What do students typically do on a Career Trek?

The CoB Career Treks provide opportunities for business students to learn about various industries and career options. Participants will learn from leaders in their chosen field, hear from successful alumni speakers, connect with alumni mentors, and practice their professional skills.

 What are the locations and dates for the Career Treks?

Washington, DC: January 11-13, 2021 (Virtual)

Richmond, VA: TBA (Virtual) 

New York City (Finance Focus): May 9-14, 2021 (Live or Virtual TBA)

 What is the cost for the Career Treks?

All virtual career treks will be free for participating students.

New York City (Finance Focus): If live, estimated cost $350

 Who is eligible to apply for a Career Trek?

JMU College of Business students who are in good standing with the university are eligible to apply for a Career Trek.

The New York City (Finance Focus) is open only to freshmen and sophomores of all CoB majors, however the trek will focus on industry areas that are specifically of interest to Economics, Finance, and Quantitative Finance majors. 

Previous participants may apply; however, preference will be given to students who have never attended a CoB Career Trek.

 How do I apply?

Applications will be available online prior to the Career Trek and will include:

Certain Career Treks will include an interview with a committee of CoB faculty, staff and prior participants.

 How do I get to the Career Trek location?

Students attending the NYC Career Trek (if live) will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

 What is the College of Business looking for in a Career Trek participant?

Your submission should include a professional resume (please schedule an appointment with the University Career Center to have it reviewed before signing up), and you should demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Strong interest in exploring career options & knowledge of industries of interest
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Willingness to work hard
  • Good interpersonal skills

 What does the College of Business expect from Career Trek participants?

Participants are required to attend a minimum of one virtual pre-Career Trek meeting. During the Career Trek, participants must be prepared to ask questions and show interest in the presentations and career fields. All participants will be expected to:

  • Act and dress professionally
  • Attend ALL scheduled events and be ON TIME to all sessions
  • Research the organizations to be visited ahead of time

Students who do not meet these expectations will be asked to leave the experience.

 Who selects the Career Trek participants?

After initial screening by the CoB Office of Professional Development and Engagement, the most qualified applicants will be selected. For some of the Career Treks, applicants will be invited to interview with the selection committee, comprising CoB faculty and staff and previous Career Trek participants.

 I attended a Career Trek last year. May I apply to go again this year?

Yes. We are excited that you had such a rewarding experience. However, preference will be given to students who haven’t been on a Career Trek previously.

 I would like to participate in a Career Trek, but I have limited financial resources. Is there any assistance available?

We do not want financial hardship to stand in the way of any student taking advantage of this rich opportunity. If you have been invited to participate in a  live Career Trek and would like to request a fee waiver, please send a written request indicating the reasons you’ll need financial assistance to Associate Dean Molly Brown at brownmg@jmu.edu.

Please include your name and the words “Career Trek Fee Waiver” in the subject line of your message. Your request will be kept confidential.

 Additional Questions?

Contact Samantha Collier, Director, Office of Professional Development and Engagement, at colliesb@jmu.edu or 540-568-7415, or Anna Boley, Assistant Director, Office of Professional Development and Engagement at owensav@jmu.edu or 540-568-3907 

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