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 stays with her through all four years of her college experience. Your College Career Mentor 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. 

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

College Career Mentors

Satisfaction & Loyalty
98%
student satisfaction after in-person appointments compared to 45% overall satisfaction reported by the Class of 2015
Student Engagement
62%
of students engaged with Wellesley Career Education during their first two years
College Career Mentors

Students: Meet Your College Career Mentor!

Wellesley College Signature Internship Programs

Rocío Garza Tisdell ’07
Rocío Garza Tisdell ’07

Wellesley College Internships are funded internships with organizations who maintain ongoing partnerships with the College to offer intern placement with them every year. Our program partners are leading cultural, educational, and scientific institutions; international agencies; media outlets; advocacy and community organizations; and businesses both within the United States and in countries around the world.

Job Shadowing

College Career Mentors
College Career Mentors

What better to learn about a particular career path, industry, company, or role than experiencing it yourself? If you want to learn more about a specific path before committing to an internship or job, consider “shadowing” an individual who currently works in the field as a way to experience a typical workday in that career.

How to Use a Career Fair as an Exploration Opportunity

College Career Mentors
College Career Mentors

Career fairs are a great opportunity to explore and learn more about professional paths and opportunities and to practice networking. By attending a career fair, you’re able to speak with representatives from multiple organizations during one event. In your conversations, you will be able to learn about each organization — its values, work culture...etc. — and the types of opportunities they typically hire for.

Informational Interviews

College Career Mentors
College Career Mentors

Informational interviews are a common way to gather information about various careers by speaking with professionals in the field. Through informational interviews, your can explore career paths and job opportunities, as well as gain advice and insight into career industries and companies.