NY FAQ and Tips

NY FAQ

When is the trip? 

Thursday November 12, 2020

How is the trip structured? 

This year the trip will be conducted entirely virtually via video conferences, and will be is comprised of site visits and panels at five one-hour time slots throughout the day.

What is the purpose of the trip? 

The trip should be viewed as an opportunity for career exploration, information-gathering about specific organizations, and networking with practitioners in certain career fields. For first-year students still figuring out their career path, the NY Career Trip introduces students to careers related to the Fletcher degree and provides them the opportunity to get their questions answered. For graduating students, the trip is a chance to meet alumni and others currently employed in their fields of interest.

Can I use the OCS Travel Subsidy for this trip? 

No. The Travel Subsidy is intended only for career fairs and conferences with no Fletcher affiliation or sponsorship.

What do I wear on the trip?

Even though the trip is being conducted virtually this year, business attire is strongly suggested.

Career Trip Tips

  1. Do your research. Research organizations ahead of time and identify speakers, alumni, and other practitioners in attendance with whom you’d be interested in speaking.
  2. Generate a list of questions. As you’re doing your research, begin thinking of thoughtful questions you may have about organizations and individuals in attendance. Each panel will have a Q&A portion for general and widely-applicable questions. For more specific questions, wait until after the presentation to approach the speaker. Keep in mind that during site visits, it is not appropriate to ask for an internship/job unless the host brings it up, nor is it appropriate to ask for someone’s contacts in a group setting. At the end of the visit it is appropriate to ask if they anticipate any internships or full time openings and the type of skills and or qualifications they look for in a candidate and what makes someone successful at this organization
  3. Follow up. Send a thank-you note to alumni and other practitioners you meet to continue the rapport you build with them during Career Trip events.
  4. Know your facilitator. Each event will have a student facilitator in charge of communicating event details to the group, managing attendance, and moderating events. Make a note of who the facilitator is at each event you are attending so you can reach out to them if necessary.
  5. Attend all events for which you are registered and sign in on time. Our attendance policy at Career Trips is strictly enforced, and failing to attend and sign in at an event for which you are registered or showing up at an event for which you are not registered will result in a $100 fine.

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