Why was Career Preparation Essentials created?
"We created Career Preparation Essentials to ensure that all students have access to the knowledge and stepping stones needed to pursue their interests.  The series of short videos detail crucial skills needed for career exploration, from guided self-reflection, building connections, to negotiating. These essentials are meant to meet students wherever they are in their career exploration and open to all class years -  we look forward to you joining us!" -- Leigh Sylvia, Associate Director, Director of Mentoring & User Experience
A Note from the Director of the ’68 Center
When President Mandel postponed Winter Study, we realized January presented an unprecedented opportunity for students to jumpstart their summer planning. Then January Jumpstart was born! The goal? To provide students with exposure to different industries, connections with alumni, and lifeskill building opportunities. The positive response has been nothing short of remarkable. This winter, over 500 individual students applied for wINTERNships, EphLink Projects and Job Shadowing alone.

Haven't had the chance to jumpstart your summer internship or post-graduate plans yet? We've got you covered! These final weeks have been and will continue to be filled with several different events and alumni speakers. Check out the January Jumpstart Events Calendar to get a jumpstart on your future!

- Don Kjelleren, Director
First Year of Virtual Career Treks = Success
In a typical year, we would be traveling to New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston and several other destinations to visit with alumni on our annual career treks but this year is anything but typical! We have been hosting all career treks virtually, which has allowed us to introduce some exciting, new treks this year. THANK YOU to all of the fantastic alumni that have volunteered and dedicated their time to sharing their experiences with current students! 
Screenshot from Higher Ed Ephs Career Trek Screenshot from Government & Public Policy Trek
Pictured in the top left photo is Michele Rogers ’79 at the Higher Ed Ephs Career Trek.  The photo on the top right is from our Government, Governmental Affairs & Public Policy Career Trek featuring a grid full of alumni panelists and students. The photo below features four alumnae speaking on the Arts & Communications Trek (Advertising/Media/Marketing Night): Funmi Adejobi ’17, Michelle Almeida ’13, Judy Lee ’96, and Val DiFebo ’84.
Screenshot from Arts & Communication Trek
wINTERNships, wINTERNships, wINTERNships!
The amount of student interest and the number of applications submitted for our 2021 January wINTERNship Program are unprecedented in the past 20+ years of the '68 Center. This year, we received 1,233 total applications and 427 individual students applied. We awarded grants to 136 students. Congratulations to those students who received a grant. 
Upcoming Industry Meetups  🗓️  Save the Dates!
Our spring Industry Meetups are right around the corner. These Meetups will provide you with a virtual space to learn and connect with employers and alumni in career fields that you are interested in. To register and see who's coming to the Meetups so far, please visit Handshake
We're Hiring - Peer Advisor for Career Preparation 😄
The Career Preparation Program is looking for a student to join the team! This position is for an average of 5 hrs/wk. As part of your job, you will advise first-year and sophomore students related to initial career exploration (e.g., the internship search, writing a first college resume, thinking about major and career). 
Visit Handshake For More Details & To Apply


For a full list of upcoming  events, please visit Handshake
Virtual Office Hours for February
Mondays & Thursdays
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Have a quick question for us? Use the following links to join Zoom and talk to an advisor! 
List of All Office Hours
We still have JJ programming through the first two weeks of February before spring classes begin. Review the Events Calendar!
Behind the Scenes Look at the Branding Process - How Williams Developed it's new brand collateral
Fri, 01/29/21, 11 a.m.
Career Preparation Essentials: Cover Letter Writing
Mon, 02/01/21, 5 p.m. 
S&HP Grand Round Series Levi Sokol ’96 (Nuclear Radiology)
Tues, 02/16/21, 12 p.m.
Juniors Job Jumpstart!
Tues, 02/16/21, 12 p.m.
How'd You Get There? with Tracy Hu ’13, First-Year Medical Intern
Tues, 02/16/21, 5 p.m.
Career Preparation Essentials: Interviewing
Tues, 02/23/21, 12 p.m.

We're always here to help! Schedule an appointment with an advisor via Handshake today.

'68 Center for Career Exploration
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