Even though Midyear is behind you, there is still work to do! Some of you may already be embarking on your onsite interviews. Others may be searching for new fellowship opportunities. Wherever you are, check out the list of post-Midyear tips below to make sure you continue on as strongly and confidently as possible. Best of luck!
Continuing to Establish Connections
- Be sure to send thank you cards and/or emails to all team members who interviewed you onsite. Being so far into the process, these thank yous will help keep you fresh in the minds of those you met.
- Never stop networking! Continue to reach out to fellows/industry professionals to learn more about how to get your foot in the door, whether it be through applying for contract positions or other fellowship opportunities that arise post-midyear.
Leveraging the IPhO FellowMatch Tool
- FellowMatch provides a database of fellowship programs that are recruiting after Midyear. You'll find details about each open position, corresponding fellowhip brochures, and application instructions.
- For IPhO partner fellowship programs, applications are submitted directly through the IPhO FellowMatch portal. Be sure to read each set of application instructions thoroughly, as some companies may have additional submission requirements.
Talking with a Career Coach
- Finding the right coaches and mentors will help you gain insider knowledge about breaking into industry. Seek coaches who can help guide and inform you about alternative pathways to industry in case you don't secure a fellowship.
- Coaches will be able to guide you step by step as you navigate the fellowship landscape. They can share with you any lessons they learned during their fellowship application process, help you strengthen your CV, provide key information about who should write your letters of intent, work with you to polish your interviewing skills, and much more. If you would like to learn more about IPhO coaching services, meet the coaches here.
Standing Out After Midyear (Or Without Midyear Exposure)
- If you secured an onsite interview, feel good! Out of hundreds of applicants, you stood out to your prospective employer.
- If you did not secure an onsite interview for your company of choice, never take it personally. Though you likely had many strong qualifying traits, it wasn't the right match. You'll find something that is a mutual fit. In my experience, I interviewed for companies that weren't ultimately the right fit for me and vice versa. It is all a learning experience! Moving forward, make sure you highlight the strengths that align best with the position and company for which you are applying.
- Don’t give up! Use what you learned from Midyear to enhance your CV. Hone your interviewing skills and tackle the challenges you faced at Midyear. Look at every not-so-great interview as a chance to tighten your presentation and practice your elevator pitch.
- If you have questions, reach out to the current fellows of your program(s) of interest. It shows that you are genuinely invested and it will give you an extra touchpoint with them to help strengthen their impression of you.
Authored by Adam Chin, First-year Marketing Fellow at RevHealth