With Commencement now upon us, most seniors are thinking in earnest about the job market, graduate school, and their next steps into the real world. One option often overlooked is the array of post-graduate, pre-professional programs that can serve as a stepping stone from your college experience to a potential field of interest.
These "bridge" programs are typically aimed at graduating seniors and
recent college grads and provide a mix of classroom work and hands-on
experience in a specific industry. Many are offered over the summer but
some are in-semester as well. They are lower cost than a full degree
program - many provide certificates - and therefore lower risk to the
student exploring a field of potential interest. Most are taught by
practitioners in the field and include some type of career fair or other
career preparation component, both of which provide an important leg up
in today's competitive job market.
Here's a look at and links to five such programs in different fields:
BUSINESSTuck Business Bridge Program
The Tuck Business Bridge Program is provides "fast-track to mastery of
business basics" offered by Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business.
It is a four-week, total-immersion program for rising juniors, seniors,
and recent graduates of arts and sciences colleges, regardless of
major, thinking of entering the world of business.