Ready, Set, Senior!

Ready, Set, Senior!

Welcome, welcome all soon-to-be seniors!  We know that you have a lot on your plate, especially as you look down the road into your senior year, so we created this landing page with materials and events designed especially for you and links to help you navigate Career Education's helpful resources. From fellowships and scholarships, to industry advising, to graduate school, to self-care and motivation: we've got you covered!

Whether you have no idea what you might be interested in doing after graduation (many, many people fall in this camp!) or you have a plan and want help to get there, this resource is meant to help you explore and to support you as you consider your next steps.  

 

Explore the following topics!

Fellowships & Scholarships

What is a fellowship, anyway?  Fellowships, broadly defined, fund purposeful activity.  To be more specific, especially for rising seniors considering their postgrad plans, fellowships can fund service opportunities, graduate and professional study, postgraduate research, independent projects, teaching (both in the U.S. and abroad), and many other things besides!  

No matter what your citizenship, major, or career aspirations areit’s worth exploring fellowships open to seniors and alumnae, and seeing what might be a good fit for you. The spring of junior year is a great time to do this, particularly because there are a handful of opportunities  for which you can only apply in your senior year. Begin with the quick links below, and see where a fellowship could take you!

Questions? Email fellowships@wellesley.edu-- we'd love to hear from you!

Resources

Ready, Set, Fellowship!  Fill out this form by June 10 to gain special access to 15 minute advising sessions throughout the summer (don’t worry: you’ll still have access to regular 30 minute appointments through Handshake too!).  As an added bonus, you'll be able to book more than two of the 15 minute appointments at a time (including weekly or bi-weekly recurring meetings), which ordinarily you can't do in Handshake.

Events

Graduate School

We have a specific resource for exploring graduate school, which includes resources to help you consider whether graduate school may be a step along your career journey, provide information about financing your graduate school education, and offer guidance you as you prepare your application.

Career Advising for Specific Industries and Fields

Many industries have different recruiting schedules—learn about timelines and career paths, and explore your interests with the help of our industry/field specific Career Advisors! 

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. Appointments can be scheduled in Handshake.

Arts & Media Careers
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Students can organize their search and prep their documents and portfolios (as needed) in the fall to prepare for spring hiring timelines.

  • UI/UX and Product Design: Recruiting starts in January and ramps up by February, recruiting slows down by summer 
  • Publishing and Journalism: Recruiting for full-time publishing and journalism roles is between late December and May. Post-graduation internships or fellowships are common in these industries and can lead to a full-time position. 
  • Arts and Media in general: January - mid-April primarily. 

Education, Nonprofit, & Social Impact Hiring Timelines
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  • Education: Those hoping to work in education as teachers or administrators will understand that most schools or educational organizations take the academic calendar into account.  Many schools will post opportunities for the fall in March or April.  That said, many schools will learn in August that they have openings, so hiring goes on even in late August and September.
  • Nonprofit: Many nonprofit organizations will hire new graduates in the springtime because they need time to see what their needs and budget will be at that time.  In addition, they will start a hiring process when they have an opening which could occur anytime–often from early to late spring.
  • Social Impact: Because this field includes a variety of roles and organization, there is not a specific timeline.  Most organizations will likely have openings when someone leaves or a department is expanding.  They will start a hiring process close to the time when they would like to fill a role.

Business, Consulting, Finance, & Marketing Timelines
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  • Finance: The majority of financial services companies hire for full-time roles through their internship programs. Offers are typically extended in late summer. For other full-time hires, recruiting takes place from June through October. To be competitive at firms that recruit interns, applicants should apply directly on the firm’s website by the end of December of the previous year. Recruiting for financial services (in non-banking roles) occurs between September and January. 
  • Consulting: Most full-time roles are filled through the organization's summer internship programs with offers typically made in late summer. For other full-time hires, the recruiting cycle typically occurs in September through December/early January. Applicants should closely monitor company websites throughout the month of August.
  • Marketing: Peak recruiting occurs between January and May with the exception of rotational programs. Advertising-specific marketing roles are recruited for during the months of February through May. Applicants should start reviewing company websites by early January.

Government, International Affairs, Law, & Public Policy Timelines
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Law: For seniors not pursuing law school but seeking legal jobs, most entry-level paralegal and legal assistant positions hire in mid/late spring. There are a few prestigious legal  opportunities with fall deadlines, including the Mintz Project Analyst Program and the Kobre & Kim Analyst program. Keep an eye on #GIALP newsletters for announcements about these earlier recruiting opportunities!

Government: Most entry-level jobs in government are posted in the spring, and are looking for people to begin work immediately (so not looking to hire in January and then wait 6 months for the candidate to graduate). This is largely applicable to federal, state, and local hiring, but we encourage you to meet with Career Education to talk about your specific goals and drill down into possible differences between government agencies. For example, the Department of Justice  often posts entry-level paralegal roles staggered throughout the spring, so those aren't all technically for "immediate hire", and a great strategy is to set up a Saved Search for these opportunities on USAJobs in the fall. The most notable exception to the spring hiring rule is in the intelligence community, where the screening and background check process can take many months, so if those roles interest you, you would want to look into intelligence opportunities as early as possible (at least a year in advance) to learn the timelines for the specific intelligence agencies you are pursuing.

Think Tanks: Some of the larger think tanks may post entry-level opportunities in the early spring semester (with deadlines as early as January), but this can vary from year to year and from employer to employer. Think tanks more often post entry-level opportunities in mid-late spring.

Fellowships: Overlying all of this is fellowships, of course! There are many, many fellowships geared toward people pursuing careers in government and policy, so we encourage you to have fellowships on your radar this summer and fall, and then move on to applying for spring opportunities as needed after considering/applying for fellowships in the fall.

Health Professions Advising
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Public Health Careers
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  • Science: Undergraduate hiring typically happens between January and May for research roles in non-profits, medical and research organizations.
  • Technology: Entry level roles tend to be posted in the late summer through early September, and the recruiting cycle wraps up by the end of December. Mid sized and small tech firms usually begin recruiting in Jan/Feb, while tech start-ups often begin the process in Feb/March.  Non-tech roles at tech companies tend to be posted a bit later than the more technical roles at that company.
  • Public health research & clinical positions: usually hiring in Feb-April for summer starts.
  • Technology: Large tech firms that have more established recruiting programs will recruit and fill positions during the fall season. Most firms will also try to convert interns from their in-house programs to full-time hires. Other tech firms will have later recruiting cycles (during mid/late spring) for quick hires prior to the summer. Applicants looking to be recruited in the spring should be researching positions in late January.

Self Care & Motivation

While you may not be sure exactly where you’ll land after graduation, our hope is that these resources help you to establish and maintain momentum with pursuing your post-graduation plans—regardless of your starting point. This is, understandably, both an exciting and anxiety-inducing season, and the importance of practicing self-care cannot be overstated.

The Office of Student Wellness is also a great place to check out for resources on mental health, self-care and how to manage the stress that you may be under. Here is a link to a youtube video that introduces the staff (so you can get to know them better) and address a lot of major health and wellness questions that you may have. 

It is our hope that you identify the rhythms, practices, and sources of care and comfort that you can carry with you as you journey through this next step in your Wellesley career. To get you started, we’ve curated some beautiful images, mantras, and motivational words from artist and writer Morgan Harper Nichols. You can find more content like this by visiting her Instagram @morganharpernichols

Image credit: Morgan Harper Nichols

Not sure where to begin?

Perhaps you've come to the end of this page, and you're thinking, "This is great to know — but it's a lot of information, and I just don't know where to begin!" Hayley Meredith McIlvaine is the Advisor for Career Exploration for juniors, and she can help you to think through how your values, skills, and interests could inform your next steps. You can book an appointment in Handshake with her by selecting "Career Exploration."

For all other questions, you can always feel free to reach out to careereducation@wellesley.edu. We're always glad to help, or to connect you with the most appropriate contact in our office.