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...
Announcing: CCPA Peer Career Advising

Announcing: CCPA Peer Career Advising

NEW: CCPA Peer Career Advising Starting this fall, the CCPA will be hosting Peer Career Advising Hours! These sessions will be run by the office’s Advising Intern, Alex Venturini ’21. Alex will be able to assist students of all class years with Handshake, Haverford Connect, on-the-spot resume reviews, and the navigation of CCPA resources. Advising Hours – Fall 2019: CCPA (Stokes 300): Mondays, October 7-December 9, 10:00-11:00 AM Lutnick Library 225: Wednesdays, October 23-December 11, 7:30-8:30 PM Except for November 27th Dining Center Foyer: Tuesday, October 8, 5:30 – 7:00 PM Friday, October 25, 12:15 – 1:45 PM Tuesday, October 29, 5:30 – 7:00 PM Friday, November 8,  12:15 – 1:45 PM   This slideshow requires...
Careers in Consulting Newsletter

Careers in Consulting Newsletter

Image Source: Dorothy Joseph Careers in Consulting Newsletter Welcome back to campus! The year may have just begun, but the consulting recruiting season is in full swing! This newsletter compiles upcoming events, deadlines, and resources to help students be ready for a career in consulting. Reach out to hc-ccpa@haverford.edu with questions or for more resources. Events Tri-College Consulting Showcase– Don’t miss this MUST ATTEND consulting event this Thursday evening (9/5, 7 PM) at the Inn at Swarthmore. How to get there: A special shuttle will leave the Stokes Blue Bus Stop at 6PM SHARP. Space is limited, first come first served. Students with cars are encouraged to drive (and bring a friend) as there will be lots of parking and limited space on the shuttle. The regular Tri-Co van will be available as well. Space is limited. Take the 5:20 van to arrive on time. The Brattle Group Information Session– 9/9, 7PM, Parrish Hall 159, Swat. The Brattle Group provides consulting and expert testimony in economics, finance, and regulation to corporations, law firms, and governments around the world. Analysis Group Info Session– 9/11, 7PM, Parrish Hall 159, Swat. Join us for an information session to learn more about economic consulting, and how you can contribute, learn, and grow at Analysis Group. Charles River Associates Info Session- 9/12, 7PM, Parrish Hall 159, Swat. By attending you can expect to learn about CRA’s mission, structure and heritage, the clients they serve, and their people’s background. Catered towards juniors & seniors. Events: Boston Consulting Group Consulting Career Chat with Jeff Kotzen ’87, BCG – Hear from HC alumnus Jeff Kotzen ’87, Managing Director and Sr....
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...