Happy New Year! We Are Open Again!

By Barbara Hewitt

Happy 2011! Career Services has reopened after the holiday break and we are available to help you!  Feel free to call the office to schedule an appointment (via phone or in person if you are back on campus). Counselors are also available via email.

Also, note that on-campus recruiting for internships has officially begun! Many resume collections for spring internship recruiting opened today – January 3. No worries though if you still want to enjoy your break. The first resume deadline for summer on-campus recruiting is not until January 16th, so you can always apply when you get back to campus.

On-campus recruiting for internships tends to focus on juniors and other students graduating in 2012 as many employers prefer to hire students in their penultimate year so they can extend a full-time offer at the end of the summer if all goes well. However, some employers will consider students graduating later and sophomores are certainly welcome to participate in OCR if they wish.

Log into PennLink to see which employers are recruiting, as well as read job descriptions, research specific application deadlines for each position, and apply to those that interest you.

If you have questions about how OCR works, please check out the online OCR Orientation. It takes about 30 minutes to view, but should answer most of your questions about the process.

Winter Break

Happy Holidays from the Career Services staff!

The Career Services office will be closed from 12 noon on Thursday, December 23rd until 9am on Monday, January 3rd, 2011.

Starting on the 3rd, you can give us a call or drop us an e-mail with any career related questions you might have over the break.  Take full advantage of all the resources we have on the Career Services website and, if you’ll be doing OCR in the spring, be sure to look through PennLink and watch our narrated OCR orientation!

Have a warm and wonderful holiday season and a safe and relaxing winter break!  Posts will resume on this blog on January 3rd on a limited basis and then return to daily entries when classes resume.

Happy Thanksgiving

Penn Career Services will be closed from 2pm on Wednesday, November 24 until 9am on Monday, November 29th in observance of the Thanksgiving break.

We look forward to seeing you all again after the break.  In the meantime, let Penn & Beyond help with these helpful Thanksgiving-related entries:

Plus our original Thanksgiving classic from 2009:

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Career Services!

Happy Birthday, Penn & Beyond!

One year ago today, Penn Career Services launched this blog in hopes it would be an exciting new way to reach those we serve.  Penn & Beyond has succeeded beyond our highest expectations and we anticipate that it will only continue to grow and evolve in the years to come – with new features and a variety of voices from our staff, current students, distinguished Penn alumni and special guests.

courtesy of cakes-you-can-bake.com

Over the past year, we’ve had some extremely popular entries on Penn & Beyond.  Here are the top ten entries, based on individual hits (Not counting the front page or contest announcements).  A great chance to revisit an old favorite or catch up on those you haven’t seen yet.

This blog couldn’t exist without your readership and feedback.  Please continue to let us know what you like and what you’d like to see more of?  Have a favorite blog not listed here?  (Maybe one of these?) Sound off below!  Thanks for helping us make the first year of this blog such a success!

Welcome to Family Weekend

From Patricia Rose, Director of Career Services

Friday marks the beginning of Family Weekend, and many of you will have your family visiting.  Enjoy your time with them.  (Disclosure: I just returned from my son’s Family Weekend a few days ago; don’t underestimate how much your parents are looking forward to seeing you, and learning more about your life at Penn.)

If your parents arrive by Friday afternoon, please bring them to our Career Services Open House, which runs from 2:30 – 4:00 here in our offices (Suite 20, McNeil).  You and your family will have the opportunity to meet our staff, and learn how we can help you define your career goals and take the steps necessary to achieve them.  From 3:00 – 3:30 I will be making short remarks and taking questions in Room 287 McNeil, right off the elevators on the second floor of the building.  I will be giving a sneak peak at the results of our class of 2010 Career Plans Survey.  Find out how successful last year’s seniors were in finding employment and getting admitted to graduate programs.  (Hint: they had an easier time than the class of 2009.)

If your parents aren’t here, that’s okay.  Stop in anyway, either during the Open House, or at a time convenient to your schedule.  Schedule an appointment with a counselor.  Check out the resources in our career library.  We’re here to help you, regardless of your career ambitions or level of uncertainty about the future.    While this may be Family Weekend, every day is Student Day in Career Services.  We hope to see you soon.