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Skidmore College
Career Development Center

Frequently Asked Questions
in Response to COVID-19

During this challenging time, the CDC is committed to keeping students, alumni, employers, families, and faculty safe, healthy, informed, and connected to our services. As part of the College’s response to the impact of COVID-19, the Career Development Center will transition to virtual office, until further notice.

All appointments will be conducted by phone or on a video-based platform. To schedule
an appointment, log into your 
Handshake account or email cdc@skidmore.edu for assistance. 


PLEASE MAKE USE OF OUR ONLINE RESOURCES BELOW

General Online Resources

Resources for Finding Remote Work

The Class of 2020 is entering the job market during a complicated time in which both students and employers are having to adapt and be creative. A portion of employers have instituted hiring freezes and long-term implications are unclear, so it is more important than ever to actively control your career journey. Use this time to research employers, hold informational interviews, refine your LinkedIn profile, tailor your resume and cover letters, follow-up on applications, practice commonly asked interview questions, gain skills, and reach out to those who can serve as references. Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor on Handshake for assistance.

Skidmore Recruitment Day Update
The CDC is continuing to communicate with all recruiting employers from SRD. As we receive information from employers we will notify candidates by e-mail concerning any information we receive.Feel free to reach out with any other questions or concerns SRD to Ali Stidd or Pam Fisher! 

Institutions, professional associations, testing sites, and governing bodies for exams are all taking precautions in light of the dangers associated with group testing sites. It is unclear if or how this will affect enrollment timelines. We have compiled some test-specific information below, but feel free to make an appointment with a counselor with any individual questions you may have!  

GRE Subject Tests:  The April 4 GRE Subject Test administration has been canceled worldwide. Subject Test administration dates for the 2020–21 testing year will be published in April 2020 and registration will open on July 1, 2020.  For more information, please visit ETS.  

GRE: GRE test administrations have been postponed in some locations.  If your GRE General Test appointment is postponed, you will be notified by email and your test will be rescheduled in your account.  Based on your geographic location, you may have the option to take the GRE General Test at home. For more information, please visit ETS. 

GMAT:  Testing is suspended in most test centers. Please visit mba.com/find-a-seat to check the availability of the testing center near you. If your appointment has been canceled, it will not automatically be rescheduled. You will need to schedule a new test-taking appointment.  For more information, please visit mba.com. 

LSAT: The April 2020 LSAT has been canceled.  Instead, the LSAC will be administering an online, remote-proctored test called the LSAT-Flex in the second half of May for those who were registered for the April administration. Candidates currently registered for the April 2020 LSAT will be automatically registered to take the LSAT-Flex in the second half of May unless they choose to receive a coupon to use for a different LSAT date.  For more information, please visit LSAC. 

MCAT: Exams being held from March 27- May 21 were canceled.  New dates will be created to alleviate the impact of the cancellations.  An update from AAMC is expected on Friday, April 17.  

For more information, please visit AAMC. 

Virtual internships are internships that are done online or remotely anytime of the year. This allows you to work on a global scale but stay local. You are placed with a company and report to a supervisor. You are in regular contact with the supervisor/team via virtual methods such as video call, phone call, email, and instant messenger. Virtual Internship FAQs 

Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are like those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable college students, graduate students, and recent college graduates to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right full-time role. Unlike traditional internships, Micro-Internships can take place year-round, typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and projects are due between one week and one month after kickoff. Micro-Internships are used by companies ranging from those in the Fortune 100 to emerging start-ups, and go across departments including sales, marketing, technology, human resources, and finance. Micro-Internship FAQs 

Here are some tips on how to get started: 

  • Consider several ways to create a professional opportunity: volunteering, part-time jobs, short-term internships, remote micro-internships, remote internships, part-time or freelance work, and shadowing. 
  • Make a list of all the businesses/organizations of interest. Do they have any opportunities for a student to create something they need? Expand this list of potential employers by utilizing CareerShift (company search) or your local Chamber of Commerce Directory.  
  • Consider all your hometown connections who may be able to assist you: family, friends, past teachers/coaches, past supervisors, high school alumni, and Skidmore Career Advisors in your area.  
  • Use larger job boards such as CareerShift, idealist.org, Indeed.com, and Monster.com. Of course, keep your eyes on Handshake, but make use of others as well. 

Below are guidelines that can help make a remote experience as valuable as possible: 

  • Consider creating a work plan or learning plan with your supervisor at the start of the internship. 
  • Students should have regular check-ins and should correspond directly with the supervisor at least twice a week by phone, email, or other method. 
  • Students working remotely should have clear instructions and deadlines set by their supervisor throughout their internship. 
  • Remote interns should have regular feedback and supervision on their assigned projects. 
  • Finally, remote interns should keep a log of their projects that can be submitted to their supervisor on a weekly basis to track their progress. 

If you have specific questions on how you may convert your opportunity to a remote working situation, consider making an appointment via Handshake. 

Yes!  In response to COVID-19, our employer relations team led an immediate employer outreach effort to a variety of recruiting companies within Handshake.   Emails were also sent to all past PAL (Parent & Alumni) recruiters, as well as nearly 1000 career advisors.  The team requested that any open job or internship listings, remote or otherwise, be sent to the Skidmore CDC.  Employers are encouraged to reach out to Pam Fisher with any opportunity, or to submit any postings through this form.    Students are encouraged to continue to check Handshake for listings, particularly jobs and internships that are labeled as “PALs.”  PAL opportunities are also listed in the CDC’s weekly e-newsletter.   

All programs and events are being conducted on a virtual basis.  Events will continue to be listed on Handshake, and many companies are now hosting web-based programming and information sessions

The CDC has also planned a new 
virtual event series called “Finding Your Place in the New Economy.”  This series will launch Thursday, April 16, and includes programs that respond to career development planning during these unprecedented times.  Featured guests will offer career tips, strategies, and personal stories, providing students of all class years and majors with action items to stay productive and positive in their career development journeys.