Career Advising

Grace Hu ’17 and Frances Adjorlolo ’08, Career Community Advisor, Technology, Engineering, & Physical Sciences
Grace Hu ’17 and Frances Adjorlolo ’08, Career Community Advisor, Technology, Engineering, & Physical Sciences

Student Career Advising at Wellesley

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 alums 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. 



Career Exploration

Regardless of what year you are at Wellesley, we are here to help you explore potential career paths. First-years, sophomores, and juniors are matched with Advisors for Career Exploration (ACEs), who are available for conversations about your values, strengths, and interests. Your ACE will provide the mentorship, tools, connections, and space for self-assessment and reflection to identify the paths you want to pursue. Seniors are encouraged to meet with Industry Advisors for career exploration, as they think through their interests in the context or various fields and plan post-graduation next steps. Schedule an appointment in Handshake to meet with Career Exploration Advisors as follows:

First-years: Ariane Baker, ACE for the Class of 2025

Sophomores: Marisa Crowley, ACE for the Class of 2024

Juniors: Hayley Meredith McIlvaine, ACE for the Class of 2023.

Seniors: Schedule a meeting with Career Advisors in the industries that pique your interest— see below for details! All Industry-specific advisors are trained in general Career Exploration, and they will help you assess whether the field you are considering might be a good fit for you.

Career Advising for Specific Industries and Fields

You may already have some inclination about what industry or field you might like to work within. You also may still be quite uncertain — and that is both normal and completely okay! You don’t need to know exactly what you want to do to meet with a specialized Career Advisor — simply having curiosity about a field or industry is a great place to begin.

To meet with an industry/field specific Career Advisor, make an appointment in Handshake by selecting “Career, Internship, and Graduate School by Industry/Field.“ If you aren’t sure which Advisor covers your field of interest, email and we’ll point you in the right direction! The categories are broadly encompassing, so no matter what your career interests are, there is an Advisor who can work with you to explore the fields you are considering. 

Career Advisors

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!


“You will always have access to [Career Education]. Keep using them, keep checking in with them afterward, because the Wellesley community is always willing to help.”

“Wellesley gave me a solid foundation in international relations, so I wanted to explore more in-depth theoretical and historical elements, both for my own interest and for gaining specialist knowledge for my career.”