How to Thrive (Not Just Survive) At A Career Fair

How to Thrive (Not Just Survive) At A Career Fair

By Mike Hertel The Spring recruitment season for both jobs and summer internships begins in earnest this coming Friday, January 25, with the Tri-College and STEM Recruitment Day here at Haverford College. Now, attending a job fair might not be your idea of a great time, but a little preparation can go a long way in making this a less stressful experience. Job fairs are a great way to meet employers, learn more about organizations, and identify jobs or internships for which you might want to apply. The Tri-College and STEM event is no exception! With over 50 companies and organizations registered, there are opportunities for students from practically every major.     So what do you need to do to prepare? Well, the first thing is to do your research. Know what organizations are coming, and identify the ones that you want to speak with most. The list of employers is available through Handshake on the Center for Career and Professional Advising website. Visit the employer’s website to learn more about their organization and the opportunities that they have available.  Prioritize the organizations and develop a plan to target them during the event.   Once you’ve identified the organizations you want to talk to, you will want to make sure you prepare your materials. Make sure your resume is top-notch and ready to go. Print several copies and have a padfolio or binder available in which to keep them. This will allow you to navigate the job fair and hand out resumes where you can. Check your wardrobe and make decisions on your professional attire for the next...
CCPA Summer Series 2018: Medico Family Clinic

CCPA Summer Series 2018: Medico Family Clinic

By Sheraz Qamar Over the past nine weeks, I have learned a great deal about what it is like to be a healthcare provider for under-served and minority populations, especially those without health insurance. Many patients that come to the clinic are self-paying; for this reason, the doctor is always looking for ways to assist patients financially by providing coupons for pharmacies and giving free samples of expensive medication. He is always looking for the best and cheapest options for his patients. During the end of the first month, the doctor told me that the clinic usually sees less patients at the end of each month due to the fact that many patients have to pay rent at that time and are unable to spend money on healthcare services. As I typed notes for the doctor and assisted with billing procedures, I was also able to learn about the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes needed for billing purposes. Each assessment, such as hyperlipidemia, joint pain, and even regular physical exams, has an ICD code that is needed in order to get paid from insurance companies. This was the first time that I had been introduced to ICD codes and how they are used in a clinical setting. Based on each assessment, the doctor also ordered blood work, therapeutic injections, or other tests that were done in another room at the clinic. The lab room was where blood samples are collected and sent to LabCorp, who conduct an analysis and send the results back to the clinic. This was very convenient for patients as they were able to get...
CCPA Summer Series 2018: Engagious

CCPA Summer Series 2018: Engagious

By Madison Sultan My summer at Engagious has convinced me that market research is the career path that best suits my interests. I am an Economics major with minors in Statistics and Psychology, and I am particularly interested in Behavioral Economics–the branch that focuses on the why behind decisions and tries to understand how human psychology can affect what traditional economists may deem “rational.” This background has given me a strong understanding of how to get inside a target audiences’ head and understand how to convince and motivate people. At Engagious, we focus on message testing. Often times, we will show a focus group a video in which an actress will read a script that includes the key talking points that might be given in a political speech, a sales pitch, or any number of other presentations. Respondents have dials that they turn to show on a 0 to 100 scale how interested/convinced/happy they are with what is being said at any given moment. This allows us to then go through every point being made and see exactly which parts are the most effective and which can be improved. After the video, we can then go back and show clips of interests to respondents with their dial results superimposed over the video and ask them why they dialed the way they did. This process is a great way to mitigate memory biases that traditional focus groups would face when they might simply ask a watcher, “So, what did you think?” We also conduct “In-depth interviews” in which we would talk to a member of a target audience for an...
CCPA Summer Series 2018: MKThink

CCPA Summer Series 2018: MKThink

By Kate Silber ’20 I’m not sure I’ve ever introduced myself as a Growth and Structure of Cities major and Visual Studies minor at a liberal arts college without some kind of self-deprecating comment about how my studies are the epitome of interdisciplinary and therefore perfect for an indecisive person like me. But while I joke about my inability to choose a more clear-cut path, I think choosing Cities and Visual Studies has been one of the smartest decisions I’ve made. The business that interests me, that of spaces, places, and the people in them, is anything but clear-cut with all of the layers of experience, context, and stakeholders involved. I’m interested in a career in architecture or something related to it. Even having that general direction has been a long time coming for me. That’s why I’m so excited to have the opportunity to be interning at MKThink as part of the Whitehead Internship Program this summer. MKThink is a small, San Francisco-based firm offering services in “Architecture, Strategic Consulting, and Applied Innovation to create intelligent places.” A small firm with such a focus on comprehensive solutions to problems related to the built environment has been a perfect place for me to interact with a team of interdisciplinary professionals in my field and get a taste of what their work is like. MKThink’s office is located in an historic roundhouse (where trains used to turn around) across the street from the piers that line the San Francisco Bay. It’s an open space that invites collaboration; people are organized across the stylishly refurbished, arc-shaped space with architects on one...
CCPA Summer Blog 2018: Kansas City CARE

CCPA Summer Blog 2018: Kansas City CARE

By Jake Kwon ’19 During the warm summer days out in Kansas City, I have been working atKansas City CARE Health Center, a primary care clinic with three locations near downtown that provides patient-centered care to underserved populations in the area. This clinic was founded in 1971 to provide CARE (Care, Access, Research, and Education) for everyone, regardless of insurance or ability to pay. By working at Kansas City CARE, I was eager to grasp what it meant to administer primary care directly to individuals that have little to no access to adequate healthcare, especially in my residential community. So far for seven weeks, I have been working at different locations of the clinic as a scribe and medical assistant on Mondays and Tuesdays, scribe for another physician on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and a referrals assistant on Fridays. It’s a lot. In fact, during the first two weeks of the internship, I was at first overwhelmed by the variety of tasks and the number of responsibilities to be learned. However, I became more excited at the same time because I knew that this schedule would give me something new to look forward to each day and provide a more comprehensive understanding what clinical work entails. I am scribing for Dr. Joel Feder and Dr. Marijen S. Aga, who have been administering family and psychiatric care, respectively, to their patients. During each physician-patient encounter, I take notes of what is discussed regarding symptoms, diagnoses, medications, and plans, and then chart them into the EHR (Electronic Health Record). By working alongside with the physicians during every encounter, I have been able...