Career Exploration

20 Questions to Jump-start Your Career Exploration

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In this resource, you will find questions meant to prompt your career exploration. Take time to reflect on each question as a strong understanding of oneself will be essential in order to effectively navigate the twists and turns of your unique career path. Get to know your values, personality type, strengths and interests. These all deeply inform your satisfaction with career choice.

Assess Yourself: What Are You Bringing on Your Career Journey?

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Where do you begin when you don’t know where to begin with your career path? What are new opportunities you could explore once you find a field that fascinates you? How do you prioritize which experiences to pursue when there are a few, several, or many options that interest you?

Finding an Internship

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Lorraine Hanley ’98

While the College supports hundreds of students through our funded internship programs, the opportunities to intern around the world are endless. We understand it can be overwhelming to get started, so here are a few ideas to jumpstart your search.

How to Conduct Career Research

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Regardless of where you are in your career — whether you are unsure where to begin or you are preparing for a final round interview — conducting research can help you learn more about and prepare for potential career opportunities. There are many ways to gather information when you’re in the beginning stages of exploring your options, including career research and networking. In this resource, you’ll find ideas and general resources to get started.

How to Use a Career Fair as an Exploration Opportunity

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Career fairs are a great opportunity to explore and learn more about professional paths and opportunities and to practice networking. By attending a career fair, you’re able to speak with representatives from multiple organizations during one event. In your conversations, you will be able to learn about each organization — its values, work culture...etc. — and the types of opportunities they typically hire for.

Informational Interviews

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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.

Job Shadowing

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What better to learn about a particular career path, industry, company, or role than experiencing it yourself? If you want to learn more about a specific path before committing to an internship or job, consider “shadowing” an individual who currently works in the field as a way to experience a typical workday in that career.

Make the Most of Your Internship

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

The Wellesley Hive Mentee Resource: What is Mentorship?

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The Wellesley Hive is a flexible, interactive virtual space for professional networking and mentorship. Whether you are a student or an alumnae (at any career stage), the the Hive is a platform to connect with the mentors in the Wellesley network. This resource is an overview of how to use the Hive to find short-term or long-term mentorship, informational interviews, job shadowing, and more.

The Wellesley Hive

Thinking of Study Abroad?

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This resource was co-authored by Wellesley Career Education and the Wellesley Office of International Study.

While it is easy to see the academic benefits of study abroad, it is also important to identify its career benefits. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has a list of competencies that contribute to the career readiness of today’s college graduates. Global/intercultural fluency was one of the marketable competencies on the list. Furthermore, in a NACE survey, employers identified their top four competencies: critical thinking/problem solving, professionalism/work ethic, teamwork, and communications skills. The great news is that you could develop all of these skills as part of your study abroad experience.

Vault

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Vault.com provides in-depth intelligence on what it's really like to work in an industry, company, or profession — and how to position yourself to land that job. Vault is best known for its influential rankings, ratings, and reviews on thousands of top employers and hundreds of internship programs.

Wellesley Career Education Winter Job Shadow Program

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Jennifer Pollard

Make the most of your winter break by taking part in a one-day job shadow opportunity to explore a career field or industry of interest to you! The winter job shadow program engages alums and parents in cities across the country to host a student for a half day or full day at their current organization on Tuesday, January 14 or Wednesday, January 15.