Choosing and Using Your Major

Choosing and Using Your Major

It’s spring break, and in addition to sandy beaches, and much needed naps, the task of choosing a major, or at least narrowing your choices, is on the minds of most sophomores. But how does one choose? Since your arrival at Haverford, undoubtedly you’ve heard at least one advisor say, “Study what you love!” It’s just as likely you’ve heard someone else say something to the effect of, “choose a practical major, one that will help you get a job.” I’ve talked with many students, and parents, who fear those two considerations are mutually exclusive. The good news is there are countless stories of Haverford alumni who dove deeply into their favorite subject matter and went on to pursue meaningful, interesting, and rewarding careers — sometimes with close connections between their major and career, but quite often not.   Check out the CCPA’s blog posts written from an Alumni Perspective. Here are a few to get you started: Fords on Friday: Do What You Love Fords on Friday: Defining a Career Pathway – Passion, Intellectual Engagement, & Fun   The point is not that your major doesn’t matter, but rather that throughout your time at Haverford you’ll develop a variety of valuable transferable skills and competencies that will help you in your professional lives. Some of you will pursue careers that require specific knowledge and subject-related skills you will develop through your majors or concentrations. Many of you, however, will find yourself on a path in which you apply the broad range of both specific and transferable skills (i.e. writing, public speaking, analysis, etc.) that you will refine during your time...
Women’s Leadership Tea Inspires Confidence and Community

Women’s Leadership Tea Inspires Confidence and Community

On Friday, March 17, a group students traveled to New York City to meet with an accomplished group of inspiring Haverford alumni for the 2nd annual Haverford Women’s Leadership Tea. This year’s Tea was organized by Rachael Garnick ’17 and Anna Kullnigg ’19 who continued the tradition after attending the inaugural Tea that was organized by Grace Mangigian ’16. Below are some reflections about the event from Haverford Women who attended.     “Something I know as an outgoing senior that I did not realize as an incoming freshman is that one of the best things about going to a small liberal arts college like Haverford is the strength and engagement of our alumni base; almost every alum is willing to help a fellow Haverfordian in some way. Over the course of my time at Haverford, I have learned more and more just how essential it is to tap into this powerful base for advice, guidance, and support. Some of my most valued mentor relationships began with a simple informational phone interview. Attending last year’s Women’s Leadership Tea helped me identify yet another pathway through which alumni-student relationships could be fostered, and alumnae-female student relationships at that. I was eager to get involved again this year so I could help recreate the space that Grace Mangingian so thoughtfully constructed in the tea’s inaugural year, a space in which wisdom was shared not only alumnae-student but alumnae-alumnae and student-student. With amazing leaders like Grace and the other WLT attendees in our community, I have no doubt that this event and events like it will continue into future years and grow...
Career Fairs are NOT Scary – Don’t miss the upcoming Tri-College Career Fairs

Career Fairs are NOT Scary – Don’t miss the upcoming Tri-College Career Fairs

It’s high season for the internship and summer job search, and the Philadelphia Career Connection on Friday, 1/27/17, the STEM Recruiting Day on Friday, 2/3/17, and the Not-For-Profit Career Day on 2/24/17 will be great ways to learn about and perhaps have preliminary interviews for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities with over 50 organizations. While career fairs are a fantastic way to connect with job and internship opportunities, I’ve talked with many students who really stress out about career fairs.  When I talk to students who are hesitant to attend career fairs because they worry they’ll get nervous and won’t know what to say or do, I always remind them that recruiters register for career fairs because they are eager to talk to and potentially hire talented students like YOU. Here are a few career fair prep tips to help ease some of that pre-fair anxiety: Before the Career Fair Reflect on your career interests, skills, and personal goals for the fair. Are you looking for an internship or a full-time job?  What type of what of work do you want to do (i.e. writing, teaching, analyzing, project management, event planning, counseling, researching…)? What industries are you most interested in? Where do you want to live? That said, while it’s important to have goals in mind, it’s also important to keep an open mind so you don’t miss out on an opportunity simply because you overlooked the fact that it could be a worthwhile way for you to gain experience. Prepare your resume. Check out the CCPA’s resume guide. Develop your “30-second commercial”. If that sounds silly to you, just think of it as your basic introduction....

Welcome Back!

It’s the beginning of another exciting year at Haverford, and the CCPA has many new and noteworthy updates and events in the works. We look forward to hearing about your summers (please fill out the Summer 2016 Survey if you haven’t already) and helping you make connections between majors and careers; connect with networking, internship, and job opportunities; prepare for graduate and professional school; and strengthen your resumes, cover letters, and interview skills so you present yourself as the strongest applicant you can be. Here a few CCPA updates and upcoming events for 2016-2017: Updating your profile in CareerConnect is the best way to save yourself time and ensure you don’t miss out on great opportunities. In addition to an extensive internship and job board, management of Bi- and Tri-Co on-campus recruiting, and a calendar of career-related events, the system offers employer and industry research tools, career interest assessments, interview prep and other job search tools. CCPA’s Seniors Orientation on Thursday, September 1 at 6:30pm in Stokes Auditorium where students will learn about the CCPA’s key resources, get an overview of CareerConnect, and gather tips for successful job and internship searches. Check the calendar in CareerConnect for details. Fords on Fridays Alumni Career Chats and the Alumni Perspectives Series on the CCPA Blog are a great way for students to learn about career paths first-hand and gain valuable advice for their own searches. The Fords on Fridays Alumni Career Chats series begins with BCG consultant and senior partner Jeff Kotzen next week on Thursday 9/8 at 11:30am (note: Thursday not Friday). You can read the latest Alumni Perspective blog posts and read Alumni Profiles on the CCPA website. The CCPA will be hosting many other...

Making the Most of Haverford’s Amazing Alumni Network

By Kelly Cleary One of the most effective ways to explore careers and gather advice is by talking to people who have been there, done that—a.k.a. networking. If you are looking for an internship or job, networking has proved to be the #1 way to find employment in a challenging job market. Or if you aren’t sure what you want to do after college, you can explore your options with people who have already made that decision. I often hear students say, “But I don’t have a network.” Wrong! Every student has an existing network of family and friends, current or former classmates, and their family and friends. Simply staying in touch with the folks you’ve had good relationships with in the past means you already have a network that can support you in the years to come. Beyond your personal network, alumni from your high school or college are often the most valuable career development resources. You can take advantage of your school’s alumni network by following the tips below. Connecting through common experiences Alumni, regardless of their career choices, have been through similar experiences as you: they attended the same classes, performed research in the same labs, played on the same athletic teams, sang in the same a cappella groups, lived in the same dorms, and ate in the same dining halls. Those shared experiences can be the building blocks for professional connections. Alumni can also help you see how they have applied those shared experiences to their careers. They are able to offer pertinent advice and valuable insights to help you prepare for your internship and...