LEGO Career Trek, Enfield, CT

The Gordon Career Center is offering an off-campus career trek opportunity to LEGO in Enfield, CT on Friday, November 15, 11:30am-4:30pm. Students will meet with Wesleyan alumni at LEGO such as Jordan Schildhaus ’15 and Ethan Sack ’97 as well as other LEGO staff to learn about the various roles in one of the most well-known toy production organizations in the world.

Space is limited to 13 students. If more than 13 applications are received, students who completed the application in full will be selected at the end of the application window by random lottery. If you are not selected, you will be put on a waitlist and will be notified if spots open up.

Deadline to apply: Thursday, October 31, 11:59 pm 

Career Trek details and simple application:

https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/388803/share_preview

Panel on Careers in Sustainability 10/4

The Career Center and Sustainability Office are hosting a Sustainability career panel on Friday, October 4th, 2-4:30pm.

Join us to hear how Wesleyan alumni have used their liberal education to pursue various careers in the sustainability sector. Panelists will describe their unique career trajectories in environmental planning, public policy, program management and communications. A networking mixer with our Wes alumni panelist will follow after the Q&A discussion. Co-organized by Sustainability Office and Gordon Career Center. Food will be provided.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP through Handshake.

Apply for Fall Career Treks: Off-Campus Career Exploration Opportunities

This fall, the GCC is taking students to visit ESPN, Pfizer, and Hartford HealthCare’s Simulation Center, and to attend the Reach(OUT) LGBTQA+ Career Conference in Boston. These off-campus career exploration opportunities are open to students of all class years, majors, and career interests. Transportation is provided and there is no cost to students to participate.

Interested students should submit their approved resume to the career trek postings on Handshake, and complete the related google application form. If more students apply then we have space for, students who completed the application in-full by the application deadline will be selected via random lottery. Students not selected in the lottery will be put on a waitlist and notified if spots open up. Application deadlines vary from 9/24 – 9/30 and the Career Treks all take place in October, some around fall break. More information is below.

ESPN – Friday, October 18
Application Deadline: 9/24
More information and apply here

Hartford HealthCare Simulation Center – Monday, October 21
Application Deadline: 9/30
More information and apply here

Reach(OUT) LGBTQA+ Career Conference – Saturday, October 26
Application Deadline: 9/27
More information and apply here

Pfizer – Tuesday, October 29
Application Deadline: 9/30
More information and apply here

For more information, please contact:

Rachel M. Munafo
Associate Director of PR & Communications
Gordon Career Center • Wesleyan University
860.685.2180 • rmunafo@wesleyan.edu

Career Carnival 9/13

Join us for the Gordon Career Center’s Career Carnival on Friday from 12-3pm. Stop by to meet the GCC staff, including peer career advisors, get more familiar with the center’s services and resources, and learn about exciting career programs and opportunities such as fall career treks, summer grant funding, WEShadow externships, employer information sessions, and more.

Enjoy popcorn and cotton candy, play carnival games to win prizes, and enter into our raffle for a chance to win a basket of Wesleyan swag. 

RSVP (optional) on Handshake. Share this event with your friends on Facebook.

Improv Comedy to Improve Interviewing and Communication Skills

Improvisational comedy exercises can help develop comfort engaging with others in job interviews, presentations and group discussions. Come join nationally recognized facilitator, Jake Livengood of MIT in this highly interactive workshop. Participants should expect to participate in activities in a supportive and fun environment and leave with great results. Come for an evening of good fun and food. Open to all students.

Presented by WesSpeaks With support from CAPS, English Department, Fries Center for Global Studies, Resource Center, Writing Department and Gordon Career Center. Dinner provided (Indian food)

Thursday, April 4, 5-7:30 pm
Albritton 311

Anthropology Alumni Panel: Come Hear Four Wes Alumni Talk About Life after Wesleyan 3/29

If you’ve ever wondered “hmm what do I do with a degree in anthropology?” (or have no idea what anthropology does in the Real World™️) this is the event for you! Even if you’re not an anthropology major come hear four amazing alums talk about where they are now in their careers, how they got there, and how anthropology has informed them along the way.

Each panelist will present for 10-15 minutes, and there will be a Q&A after each speaker. (See poster attached for details on the four speakers)

Friday, March 29th, 2019
4:30PM-6:00PM
Allbritton 311 (Top floor of Allbritton)

The Career Center is providing Mondo following the panel!

Links:

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/320525741997566/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1553626285047072
Anthro at Wes: https://www.wesleyan.edu/anthro/
Questions? Contact: Lola- lsounigo@wesleyan.edu, Rachel- ryanover@wesleyan.edu or Vanessa- vauritt@wesleyan.edu

Looking for Funding for your Unpaid or Low-paid Summer Experience?

The 2019 Wesleyan Summer Grants Program will be accepting applications from January 28th – February 28th, 11:59pm.

Wesleyan Summer Grants are funding resources awarded through the Gordon Career Center which allow students to pursue no- or low-paid career-related summer experiences. Experiential learning opportunities can be both in the U.S. and abroad and include career-related opportunities such as internships, faculty-mentored research, language study, volunteer work, field study, and academic programs.

The Gordon Career Center will be holding four information sessions which will cover funding opportunities, eligibility and requirements, navigating the application process, and what makes a strong application. All sessions will conclude with a Q&A.
01.29 – WSG Information Session, 12:00pm, Career Center
02.01 – WSG Information Session, 12:15pm, Career Center
02.07 – WSG Information Session, 12:00pm, Career Center
02.11 – WSG Information Session, 12:15pm, Career Center

The list of available grants and the application can be accessed on AcademicWorks through WesPortal. For more information about the application process, please visit the Gordon Career Center website.

Don’t know where to begin or need help with your application? Schedule an appointment to meet with a career advisor.

RISE Professional Development Series for Students of Color

In solidarity with students of color, the Office for Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD) and the Gordon Career Center are hosting a four-part professional development series for students of color interested in pursuing higher education–the Rise: Higher Education Leadership Series for People of Color.

Thursday 11/15, 5-7pm
RISE: Pre-Law Seminar featuring Shana Simmons ’03, Corporate Counsel at Google and Wesleyan Board of Trustee Member
Dinner will be provided at 5 pm, and the event will begin at 5:30! Register here:https://goo.gl/forms/TsEaK3xEJkKWylWq1

Come be in community and hear from keynote speaker Shana Simmons ’03 discuss her lived experiences in pursuing higher education in the legal field: microaggressions, application processes, how to utilize your undergrad experience to the fullest extent, and more will be discussed!

Shana is a corporate counsel at Google Inc., where she manages a team that supports Google’s growing Cloud business and also brings her commitment to diversity and inclusion to the work place. Before Google, she was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Stein and Hamilton LLP in its New York and London offices. Shana received a law degree from University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she served as the diversity editor of the California Law Review, development editor of the Berkeley Journal of African American Law & Policy, and co-president of the Law Students of African Descent. While in law school, Shana also interned at the East Bay Community Law Center, where she focused on projects that would empower low-income communities of color to build long-term solutions to poverty through the advancement of community-owned cooperative businesses and affordable housing. Before law school, Shana taught for three years (one year in Washington, DC, at a public charter high school geared towards disadvantaged black youth and the next two years at the American Indian Public Charter School in Oakland, California, where her seventh-grade students received the highest scores in Alameda County on the standardized state math tests). Shana was recognized in 2009 for her work with Oakland youth with a proclamation from the Mayor of Oakland.

Shana has served on the boards of the YMCA of the East Bay and Harlem Week, Inc., and currently sits on the board of Lawyers for One America.

At Wesleyan: Shana was a College of Social Studies major and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. She was an active contributor to the student of color community on campus, served in leadership positions with Ujamaa, the Student of Color Council, and she also coordinated the Students of Color Pre-Frosh Weekend during her four years at Wesleyan, receiving the Vanguard Prize for her efforts. She was a resident advisor in Malcolm X House and WestCo, and the head resident of the Affinity Program Houses. She was also a senior interviewer.

Friday 11/16, 5-7pm, Gordon Career Center
RISE: Graduate School Seminar
Dinner will be provided at 5 pm, and the event will begin at 5:30! Register here:https://goo.gl/forms/TsEaK3xEJkKWylWq1

Come be in community and hear from alum of color discuss their lived experiences in pursuing higher education health professions: microaggressions, application processes, how to utilize your undergrad experience to the fullest extent, and more will be discussed!

Panelists include:

Renee Johnson-Thornton ’05, PhD, Dean of Class of 2022 at Wesleyan University
Elsa Hardy ’14, Graduate Student at Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Julissa Pena ’12, Senior Registration & Financial Analyst, SSC, Office of the University Registrar at Columbia University
LaNell Williams ’15, Ph.D. Candidate Harvard University