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 Advisor for Career Exploration (ACE), 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 ACE 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 ACE 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 ACE 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

CV (curriculum vitae) Guidelines

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Wellesley Career Education

Your CV or curriculum vitae is similar to your resume. It clearly represents your current and past experiences and accomplishments so that your reader can understand the unique value that you bring to a job/internship/academic program. A few important differences to keep in mind about your CV are outlined in this document, along with helpful tips for format and content.

How to Write Effective Resume Bullets

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Wellesley Career Education

Writing resume bullets is often the most challenging aspect of writing a resume. Yes, settling on the best design and format and determining the most relevant experiences to highlight on your resume can take time; however, effectively describing your experience is the most important task. In many ways, this is because your bullets provide the majority of the content and context for your resume, and it is the content of a resume (i.e. the resume bullets) that will distinguish an average resume from a competitive one.

Informational Interviews

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Advisors for Career Exploration

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.

Career Education Suit Program

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Wellesley Career Education

Is your wardrobe lacking the professional attire required to attend a conference, interview, or meeting? The Career Education Suit Program has quality suiting options for all gender identities in a full range of petite and regular sizes. Students can choose from jackets, skirts, dresses, and pants. Suits may be borrowed for up to 7 days. The date of return will be set upon check out. The suit must be returned in the condition in which it was lent out, dry-cleaned with a receipt.