Virtual Services - Student & Alumni FAQs

Center for Career and Professional Development: Virtual Services FAQs for Students & Alumni – Spring 2020

As we are all navigating the current career landscape together, we want to emphasize that our office is still here for you. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out (appointments / email / feedback form).

Appointments

Will I be able to consult with someone about my job search/career strategy?
Yes. We are dedicated to continuing to offer support for your carer development. The CCPD will continue to operate appointments (of every variety) via Google Hangouts Meet (video) or phone. There will be no in-person appointments until further notice.

Will I be able to meet with someone about my resume/cover letter/portfolio?
Yes, appointments will be through Google Hangouts Meet (video) or phone with one of our career counselors. You can make an appointment on PrattPro.com. We would ask that you email your resume/cover letter/portfolio link to the career counselor beforehand so you both can review it together.

Will I be able to talk with a career counselor about my internship search?
Yes, the career counseling professionals at CCPD are still working regular, 9am-5pm hours remotely, rather than on-campus. All career counseling sessions are remote (most often through Google Hangouts Meet (video) or phone if that is preferred). Please schedule an appointment through PrattPro.com as usual and we look forward to helping you to the best of our ability.

Are you still holding drop-ins for resumes and cover letters?
Virtual drop-in hours for resumes and cover letters will begin March 30. We will follow up on days/times and how to virtually meet with our Career Advocates moving forward.

Internships (for Students)

Am I allowed to continue my internship?
On March 16, Pratt’s Provost communicated the following:

“Students registered for internship credits this semester should no longer travel to internship sites and should consult with their internship coordinator regarding alternate modes for completing these credits.”

Here are some important things to consider and communicate with your internship supervisor and your internship course instructor (if applicable) about moving forward:

  • Speak with your internship supervisor and find out how contracted internship hours can be fulfilled remotely.
  • Keep a log or other record of where you are on projects and to make sure your supervisor has access to it.
  • If you are pursuing an internship for credit, consistently communicate with your internship course instructor, especially regarding academic assignments and how they will be completed and submitted, as well as decisions/activity taking place at your internship site with regard to a potential emergency situation.

Our employers are interested in actively engaging with students and recent graduates, so look out for opportunities beyond internships in the coming weeks.

Am I allowed to discontinue my internship?
If that’s what you want to do, it is a possibility. Before making any definite decisions and before discontinuing your internship, we suggest you discuss the situation with not only your supervisor at your internships, but also with your internship course instructor (if applicable.)

  • Speak with your internship supervisor and find out how contracted internship hours can be fulfilled remotely.
  • Speak with your internship course instructor (if applicable) about the situation involving academic credit. Are there any assignments or projects you can complete in addition to the hours already worked at the internship site?

The CCPD is here to talk through the situation with you, as well. Please feel free to reach out to the Assistant Director of Experiential Learning, Mackenzie Adriance with any internship-related questions.

Will I be able to get an internship this summer?
According to a recent NACE survey an overwhelming percent of companies are still planning to move ahead with summer internships. We may also see an increase of experiential opportunities outside of internships in the coming months that we’re excited to help our industry partners roll out.

On-Campus Employment (for Students)

Can I continue my on-campus job for the Spring 2020 semester?
On March 16, the Executive Director of Student Financial Services and Compliance communicated the following:

“Students can continue their employment, if they can perform their functions remotely AND their supervisor can measure hours worked, deliverables, set expectations, manage their production and provide the necessary support and coaching required. Students and supervisors are to submit time-sheets as usual.

Students who are unable to work remotely may not submit time-sheets.

Financial Services will review all students and their families’ requests for financial assistance due to C-19 pandemic. The process will holistically review the family’s finances, assets and the impact this crisis has caused on them specifically. All student and/or parents requesting financial assistance, – should be referred to their personal SFS counselor.”

Interviewing

Will this have any effect on interviews moving forward?
With so many people working from home it’s likely that most of your interviews will be done virtually. You can always set up an appointment to practice your interview skills at PrattPro.com

This Article* from themuse has some really great tips
* Apologies for the gendered language, the overall article is still helpful

Since many of us are currently communicating remotely and especially while professionally communicating (such as during a video interview) it is important not only to answer thoughtfully but also look your professional best. Here are 11 tips to consider for looking your best on video calls.

Here is another article from Indeed.com about best practices for video interviewing as well as a quick video on the subject.

The best way of all to prepare for a video or regular internship/job interview is to make an appointment to have a mock interview with a career counselor at the CCPD. Please schedule an appointment with us on PrattPro.com and you will receive a google chat and it’s a great way to practice, get the nerves out, as well as receive helpful advice from experienced professionals focused on helping you!

Job Search

How will this affect my job search?
We are continuing to receive job postings at a steady rate and encourage you to continue your search as normal. For now remain patient as the process may take longer due to transitions in how offices function. Our office is continuing to follow the trends and will provide updates as necessary.

Should I be looking for a job right now?
Yes, and we (and others, listed below) can help. There are constant changes right now in the job market, including jobs that will be added and jobs that may be lost. Although no one is entirely sure what will happen and for how long this outbreak will last, this website provides some key tips to help you continue life as normal and to discover how the coronavirus will affect your job search.

Is this your first job search? Here are some tips from a career coach for finding your first job in the coronavirus economy.

Here are some helpful tips for your job search during the Coronavirus. The Lambda School has also given advice on how to navigate your job search during this time. Forbes provides 5 ways to stand out in your job search specific to right now.

Freelancing

What resources do you have for freelancers in light of this current situation?

The Freelancers Union has compiled a list of what freelancers need to know about the coronavirus (most recently updated on March 23.)

Here is an aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.

If you own a small business, the U.S. Small Business Association has information on Disaster Loan Assistance

The New York State Department of Labor has information for Independent Contractors on unemployment insurance (UI) benefits here.

Networking

How can I create a community of creatives online?

During these times of physical distancing it’s still possible to be social, and building both professional and social online community is more important than ever.

Here are some articles about online friendships:

How to make friends online without coming across as creepy

How I made meaningful friendships on the internet

In today’s world it’s easier than ever to stay connected to your network. Check out some suggestions for keeping in-touch. Don’t forget to check up on your professional networks to see if they have anything planned! (Check out CCPD’s web resources for possible organizations)

Online video games are a great way to connect to people virtually. Discord is filled with online communities of people with various interests. Even if a group isn’t directly related to your career, you can often make friends and other connections through shared hobbies/interests.

Life Coaching (for Alumni)

Are you ready to identify your goals and map a plan to reach them? Are you ready to hold yourself accountable to accomplish the personal, professional, financial, and creative life you desire and envision for yourself? Do you want to know  your core values and have a better understanding of what may presently be getting in the way of you accomplishing projects, or living a healthier life, developing deeper relationships and basically living your best life?

If you answered yes to these questions, then Life Coaching may be what you are looking for rather than counseling or therapy. Life Coaching is about you in the present and where you want to be in the near and distant future.

If you are interested in exploring the process of Life Coaching then please log on to Handshake and register for a session. Please reach out to Deborah with any questions.

Career Strategy

Clarify what types of jobs you are seeking, what tools and resources to utilize, how to network appropriately. This strategy session is akin to a consulting appointment for exploring your career search with full effort. Expect to be assigned tasks such as informational interviewing, rewriting your cover letter, or exploring related fields.

Career Related Self Development Assessments

What do you offer that can help me with my job search, self understanding and interpersonal skills?
What better use of extra time you may have than focusing on self development and our center offers time proven tools to help with a deeper understanding of the dynamic and fascinating being that you are! We have career counselors certified in some of the most used and tested assessments related to career development out there who can walk you through your results often leading to a deeper understanding of your strengths, how you are energized, and how that might influence your career decision making and much more.

MBTI
You’ve probably heard of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment. The way we use it as simply another tool to help you gain further vocabulary for self understanding. The main MBTI blog does a great job of explaining its application in career development:

“In a nutshell, the MBTI tool provides a great deal of insight into how we’re likely to think, act and interact in a particular work environment–making it useful in career selection–but it isn’t designed to predict how we’ll perform within that environment, making its use in hiring selection inappropriate.” (*from CCP)

Schedule an appointment with Carl or Mackenzie to discuss your Myers-Briggs type using 16Personalities.

Clifton Strengths
Clifton Strengths for Students will give you suggestions for developing and using your strengths in college and in the “real” world. If you understand and apply your strengths, your college journey — and the rest of your life — will be happier, more fulfilling and more successful. When you do more of what you do best, you build your life around your areas of strength.

Schedule an appointment with Mackenzie to discover your strengths and learn how to use them to thrive, using Clifton Strengths.

Professional Development Opportunities

What can I do right now in regards to my career development?

  • Schedule an appointment with a career advisor on PrattPro.com to discuss your career interests and how to maximize them.
  • Interested in career assessments and tools that can provide you with personal insights? Discover your self, your personality preferences and your Strengths by speaking with a career counselor.
  • Use online tools such as LinkedIn’s Alumni tool to connect to Pratt Alumni in your field of interest.
Emergency Resources

Our office has been gathering different resources for Artists & the Creative Economy – You can also set up an advising appointment on PrattPro.com for advice and guidance on writing grant/emergency fund applications.