Our S19 took a semester off last fall during Covid so he will finish up his degree in Dec 2023. In some ways, we think he’s gained an advantage when it comes to building a resume. Instead of having three summers to gain experience (summers after freshman, soph, and junior years), he has that “extra” summer in 2023 for internships.
He worked in an industry that interests him during his leave from Bowdoin in the fall of 2020 and has another similar internship this summer with NASA. That leaves him with two more summers to work and maybe try to narrow down what interests him. He’s actually thinking of switching gears just a bit and seeing if he could find something in consulting where he could use his quantitative skills.
My question, though, is this - would the firms that do a sort of annual recruiting of college seniors still consider him during his “senior year” even if he will have a fall semester left to finish off his degree? Do they have a way to wait for him to start in January as opposed to other seniors they might hire who would start in June? Or does he use that 2023 summer before his last semester for an internship and look for a full time position that starts summer of 2024? I think he’d be fine starting a job in summer 2024 and he could certainly find something to do to be productive from Jan-June of 2024 while waiting for his job to start.
He will hit up Bowdoin’s career center with this question when he returns to campus but I’m just wondering if anyone here has any insight. Thanks!