Recapped: Tri-College & STEM Recruiting Day

Recapped: Tri-College & STEM Recruiting Day

What an event! Last Friday, the Career Offices of Haverford, Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore hosted a tremendous event in the field house: Tri-College and STEM Recruiting Day. Employers from STEM fields, non-profits, finance, education, and many other fields came to meet and hire Tri-Co students. Students arrived dressed in their best professional attire for morning registration and the career fair. After a brief orientation and an opportunity to take a professional headshot for their LinkedIn profiles, students reviewed the list of employers who had open interview spaces that afternoon. They then made their way to the career fair and chatted with employers to learn more about their companies. If they were interested in being considered for an interview later that day, they would share their resumes. The career fair wrapped up in the afternoon and employers submitted their picks to the career center staff during lunch. The remainder of the day was then dedicated to interviews! We had LOTS of students pick up additional interviews during the career fair, so the schedules were packed! All in all, the day was a great success! Happy employers and happy students make for happy career center staff! We hope to see you next year!...
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...
What is “Career Readiness” and Where Can I Get It?

What is “Career Readiness” and Where Can I Get It?

Photo Source: https://www.haverford.edu/home/2013-10-07-200739/then-now-commencement-now What is Career Readiness? The term “career readiness” is frequently thrown around in higher education settings. Whether it is promised to prospective students and parents at admissions info sessions, listed as a learning goal on course syllabi, or declared by students upon graduation, career readiness is on people’s minds at every stage in their education. For a concept so central in higher education, it may surprise you that there was not much consensus around its definition until just a few years ago. In 2014, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) conducted extensive research among employers to finally define career readiness as “the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.” NACE identified eight key competencies, listed below, to help students, educators, and employers talk about career readiness with more precision and a common vocabulary.   NACE Career Competencies:  Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness. Oral/Written Communications: Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively. Teamwork/Collaboration: Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure and can negotiate and manage conflict....
Weekly Events: November 26 – December 2

Weekly Events: November 26 – December 2

We hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving break and got to spend some time with friends and family! Here’s what we have going on this week:   Tuesday, November 27 OPT Info Session- Hosted by ISSO 8:30 a.m., Bryn Mawr Room- DC Teach For America Info Table 11:00 a.m., Foyer- DC Neuroscience Panel- Hosted by the Neuroscience Club 3:00 p.m., Sharpless Auditorium Kaiser Associates Virtual Info Session 6:00 p.m., https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1727746578219802370 Educational Equity in America- Hosted by Teach for America 7:00 p.m., Stokes 106 (MCC) Thursday, November 29 OPT Info Session- Hosted by ISSO 12:00 p.m., Bryn Mawr Room- DC Webinar: Cultural Humility: Understanding the Commonality of the Human Experience, presented by Unite for Sight 4:00 p.m., https://slate.uniteforsight.org/register/112918webinar Friday, November 30 OPT Info Session- Hosted by ISSO 2:00 p.m., Bryn Mawr Room- DC Impact Challenge  5:00 p.m., Bryn Mawr Room-...
2018 Career Closet Free “Shopping” Day

2018 Career Closet Free “Shopping” Day

Last week, the CCPA hosted our ever-popular Career Closet Free “Shopping” Event. This event was created to help all Haverford students gain access to free, good-quality, professional attire. Since our last Career Closet event, the CCPA received over 275 donations from the Haverford Community! Every item donated will help Haverford students to look and feel their best at their next interview or day at the office. Of the donations we received, several went towards building up the CCPA’s Lending Closet, a permanent closet housed in Stokes 300, which students can borrow high-quality suits from for interviews. The rest of the donated items were put out for students to take home and keep. To give as many students an opportunity to shop as possible, students were limited to one outfit each until the end of the day, then anyone could come back and take whatever they wished! We ended up giving away about 215 blouses, button-downs, pants, skirts, dresses, shoes, ties, and blazers to the 115 students who came to the event over Thursday and Friday! Even the items we have leftover will play a role in helping Haverford students. These items will be sold to second-hand stores and the money earned will go back into building up the Lending Closet and next year’s Career Closet Shopping Event.  Thank you to everyone who contributed and helped to make this year’s donation cycle and shopping event huge successes.   The Lending Closet If you need a professional outfit for your next internship, job, fellowship, or grad school interview, stop by Stokes 300 during our walk-in hours (M-F, 2:30-4:30) and we can help...