Summer Reading

By Barbara Hewitt

The long, lazy days of summer have finally arrived. (Not to mention the hot weather here in Philadelphia along with it!) Truth be told, probably not all of you are enjoying what could be termed “lazy” days, but hopefully now that classes have ended you may have some time to do some non-required reading. The summer is a great time to take a few hours to read up on careers you may be considering to get a bit more familiar with the kinds of jobs available in various industries, the background / skills employers seek in the field, what a typical day might be like, the educational requirements, etc.

As a Penn student, you are fortunate to have access to a variety of career related resources which you can access for FREE from the Career Services website. Two of our most popular resources include the Vault Career Insider Guides and the WetFeet Career Resources Site. Vault has a wealth of information on industries, careers, specific employers, resume writing, job search tactics and other topics. They have 39 industry guides ranging from investment banking to international development to nursing to electrical engineering. These are excellent guides which you can download in PDF format and review at your leisure. They also have a variety of career blogs which are updated regularly. WetFeet Insider Guides is similar and has a wide range of “Insider Guides” about various industries and overviews of specific employers. They also offer an abundance of guides to prepare for consulting case interviews.

To access the complete range of resources at both Vault and WetFeet, note that you must login via the Career Services library page. (Click on the “online subscriptions” link.)

Still eager to explore more career related resources? Check out our Career Resources by Field page which provides links to many different resources organized by career field.

Happy browsing!