From Here To Career

In a time when many liberal arts colleges face pressure to demonstrate that they adequately prepare students for the job market,

Wesleyan College has risen above the competition to ensure superior career preparation and professional development for all students. Wesleyan College’s designation of From Here to Career as its most recent Quality Enhancement Plan (a component of the college’s reaccreditation) affirms the college’s serious commitment to the professional development of its students. As an institution, we believe strongly that it is essential for each student to develop knowledge and skills that can transfer to the workplace and to demonstrate their application through a practical experience. This, however, means more than just checking a box.

From Here to Career is about more than just securing a job or getting into graduate school. It is more than finding an internship. From Here to Career is about helping our students understand how their Wesleyan experience has uniquely prepared them for their next step in life. It is assistance in understanding how to navigate their own career development journey -- from refining their interests and goals to preparing a resume to succeeding in a job or graduate school interview. These are building blocks that they will continue to use the rest of their lives. That foundation starts right here, at Wesleyan College.

MAXIMIZING YOUR LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION

Career Development director gives guidance to a group of students in a classroom setting.

Every student will be able to articulate:

  • How her knowledge, skills, and interests prepare her for her next professional step
  • How her liberal arts education has given her tools both inside and outside of the classroom
  • Her unique transferable skills from her holistic Wesleyan experience

Every student will understand:

  • That career development is a lifelong process
  • How to think developmentally through self assessment and reflection
  • How to take ownership over her own process

Every student will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive individual support and assistance from a professional staff member, faculty, and her peers
  • Network with employers and graduate programs through on and off campus events
  • Showcase her knowledge and development through an e-portfolio
  • Complete a professional development experience to assist in clarifying her plans and gaining real world skill sets

 

The Four Year Plan

From Here to Career is deeply embedded in Wesleyan’s mission and sense of purpose. The Wesleyan College Center for Career Development’s four year plan is designed to ensure that students make the most of their time at Wesleyan and are prepared for a successful career after graduation.


Year One 

Begin a career e-portfolio and complete a career assessment through First Year Seminar. Get involved on campus to start building leadership skills and to explore our many major and minor options.


Year Two 

Articulate your skills through a basic resume and Linkedin profile. With guidance, explore possibilities for professional development experience.


Year Three 

Start planning for your future by creating a strategic action plan with career development staff. Practice promoting your skill set with a mock interview. Gain real world experience with an internship or other professional development activity.


Year Four 

Solidify your goals and continue carrying out your action plan. Check in with career development staff to update your resume and be sure you are on the right track towards professional success after graduation.

 

 


 

FROM HERE TO CAREER is a comprehensive program designed to  support a student from the day she arrives for orientation to the day she turns her tassel at graduation.

Comprised of only a few core components, From Here to Career can be tailored to the individual needs and goals of each Wesleyanne to ensure maximum impact and success.

 

FIRST FOR WOMEN, FIRST FOR WESLEYAN

Staff member Sarah helps guide a student in her career plans at her desk.

The staff of the Center for Career Development is a piece of a greater campus conversation and community dedicated to the professional success of our women.

Our goals are for our students to experience the connections between the liberal arts and the workplace, explore professional and career choices, and develop and demonstrate the knowledge and skills essential for professional success. We are educating our women towards a lifetime of career success.

CAREER PEER MENTORS

Asia Cooks smiles for the camera

Asia Cooks

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

ZAHNA BIGHAM poses for the camera

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

100%

Of Wesleyan students will complete a professional development experience by 2020.

4

Minimum number of Career Development interactions a Wesleyan student will have during her college experience

100%

Of Wesleyan students will complete an e-portfolio by 2020.

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