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COVID-19 Response Information

Given the unprecedented global disruption caused by COVID-19, Rollins College made the difficult decision to temporarily transfer to virtual education for the safety of the community. At this time, students, alumni, faculty, staff, employers, and other CCLP partners may wonder how they can access our services. We hope that this list of FAQs will answer most of your questions. If you have a specific question that is not answered here, please email us as careercenter@rollins.edu. Stay safe!  


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Q: I need to meet with the CCLP for an advising session (ex: resume review, internship search, graduate school application, etc.). How do I do that? 

A: We will still offer advising appointments via WebEx, phone, Skype, and email. To schedule an appointment, please visit Handshake. From the top menu, select “Career Center,” then select “Appointments,and then click the blue “Schedule a New Appointment” button at the top of the next screen. Be sure to list your preferred appointment method along with your WebEx/Skype/phone/email information so that the staff member may reach you via your preferred method.  

Q: I am not able to meet synchronously online. What other options are available? 

A: We will still offer advising appointments via phone and email. To schedule an appointment, please visit Handshake. From the top menu, select “Career Center,” then select “Appointments,” and then click the blue “Schedule a New Appointment” button at the top of the next screen. Be sure to list your preferred appointment method along with your phone/email information so that the staff member may reach you via your preferred method. 

Q: Will Career Studio drop-in hours still be available? 

A: No. Instead, there will be an increased number of advising appointments available via WebEx, phone, Skype, and email. To schedule an appointment, please visit Handshake From the top menu, select “Career Center,” then select “Appointments,” and then click the blue “Schedule a New Appointment” button at the top of the next screen. Be sure to list your preferred appointment method along with your WebEx/Skype/phone/email information so that the staff member may reach you via your preferred method. 

If you need quick assistance, you may visit the Career Center’s Webex room, which will be open from 10 am – 2 pm Monday through Friday. You may use this space to drop in virtually and be referred to the appropriate resource, service, or contact to meet your career-related needs. The Career Center an still be reached at 407-646-2195. 

Q: Where can I access the careers in crisis resources that CCLP has created in response to COVID-19? 

A: The CCLP resources page! Within the resources page, view the “Careers During Crisis” tab and the “Virtual Work Information” tab specifically for the most up-to-date information and resources from the CCLP during COVID-19. 

Q: I need to have my document (ex: resume, cover letter, personal statement, etc.) reviewed. What is the best way for me to do that? 

A:  Check out our complete list of online resources, including resources on preparing application materials, here. You may submit documents for review here 

You may also schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment, please visit Handshake. From the top menu, select “Career Center,” then select “Appointments,” and then click the blue “Schedule a New Appointment” button at the top of the next screen. Be sure to list your preferred appointment method along with your WebEx/Skype/phone/email information so that the staff member may reach you via your preferred method. 

Q: I need to prepare for an interview. What is the best way for me to do that? 

A:  Check out our complete list of online resources, including resources on interviewing, here. We expect that many employers will be switching to virtual hiring tools this season. You can prepare for a virtual interview by trying a mock interview using Big Interview. To access Big Interview, please visit Handshake. From the top menu, select “Career Center,” then select “Resources,” and then find Big Interview. You will need to set up an account, and after that, you will be able to learn about interviews and complete different types of mock interviews. When you have completed an interview, you can submit it to the CCLP for further feedback here. 

You may also schedule an appointment. You may also schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment, please visit Handshake. From the top menu, select “Career Center,” then select “Appointments,” and then click the blue “Schedule a New Appointment” button at the top of the next screen. Be sure to list your preferred appointment method along with your WebEx/Skype/phone/email information so that the staff member may reach you via your preferred method.

Q: Is the Career & Internship Expo canceled 

A: Yes, given the guidelines for canceling any large event, for the safety of all involved, the Expo has been canceled. If you are an employer seeking to recruit Rollins College talent, please reach out to Denise Cordova, Assistant Director of Employer Engagement, at dcordova@rollins.edu for details. If you are a student who was hoping to connect with employers for potential internship or job opportunities, there are several virtual career fairs happening this Spring. Please keep looking at the events in Handshake as we work to move our events to a virtual platform. 

Q: How can I connect with employers? 

A: We are working with employers who are interested in connecting with students and will keep you posted. There are several virtual career fairs happening this Spring. Please keep looking at the events in Handshake as we work to move our events to a virtual platform. 

Q: Where can I find quick information about working virtually and/or finding virtual jobs?

A: Check out our tab titled “Virtual Work Information” found within our Use Our Resources page! This tab will be updated as we find new information to assist you during this time.

Q: I’ve had my job offer rescinded due to the pandemic. What should I do? 

A: We are really sorry hear that. Thankfully, we’ve heard that many recruiters and Human Resources experts are still poised to maintain their recruitment timelines if at all possible. So, our advice is to continue to search for additional opportunities! New opportunities are posted everyday on Handshake. In addition, we have links to additional websites where you can search for job postings on our CCLP resources page under “Virtual Work Information.” As always, feel free to schedule an appointment with us through Handshake to talk through your options with a career advisor.

Q: I’m now unemployed due to the pandemic. What should I do? 

A: We are really sorry hear that. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out information posted on the Department of Labor website regarding unemployment and other benefits you may eligible for. Thankfully, we’ve heard that many recruiters and Human Resources experts are still poised to maintain their recruitment timelines if at all possible. So, if you are now thinking of searching for a new job, our advice is to go for it! New opportunities are posted everyday on Handshake. In addition, we have links to additional websites where you can search for job postings on our CCLP resources page under “Virtual Work Information.” As always, feel free to schedule an appointment with us through Handshake to talk through your options with a career advisor.

 

Q: I have an internship for fall 2020 and I want to register for Academic Credit - where can I request approval? 

A: Registration for approval for academic credit for your fall 2020 internship expeirence is currently open on FoxLink on and will remain open until the start of the fall semester. You can find the requirements for Academic Internships on our Academic Internships page

Q: What if I need my internship to count for academic credit to meet a graduation requirement? 

We are encouraging students to pursue fully virtual experiences for their internships when possible. You can find our Virtual Internship Policy on our Academic Internships page. For any other questions about major/program requirements, students should connect directly with their department chairs or program directors. 

Q: I want to register for 2, 3, or 4 credits of Academic Internship credit for the fall, but what happens if something happens with my internship site and I’m not able to stay in the fall 2020 Academic Internship course? I need those credits to graduate! 

A: Questions about how many credits you need to graduate or other credit options can be directed to your faculty advisor and the Registrar’s office. Students enrolled in the academic internship course during fall 2020 can work with the faculty member overseeing that course if anything arises due to company closure. We are communicating with employers to support them in shifting work remotely where possible and are prepared to support students in order to help them meet their requirements for the course. 

Q: What if I need to complete an opportunity abroad for my major? 

For questions regarding international requirements, connect with your INB faculty chair or our friends in International Programs.

 

 

Q: Where can I find information about working virtually and/or finding virtual internships?

A: Check out our tab titled “Virtual Work Resources” found within our Use Our Resources page! This tab will be updated as we find new information to assist you during this time. If you would like to make sure your virtual internship is eligible for academic credit, check the Virtual Internship Policy on our Academic Internships page

Q: I’ve had my future internship offer rescinded due to the pandemic. What should I do?

A: We are really sorry hear that. Thankfully, we’ve heard that many recruiters and Human Resources experts are still poised to maintain their recruitment timelines if at all possible. So, our advice is to continue to search for additional opportunities! New opportunities are posted everyday on Handshake, and our center has partnerships with companies who offer paid “micro-internships” virtually. In addition, we have links to additional websites where you can search for internships postings on our CCLP resources page under “Virtual Work Information.” As always, feel free to schedule an appointment with us through Handshake to talk through your options with a career advisor.

 

Q: I have an outreach presentation scheduled with CCLP. Will I still be able to host this? Will I be able to cancel or reschedule this? 

A: We will still offer outreach presentations via WebEx. Communication will be sent out to each faculty member who has an outreach scheduled, where you will be given the option to keep, cancel, or reschedule your requested outreach. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Tiffany Cheatham at tcheatham@rollins.edu. 

 

Q: Can I still request an outreach presentation with CCLP? 

A: Yes. We will still offer outreach presentations via WebEx. Please fill out the Outreach Request Form, and a staff member will be in contact with you to discuss options. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Tiffany Cheatham at tcheatham@rollins.edu 

 


 

Q: What is the status of on-campus student employment? 

A: Given the diversity of student jobs, individual departments and supervisors are assessing their positions and deciding on the possibility of extending modified in-person or remote work when possible. Please connect with your supervisor regarding the status of your on-campus job.

Supervisors are encouraged to connect with Denisa Metko at dmetko@rollins.edu, or 407-646-2382 to explore work continuation possibilities.

Q: May I still apply for an on-campus job?

 A: Yes. Departments across campus are advertising future on-campus roles. Login to Handshake to review and apply for positions of interest. Please note that the majority of the positions for the upcoming academic year will start being posted in early July.

As usual, please reach out if you need help with your application materials or need interview guidance. As you may see in the appointment section above, our center is continuing to provide career development/preparation services, including document review assistance, job search, interview help, and more:

  • Check out our complete list of online resources, including resources on preparing application materials, here
  • You may submit documents for review here.  
  • To schedule an appointment, please visit Handshake. From the top menu, select “Career Center,” then select “Appointments,” and then click the blue “Schedule a New Appointment” button at the top of the next screen. Be sure to list your preferred appointment method along with your WebEx/Skype/phone/email information so that the staff member may reach you via your preferred method. 

Q: Who do I contact with questions or concerns? 

A: Questions and concerns regarding on-campus employment should be directed to Denisa Metko at dmetko@rollins.edu, or 407-646-2382.

Q: What opportunities do I have to network with alumni?

A: All remaining alumni networking events have been canceled for the duration of the semester. However, LinkedIn is a fantastic tool for networking. Utilizing the LinkedIn alumni tool,you can search among Rollins alumni for specific companies, job titles, and other factors, as well as filter the database through LinkedIn’s analytics by factors such as location, major, or others. You are welcome to schedule an appointment on Handshake for Networking (Career Center > Appointments > Job Search > Networking) or LinkedIn (Career Center > Appointments > Document Review > LinkedIn Profile Review). Other resources about Networking and LinkedIn including sample connection messages and profile checklists are available on our website. 

Q: I am interested in participating in the Career Champions Mentor Program in the future. What are my next steps?

A: The Career Champions Mentor Program is a selective opportunity in which accepted student mentees are matched with an alumni mentor in their professional field of interest. In the program, your alumni mentor will serve as your “career champion”- a Rollins community member who brings their real world, industry insight to support you in working towards your future goals.

The Career Champions Mentor Program is a competitive opportunity and applications are required. Mentees for the 2020-21 academic year have already been selected. The application period for the 2021-22 academic year is expected to open in Spring 2021. In the meantime, learn more about the program here, and contact Cassie Burns at cburns@rollins.edu if you would like to be notified when the 2021-22 applications open.

 

Q: Who do I contact with questions or concerns ? 

A: Questions and concerns about the Career Champions Mentor Program and alumni career engagement should be directed to Cassie Burns at cburns@rollins.edu. 

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Center for Career and Life Planning
Rollins College
Kathleen W. Rollins Hall – 1st Floor
1000 Holt Avenue – Box 2757
Winter Park, Florida 32789
T. 407.646.2195
careercenter@rollins.edu

Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

First Day of Career Studio Spring 2020

Tuesday, January 14th 

Career Studio Drop-in Hours
Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.