Winter on Wyllys: Spinner Career Series

Winter on Wyllys: Spinner Career Series encompasses a variety of career programming options designed for students to focus on their own career development over Winter Break. 

WEShadow Externship Program

The WEShadow Externship Program provides undergraduates of all-class years opportunities to explore careers by shadowing an employer partner or Wesleyan alum/parent during Winter Break. Shadow opportunities typically range from one to two days and can include observing a professional during daily work activities, or participating in a specific project. Please be mindful of the calendar if you are planning to complete a WEShadow placement prior to another Winter on Wyllys offering. Apply to WEShadow Externships on Handshake in the fall. 

Careers by Design

Do you know what you want to do when you graduate? Next summer? Even next semester? Careers by Design is a week-long program designed to help you identify what factors may be influencing your choice of major, internship, or career path, and help you to be mindful of your decisions and do what is right for you regardless of what messages you may be receiving from others. Topics Include:

  • Applying Design Thinking to the Search for Meaningful Work
  • Writing the Script of Your Career
  • American Culture and Definitions of Workplace Success
  • Growth Frameworks: Psychological Development in a Career Context
  • How [Not] to Plan for the Rest of Your Life

Careers by Design will run half-days from Tuesday, January 17th - Friday, January 20th and is instructed by Sharon Belden Castonguay, Ed.D., Director of the Gordon Career Center. 
To learn how you can access the online version of this course and review the content at anytime, visit the Careers by Design webpage. 

There is a materials fee of $100. Financial aid is available. Please contact Sharon Belden Castonguay to request a fee waiver. Registration opens in the fall on Handshake and closes at 12pm on Tuesday, December 6th. Students wishing to participate must fill out the Winter Housing Form in addition to registering for the program on Handshake by 12pm on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Meal Plans are available and optional.

NOTE: Due to scheduling and the intensive nature of this program, Careers by Design cannot be taken in conjunction with a Winter Session course, Career Crash Course, or Teacher Generation.

Career Crash Course

Career Crash Course is a 4-day interactive workshop on the keys to success for landing an internship or job. In this course you will learn how to:

  • Craft targeted resumes and high-impact cover letters
  • Navigate the range of strategies for finding an internship or job in the field in which you are most interested
  • Build an effective LinkedIn profile
  • Best utilize your Wesleyan network and network with ease
  • Ace your interview and nail the “tell me about yourself” question

This workshop is intended for the student who has a general idea of the internship/job they hope to land, but needs help with the strategies and tools for landing that opportunity. In addition, participants will have access to reserved advising appointments with Gordon Career Center staff. Career Crash Course will run half-days from Tuesday, January 17th - Friday, January 20th and is instructed by Pam Grande, Career Advisor and Anne Laskowski, Business Career Advisor of the Gordon Career Center.

There is a materials fee of $100. Financial aid is available. Please contact Sharon Belden Castonguay to request a fee waiver. Registration opens in the fall on Handshake and closes at 12pm on Tuesday, December 6th. Students wishing to participate must fill out the Winter Housing Form in addition to registering for the program on Handshake by 12pm on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Meal Plans are available and optional.

NOTE: Due to scheduling and the intensive nature of this program, CareerLab cannot be taken in conjunction with a Winter Session course, Careers by Design, or Teacher Generation. There is a materials fee of $100. Financial aid is available. Registration opens in the fall on Handshake. 

Winter WESpeakers

In collaboration with Alumni and Parent Relations, the Gordon Career Center hosts several alumni to speak on career-related topics in the afternoons during Winter on Wyllys. These talks are open to all Wesleyan students on campus that week. 

Teacher Generation

Teacher Generation, a program offered by Achievement First, is for Wesleyan University juniors and seniors interested in social justice and education reform who would like to explore a career in teaching. Applicants will be chosen through a competitive process to complete a one week placement at an Achievement First school in New Haven or Hartford. Participants observe classrooms, receive coaching, and even get the chance to plan and deliver a short lesson to students. Seniors are also considered for full-time opportunities following graduation.

Wall Street Prep

The Gordon Career Center hosts Wall Street Prep's financial training seminar on-campus every January. This year, Wall Street Prep's financial traning seminar will be held on January 24 - 25, 2017. This intensive 2-day seminar is led by former investment bankers with applied expertise in financial and valuation modeling methodologies, and bridges the gap between academics and the real world to equip students with the practical knowledge they need to excel during the recruiting process and on the job. Students learn to build financial and valuation models using real case studies, employing the same tools and methodologies they would on the job. Upon course completion, students receive high-quality materials and access to resources that enable them to revisit concepts as they prepare for interviews, internships, and full-time positions. This seminar is for all students pursuing positions in investment banking, corporate finance, private equity, portfolio management, business development, capital markets, and equity & credit research.

Cost: $199. Financial aid is available. If you would like to request a fee waiver, please contact the Gordon Career Center at 860-685-2180.