Office of Career Strategy: Fall 2020 FAQs

Note: In Fall 2020, the Office of Career Strategy is open and completely functional, however all staff is working remotely. 

Important University Messages:

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  1. Will OCS offer services during the fall?
    Yes, Yale College students, GSAS students, postdocs and alums will have full access to OCS services and resources, including one-on-one career advising and workshops. Advising, workshops and events will all be conducted virtually. The operations of the office are directed by the University’s reopening plans which are in accordance with the recommendations of health experts, Yale’s own COVID-19 Contingency Planning Committees, and Governor Lamont’s roadmap for reopening Connecticut. Please check the OCS website for updates.
  2. Will the OCS offices at 55 Whitney, McDougal Center and Sterling Hall of Medicine be open during the fall term?All OCS physical office spaces will remain closed until further notice. Advising, workshops and events will be conducted virtually.
  3. What are OCS hours during the fall term?
    OCS staff will be available for virtual advising appointments during our normal business hours of 8:30am – 5pm Monday through Friday.
  4. What is the best way for me to keep informed of OCS activities and resources?
    The Yale Career Link is your portal to advising appointments, upcoming events, job postings, employer information, interview practice tools and more. In addition, be sure to read your weekly OCS newsletter, and visit our website at ocs.yale.edu.

OCS Advising and Workshops

  1. Can I meet with an OCS advisor during the fall term?
    Yes, OCS advisors are available for virtual appointments Monday through Friday. Make an appointment through the Yale Career Link.
  2. Will drop-in same-day advising be available? In lieu of drop-in advising, there will be 15-minute “quick question” appointments available starting in mid-September. These appointments will *only* cover: resume and cover letter review, interview and networking event preparation, and job/internship negotiations. Make an appointment through the Yale Career Link.
  3. I’m applying to law/medical/graduate school. Can I meet with an advisor?
    Yes, advisors are available for one-on-one advising. Make an appointment through the Yale Career Link.
  4. Will OCS hold career workshops in the fall?
    Yes, OCS will have an array of career programming for Yale College students, GSAS students and postdocs this fall in a virtual format. For the latest updates, log onto the Yale Career Link.

OCS Employer Events and Recruiting

  1. Will employers be coming to campus for information sessions?
    No. Employer engagement will take place virtually this fall. As in previous years, employers will post information sessions, coffee chats, and office hours on Yale Career Link. All sessions will be conducted online, and instructions are found in the listings.
  2. Will OCS be holding employer networking events and career fairs?
    Yes, students can expect career fairs and other usual recruiting events, all delivered virtually. Schedule will be posted on Yale Career Link and the OCS website.
  3. Will employers be conducting on-campus recruiting?
    Yes, OCR interviews will be taking place virtually via Yale Career Link, powered by Symplicity. Log in to Yale Career Link the last week of August to view upcoming schedules.
  4. How have employers’ recruiting practices and hiring expectations changed due to the COVID-19 situation?
    Recruiting practices vary by industry and individual companies. Plans are evolving as the COVID-19 situation unfolds. It’s best to keep up-to-date by visiting the websites and communicating with contacts at your target companies.
  5. How can I continue to network with employers and alums?
    Networking can take place in many ways, and during the coming months may be virtual. Virtual employer information sessions and career fairs, virtual conferences and panel discussions, and exchanges on LinkedIn and CrossCampus are just a few examples of things to consider.

Students on Leaves of Absence (LOA) and Gap Years

  1. I’m an incoming first-year student but will take a Gap Year. Do I have access to OCS resources?
    Some admitted students may take a year off or ‘gap year’ before starting college. Please note that OCS only advises current Yale students, but our website is full of helpful information and is open to the public. Incoming first-year students will have full access to OCS once they are enrolled. For more information, visit our Prospective Students resources.
  2. I’m a returning Yale student on a leave of absence. Do I have access to OCS resources?
    OCS will continue to support returning students on leave, including advising on how to pursue professional experiences during the leave. Returning students on leave will continue to receive weekly career newsletters and be eligible for programs and workshops hosted by the Office of Career Strategy, including career fairs, internship and full-time interview programs, and individual career and graduate school advising
  3. Can I participate in on-campus recruiting while on LOA?
    Yes, returning students taking an LOA may participate; however, most roles are based on expected graduation dates. The practices of individual employers may vary. Students who are interested, and have the appropriate graduation date for the position, regardless if they are in school or on leave, should go through the recruiting cycle in the fall.
  4. How do I update my graduation date in the Yale Career Link if I’m taking a LOA?
    The Office of the Registrar handles changes to expected graduation dates. Graduation dates that appear in Yale Career Link are updated automatically by information provided by the Registrar.
  5. What resources are available to help me find employment during my LOA?
    Yale OCS offers many resources to support your search for experiential learning, upskilling, and networking during a leave of absence. Resource listings are found throughout the OCS website, and this page is a good starting point.
  6. If I’m on LOA, can I take advantage of the DSA during the fall or spring semester?
    No. The Domestic Summer Award (DSA) provides a stipend for one summer to Yale undergraduate students on financial aid who have secured an approved unpaid, or underfunded, summer opportunity. The DSA is not available during the academic terms. For details, refer to the DSA eligibility. Eligible students on LOA may still use their DSA in a future summer.
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