Continue reading

‘Free’ Stuff: Using Haverford’s Resources

Posted on: October 24, 2014

By Ellen Reinhart ’15

Hi sophomores!

I’m Ellen Reinhart, one of the student bloggers. When I look back on sophomore year, I remember realizing that I had access to more “free” stuff than I may ever have in my entire life. As Haverford students we get access to free counselling from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) whenever we choose – all we have to do is make an appointment and sign one piece of paper. We have incredibly Continue reading