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Now that we’re a couple of weeks into school, you’ve probably already gotten your first big paper assignment, and are anxiously awaiting the all too soon arrival of your parents this weekend– now it’s time to start thinking about your plans for the summer. Or more importantly, if you’re a senior, your plans for the rest of your life. You can compare this to the yearly phenomenon of department stores selling Halloween decorations after Labor Day, or how Christmas season takes over right after Thanksgiving. During a mandatory senior meeting a couple of weeks ago, we were encouraged to donate to the annual senior gift, since graduation is “right around the corner”.
To help us on this journey to employment, the career center has upgraded from MyCC to CareerDrive. In addition to MyCC’s history of taking advantage of student data, they actually went bankrupt right after Wesleyan decided to part ways (go figure). Not only does the new platform provide us with features in several key areas where MyCC was severely lacking, but it’s release has also been paired with a series of workshops called Driver’s Ed. and a job search boot camp called Accelerate, both created to aid us on our #drive to success. [insert witty comment]. To understand CareerDrive better, I sat down with Rachel Munafo, the Assistant Director of Public Relations and Communications, who was able to help me discover some key features worth pointing out.
Now that you know how to network, it’s time to put those skills to the test. Spring break is quickly approaching, (in t-minus 2 weeks?!) so it’s time to get searching. Lucky for you there are lots of WesSpecific resources to help you strategize. Don’t worry, Matt Donahue ‘14 (aka mister career center) and I have got you covered with another fun list of resources.
The Big Three
1.) MyCC – MyCC is a sophisticated (?) job/internship board exclusively for Wesleyan students. This isn’t one stop shopping by any means (sorry Trader Joe’s fans). It’s more like a farmers market–you may find what you want (if it’s in season) or you might just find lots of turnips, radishes and brussel sprouts (aka opportunities that turn you off/not that we have anything against brussel sprouts). But fear not! You can shop at bigger stores as well (more on that soon).
Cardinal Internships – Cardinal Internships are select opportunities offered by Wes alumni/parents seeking to hire Wesleyan students to intern for their company or organization. These opportunities give Wesleyan students a competitive edge in the recruiting process. New internships are posted regularly and a full-list of opportunities can be found on your MyCC homepage under the Cardinal Internship one-click search. Current Cardinal Internship Host Companies: Beats by Dre, The MINDS Foundation, Morgan Stanley, Sustainable South Bronx (etc…)
February marks the beginning of
rabbit season, no duck season the job/internship search season, but these days, the search just isn’t enough. You might be asking yourself: do I have an effective, yet appropriate online presence? Are my resume and cover letter up to par? While these are some of the questions you should be asking yourself in the midst of finding a job; I would argue that there is an even more important question – do you know how to network?
Of course, that’s not to say that I’m an expert at networking myself but I know someone who is. Matthew Donahue ’14 is the poster child for the Career Center… literally! His official title this term is the Head Peer Career Advisor. Although you might also know him as the kid who started a Twin Society with the infamous Capron twins (click here for their meeting minutes), or that kid who walks Roth’s dog. We’ve decided to join forces. We understand that you must be busy, between classes, extracurriculars, and organizing that perfect weekend, so we’re here to help. Together with his musings and my writing, we’ve come up with the top four ways to utilize the Wesleyan network online so all you have to do is click away.