Advising & Recommendations
We encourage faculty and staff to refer students to Career Services. Students often seek the insight of faculty and staff when they need guidance in defining their goals. Career Services is a viable option to help students identify their strengths and potential areas of interest. Among the services Career Counselors offer are admininistration and interpretation of the Campbell Skill and Interest Survey and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
Job and Internship Search Advising
We know that students seek your advice and counsel when it comes to career decision-making and planning. Do you know that Career Services has myriad resources to help students with career planning and decision making? We offer an extern program, a comprehensive database of internships, jobs and fellowships, as well as an on-campus interview program for both jobs and internships. Our online career library includes resources like the Vault. Additionally, we connect students with organizations through our partnership in many consortium events, like interview days in Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C, as well as career fairs throughout the Northeast region. Contact us to learn more.
Graduate School Advising
We also know that you are essential in helping students get into the best graduate and professional schools in the country and abroad. Career Counselors also support students by offering personalized help through the decision-making and application process. Our Graduate School Guide offers detailed information about the graduate school admissions process and provides resource listings for funding, testing and more.
Writing Letters of Recommendation
Career Services maintains files for students and alumni containing letters of recommendation. The first letter we receive for a student creates his/her file. These letters can then be sent to employers and graduate schools at the student's request.
When a student approaches you requesting a letter of recommendation, take the time to reflect on your relationship with that student. Can you be a strong advocate? Has your experience with him/her been such that you endorse and support his/her application for graduate school or profession of choice?
The student should provide you with our Recommendation Waiver form when requesting a letter of recommendation. This form includes a waiver of access which, once signed, indicates that the letter must remain confidential. Letters can be placed on file without a signed waiver form, however graduate schools may assume these letters have not been kept confidential. Confidentiality is almost always required by graduate schools. These forms are available online or can be picked up at Career Services. Your signature on the form indicates that you assumed confidentiality when writing the letter.
Students are asked to provide you with all of the data you may need to write them a good letter (ie. resume, research papers, and transcripts). Students are advised to give recommenders a timeline -- usually 1-2 weeks -- to allow for any possible delay. Here is a guide [pdf] that you can send to students to help education them on the process of obtaining strong letters of recommendation.