Career Education Event Expectations for Students

Throughout the year, Career Education regularly hosts events on campus, including workshops, information sessions, Career Fairs, and Civic Engagement service events. You can register for these events in Handshake at any time, and we encourage you to explore a breadth of opportunities throughout your time at Wellesley to explore your interests, values, and strengths.

For many events, our office brings in alumnae and employer partners who have volunteered their time and travelled to campus to support students in their professional development. Our goal is to foster strong relationships with these partners in an effort to increase access to opportunities for all Wellesley students. We rely on these partnerships to maintain robust on-campus recruiting opportunities, networking experiences, and programming. We appreciate your RSVPs to support our planning for event logistics and food orders.

When attendance to these events is unexpectedly low in comparison to RSVPs in Handshake, employers have shared that they are often disincentivized to return to campus to continue recruiting at Wellesley, and alumnae are less likely to return to campus to give their time and talents. Sustainability efforts are also diminished due to a surplus of food and other resources.

We understand and value the wide range of commitments that students and alumnae juggle at any given time. Please know that we are always available to meet with students to discuss balancing competing time commitments, to support your professional growth and build a strong community that values time commitments. The vast majority (95%+) of our events do not have a formal RSVP policy, but we ask that you consider the above impacts when RSVPing for events by letting us know when you do expect to attend, and removing your RSVP if your plans change.


RSVP Policy for Select Events

For a small number of events (less than 10 each year) where attendance is limited or capped, Career Education has partnered with a Student Review Committee to co-design an RSVP policy that promotes accountability, honors the time commitment of our partners, and gives as many students access to these opportunities as possible. This policy will be clearly posted where it applies, through the event description in Handshake and in follow-up emails. These events include:

  • Luminare: A Career Retreat for Sophomores
  • Capped networking events with alumnae groups
    • Business Leadership Council (BLC)
    • Alumnae Leadership Council (ALC)
  • Skill Series
  • Funded Internship Debrief & Orientation

Expectations for these select events are:

  • Your RSVP in Handshake indicates a commitment to attend and an acknowledgment that you have secured a spot that is now unavailable to another student, or that non-attendance will have negative consequences on employer and alumnae partnerships.
  • 3-4 days in advance of the event, you will be receive an email with a link to a Google Form which will ask you to re-confirm your RSVP within 24 hours.
  • If you no show, we will email to check-in and ensure everything is okay. We will ask you to respond and consider how your absence at this event impacts you and your community.
  • If we do not hear from you after a one-week grace period, a freeze will be placed on your Handshake account, which will temporarily restrict your access to appointments, event registrations, on-campus interviewing, and postings.
  • This freeze will be lifted as soon as you meet with a College Career Mentor during drop-in hours (between 12:30 – 2:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays, or Fridays) in Green Hall, 4th floor.

Please note that we have a separate webpage dedicated to our community policy for appointments.