Career Development Activities and Timelines (MPH & MS-HCOM Students)

Matriculation Year (Discovery and Exploration)

Your first year at Tufts is an exciting time to begin exploring your career interests. Take time to get to know your faculty and academic advisor. Take advantage of opportunities to meet alumni and learn about different career paths that might be of interest to you. Begin the process of shaping your career trajectory by paying attention to subjects and people that inspire you.  Then use them as the basis to help you define your career goals and strategize a plan for achieving them.

Matriculation Year Goals and Activities
   Required  Suggested
First Semester
(Fall or Spring)

  • Schedule an initial resume review/career interests conversation with Career Services (30-60 minutes)
  • Attend one session of CPC1 (Career Planning Course)
  • Attend one session CPC2 (Career Planning Course)
  • Attend the Student/Alumni networking event (10/5/16)
  • Learn about the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship program (information session 11/29/16 and 12/6/16)
  • Attend the ALE Fair to meet employers, learn about projects, and practice networking (9/21/16 and 2/8/17)
  • Search for on campus Research Assistant (RA) jobs through Career Connector
  • Join professional organizations in your field to stay abreast of job opportunities and build your network [log in to Career Connector (CC) to view the list in the document library]
  • Meet with your academic advisor to align your educational planning with your career goals. Develop your short- and long-term goals based on your career plan
  • Stay abreast of internship opportunities by setting up a search agent in Career Connector (CC)
 Second Semester
(Fall or Spring)

 
  • Attend the ALE Fair to meet employers, learn about projects, and practice networking (2/8/17 and 9/20/2017)
  • Attend the PHPD Career Expo to meet local public health employers, network, and explore jobs/internships (3/7/17)
  • Research/apply for spring/summer internships to build experience in your field [e.g. MDPH Local Public Health Internship Program (dates TBA), NCI Health Communication Internship Program, ASPPH Public Health Internship Program]
  • Join Tufts PHPD LinkedIn Alumni group.
  • Start to explore your career interests with informational interviews
 Summer Session
 
  • Update your LinkedIn profile, adding RA positions, internships, and coursework
  • Update your resume, focusing on your career goals
  • Continue to explore your career interests with informational interviews
  • Submit to the PHPD's American Public Health Association (APHA) student lottery, to attend the annual conference in the Fall

Completion Year (Execution and Achievement)

Your completion year at Tufts is a time to execute a full-on job search using all the tools and resources you’ve acquired during your previous year(s) in your program. Focus on achieving your goals by following through on the career plan you developed early on. If something in your plan no longer works, refine it and follow through. From a professional standpoint your goal is to achieve a post-graduate position that is fulfilling, and meaningful. If you’ve done your work to build your networks, conduct informational interviews, establish work values and criteria that are important to you, and create targeted application materials, you are on well on the road to achieving your goals.

 Completion Year Goals and Activities
   Required  Suggested
 Fall
  • Job search for February grads.  Meet with Career Services to update your resume and discuss/strategize/begin your job search plan
  • Narrow your job search to your preferred sectors
  • Establish geographical work and living preferences
  • Pursue job leads through Career Connector (CC) and networks, and set up interviews with alumni at your target organizations
  • Develop resumes and cover letters tailored to your preferred industries and jobs. Be sure to add your ALE experience.
  • Update your LinkedIn profile with your ALE project
  • If interested in consulting careers, search and apply for full-time opportunities now (most consulting firms do their full-time hiring in the Fall)
  • Conduct a mock interview with career services when you have a job interview scheduled
  • Research/apply for ASPPH post-graduate Fellowships (e.g. environmental health, global health, epidemiology, applied informatics, etc.)
 Spring
  • Narrow job search to preferred sectors
  • Establish geographical work/living preferences
  • Pursue job leads through Career Connector (CC) and networks
  • Develop targeted resumes and cover letters tailored to your preferred industries and jobs. Be sure to add your ALE experience.
  • Attend the Salary Negotiation Workshop (March)
  • Conduct a mock interview with career services when you have a job interview scheduled

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