CCPA Summer Series 2019: West (Wiss Early Stage Technology)

CCPA Summer Series 2019: West (Wiss Early Stage Technology)

By Silvia Lang ’21 This summer I’m working at WEST, the subsidiary company of the accounting firm WISS. WEST was co-founded by Mark Brenner ’86, an entrepreneur who has successfully built three companies. WEST provides accounting services to small start-up companies and supports their growth through a variety of channels. Working with Mark this summer, I have worked on different aspects of WEST, including accounting, building financial models, and sales. All of these services that WEST provides are important aspects of running start-up companies. Every day in the office, I’m learning something new about entrepreneurship, both from my colleagues and from clients! When applying for the Whitehead Internship Program, I knew I wanted to be exposed to many different industries and learn very quickly, so the position at WEST naturally became one of my top choices. Through a common friend, I reached out to Shivani Dixit ’20, who interned at WEST last summer. Although I did my research on WEST and read Shivani’s blog post before meeting with her, actually talking to her provided me with much more context of what WEST does and what the work environment is like. Shivani also offered to help me with the application and interview preparation, which eventually helped me get this job. For anyone who’s interested in applying for Whitehead and already has specific companies in mind, I would highly recommend having informational interviews with the Whitehead interns who worked at those companies before! During the past three weeks, I mostly worked on testing the proprietary dashboard software that WEST is developing. The dashboard helps clients stay on top of their financial...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Center

CCPA Summer Series 2019: Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Center

By Keishla Sanchez   Hello everyone! My name is Keishla Sanchez ’22. This summer I will be interning at Weisman Medical Daycare and Outpatient Care in my hometown—Pennsauken, New Jersey! With the help of Rylee Fennell ’20, I was able to learn about Weisman and her experiences as a volunteer last summer. After conversing with Rylee, I immediately went on Weisman’s website and read about their rehabilitation centers: Inpatient Care, Outpatient Care, and the Medical Daycare, all of which are in South Jersey. The three facilities provide therapeutic services for infants and children with developmental and neurological disorders up until the age of 20. Weisman’s interdisciplinary team includes pediatric doctors, rehabilitation nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, child life specialists, nutritionists, and several more. Weisman Children’s Hospital and their Rehabilitation Centers consist of specialists who are willing to go above and beyond in order to help patients function to the best of their ability. After applying to be an adult volunteer at Weisman, I decided to apply for the CCPA Gertrude Albert Heller Memorial Grant which is designed for students who are interested in primary care and working with the neurologically impaired. Weisman’s Medical Daycare will allow me to interact with children with special needs and developmental disorders directly. Both the Outpatient Care and the Medical Daycare will provide me with the opportunity to explore my passion of becoming an Occupational Therapist. Thus, I was beyond thankful to receive the Gertrude Heller Grant and was eager to begin volunteering. Weisman’s unique application process ensures that every volunteer is dedicated to helping children achieve their ultimate potential. Prior...
Don’t Miss Philly Tech Week 2019!

Don’t Miss Philly Tech Week 2019!

This Friday kicks off the NINTH ANNUAL PHILLY TECH WEEK! Need a study break? Join Techical.ly for events throughout the week designed to celebrate technology and innovation in the Philadelphia region! Here is everything you need to know- straight from Technical.ly’s latest newsletter.   The ninth annual Philly Tech Week Presented by Comcast NBCUniversal returns to celebrate and inspire the local tech community, to challenge ideas and current assumptions and to introduce people to their future through 100 uniquely themed and curated events, creative workshops and smartly organized parties from Friday, May 3, through Saturday, May 11, 2019. Notable speakers at the anchor conferences of the week include those from Philadelphia and beyond, including representatives of global tech powerhouses like Google and Amazon and self-made innovators like U.S. Patent Hall of Famer Garrett Brown (steadicam) and Tucker Roberts, President of the Overwatch League’s Philadelphia Fusion esports team. Hear from representatives from both major corporate players, SAP, Vanguard, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Salesforce and Comcast NBCUniversal, and from a hearty batch of homegrown company CEOs and executives from, Think Company, Harmelin Media, SEER Interactive, Monetate and learn from on-the-ground change-makers from the Village of Arts and Humanities, ImpactPHL, Hopeworks Camden, plus many more. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Highlighted events during the week include: FRIDAY                 A family friendly outdoor arcade featuring all of the innovation that the local tech scene has to offer joins forces with a 27-year-old tradition of arts and culture in Philadelphia known as First Friday; where an eclectic gathering of design showrooms and gallery community present the best in creativity and design in a...
Small Talk: Why It Matters and How to Do It [Infographic]

Small Talk: Why It Matters and How to Do It [Infographic]

Reposted from Vault Careers | March 12, 2019 | The original article with any updates since April 29, 2019 can be found here.   While networking is, at its heart, about forming genuine bonds with interesting people, meeting those people usually comes with having to make small talk. And though sometimes dismissed as frivolous, chit-chat is actually an extremely important social tool. It’s how we feel one another out as potential friends and coworkers—so making it through these simple conversations is essential in growing our network and making meaningful connections. Which is exactly what can make it nerve-wracking. Check out this infographic from Onward—it details how to make small talk easy, even for the nervous (and a little sweaty) among...
From the Haverblog: Learning on the Job

From the Haverblog: Learning on the Job

This article has been reposted from the Haverblog. To see the original blog post as well as any updates or edits after 4/19/19, please visit this link.    By Allison Wise ’20 | Apr 9, 2019 | Original Post on the Haverblog   The Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA) is known for facilitating relationships between current and past Haverford students, and nowhere is this more apparent than through their signature externship program. For more than 40 years, the CCPA has played matchmaker for students and alumni sponsors for a weeklong workplace experience over the College’s winter or spring break. An externship is different from an internship in that it is a much shorter engagement (one week versus a whole summer or semester) for professional shadowing rather than hands-on work. And as such it is a much less committal way to test the waters of various lines of work. “Career exploration takes many forms, and shadowing is a great way to sample a career or industry that you are considering without going all-in for a full summer, or saying yes to a full-time job,” said Director of Career Engagement and Initiatives Jennifer Barr. “For liberal arts students, it’s incredibly helpful to shadow someone from the same type of educational background, and witness how alumni transfer their academic skills to the workplace.” The process begins with students pouring over the CCPA’s list of alumni and parent externship sponsors. They then select up to six of them who work in careers they are eager to explore and apply by sending in their resume and an essay outlining their interest. With a strong alumni...
7 Professional Etiquette Rules to Live By

7 Professional Etiquette Rules to Live By

Professional etiquette is the unwritten code of conduct people are expected to follow in the workplace and at professional events. As a Haverford student, you likely already follow most, if not all of these just by adhering to the Honor Code. However, it never hurts to brush up to make sure you’re making good impressions. Here are seven rules that should live by in any professional setting:   1. Be on time. You know the phrase “If you’re early, you’re on time, if you’re on time, you’re late”? Follow it! Havertime doesn’t apply anywhere besides in class on campus.           2. Dress appropriately. Just because nobody explicitly told you to show up dressed professionally, doesn’t mean you should come in sweats and flip-flops. If you are going to work or a professional event, even those on campus, you should do your best to dress appropriately. It shows that you care. If you don’t have professional clothes, contact the CCPA and we can help you find something temporary from our Career Closet or direct you towards where you can find inexpensive permanent items.   3. Keep personal and professional separate. Don’t use your work computer, email, calendar, and/or other accounts for personal activities. When you’re at work, you should be doing work-related activities. The same goes for office conversation. It is fine to be open and talk about yourself in the workplace, but be careful not to overshare!             4. Be professional and positive on social media. Never post negative content about an employer, manager, or colleague online, even if you have a private account. There...