FWT Planning Tips

Start planning early

Over the summer is often the best time to begin. Once on campus you only have two and a half months before you have to register your FWT position, so start as early as possible. Remember, international experiences often require even greater initial planning. You should apply to a number of employers: two to three top choices that might be a reach, three to five strong opportunities that you have a good chance of securing, and two to three “safety” positions. Keep applying until you have received a job offer. To help keep track of contacts and the status of each job for which you applied, try using the Employer Contact Sheet. In addition to helping you to stay organized in your job search, it can also make you more prepared when a potential employer calls you back.

Utilize FWT services

While it is up to you to find and secure a job, there are many people and resources available to help. This is a great opportunity to learn how to use the wealth of support available—from résumé and cover letter editing, to career advising and coaching, to FWT fall workshops, to navigating job postings, and more. Schedule an appointment with a member of the FWT staff today to find out how we can help you make your FWT a success. (Phone and Skype appointments are available over the summer.)

Budget in advance

Have an idea of what you might like to do or where you want to go? Great! Now it’s time to test your plans by looking at their financial implications. How much will it cost to travel to and live for seven weeks in your desired destination? Do you need to make money while you’re there? How much money do you have to put towards this experience? Starting to look at the numbers early can help you realize if you need to postpone a desired experience to a future year in order to save up, or if it's within your reach. Budgeting is a key part of life, and of work, so best to get experienced at it now if you haven’t already. See the FWT Budgeting Form for help with beginning the FWT budgeting process.

Have a Plan-B

Even with the best efforts, plans can sometimes fall through at the last minute. Create a backup plan by scouting out opportunities and making inquiries near a place where you know you have housing.

Invest in yourself

Like a financial investment, what you put in upfront grows in value over time and can be leveraged in the future. If you don’t have the background our skills to land that prestigious, competitive, or desired position now, consider positions that will help you develop the skills to obtain these kinds of opportunities later on. Think long-term.