FWT 2016 Important Dates
We Moved Across the Hall
The Field Work Term and Career Development (FWT & CDO) team has relocated to the Barn 112 suite, just across the hall from Student Life. In addition to staff offices, the suite offers a student lounge and career resource library. You are welcome to stop by any time to use our online career library set up on two Mac Workstations available for student use, browse our new selection of books related to career and job exploration, work on your resume or cover letter with FWT staff, or bring your mug and enjoy a cup of tea from our selection while you relax and ponder work possibilities. So, come on in, take a break, and let us help you to get excited about your future.
New FWT Registration Date—November 13
This year we have moved the FWT registration date a week earlier. This will allow faculty advisors and FWT staff more time to process and approve final sites before the end of term, which will better support students who are having difficulty finding a quality position.
New FWT & CDO Staff
The FWT & CDO is growing! In May, Dean of Field Work Term Holly McCormack announced the arrival of Faith McClellan as the office’s new director. Faith has a masters degree in public and nonprofit administration and a rich background in nonprofit management, and has also worked with Lesley University's internship program and with a college-accredited leadership development semester. Cat Stines joined our team as career advisor in July, transferring
from her prior role as an academic services coordinator. Cat has a masters degree in education with a strong background in experiential learning. Olivia Gerber, a 2015 Bennington grad, comes on board in August in the recently created role of FWT assistant. Olivia will be at the Office’s new front desk, to answer your questions, schedule sessions with FWT staff, and help out with student advising. Student Career Assistants Olivia Errico and Farah Mohammad will be rejoining the team again this
fall and are also available for FWT support. We are delighted to have this expanded team available to assist and advise you with all things FWT and career related.
Career Coaching and FWT Advising: Come See Us Early!
The FWT & CDO staff is eager to help you plan your Field Work Term, build career-readiness skills, and craft an exciting vision for your life’s work. Don’t be shy, and please don’t wait until the last minute to come see us. The earlier you start to think about your FWT and/or your life-after-Bennington job search, the more likely you are to find work options that inspire you. We’re here if you need assistance with networking, filling out employment applications, interviewing, finding housing, writing a resume or cover letter, or anything else that will help you to nail down an amazing internship or job.
Speaking of resume and cover letters, whether you are a first-year student who hasn’t drafted a resume yet, or an upperclass student who needs to bring your job application materials to the next level, we strongly recommend that you schedule an appointment to meet with an FWT staff member to review your resume and cover letter(s) as early as possible. With help from our team, we can assist you to frame your background and interest in a way that gets noticed. The stronger your resume and cover letter, the more job options you’re likely to choose from.
Fall appointments book up quickly so schedule your session(s) as soon as possible. To make an appointment, stop by our office anytime 9:00 am–5:00 pm, Monday–Friday (except holidays), or call us at 802-440-4321 (on campus x4321). After September 1, you can also book an appointment online through Genbook.
FWT 2016 Postings
As of August 1, we have several hundred positions already posted for this winter’s FWT, and new ones are added every day. Be sure to check out the latest and greatest offerings listed on WorkLink or stop by Barn 112 to check out listings on our new FWT listings board. Your dream FWT is awaiting you!
Streamlined FWT Proposal and Registration Process
Last year, the FWT Office launched a new FWT Proposal process. After soliciting student and faculty feedback, this year we are making a few upgrades to the process. Here’s what you need to do:
- Submit two ideas for an FWT plan by September 30. Like last year, you are required to come up with possible options you are interested in pursuing for this upcoming FWT. However, this year you only need to list two instead of three possibilities and you’ll answer fewer questions regarding each. The FWT Office will email you the digital FWT Proposal form during the first week of classes. Remember, ideas do NOT need to be what you end up doing, but are intended to get you thinking early about your FWT plans. Your final FWT grade is negatively impacted by submitting a late proposal—so make sure you fill in the form on time!
- Meet with your advisor by October 14. Discuss your proposed ideas and how they fit into your Plan and/or an important educational inquiry with your advisor, who will offer feedback you should consider carefully as you solidify your FWT. (This year, faculty advisors only need to approve final FWT registrations and not FWT proposals. However, faculty will
be asked to confirm FWT Proposals meetings.)
- Register your FWT site by November 13. Start your FWT planning early and, if needed, make an appointment with an FWT staff member for assistance along the way.
All students need to submit an FWT Proposal form, including students who expect to complete an Independent Study, Summer Deferral Request, Leave of Absence, or Study Abroad. Instructions for addressing each scenario are listed on the form.