At Conn, career planning is embedded in your entire four-year experience. Your introduction to career preparation begins through your First-Year Seminar, a small class in which you will delve into an interesting topic, like “Virtual Realities in Japan” or “The Meaning of Life.” Before you arrive on campus, you’ll be assigned a career adviser, who will serve with a professor, a staff member and three student advisers on your advising team. With their guidance, you will launch a process of exploration to learn more about yourself and what careers might be the best fit.
As you continue through the program, you’ll take advantage of:
- A seven-week Career Preparation Course that helps you to develop the crucial skills for finding internships and top-notch jobs. You will learn about networking, social media profiles, resumes, cover letters, telling your story, professionalism and all the other nuts and bolts to make you a competitive candidate for the best positions. This for-credit course can be taken any time from the spring of the first year through the sophomore year.
- Personal advising meetings with career advisers, student career fellows and your advising team that help you to define your interests and shape the path to your goals.
- Advanced Career Exploration (ACE) activities that allow you to meet alumni in diverse fields, take road trips to worksites and job fairs, build a sophisticated LinkedIn profile, and engage in other opportunities that will prepare you for your career.
- Flexible funding that you can use to get a jumpstart on your career. You can apply for funding for a variety of career preparation opportunities, including unpaid internships, research, professional conferences, job shadowing and more. Funding is available as early as the first year.
- Pre-Professional Advising in Health, Business and Law with our specialized career advisers and faculty experts. As you pursue your academic path, you will also have access to alumni mentors and a wide alumni network, as well as opportunities to join thriving clubs for pre-health, mock trial and portfolio investment. The investment club even has a regular stock pitch to decide on an actual investment from the Conn Endowment under the guidance of our most savvy alumni in the financial sector.
- Job search and graduate school application assistance in your senior year. As you prepare to graduate, you will work with your career adviser on a personalized action plan to launch your career. Our advisers provide job-search assistance, facilitate networking with alumni, guide you through on and off-campus recruiting opportunities, and advise you on fellowship opportunities, graduate and professional school applications.
Throughout your time at Conn, our developmental approach meets you where you are to assist you in building relevant career skills that you will use long after graduation.