How did our first Mastermind Career Map session go?

Why Mastermind Package?

When we started Scholar Strategy, the goal was more than to just help you get into a great school. After all, that is only one piece of the puzzle. If you cannot make the most of your graduate school and learn the right way, you will not land a good internship or job and the purpose would be lost. So, we set a goal to help you solve this next piece of the puzzle as well. And that is why we introduced Mastermind Package in 2016 where the focus is to get into the best Grad program you can + find the right job/internship for yourself. We did our first career map session on May 21, 2017 for people heading for Fall 2017. I (Nistha) thoroughly enjoyed it, it seemed all the prep was worth it. It had taken me two months to gather the right information and put it into an executable framework. The presentation turned very long, I added action items so that students can participate and the session turns more interactive. It also opened my eyes to the possibilities if a student

How did it go?

I (Nistha) thoroughly enjoyed it, it seemed all the prep was worth it. It had taken me two months to gather the right information and put it into an executable framework. The presentation turned very long, I added action items so that students can participate and the session turns more interactive. It also opened my eyes to the possibilities when a student prepares sensibly before leaving for the US. You can achieve so much more if you put in the right efforts at the right time.

In the end, I learned what could be improved and asked students what they felt. The session was exhaustive and it had suddenly dawned upon them that so much is to be done. Here is a feedback that summarized it-

This was one of the most informative sessions which will surely put the attendees at advantage. The fact that it presented a generic roadmap and to-do list for students before and after entering the United States, it helps students to think about career prospects, job listings, courses to register for, documents to prepare etc. with a planned schedule. Oftentimes, students say that they wished they had started planning about job/internships, networking and registering for right courses early, And this session addressed all issues with detailed information, thus making us realize to start working on those things at the earliest.

The exercises in the presentation seemed important but was a little time consuming to complete within a short span of time in between the presentation. It would be better if attendees are given these exercises before the session so that their responses could be saved or sent to all attendees and evaluated by everyone and could probably get good suggestions on discussing the responses individually during that exercise period.

What next?

With this, we are set to add more useful features to our current Mastermind offering for Fall 2018 session. The session will be remodeled and we have added a closed Facebook community to facilitate follow-up discussions. We wish to make it easier to find internships and jobs after MS because I believe there is a method to it. It is tough but doable and we like to do the tough things. Come, work with us.

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