Fletcher's approach to career education is both broad and deep. We start with the fundamentals as part of the Professional Development Program (PDP) and then build on that foundation through sector specific programming.
We take your career success very seriously.
- Professional Development Program
The Professional Development Program (PDP) classes meet every Friday morning during the first semester. We have built time into the academic calendar with no other course conflicts so that every student is able to dedicate time each week to creating and executing a personalized career search program while here at Fletcher. The PDP takes a holistic approach to career management and introduces students to a portfolio of essential professional skills. The interactive course is taught by a combination of Office of Career Services staff and outside speakers.
Topics covered include:
- How Preferences Impact Career Choices
- Developing Your Career Plan
- Marketing Yourself Effectively
- Developing Strategic Resumes
- Perfecting Professional Communications
- Creating Effective Cover Letters
- Strategies for Networking
- Developing Key Interviewing Skills
The Office of Career Services has developed customized guides that correspond to each of the PDP sessions to help students with many of the complicated steps in the career search process. These guides offer additional background as well as useful tips and suggestions on the topic of each session. These tips give students critical reference materials beyond the class discussions to which they can refer when the time comes to “exercise” that skill. For example, the cover letter guide includes several (successful) examples from Fletcher students which include the actual job description, resume and cover letter used to apply for the position so that students can see how the resume and cover letter work together to best highlight the student’s experience and skills for a specific position. See a Sample PDP Guide.
- Sector Specific Programming
Throughout the course of the year, the OCS offers various workshops targeted towards students interested in particular sectors. The sector-specific programming is designed to help students develop the industry-specific knowledge necessary for creating opportunities in their targeted career field. The OCS partners with employers, faculty, alumni and student clubs to deliver this programming.
The sectors are divided in the following way:
- Private Sector - for-profit industries, such as financial services, consulting, energy, telecommunications, airlines, and health services.
- Public Sector - government agencies and organizations (US or international) in fields such as immigration, justice, policy, security, Foreign Service, and transportation.
- Non-Profit Sector - organizations (US or international) with the tax status of not-for-profit, in such fields as humanitarian aid, refugee assistance, education, and human rights.
- International Organizations (IOs) - intergovernmental organizations which are made up of, and financed by, member countries and include the United Nations, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, etc.
Sector Specific Programming includes sessions on:
- Recruitment Timelines
- Hiring Practices
- Industry Specific Panels
- Organization Specific Sessions
- Summer Internship Panels
- Alumni Information Sessions
- Skill Building Workshops
In addition to the skill building exercises incorporated into the PDP, the OCS offers workshops on special topics including:
- Salary Negotiation
- Case Interviews
- Leveraging LinkedIn
- Dining Etiquette
- Immigration Facts & Strategies