Connecticut College's career program offers many opportunities and resources for students who want to get a head start on their careers, and among those offerings are workshops that will help you assess your skills and learn how to harness them for long-term professional success.
These workshops have been developed to be easily manageable for busy students, so participating in them won't interfere with your studies or extracurricular activities; rather, what you learn will help you succeed in those areas too. These workshops are proven to be effective. Those who complete them have twice the placement rate at graduation compared with those who didn't take advantage of the opportunity.
The workshops are mandatory in order for you to be eligible to receive internship funding from the College. The first workshop is delivered through your First Year Seminar (FYS) and the rest must be completed by the end of your sophomore year. Students who complete all workshops may receive internship funding, which can help you customize your internship to fit your goals.
Career sessions and workshops
- "Intentional Engagement" — Held during the First-Year Seminar Friday common hour, this session guides students to examine engagement in the context of their college experience, how they will manage their priorities and time outside of the classroom, and why the skills they gain during these experiences matter. Students are introduced to exploration resources, create an individualized plan for academic and co-curricular engagement, and establish one goal as a priority.
- "The Liberal Art Narrative" — Introduces students to the process of creating a narrative that connects their personal and academic experiences in order to accurately reflect their abilities and qualifications. Students identify transferrable skills such as communication, critical reasoning, presenting and leadership and learn a structure for translating these skills into professional language. Articulating these skills through a narrative is the foundation and building block for a resume, cover letter, interviews, and presentations.
- "Skills Articulation/Résumé Building" — Helps students identify what they are learning in and out of the classroom, and to “tell narrative stories” in articulating skills in résumé form.
- "Professional Communication" — Includes cover letters, appropriate outreach and networking, and thank-you notes.
- "Explore, Search and Network" — Provides search and networking strategies for finding an internship and highlights the importance of looking beyond posted internships and jobs, and how to leverage the power of networking.
- "Interview Preparation and Tips" — Offers practical advice and a chance to practice what you've learned.
- "Making the Most of Your Internship" — Covers business etiquette, strategies to be appropriately proactive in an internship or work environment, tips for understanding organizational culture, and to put your communication skills into action.