Development For Students

Career preparation should start early in your college experience.


The Center for Career Development offers a variety of resources that students may access at any point. 

  • The Career Development section of WesNet includes downloadable resources, such as:
    • Sample resumes, CVs, and cover letters
    • “What Can I Do with this Major” resource documents
    • Pre-professional programs advising guides
    • PDE 400 information
    • Graduate school planning guides
    • Interview prep tips
    • Resources for students and disabilities
    • CPT information...and so much more!
  • The CCD’s Youtube Channel has informational videos on a variety of topics.
  • Follow the CCD on Instagram for additional articles, resources, helpful websites, career tips, and more.


During this period of remote learning, the Center for Career Development staff is available for email resume reviews, as well as phone and virtual (video) advising appointments! 

Schedule an advising appointment to discuss topics such as:
  • Job search strategies
  • Using informational interviews to explore industries and discover new opportunities
  • Interview strategies (including preparing for virtual interviews)
  • Resumes and cover letters
  • Building your LinkedIn, and using it to network and conduct company research
  • Networking with Wesleyan alumnae and company recruiters
  • Graduate school applications
  • PDE 400
  • ...and many more! 

Have a topic that is not mentioned above? Contact the CCD staff! We are happy to talk to you about any aspect of career exploration.

How to schedule an appointment:

STEP 1: View available appointment times: 

Erin Bowler, Executive Director
Click HERE to view Erin’s appointment calendar

Isabelle Beach, Career Development Coordinator
Click HERE to view Isabelle's appointment calendar.

STEP 2: Complete the appointment form at the links provided above.

Please complete the appointment form and meet in the Center for Career Development (first floor of Willet Library) at your appointment time. 

If you are unable to meet during your appointment time or have issues scheduling, please email  


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

Career preparation should not start in your senior year. Lay the groundwork now to ensure that you are successful later. Engage in student life through Wesleyan's variety of clubs and activities, and acquaint yourself with resources on campus. 

  • Complete the Focus2 Assessment (during WISe)
  • Activate your Handshake account & explore its resources (during WISe)
  • Explore majors, minors, and different career paths
  • Familiarize yourself with CCD resources & attend at least one CCD event
  • Get involved with at least one organization on campus or in the community
Sophomore Year

Your sophomore year should be about taking initiative and getting ahead of the game. Explore and declare a major, participate in campus events, and build transferable skills by taking on a leadership role in a club or organization. Begin researching what is needed for your desired career path, and make sure you are on track to be successful.

  • Set up a meeting with the CCD to review your resume and begin your LinkedIn profile
  • Meet with your faculty advisor for your major to discuss curriculum requirements
  • Participate in at least one CCD event each semester
  • Explore options for part-time jobs, internships, and professional development experiences
Junior Year

Your junior year is a crucial time in planning for employment or graduate school after graduation. By the end of the year you will likely have completed a professional development experience, and further clarified your desired path after graduation. Keep up with your co-curriculars and document them on your resume/LinkedIn, and your senior year will be smooth sailing!

  • Set up a meeting with the CCD to complete a strategic career plan and mock interview
  • Complete an internship or other professional development experience
  • Enroll in a Professional Practice Seminar to prepare for your next career steps
  • Build your network through alumnae and CCD events
  • Participate in at least one CCD event each semester
  • Learn more about graduate programs in your field and prepare for any testing
Senior Year

Your final year at Wesleyan should be focused on solidifying your plans and understanding your professional and financial responsibilities post-graduation. Be sure to check in frequently with both the CCD and your faculty advisor to ensure you are on track.

  • Set up a meeting with the CCD to complete a senior check-in appointment
  • In the fall, complete your graduation audit with the registrar
  • Identify and articulate transferable skills gained through your leadership
  • Continue to build your network and transition into the alumnae association


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