Have you considered a career in policy, politics, government, or public service? If so, you should attend the Policy and Government Career Fair to speak to representatives from the U.S. State Department, the FBI, Peace Corps, U.S. Courts, Americorps, American Enterprise Institute, Teach for America, the Federal Reserve Bank of NY and over 20 more organizations who are recruiting for jobs and internships in a variety of fields (see below for the full list of organizations)!
The fair is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all schools.
With OCR in full swing and students scurrying around in business suits all over campus, you can’t help but feel a wash of anxiety as you face the unknown future. Maybe you don’t really know what to do with your life and, the question ‘Where do you see yourself in five years?’ draws blanks, and the last thing you want to do is write up halfhearted cover letters to companies you feel like you should apply for just because half the world seems to be doing the same. Sound familiar?
I was in your position not too long ago. Three years ago, to be exact.
Many of you are hoping to interview at medical schools soon and may be wondering how you can make a great impression on interview day. In addition to sharing your personal experiences and enthusiasm for medicine, it is very important to demonstrate that you are well informed about the field you plan to enter. Most likely you have discussed the medical profession with physicians and spent time in a health care setting to get a sense of what your future holds, but you can also learn a great deal from reading newspaper, journal and magazine articles. Certainly, you aren’t expected be an expert on health care policy or medical education, but you should demonstrate some awareness of important and “hot” issues in your chosen field. Feel free to skim or read the following 10 articles that touch upon issues that might come up in your medical school interview and consider your own thoughts on these topics — then seek out some reading of your own!
A colleague sent this video clip to me, it’s pretty funny, though you can see the punch line coming a mile away.
The kernel of truth in the silly scenario is that despite the fact “it’s not brain surgery” – or rocket science – people really do have problems connecting with others, especially in networking environments. You might be brilliant in your studies or your field (or perhaps just a little arrogant), but it really does take practice for some people to know how to talk about themselves in a way that is engaging or even accessible to acquaintances. Even more importantly, being able show an interest in others, and to ask good questions, will get you as far as any impressive accomplishment you have under your belt. Networking is a skill that you will need to find a job and to stay up in your profession. And, I will dare to say… networking can also be really helpful, fun and interesting.
It was at this time in my senior year when I saw something that changed the rest of my college experience: students wearing suits. At first, I thought these were just Wharton students. Yet, everyday I kept seeing more. Campus started crawling with them.
And one day, I felt a tinge of horror rush from my feet to the hairs on the back of my neck. These weren’t just Wharton students but folks from the College as well, and I had no idea what to do about it…
Fortunately, if you are right now in the same place I was, I have an answer for you, one that can give you the freedom to take control of your job search and get rid of the panic you may soon experience.
To understand this answer, I feel compelled to briefly share my own embarrassing fall senior year job experience. You’ll understand why in just a minute.