Career Education

Fletcher's approach to career education is both broad and deep. We start with the fundamentals and build from that foundation. We take your career success very seriously.

All MALD and MIB students participate in the Professional Development Program (PDP), a mandatory nine-week course held on Friday mornings during their first semester. The PDP helps prepare students for managing their international careers both during and after Fletcher. The program complements the rigorous academic preparation here at Fletcher by providing students with the tools they need professionally to succeed in an increasingly complex and competitive work environment. Topics covered in this interactive program include Self-Assessment, Personal Marketing and Communication including Resumes and Cover Letters, Networking, Interviewing, and Presentation Skills.

Complementing the PDP is a host of sector-specific career education programming to help students develop the industry-specific knowledge necessary for creating opportunities in their targeted career field. The OCS partners with employers, faculty, alumni and student clubs to deliver this programming. The private sector student might attend "Careers on Wall Street", the public sector student might attend "US Security Clearance Process" and the international organization student might attend "Inside Scoop on the UN". And if a student is feeling a little nervous about that critical interview for his/her dream job, the OCS can assist with a videotaped mock interview.

Many employers will visit campus to provide employer information sessions about their organization. These provide great learning opportunities not just about that organization, but about the industry/sector in general. We encourage students to attend these sessions, even if the organization is not their top target organization, to better understand the issues facing that industry. This translates to a much stronger candidate when interviewing with other organizations in that field.

Most of the career education programs and employer briefings occur during lunch and early evening hours when there is little conflict with class schedules to maximize the students' availability to participate in these educational programs.