Career Exploration

Career Exploration

Career Exploration: Wondering where to begin?

What do you want to be when you graduate? Rest assured that most Wellesley students are unsure about their career paths and even those that feel certain often do — and should! — change their course. When beginning your career journey, it can be tempting to imagine that it will be one straight line. However, as countless alumnae will tell you, that’s not the way it works — and that’s a good thing! As the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, the average worker will have 12-15 jobs in 5-7 different career fields in her lifetime.

We are here to help you navigate your personal career path. Every student is matched with a College Career Mentor, who will give you the mentorship, tools, connections, and space for self-assessment and reflection to identify the paths you want to pursue — grounded in a sense of your own values, strengths and interests. Make an appointment with your College Career Mentor in Handshake to begin!

Career Exploration Resources

Along with the video series above, the following resources will can help you along your career exploration journey. These resources will be helpful as you attend career fairs, conduct research, identify members of your personal advisory board, and schedule informational interviews or job shadow opportunities.

And remember — your College Career Mentor is here to support you along the way! Your Mentor will help you assess your values, skills, and interests, in order to identify a path forward. Schedule an appointment with your College Career Mentor in Handshake to get started!

First Years & Sophomores Making Appointments
62%
of students engaged with Wellesley Career Education during their first two years at Wellesley (2017-2018)
In-Person Student Engagement
82%
of students engaged in-person with Career Education through appointments, events, and/or drop-ins (2017-2018)
Casey Butler ’17
Being an NBC page was my dream for many years, but I could never have done it without the support of Sarah Isham and everyone at Career Education! Their support, dedication, and guidance made it possible for me to put my best foot forward at every step of the process.
Casey Butler ’17

“For students interested in advocacy or a cause, such as immigration or civil rights – roll up your sleeves and volunteer! Through volunteering, you will gain insight and professional contacts in your chosen field.”

Making the Most of a Virtual Internship or Project

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College Career Mentors

Virtual internships and projects — experiences for which all of the work is done online from a remote location (e.g., your home) instead of on-site at the workplace - come with their own benefits (no commute!) and their own challenges (how to get to know colleagues?). This document will help you to identify and strategize for some of the benefits and challenges of a virtual experience in advance, so you’ll be ready to make the most of your summer experience.

Senior Support Network: Tips & Guidance for Meeting with Mentor Volunteers

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Wellesley Career Education

Congratulations on taking the step of signing up for the Senior Support Network! This resource offers tips and guidance to prepare for your first conversation with the alum or parent you have been matched with for the program.

Leading with Empathy: A Guide for Mentors and Mentees During the Covid-19 Pandemic & Beyond

Erin Konkle
Erin Konkle

Leading with empathy in your mentor/mentee interactions is always important, but never more so than during the Covid-19 pandemic. Students are exploring and launching their careers in difficult circumnstances, and both alumnae and students are carrying invisible personal and professional burdens. This guide is an overview for approaching the mentorship relationship with heightened care.

What to do you if you are a Wellesley student searching for internship and fellowship opportunities

Looking for internship and fellowship opportunities and wondering where to begin? So was Ashley Amoabeng ’21. Check out how this first year student at Wellesley became an internship-finding master.