In a recent blog post, we urged you to go to campus career fairs, which raises the question, “okay…but to apply for what?”
ONE option (there are others — we’ll get to those in future posts) that English/CW majors should know about: management development programs. Sometimes called “leadership development” or “rotational programs,” these opportunities involve a one- to two-year commitment to a mid-size to large company. During that time, the new employee rotates through several different departments, learning how different parts of the company operate, trying out different skill sets, and and getting the big picture that will eventually help him or her flourish in a particular role. If all goes well, at the end of the program, the employee is hired into a permanent managerial role in whichever part of the company is the best fit.
Companies that have programs like this are generally committed to training and mentoring their workforce, so these positions can be the beginning of a long relationship with a company that will nurture one’s talents. These employers are looking for ambitious applicants with a broad range of transferable skills (like English/CW majors!), who learn and adapt quickly, and who value the opportunity to work for an organization that will take seriously their professional growth.
If these kinds of positions sound appealing to you (they’re not for everyone — and that’s okay!), here are some of the companies coming to the Business Career Fair (Sept. 19 and 20) that you should consider talking to. The date next to the company name indicates which day of the fair they’ll be there. Keep checking the Business Career Fair information on Handshake — more companies will appear as the date draws nearer.
- Abercrombie and Fitch (they also have a summer leadership development Internship) (9/20)
- Allstate (scroll down page to “rotational development programs”) (9/19)
- Edward Jones (9/20)
- Morningstar (9/20)
- Textron (9/20)
To land one of these positions, your resume should emphasize your teamwork and leadership skills, your communication ability, and your work ethic. It’s a good idea to research the companies you want to apply to, so that you can have a meaningful conversation with the recruiters at the career fair — rather than asking them to repeat information that’s available on the company website or through a google search. If the company website indicates that they favor business, marketing, or management majors, don’t be scared off — just be prepared to talk about your relevant experience that has required the specific skills and personal qualities they’re seeking. Feel free to make an appointment with Kirstin Wilcox, Director of Internships, to work on your resume and “pitch” (firstname.lastname@example.org; 333-4346).