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Post-Grad Planning 101

Hey Seniors! We want to help you prepare for your future! Deciding what life will be like after Swat can be overwhelming and so confusing!

Don’t worry! We have a solution for you…Career Services is here to help! Career Services offers a multitude of ways to connect with employers/organizations: OCR, Consortia, Virtual Events, and Handshake. So let’s explore each of these one by one:

1. OCR

So what’s OCR (On-Campus Recruiting)? Employer info sessions and interviews on-campus. Students learn about the employer and opportunities available.

Why is OCR important?

  • Effective way to learn about an industry
  • Smaller applicant pool = more likely to receive an interview
  • They’re coming to you!
  • Start learning about the world outside of Swat

2. Consortia

Employers don’t just visit campus to recruit. You can participate in large-scale recruiting events in conjunction with other similar schools called consortia events!

What kind of consortia events are there?

  • Interview Day: Apply online by deadline & be pre-selected to interview in-person at a central location
  • Career Fair: Meet in-person employers at a central location
  • Interview Day + Career Fair: Do both!

Why are consortia events important?

  • Logistics: They’ve been planned for you -- position description, firm application deadline date, and an interview date.
  • Resources: Employers have allocated resources (financial, human) to be at these events, so they are eager to meet students.
  • Smaller Pool: competing for interviewing or meeting with the employer with a much smaller pool of applicants

3. Virtual Events

Nowadays, more & more employers are choosing to host virtual events. This allows for employers to reach out to schools that might be logistically difficult for them to recruit from but are still interested in their students.

4. Handshake

Get started on Handshake. Handshake is an extensive database of jobs + internships + employers who want to recruit Swatties.

How to start on Handshake:

  1. Log into Handshake
  2. Fill out your profile “Career Interests” on Handshake
  3. Receive emails about opportunities that are relevant to your interests

Visit the Events tab to learn about OCR, consortia, & virtual events!

Make sure to come in & talk to someone 1-on-1 about all of this! Get your application materials reviewed by our Career Peer Advisors (Office Hours: M-F, 1-4:30pm). 

Meet with a career counselor to:

  • navigate your possibilities if you’re undecided
  • establish a strategy for post-grad planning
  • do mock interviews

And don’t forget our career closet if available to borrow suits (in a variety of sizes) for your interviews!

What if I’m thinking of grad school?

General Timeline:

  • Step 1: Application process starts in September and ends Dec-Feb
  • Step 2: GRE/GMAT testing takes place during application process
  • Step 3: Interviews take place in the spring semester

Application Materials include your Personal Statement & Resume. Career Services can help with revising your materials! For Recommendation Letters, talk to professors & supervisors.


Whatever path you choose or are contemplating, don’t wait until the last minute to start thinking about these things! Get started today!

Come visit us at Parrish 135! Let’s do this!


Brought to you by: Career Services

Created by: Helen Huh ‘21, Career Services Tech Intern