Senior Survival 2012

Hey seniors, who says college beats the real world?  The fun has just begun!  Byte reality back and get a handle on things by attending our Senior Survival workshops.  When post-grad life throws it's first curve ball, you'll be ready!


* Note: each event is scheduled for one hour, including Q&A, but may run over.  

Sunday, Feb 12, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Olson Commons, Career Center
OCRAP: Optimizing Career Resilience & Planning
As a pre-Valentine’s Day kick-off, Mike Sciola, Director of the Career Center, will introduce you to the glamour and romance of your first “real” job search -- the first step toward finding that career you’ll love!   Let the affair begin!

Sunday, Feb 12, 3:30pm-4:30pm, 41 Wyllys, Room 115
After Wesleyan, Before Med/Dent/Vet/PH School*
What can you do between graduation and beginning  graduate school in one of the health professions that will be intellectually engaging, personally meaningful, and pay the rent?  Why might it be a good idea to take some time and gain additional experience before making the commitment to a particular profession?   Join us for snacks and conversation with several recent Wesleyan graduates who are on their way to, or in, a health professions graduate school.


Elise Rosenthal ‘11, Member, Community HealthCorps
Adolescent Contraception Coordinator
Washington Irving School-Based Health Center, New York, NY
Stephen Ranney ’10, Clinical Research Coordinator II, Center for Genetic Research/Massachusetts General Hospital. Boston, MA.
Lena Dang ’11, MA Candidate, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry,
BA/MA Program, Wesleyan University
Kyle Nuland ’09  MSI, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Medical Technician, The Orthopaedic Institute, Gainesville, FL
Aivi Doan  ’10, Laboratory Technician, Center for Computational and Integrative Biology Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.
Avinash Sridhar ’10, MSI, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine
Health Outreach Worker, Epidemiological Analyst,  Charter Oak Health Center, Hartford, CT and Redwood Coast Medical Services, Point Arena, CA

*This event is ESSENTIAL for anyone planning to apply for 2012 entry to medical, dental or vet school.

Monday, Feb 13
NOW is the time to start thinking, planning, and talking about your next step after graduation.  Take advantage Senior Survival 2012 and all the resources the Career Center has to offer!

Tuesday, Feb 14

Love Note:  Remember, Buy Your Sweetheart Roses, Not Ramen Noodles!

Wednesday, Feb 15, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Olson Commons, Career Center
When Your Job Goes South: Bad Bosses, Creepy Co-workers, Termination, & Other Fun Stuff
Christine Bolzan ’92, Founder, Graduate Career Coaching, Career Consultant to MIT Sloan’s Business School and  former Vice President of  Human Resources, JP Morgan, will guide you over the treacherous underbelly of work.  Yes, jobs are wonderful and stimulating, but yes, they can also make you pine for the good ole days in a frame house.  Find out how not to cry.

Thursday, Feb 16, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 41 Wyllis, Room 114
Novel Careers: From Day Job to Pulitzer
Maria Padian  P ’14, (a Middlebury grad & Christine Bolzan’s sib), author of two young adult novels with a third on the way, will tell you about her career and how she ended up living her dream in Maine with her husband, two kids, and – yes! – the dog.  She’ll help you hold onto YOUR dream while life is flying by.

Thursday, Feb 16, 7:00pm-8:00pm, 41 Wyllys, Room 115
Working Abroad:  A Wes Student Travel Alert!
Wesleyan students manage to find jobs abroad.  How the heck do they do it?  In various ways, not all of which are for the faint of heart!  They’ll give you the scoop.

Monday, Feb 20, 7:00pm-8:00pm, 41 Wyllys, Room 114
Sexual Harassment in the Work Place: Yes, It Can Happen to You
Unfortunately, sexual harassment can occur at our place of employment when all we're trying to do is a good job.  Alysha Warren, Wesleyan’s Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator, will talk about how to identify sexual harassment in the workplace, what steps can be taken to address it, and how to deal with it while waiting for remediation.

Tuesday, Feb 21, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Olson Commons, Career Center
Visas and Immigration Law: Working in the USA
Megan Kludt, Esq., immigration attorney with Curren & Berger, will cut through the red tape to give you the black 'n white of it on all the new regs.  If you're unsure about visa issues, application procedures, and working in the USA after graduation, this one's for you.

Wednesday, Feb 22, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 41 Wyllys, Room 115
Shades of Gray: Starting Off on the Right Foot
Led by Deb LoCastro from Google, this workshop creates healthy debate around situations that are sometimes OK in the work world and sometimes not.  Students will provide feedback and hear the opinions of their peers on various topics, such as appropriate behavior on your first job, having a drink with your manager, negative office gossip, sharing proprietary information with your parents, and more.

Wednesday, Feb 22, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Olson Commons, Career Center
It’s All About Money: Personal Finance 101
Barnaby W. Horton, Vice President, Financial Advisor, CRPC®, CRPS®, Horton/Aubrey Team, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management
Mr. Horton will teach you the basics of sound financial planning, budgeting and management, with one eye on the short-term, and the other on the long-term (retirement is closer than you think!).

Thursday, Feb 23, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 41 Wyllys, Room 114
More Than Dollars & Cents: Understanding Your Compensation Package
Persephone Hall, Associate Director at the Career Center and compensation guru, will help you see beyond the dotted line before you sign on!

Thursday, Feb 23, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Olson Commons, Career Center
Minor Details: How to Buy a Car & Rent an Apartment
There’s an old saying:  “Get a job, get money; get a car, get a honey.”   This workshop covers the basics of getting established on your own.  Mike Sciola, Career Center Director, and Keith Beardsley from Heath Properties, Boston, will help you sharpen your edge when negotiating for a car and a lease.

Saturday, Feb 25, 1:00pm-3:45pm, 41 Wyllys Ave.
Wesleyan University Career Center Forum, featuring Keynote Speaker Stephen Friedman '91, President, MTV Networks
Don't miss the keynote address by one of Wesleyan's most successful alumni.  Hope you registered for the excellent variety of career panels featuring Wesleyan alumni at the top of their fields! 

Sunday, Feb 26, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Olson Commons, Career Center
Management and Leadership: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Results
Join us as we welcome Jim Dresser '63, former Senior Vice President of The Boston Consulting Group, former Wesleyan Interim Vice President for University Relations, and former Chairman of the Wesleyan Board of Trustees.  Jim has led some of the most effective organizations and teams in the USA.  He will share his unique insight into leadership and management and leveraging your full potential for success.