Summer of Success

This summer will not be exactly how most of us planned. Internship programs have been canceled or shortened due to stay-at-home orders, and job start dates have been postponed until further notice. While this summer is no doubt different, it still can be used to build for your future successfully. Here are ideas we suggest to help ensure that you still have a summer of success.

EXPERIENCE

Participate in an internship, in person or remotely. A number of employers still are hiring for summer employment, in person and remotely.

Here are some resources for you to use:

  • Handshake – Search “remote” to find opportunities you can do from home.
  • Parker Dewey – Micro-internships are a great way to participate in short-term, project-based internships.
  • LinkedIN – You can search for opportunities and see which ones may be connected to a Wofford alumnus or another member of your network.
  • Remotive – This is a site dedicated solely to remote opportunities.
  • Search online for remote opportunities. Florida State University maintains a detailed list of remote opportunities.
  • Scouted – The Career Center partners with Scouted, a job matching platform that identifies appropriate job and internship opportunities for students and alumni. Scouted focuses on non-technical roles across industries, including financial firms, technology companies, consulting firms and high-growth startups. Scouted requires you to sign up for an account and provides feedback and coaching to help you develop skills to better present yourself.

Find a summer job.

  • Use your friends and family network to look for opportunities in your area
  • Create your own opportunities by advertising your services on Nextdoor, Facebook or other apps.
  • Research employers that are hiring in your area. Here are a few national companies currently advertising their hiring needs:
    • Instacart/Shipt.
    • UPS/FedEx.
    • Amazon.
    • Also check your local/regional grocery stores.

Volunteer. Use your time and talents to help nonprofits and organizations in your area.

  • Find something that you care about and call about offering your help.

SELF GROWTH

Grow your network and find a mentor.

  • MyMentor – Create an account and be partnered with a Wofford connection in the field of your interest.
  • Focus time each week to grow your network through informational interviews.
    • Set goals for the number of connections and amount of time you’d like to spend on this each week.
    • At the end of the week, review your results and set goals for the following year.
  • Maintain your networking relationships throughout the summer and into the academic year by sending email updates.
  • During this pandemic, update your network on what you are doing regularly (once a week or every other week).

Participate in Career Center workshops.

Follow the Career Center on social media to see updated dates and times of all workshops. This summer we plan to offer:

  • CliftonStrengths – Discover your strengths and learn how to use them to thrive.
  • Enneagram – One of the most powerful tools for understanding ourselves and others.
  • Designing Your Life – Book study led by Curt McPhail during June.
  • Professional development skills-based weekly workshops, including resume, networking, informational interviews and more.

Check regularly Career Center Handshake Events – This summer we will partner with liberal arts colleges across the country to share events and opportunities.

Review the Career Center’s Four Year Strategy and work to accomplish all of the suggestions.

EDUCATION

Take a summer school course.

  • Take a class at Wofford.
  • Take something close to home. Be sure to check with the Wofford’s registrar to make sure the credit will transfer. Find more information HERE.

Learn a new skill.

Online platforms such as udemy.com provide the opportunity to learn new skills through online courses.

  • Learn a new language at Rosetta Stone and Duolingo.
  • Research and pick up a new hobby.
  • Learn Quickbooks.
  • Learn how to code.

Prepare for graduate school.

  • Buy the guide books, create a schedule and sign up to take your exam.
  • Begin working on your personal statement.

PREPARE FOR STUDY ABROAD

Meet with an Office of International Programs adviser to discuss opportunities abroad (study, intern, teach).

  • Consider different four-year plans to determine how and where to integrate study abroad into your Wofford career.
  • Explore funding opportunities that would assist you in studying abroad during or after Wofford (Gilman, Fulbright, etc.).
  • Apply for an Interim 2021 travel/study project.
  • Get a head start on your Spring 2021 study abroad application (deadline is Oct. 1 for most programs). Meet with the Office of International Programs staff to discuss opportunities abroad and funding sources.

SELF-CARE

  • Keep a journal. Write down your thoughts and feelings about this unique time in life. Record how you’re making the most of the situation.
  • Add movement to your routine daily.
  • Get outside.
  • Learn to meditate.
  • Talk to a professional.
  • Stay connected with people you care about.

SPECIAL MESSAGE TO THE CLASS OF 2020: Seniors, it has been our honor to share this journey with you. This did not end like any of us hoped, dreamed, thought or wished. Please know the advice shared here is relevant as you are heading into a challenging job market. The sites mentioned in the first bullet (Handshake, LinkedIN and Scouted) are and will remain available to you, and many full-time opportunities can be found there. The Career Center will remain open and available to you as long as you need us. We are in this together. Please reach out for any questions or support.

The Career Center Team – Tasha, Rebecca, Lee, Edita and Curt

The Career Center will be available for virtual appointments throughout the summer. You can make an appointment via Handshake or by emailing careercenter@wofford.edu.

CAREER CENTER STAFF:

Dr. Tasha Smith-Tyus, career services director
smithtyusl@wofford.edu | 864-597-4364

Rebecca Parker, internships and employer relations director
parkerrm@wofford.edu | 864-597-4265

Lee Smith, career development specialist
smithla@wofford.edu | 864-597-4288

Edita Soto, office coordinator
careercenter@wofford.edu | 864-597-4794

Curt McPhail, executive director
mcphailpc@wofford.edu | 864-597-4261