tangential886 wrote: holydonkey wrote:
Justice wrote:To be fair, I think our OCS gave out some really incompetent advice this year. But I don't know why anyone would've followed it.
Help a brother (or sister)
steer clear of making this mistake? What advice was given? Why was it bad?
I thought I'd finally decided between Michigan and another school, but this definitely gives me pause. Does any of this apply to the Office of Public Service? (I don't know how separate they are...)
Don't let this give you too
much pause. In spite of OP's post, there are many, many, many Michigan students who have read this thread and refrained from posting (hey, it's OP's rant - he can say whatever he wants) who have had pretty damn good experiences with Career Services.
From going to several of their talks and speaking with members within CS myself, the thing that CS stresses more than anything else is - this is an unprecedented time. You CANNOT be content just to hang out and wait for OCI. Send out letters on August 15th to every firm you want that isn't coming to campus. Be persistent. Talk to alums in the cities and fields you are interested in. Make those connections, they won't be made for you. If need be and you don't have the grades you wanted, consider secondary markets. Etc.
I found all of this to be pretty decent advice. CS has not painted a beautiful picture of some easy employment scheme - that isn't available anywhere, possibly not even at HLS (as we've seen). But CS has said that jobs are available if you go out and sell yourself. The hiring model of 2006 and 2007 is over. When firms cut 40-60% of their SA classes, you have to work harder. Just be glad you're at a well-respected school.