Registration EXTENDED for the 2020 Liberal Arts Career Conference!

Registration EXTENDED for the 2020 Liberal Arts Career Conference!

Liberal Arts Career Conference 2020- FAQ and Full Schedule When is it? Sunday, January 19, 2020*, 1-5:00 p.m., Stokes Hall.  *Please note that this is a day before Spring Term begins. Students should make travel plans in advance to account for this!   Who is invited and what is it? All Haverford students (and local alumni) are invited to join us that this event! This conference is an exciting opportunity for students to hear about the vast array of career possibilities available to liberal arts graduates, while also learning the skills necessary for a successful internship and job search, with interactions with Haverford alumni. The day includes a keynote speaker, an alumni panel, and interactive workshops (see details below).   How do I register? Please register at this link:  https://haverford.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_beFP05SNKRr7uiF We will have a cap on registrations due to physical space limitations, so register asap to reserve your seat!   Full Schedule (with Panelist Bios!):   1:00 p.m. – Registration and Refreshments (Stokes Auditorium Foyer)   1:30 p.m. – Welcome and Introduction     1:45 p.m. – Alumni Keynote Speaker    Ann Marie Baldonado ’94, Consulting Producer, Fresh Air  – Formerly with The Opposition with Jordan Klepper and NPR Ann Marie Baldonado got her start in broadcasting as a production assistant in the newsroom at WHYY FM in Philadelphia. For 20 years, she was a producer for NPR’s award-winning radio show and podcast, Fresh Air with Terry Gross. She worked on Fresh Air’s entertainment interviews and became a contributing interviewer in 2015. She was the Talent Producer on the Comedy Central show, The Opposition w/Jordan Klepper, and she was the Senior Producer of the WNYC podcast, Sooo Many White Guys, hosted by...
The *How To* of Informational Interviewing

The *How To* of Informational Interviewing

Talking to professionals in your fields of potential interest is an important exploration tool. It is a way to learn more about the field, to find out if it is a good fit for you, and to gain ideas on how to prepare yourself  to enter the field. Alumni are wonderful resources since they had a similar path. These conversations are called informational interviews. Even though you are hoping to learn and gain information from these interactions, you MUST prepare before reaching out to request an informational interview, and you MUST do research in preparation for the actual conversations. Here are some helpful tips to help you prepare for informational interviews: Research about the person you are requesting to talk to for information and advice. Know what their career path and their educational background have been. Using Haverford Connect and LinkedIn (Haverford alumni page) are helpful resources for this preparation. When talking to the alum or other contact, do not ask basic questions about the field that you should have been able to learn from reading preliminary details about the field (CCPA subscribes to Vault for this purpose). Prepare questions that are specific to the person to whom you will be talking. Think of questions that are relevant to their background and experience. Never ask for a job or internship; you are asking for advice and information. Be mindful of their time. Be on time for the video chat, phone call, or in person meeting. Since these are busy individuals, don’t take too much of their time (~15-20 minutes). Be appreciative. Thank them at the end of the meeting...
Fellowships 101: What are they? Who are they for?

Fellowships 101: What are they? Who are they for?

Fellowships 101 By Jason Chan   Do you sometimes wish you could spend all your time exploring and learning about a topic or issue that you’re passionate about? Are there questions you have about the world that you wish you had the opportunity to answer? Do you feel you have the potential to make an impact in society? If you answered “yes” (or even “maybe”) to these questions, you might be a good candidate for a fellowship! Read more to learn about what fellowships are and how you can begin exploring possible opportunities.   What is a fellowship? Although fellowships encompass an array of opportunities, in general, they are short-term funded experiences that allow you to do a deep dive into a particular area of interest. Spending a year or two gaining expert knowledge about a subject you’re passionate about, developing new skills while cultivating ones you already have, and gaining exposure to new perspectives and new communities – these are hallmarks of many fellowship opportunities.   What would I be doing in a fellowship? Fellowships come in a variety of types. Some, like the Fulbright, involve conducting research, while others, like the Rhodes or the Soros, are intended for graduate study in a range of disciplines. Some, like the Fulbright-ETA, are oriented around teaching, while others like the Luce place fellows in service agencies or nonprofit organizations. And while some, like the Gaither, are based in the U.S., others take place overseas or – in the case of the Watson – across multiple countries around the world. Chances are there’s a fellowship opportunity out there that’s relevant to your...
Using Informational Interviews and Shadowing to Find Your Career

Using Informational Interviews and Shadowing to Find Your Career

The best way to explore a potential career choice is by speaking with and/or following someone who works in that career. Do an information interview. Learn first-hand about your chosen profession by asking questions about tasks, business environment, and educational background. Shadow a professional. Follow someone in your career choice as they go through a typical day or week on the job. Ask questions and observe the work. FINDING A PROFESSION(AL) Finding someone to interview or shadow is not difficult. Ask your parents and your friends’ parents if they know someone you can interview. Ask your professors for recommendations of professionals in the field. Go to your career center: Many maintain lists of alumni and employers who are willing to help in your career exploration. Next, call or write a letter requesting an information interview or job shadowing. People who like their jobs tend to enjoy talking about them. You compliment the professional by expressing an interest in the career. In your phone call or letter, explain how you found the person you want to interview and request time for an appointment. Emphasize that you want to find out more about the career—you’re not looking for a job. If you’re lucky, the professional you contact may have other colleagues you can interview also. ASKING QUESTIONS Takes notes during your time with the professional. Here are some questions you might ask: What is your typical workday like? What do you like most (and least) about your job? What skills/abilities are most important to succeed in this job? What is your educational background? How did you get started in this field?...
Weekly Events: October 21-27

Weekly Events: October 21-27

Walk-in Advising Schedule (15 min drop-in appointments, 2:30-4:30 p.m) Mon- Amanda Dennis Tues- Laura Reiter Weds- Amanda Dennis Thurs- Amy Feifer Fri- Jennifer Barr Events Monday, October 21 IRST Info Table 12:00 p.m., DC-Foyer NYU Law School Information Session 3:30 p.m., DC- Faculty Dining Room U Penn Graduate School of Education Information Session 6:00 p.m., DC- Swarthmore Room Tuesday, October 22 Federal Reserve Bank of New York  ‘Spotlight Webinar’ – Supervision Group Programs 12:00 p.m., Virtual event- See link above. Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers Information Session 12:00 p.m., DC- Swarthmore Room Argo Ai, Self-Driving Cars, and Technical Interviewing Workshop 6:00 p.m., Parrish Hall 159 (Workshop Room), Swarthmore College IRTS Multicultural Career Workshop & Fellowship Information Session 6:30 p.m., DC- Smith Room Wednesday, October 23 The Unbanking of America, sponsored by CPGC and Microfinance and Impact Investing Initiative (Mi3) 4:15 p.m., Lutnick Library 200 Career Chat with Brian Guggenheimer HC ’16, Full Stack Developer for Pete Buttigieg for America 6:30 p.m., DC-Faculty Dining Room TRI-CO TECH DAYS: “Going Digital – Beyond 3D” – Career Chat with Adam Van Aken (HC ’15) of Bentley Systems 7:00 p.m., DC- Faculty Dining Room Thursday, October 24 The Art of: Event Planning 12:00 p.m., VCAM Community Kitchen TechPlay Workshop – Introduction to Video Editing 4:15 p.m., VCAM 101 Friday, October 25  Law Class at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law School 10:00 a.m., Villanova University, Charles Widger School of Law Fords on Friday: Liz Hercher ’11 (Part of Tri-Co Tech Days!) 12:00 p.m., VCAM 102 Federal Reserve Bank of New York  ‘Spotlight Webinar’ – Research Undergraduate Program 12:00 p.m., Virtual event- See link above. CCPA Peer Career Advisor 12:15 p.m., DC-Foyer Saturday, October 26...
CCPA 2019 Summer Series: Tufts Medical Center

CCPA 2019 Summer Series: Tufts Medical Center

Good morning! My name is Sarah Curtis (’20, she/her/hers) and I am a rising senior and biology major. This summer I am sponsored by the Jaharis Fellowship to work in primary care at Tufts Medical Center (Boston, MA). I’m going to take you through an average day of work today, so sit down and strap in! 11:30 am: Arrive at Downtown Crossing Train Station. I clip on my Tufts Employee badge and make my way through bustling downtown Boston, to Tufts Medical Center main hospital. On my way I pass through Chinatown to pick up bubble tea. Outside the tea shop, I run into one of the Mandarin-speaking patients that I see in the primary care office. We do not speak the same language, but we smile at each other in recognition. Tufts serves the diverse immigrant communities in Boston, and through my time at the hospital I have learned a great deal about the demographics of my home city.   12:00 pm: I make my way over to the Outpatient Services building. Sipping on my bubble tea, I climb three flights of stairs and make my way across the indoor “bridge” that separates inpatient and outpatient services. With my badge on, nurses and physicians smile and me, and I feel inducted into the special world of the who have studied the mysteries of the human body. I also make sure to greet every patient I see. I do not know why they wander through the hospital today- maybe to get routine blood work, or have come in for a dose of chemotherapy- but I do know that a smile can really...