by Jessica Rood
As the spring semester approaches, first- to fourth-years are laser-focused on finishing out the academic year or completing a thesis. Summer seems like the distant future.
However, it’s important to remember a few things about jobs, internships and graduate school. Processes and deadlines are much earlier than one would think. Medical school applications, although rolling, are really looking for students in their third year to apply – most likely in June or July. Companies and businesses like to hire interns in the early spring to prepare plans and get their employees ready for onboarding new students.
This can all feel overwhelming, but the good news is the Center for Engagement and Opportunity (CEO) at New College is available for exactly that reason. The spring semester is a great time to take stock in what a student will need to do to finish strong academically, and prepare for the upcoming months.
This spring, there are a number of initiatives and programs to take advantage of:
Whether you’re about to graduate, looking for summer work or planning for the future, Job Quest will give you tips and strategies you can use throughout your career.
Job Quest is designed as an ongoing, supportive group for fourth-years that will guide you through the entire job-search process. Need a job by June? Weekly projects are sequenced to help you stay on track with the tasks you need to complete. We’ll also cover the different timelines for summer and regular after-graduation jobs. Topics range from “Resumes 101” to “The Hidden Job Market.”
Coffee Talks are informal discussions and Q&A with alumni and experts in a variety of fields. This spring on Feb. 8, Teagan Kuruna, MPH New College ’04 will be talking about careers in public health and public health policy. On Feb. 22, physicians Carola Fleener, ’64 will be visiting campus with Jim Shoemaker ’70 and Jim Tietsworth ’84 to talk about careers in medicine and getting into medical school.
Schedule a mock interview with the CEO to prepare and understand the interview cycle, gain experience to be a professional, and be a competitive candidate at every stage of the process.
Leadership, Awareness, Engagement and Professionalism (LEAP)
LEAP is a program with various workshops over the course of the semester that focus on first impressions, public speaking, vocal cues, dressing for success and anticipating employer expectations. Each of these sessions are specifically designed to better prepare students for the world of work or continuing education.
Did you know the CEO is more than just a place to plan a career? Explore fellowship and internship options or make graduate school plans by booking a one-on-one appointment with one of the CEO’s experienced counselors.
For more information, visit www.ncf.edu/ceo or email email@example.com