This Innovative program gives students a valuable, insider perspective on what it’s like to work in a particular industry and city.

Over the December/January winter break, students have an opportunity to participate in a career-exploration program that provides insight about professional life in several vibrant urban environments. These experiences give students a valuable behind-the-scenes look at specific industries in targeted locations to help students better understand the opportunities available there. Students also have the opportunity to build connections with the alumni, parents, and friends of the College who work in those locations.

Winter 2020-2021 Career Track Hosts Include:

FINANCIAL SERVICES TRACK: (New York & Boston)
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Please check back as hosts are still being secured. Firms secured currently include:

New York: Morgan Stanley. Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Former Hosts New York:
Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Citi, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Brown Brothers Harriman and Societe Generale.
Boston: Cambridge Associates, Modera Wealth Management, State Street Bank, Aragain Capital Management, Citi Bank

TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION SERVICES TRACK: (New York, Boston, West Coast) 
**Please check back as hosts are still being secured. Firms secured currently include:

New York: WorkRails, Reciprocal Ventures, Better, Mastercard, Splunk, Google
Boston: Toast, Flywire, Splunk, ServiceNow,  Bungii
West Coast: Google, Microsoft, & Tesla

MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES TRACK: (New York)
New York: Fox Sports, The Rachael Ray Show, Forbes, & Alkemy-X

GOVERNMENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND RESEARCH: (Washington, DC)
Washington, DC:
Forbes Tate, Hanover Research, A1.9, National Association for Behavioral Healthcare (NABH), Solidarity Center, National LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, Amazon (Public Policy), US Department of Defense (CASL)

LIFE SCIENCES TRACK: (New York, Boston)
New York:
Boehringer Ingelheim, Pfizer, Bayer, Suvoda
Boston:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, ThermoFisher, Stryker, Olympus, Evidera

Career Track Booklet and Application Form

The Career Track booklet contains track descriptions and directions on how to apply.  You can access the booklet by clicking the link below.  Application opens OCTOBER 29TH and closes on NOVEMBER 11TH.

Please review the entire booklet. The application link can be found within the booklet.

Click here to download the Updated 2021 Career Track  Booklet

While for previous onsite Career Tracks there was financial aid available to help you offset costs, since this year’s program is virtual, there will be no financial aid program.

What is a Career Track?

An innovative program gives students a valuable, insider perspective on what it’s like to work in a particular industry and city.

The Career Track program for Winter 2020 will be Virtual.

Students must select a specific location and track that’s of interest.  Each employer visit will provide new industry knowledge and include a variety of activities.

 

Who are the Career Track hosts?

Career Tracks are offered to students by alumni, parents, and friends of the College who volunteer their time to share their expertise with students. Our volunteers hold various professional roles in companies and industries that align with each specific track.  Students have the opportunity to ask professionals questions to better understand the field they are considering as a possible career.

When do the Career Tracks take place?

Career Tracks are typically scheduled during the winter interim break

For this winter break 2020/2021, Career Tracks will all be VIRTUAL. The tracks will take place during December and January.  See the Career Track booklet 2021 for specific dates of each track.

For  December 2020/January 2021 the Career Tracks are scheduled in the following cities:

**Dates below are estimated ranges, finalized dates to be determined.  We are making every effort to not have any overlapping dates.**

Majority of the tracks will be one (1) to two (2) days in duration.

  • December 8, 9 10th, 2020 – New York: Financial Services Track 
  • December 14, 15th, 2020 – Boston: Financial Services Track 
  • December 14th, 2020 – West Coast.: Technology & Innovation Track 
  • December 11th, 2020 – New York: Media & Communications Track 
  • Week of December 14th, 2020 – Boston: Technology & Innovation Track
  • January 4, 5th, 2021 – Washington, D.C.: Government, Communications & Research
  • January 8th, 2021 – Boston: Life Sciences Track
  • January 7th, 2021 – New York: Life Sciences Track 
  • January 5th, 2021 – New York: Technology & Innovation Track 

Who can participate in Career Tracks?

The Career Tracks program is open to all students of all majors and all classes.

Why participate in Career Tracks?

The benefits you receive as a Career Track participant are invaluable.

  • Exposure to a specific industry and career path: This will help you determine if it’s the right fit for you. You will spend time at a broad range of employer sites.
  • Gain Knowledge: Some tracks may include Human Resource professionals who can offer skill development and insight about recruiting cycles and processes for their particular industry or organization.
  • Learn about a city or region: Alumni will share what it’s like in a particular city where you can envision working and growing your career.
  • Build Connections:  Track volunteers are  successful alumni, parents, and friends of the College, who can give insight and support to benefit your future career ambitions.

What am I committing to if I am selected to participate?

By submitting your application, you are agreeing to accept the Career Track opportunity you selected and honor the commitment.

If you register for a Career Track participation is required. Failure to participate will be considered negatively in any future applications.

The pre-scheduled dates for the Career Track program will not change.

How do I apply to participate in Career Tracks?

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Resume
  2. 500 word original essay that addresses your answers to the following questions:
  • Why are you interested in doing this Career Track? Discuss your selections. You may apply for up to three (3) career tracks.
  • What do you hope to gain from the experience?
  • How do you plan to prepare for and make the most of your experience?


SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION:
The Career Tracks application for the 2021 program opens Thursday, October 29th. 

Helpful hints for preparing your application

  • Read through your options and choose up to three (3) of the locations and industries of most interest to you.
  • Only completed Career Track applications submitted by the due date will be considered.
  • Your essay is a very important component of the application. Spend an appropriate amount of time gathering your thoughts. Only one essay is required per student, but discuss your selections.  Essays must be typed, double spaced with your name on each page. Essays from previous years cannot be resubmitted; you must write a new one each year.

IMPORTANT: Please respond to prompts within one cohesive 500 word essay, NOT a short answer format.

Essay may not contain any portions of a previously submitted essay YOU USED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2020 EXTERNSHIP program or the 2020 Career Tracks program. This is considered a violation of Academic Integrity as defined in the Student Handbook.

  • Your resume should be written in a professional manner that effectively communicates your education, skills, and experience. The Career Center advises having your resume reviewed by your Gateway counselor for the program prior to submitting your application.
  • The Career Center performs the final review. The Track hosts receive the selected students’ resumes.
  • Contact the Career Center with any questions throughout the application process. We are happy to help you in preparing the best application materials possible.

What will happen after I apply?

You will receive an email indicating if you have been accepted and for which tracks. If you are accepted, you are required to attend one of the Orientation Meetings.

Orientation Meetings will be virtual.

For Winter 2020/21 the Career Tracks Orientation Meetings are scheduled as follows:

DECEMBER TRACKS: Mandatory Orientation Meeting – Monday, November 23 at 12:30 pm or Tuesday November 24 at 4:30 pm  – you must register.

JANUARY TRACKS:  Mandatory Orientation Meeting: Monday, Dec 21 at 12:00 pm OR 4:30 pm – you must register

Registration Links will be included in the email confirming your acceptance.

At this session, you will be emailed valuable advice on how to make the most of your experience. Please note: Applying for a Career Track means that you are making a commitment to this experience. Once ACCEPTED, participation is mandatory.

Who should I contact with questions?

Contact The Gateway Career Center: 610-330-5115, careers@lafayette.edu