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.”

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.

Wellesley Career Education Signature Internship Programs

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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.

Make the Most of Your Internship

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Rocío Garza Tisdell ’07

Prepare to make the most of your experience using these tips for before, during, and after your internship.

Wellesley Career Education Summer Internship Grants (Stipends for Student-Identified Placements)

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Rocío Garza Tisdell ’07

Through the ongoing and generous support of our donors, the College is able to offer funding to support unpaid internships which students identify on their own. Many award recipients pursue internships in nonprofit organizations focused on education and other community development areas, but funding is available for opportunities in other sectors both within the United States and internationally, as well. In addition to the stipends, Wellesley Career Education staff provide ongoing professional development and career education training throughout their summer experiences.