Career Development For Students

Career preparation should start early in your college experience.

The four year plan is designed to help you take initiative throughout your entire time at Wesleyan to be prepared for lifelong career success. Career development is a combination of exploration and action as well as reflection on skills gained both inside and outside of the classroom. 

 

First Year

  • Complete your Focus2 Assessment (WISe)
  • Register for Purple Briefcase & begin your e-portfolio.
  • Familiarize yourself with CCD resources & attend at least one CCD event
  • Get involved with at least one organization on campus or in the community
  • Explore majors, minors, & different career paths

 

Second Year

  • Set up a meeting with the CCD to review your resume & begin your LinkedIn profile
  • Participate in at least one CCD event each semester
  • Explore options for internships & professional development experiences
  • Document your curricular & co-curricular experiences in your e-portfolio
  • Clarify your personal vision & act on actionable items
  • Meet with your faculty advisor for your major to discuss curricular requirements

 

Third Year

  • Set up a meeting with the CCD to complete a strategic plan & mock interview
  • Participate in at least one CCD event each semester
  • Build your network through alumnae & CCD events
  • Complete an internship or other professional development experience
  • Document your curricular & co-curricular experiences in your e-portfolio
  • Learn more about graduate programs in your field & prepare for any testing

 

Fourth Year

  • In the fall, complete your graduation audit with the registrar
  • Set up a meeting with the CCD to complete a senior check-in appointment
  • Participate in at least one CCD event each semester
  • Complete your e-portfolio and submit to your advisor for review
  • Identify & articulate transferable skills gained through your leadership
  • Continue to build your network & transition into the alumnae association

 

Class of students listen

The Center for Career Development maintains two online platforms to assist students in reaching their professional goals and aspirations:

Focus 2 is a career assessment and education planning tool customized to Wesleyan College. A variety of assessments, the ability to explore major and career options, and a professional development tracking system are all available to students through Focus2.

Purple Briefcase hosts an internal job and internship board, and allows students to upload their resumes, which potential employers can then view. Students can create a visual profile and find employers who have specifically reached out to Wesleyan College to recruit students. In addition, Purple Briefcase maintains a large library of career development resources, including a platform allowing students to record themselves answering interview questions. Current students can find more information about how to access FOCUS2 and Purple Briefcase on the Career Development section of WesPortal.

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Programs and Services

The Center for Career Development offers a wide variety of programs and services to meet your professional development needs:

Individual advising can assist students with:

  • Major and career exploration
  • Resume and curriculum vitae review
  • Cover letter review
  • Mock interview
  • Strategic career planning
  • Search and preparation assistance: graduate school, jobs, and internships
  • LinkedIn and professional social media advising

Career Peer Mentors

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Career Peer Mentors are upper class students specially trained to review students’ resume and cover letters. These three students serve as a vital link between Wesleyan College students and Career Development staff, as well as fill essential roles in advising and educating students and providing project and programming assistance to Career Development staff. Career Peer Mentors host drop in office hours every week in the Center for Career Development. For a listing of their current availability, please see our Facebook page.

Career Peer Mentors

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Zahna Bigham

Career Peer Mentor, Class of 2018 Major: Biology; Minors: Chemistry and Neuroscience Campus Involvement: Wesleyan Disciple, Premedical Society-Secretary, Black Student Alliance member, Biology Tutor, Student Ambassador

Laura Harness 

Laura Harness

Career Peer Mentor, Class of 2019; Major: Business Administration Minors: Music, Economics, and Finance Campus Involvement: Wesleyannes, Resident Advisor, Wesley at Wesleyan, Tennis, Wesleyan Disciples, Splinters, Junior Marshal

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Asia Cooks

Career Peer Mentor, Class of 2019; Major: Psychology; Campus Involvement: Student Government Association, Orientation Leader, Concert Choir

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