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

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 Purple Briefcase 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



Online Tools 

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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Student practicing her interview skills

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
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