The Gordon Career Center works with students of all class years to translate their liberal education into a lifetime of meaningful work.

The Center’s innovative approach to career education encourages students to design their own careers by exploring the intersection among their interests, the skills they have and wish to acquire, and market demand. The Gordon Career Center links students to alumni and employers across the globe in fields that reflect the impressive breadth of opportunities explored by Wesleyan graduates.

Career Decisions Online Course

Career Decisions: From Insight to Impact, our new Coursera course, aims to help learners understand their motivations, strengths, and goals, and appreciate how personal identity affects career decision making. 

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Upcoming Events

Mar 26

Career Options in Law and Policy: Rashida Richardson '08

12:00 pm

Boger Hall Boger Hall 101 (Olson Commons)

Virtual Session Interested in a career in law? Interested in policy work? Wondering if, or how, you can combine the two after Wesleyan? Many Wesleyan students are interested in entering the legal profession, but are not always clear how a JD works together with policy. To get some insight into this, come hear Rashida Richardson '08 , an attorney currently engaged in exciting policy work, discuss her own career path and current position. SPEAKER Rashida Richardson is the Director of Policy Research at the AI Now Institute at NYU, where she designs, implements, and coordinates AI Nows research strategy and initiatives on the topics of law, policy, and civil rights. Rashida joined AI Now after working as Legislative Counsel at the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), the New York state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she led the organizations work on privacy, technology, surveillance, and education issues. Prior to the NYCLU, she was a staff attorney at the Center for HIV Law and Policy, where she worked on a wide-range of HIV-related legal and policy issues nationally, and she previously worked at Facebook Inc. and HIP Investor in San Francisco. Rashida currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project and the Board of Directors of the College & Community Fellowship.She received her BA with honors in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University and her JD from Northeastern University School of Law. Co-sponsored by CSS, the Government Department, the Class Deans, the POC Pre-Law Society, Wesleyan Mock Trial, WesDems, Wesleyan Women in Business, and the Gordon Career Center.

Mar 27

The Artist as Entrepreneur: Jason Feinberg, 99 from FCTRY

12:15 pm

Boger Hall Boger Hall 101 (Olson Commons)

Speaker/Panel Starving in a garret? Wearing last year's shoes? Nope, doesn't have to be that way. Instead of making ends meet week to week while working in the arts, what if artists, or people interested in the arts, could harness their creativity, apply it in business, and do something cool as well as profitable? Jason Feinberg '99 , Studio Art and English, Wesleyan, did just that, and is now co-leading a thriving and edgy company along with his co-founder, Alyssa Zeller Feinberg. Hear how they did it, and pick up tips, insight and some artsy camaraderie at this (very edgy) talk. Bring your anxiety, angst, and questions. ALL students, particularly those interested in the visual arts, are welcome! SPEAKERS Jason Feinberg '9 9 , BA, Studio Art and English, Wesleyan; Co-founder/CEO & Creative Director, FCTRY. Alyssa Zeller Feinberg '03, BFA, Industrial Design, Carnegie Mellon University; Co-founder/Chief Design Officer, FCTRY. ABOUT FCTRY "We turn ideas into products. Founded in 2008 by Jason Feinberg and Alyssa Zeller Feinberg, FCTRY is a Brooklyn-based product design company. We marry pop design to mass production, turning original concepts into global brands. We're run by designers, artists, and writers; we also develop select projects through partnerships with like-minded creatives." A PIZZA LUNCH will be provided. Arrive late; leave early; bring your own food (if you don't want pizza) this event is informal. Co-sponsored by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Wesleyan Women in Business, and the Gordon Career Center.

Mar 28

Careers in the Visual Arts: Artist, Dealer, and Gallery Manager, w/Ben Chaffee '00

12:00 pm

Boger Hall Boger Hall 101 (Olson Commons)

Speaker/Panel Art galleries, art dealers, and the visual arts: a wonderful and exciting world! Even better if you could establish a career in this world, and work full-time with the art and people you love so much. How can you make this happen? Ben Chaffee '00, Associate Director for the Visual Arts , Wesleyan's Center for the Arts, will discuss the work and careers of artists, art dealers, and gallery managers and owners. How do you break in? What skills will help you land your first job out of Wesleyan? How can you make networking work for you? Where is the art "industry" headed in the years to come? Join us to explore these and other questions. Arrive late, leave early, bring food: this event is informal. SPEAKER Ben Chaffee '00 Benjamin Chaffee is the Associate Director of Visual Arts in the Center for the Arts (CFA), Wesleyan University. Prior to joining the CFA, Chaffee worked as the Director of Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, Illinois where he managed all aspects of the contemporary art gallery from 2012-2017. Originally from New Hampshire, he holds a BA in Earth and Environmental Science from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Studio Art: Sound from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He previously was the Director of the Tony Wight Gallery in Chicago and has also worked at Krakow Witkin Gallery in Boston. He has also worked as a freelance curator, visiting lecturer, critic, instructor, and exhibiting artist. Co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History, Wesleyan Women in Business, and the Gordon Career Center.

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