by Gael Meraud and Bryce Craft

Dear MIIS Students, 

We recognize that this has been a challenging time for everyone as we adapt to the realities of a global pandemic. We have heard from many of you that you are concerned about how the current situation will impact your future internship and job prospects. While your program’s advisor has been in touch with you since the beginning of the outbreak, we would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Center for Advising and Career Services to update you on what we’re doing to support you.

Full range of CACS services operating remotely

We have transitioned all of our services remotely from personalized advising to virtual workshops and employer recruiting sessions. Advising appointments continue to be available in Handshake via video chat or phone. If you are in a different time zone and our availability no longer works for you, notify your advisor and they will happily offer alternative times to meet. 

As a reminder, advisors can help you:

  • Adapt your study habits as you adjust to remote learning
  • Utilize career search related tools and resources 
  • Map out your career strategy with customized action steps 
  • Professionalize your resumes and cover letters 
  • Update your online presence and expand your network 
  • Prepare for interviews and compensation negotiations
  • Cultivate your ongoing professional development

Additionally, Handshake provides online career support with 24/7 access to:

  • Schedule appointments with advisors 
  • Search new job and internship opportunities posted daily
  • RSVP for online career events and employer recruiting sessions
  • Explore resources such as GoinGlobal, Vault Career Intelligence, and LinkedIn Learning
  • Review others’ experience interviewing, interning, and working with specific employers 
  • Complete your profile to engage with potential employers online
  • Follow employers of interest to be alerted when they post a position or online event

Advisors will continue to communicate via their regular channels: emails, newsletters, Facebook, blog posts, and program-specific town hall meetings. Keep informed through their updates and check Handshake regularly to stay abreast of upcoming events and opportunities.

New strategies to identify employer trends 

As employers continue to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on their hiring plans, we are seeing different trends emerge. From our initial conversations, employers are reporting a significant reduction in recruitment for some industries while others are still actively hiring. Likewise, some positions are changing in scope and structure while new opportunities are emerging. 

We are in the process of contacting all our employer partners to collect data on their hiring status so we will be able to update students. Additionally, advisors are researching the impacts to the career fields for their programs and will be able to share their insights through their regular channels of communication.  

According to Handshake’s April 2020 recruitment trends, employers report:   

  • 89% are adopting or increasing virtual interviews
  • 73% are adopting or increasing phone screens
  • 59% are adopting or increasing digital engagement, including virtual events and more

In the next couple weeks, our partners at Handshake will release a “Who’s Hiring” dashboard to equip career centers with timely data on employer trends and a detailed analysis of which employers are actively recruiting our students. In the meantime, Candor is a new public resource available to track employers’ hiring statuses. 

Even in this climate, we are actively meeting with students who are securing internships, preparing for upcoming interviews, and negotiating job offers. While conducting a search during this time may feel overwhelming, there is evidence that people are still securing opportunities. We encourage you not to lose hope, rather to be proactive in taking charge of your career search. This is a time to be open minded about new and evolving opportunities that are emerging in this unforeseen time. 

We are here for you

We want to reassure you that you are not alone. You have a full team available in CACS who have the expertise to help you manage your career search. Whether you want help updating your career strategy, seek academic guidance as you adjust to remote learning, or simply want someone to talk to, we are here to support you. 

We will keep you posted as we learn more. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out when you are ready to begin thinking about your next steps. We are sending our best wishes for the health and well-being of you and your families. 

Kind regards,
Gael and Bryce

Gael Meraud

Assistant Dean for Career and Academic Advising

Bryce Craft   

Director of Employer Relations