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Our Career Strategy & Professional Development advisors are here to support you in achieving your career goals.Meet Our Staff
Ready to begin your job search? Schedule an appointment with the Office of Career Strategy & Professional Development (CSPD) to prepare for job interviews, take a mock job interview, practice negotiating offers, and review your resume. Appointments are scheduled through our 12Twenty Platform.
New students and postdocs: Activate your 12Twenty account through the link above, using your email@example.com email address. If you have any trouble signing up, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appointments must be scheduled 24 hours before a meeting. If you need to cancel an appointment, please cancel your appointment online and select a new time from the available time slots on the 12Twenty Platform.
You can schedule a variety of appointment types through 12Twenty. Please review what is covered in each appointment type before scheduling your advising appointment with CSPD.
Discussions of long-term goals and professional interests.
External Fellowship (for doctoral students/trainees)
Discussion of external funding opportunities and where to find information that will help you generate and submit your proposals. We do not provide advice on securing on-campus employment — please visit HoyaWorks for student employment opportunities. We also do not provide advice on finding scholarships to defray tuition costs, though if relevant opportunities are presented to us, we do make them available on our jobs board in 12Twenty.
Graduate School Application
Discussion of the Ph.D. program application process, components of the personal statement and interview preparation (including how to discuss your research experience).
Individual Development Plan Consultation (for doctoral students/trainees)
Discussion of how to set short- and long-term goals during your scientific traineeship. Common additional topics include maximizing mentor relationships, aligning your goals with your professional plan, and articulating transferable skills.
Job Interview Preparation
Tips are provided on how to prepare for various types of professional employment interviews. Before scheduling this meeting, please review templates that are available in the 12Twenty Resource Library.
Medical/Health Professions School Application
This appointment type is for general questions about the medical school application process, as our office does not offer formal premedical advising. We also do not review activities section essays, but we are happy to discuss your professional experiences and help you set goals to ensure that your professional experiences best align with the program that you are applying to. We also will help you to prepare and practice for medical school interviews!
Mock Job Interview
For this meeting type, we generate general interview questions based on the type of position you applied for, and ask you questions in a real interview setting. We provide feedback on your performance during the meeting, as well as a complete feedback form via email. Some interview types that we do not provide mock interviews for include consulting case interviews and graduate school interviews — though we are happy to talk through how you describe your own research in the Ph.D. Program Interview Preparation meeting type.
Congratulations on getting the offer! We can discuss the components of the offer and give you tips on what questions to ask next. Disclaimer: We do not provide legal counsel!
Due to COVID-19 we are not currently conducting on-campus interviews. Please log in to 12Twenty to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
Personal Statement Review
We will review and provide feedback on your personal statement for Ph.D. program or medical/health professions school applications. At least one week before your appointment, please attach your personal statement in your appointment block or send it to the advisor with whom you are meeting. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to review your personal statement in time for our meeting! We will provide feedback on your initial draft and one additional draft after you’ve incorporated our initial feedback. We will also review one round of secondary medical school essays or a draft of your follow-up letter of interest under this appointment type.
Recruiting 1 on 1
This appointment is reserved for students who are interviewing with prospective employers. Before scheduling this meeting, a Resume Book will be available from employers on 12Twenty. Once students have applied and are chosen for an interview, they will log in to 12Twenty to schedule an appointment and set a date for the interview with the employer.
Resume and Cover Letter Review
We will review your resume and/or cover letter with you. Before scheduling this meeting, please review the templates that are available in the Resource Library. Be sure to upload your document(s) when creating the appointment.
Ph.D. Program Interview Preparation
We will review typical structures of graduate school interview visits as well as how you can best prepare to engage in dynamic scientific discussions with faculty on the admissions committees.
Before making an appointment for resume/CV or cover letter review, please go to the Resource Library in 12Twenty to review the provided templates, especially if this is your first draft. You don’t have to use our templates, but if you find that your document is organized very differently from our templates, consider using our templates.
Alumni can reactivate their CSPD 12Twenty accounts by emailing us at email@example.com. We’re happy to add you so that you can use the system and book appointments. Please indicate your graduate program, graduation year and NetID. We look forward to reconnecting!
BGE alumni may request up to three appointments (e.g., a career advising appointment, mock interview, document review) per one-year period.