Track 2: Mid-College Career

Part of J-Term from January 3–14, 2022

Mid-College Career Track sessions are designed with sophomore and junior students in mind, however, any class year is welcome to take any session within the track.

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Network Your Way to a Job or Internship

The ideal way to land a job or internship is through connections at the organization for which you hope to work. At least 75 percent of career opportunities are not advertised. Learn how to increase your chances of finding and securing the professional positions you want.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Gain an understanding of how the hidden job market works.
  • Begin to identify ways to increase your social capital.
  • Plan how you will connect with people you already know, as well as develop new contacts within your field.

Finance Meetup

The meetup will bring students together with alumni, parents, and friends of Gettysburg College in the field of finance to facilitate knowledge sharing, career engagement, and mentoring relationships. The Center for Career Engagement (CCE) will offer prep materials in advance of the meetup focused on industry basics, as well as refining one’s professional presence and personal pitch for networking.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Industry trends, pathways, and issues from professionals across fields.
  • Job search advice and insights from recruiting and hiring leaders.
  • Initial connections with members of the Gettysburg Network for potential mentorship and future networking conversations.

My Town, Your Town, Our Town: Exploring Leadership and Community Change at Home

*Session capped at 30 students. This is a multi-day session.

This three-day interactive J-Term program empowers students with knowledge and tools to better understand their local community through public policy, community development, and leadership. Engaging in interactive workshops and dialogues, conducting individual research on local community initiatives, and reflecting on personal capacities for leadership, students will explore the fundamental tools necessary for local community change.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Explore the tenets of community partnerships and change.
  • Develop a deeper sense of personal leadership style in the context of your community.
  • Conduct basic research on your local community and analyze community development initiatives.

Leadership Lessons with Susan Eisenhower

Join Susan Eisenhower, Chairman Emerita of Gettysburg College’s Eisenhower Institute, as she interviews distinguished Gettysburg College alumni about their career journeys and the leadership lessons they’d like to share with fellow Gettysburgians.

As the granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Susan Eisenhower offers students a unique perspective in the arena of leadership development, specifically the character and mindset necessary for today’s generation to bring about change in a complex, interconnected world.

Beyond her integral involvement with the Eisenhower Institute, she is an author, international policy consultant, and an expert on international security, space policy, energy, and relations between the Russian Federation and the United States of America.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Discover how to embrace accountability and rally others around problems that are not easily solvable.
  • Understand what it means to set a vision and welcome the “long game” as a leader.
  • Explore the importance of establishing a culture, bridging difference, and remaining true to yourself and your values.
  • Gain insights into the sacrifices and intrinsic rewards of serving others through a leadership role.

Reaching Your Audience

When you know your audience, you’re not only communicating with them—you’re connecting. This session will cover the skills and best practices for connecting with a live audience. Specifically, participants will learn how to connect to and engage with an audience, along with overcoming and coping with natural nervousness using simple tricks and techniques.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Become excited and passionate about using new audience engagement knowledge and skills.
  • Improve understanding of the skills and tactics for engaging and reaching an audience.
  • Receive a list of resources for continued improvement of skills related to professional communication.

Writing a Personal Statement for Graduate and Professional School

One of the hardest parts of the graduate and professional school personal statement can be determining what to write about in the first place. Applicants often have similar motivations for applying to the school of their choice, but highlighting who they are and what they will bring to the profession can be a challenge. This session will provide information, advice, and hands-on activities to help you get started.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Learn strategies to help you land on a subject you’re excited to write about.
  • Gain advice to better communicate your enthusiasm to admissions committees.
  • Understand how to avoid the common pitfalls that students encounter when drafting their personal statement.

China: The New Cold War?

Kevin Nealer of the Scowcroft Group engages students in discussions on the United States’ most pressing competition through a dialogue on trade, regional security, and Taiwan.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Gain an appreciation of the historic context of U.S.-China competition and what’s different now.
  • Understand similarities and differences between current bilateral tensions and the Soviet-era Cold War.
  • Explore the likely elements of a successful U.S. coping strategy in response to China’s rise.

Excel Like a Pro

While most Gettysburg students have previously used Microsoft Excel, many are only scratching the surface of its capabilities. In this session, you will learn how to get the very most out of the software and learn to use it like a true pro! Participants will explore intermediate-level features and tools in Excel that can help create, process, analyze, and calculate complex business data.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Recognize and create proper spreadsheet design.
  • Understand spreadsheet formulas, pivot tables, graphics, smart art, and add-ins.
  • Leverage Excel as a tool to convey and organize your information and data.