Winter on Wyllys

Winter on Wyllys 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 undergraduate students of all-class years opportunities to explore careers by shadowing a Wesleyan alumna/us or parent at their place of work over winter break. Job shadow opportunities range from observing a professional in a work environment to participating in a specific project within an organization or business. Most opportunities range from 1-5 days and take place in NYC, Boston, Washington DC, or Connecticut. This academic year, WEShadow opportunities will be offered between January 7-18, 2019. Opportunities will be posted on Handshake in October and November 2018 on a rolling basis. Search and apply for opportunities on Handshake by using the job filter label "weshadow". Students should apply to each individual opportunity they are interested in with a cover letter and an approved resume by the application deadline, November 15, 2018, at 11:59pm. 

Spinner Career Series: NYC Career Trek

The Gordon Career Center is offering a new 3-day immersive career exploration program over winter break, January 16-18, 2019. The program begins on campus and includes a day trip to NYC to meet with Wesleyan alumni at their places of work. Students will have the opportunity to apply to treks in one of six different fields including finance, journalism, public health, tech, theater, and music. 

Participate in this program to explore your career interests, learn more about an industry, observe different professional cultures, make connections with alumni in the field, and develop critical networking skills.

This program is open to students of all class years and majors. Registration is limited to 48 students, 8 students per industry trek. Students who complete their application in full will be selected at the end of the application window by random lottery. If you are not selected you will be put on a waitlist and notified if spots open up. Students accepted into this program will be given permission to move back to campus on January 15. There is a $100 program fee which will be charged to your student account. If the fee presents a considerable financial hardship, you can indicate this on your application. 

Search for the "NYC Career Trek" program job posting on Handshake for more information and to apply by the deadline, Tuesday, October 30th at 11:59pm. 

Career Decisions: From Insight to Impact

Offered through Coursera, this free online course will teach you to develop the tools you need to make strong choices at school and in life, from deciding an area of study to exploring which lines of work to pursue. You will discover how to understand your motivations, strengths and goals, unpack your personal identity, uncover the importance of passion versus skill and take practical steps toward learning about various fields. This course is taught by adult developmental psychologist Sharon Belden Castonguay, Director of the Gordon Career Center. Note: Completion of this course is a prerequisite for Choosing Good Work, also offered through Winter on Wyllys.

This course is available for free via Coursera on an on-going basis--but winter break is a great time to complete it!

Learn more and follow the instructions to enroll here

Choosing Good Work

Do you know what you want to do when you graduate? Next summer? Even next semester? Choosing Good Work is a half-day 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 and assist you in connecting with your truest and most authentic self. This program will include discussion of how different faith traditions/spiritual paths have addressed the topics of work, vocation, and calling.

This program will take place on January 21, 2019, at the Gordon Career Center. Prerequisite: All registrants must commit to completing Career Decisions: From Insight to Impact, the Gordon Career Center’s free online class on Coursera, prior to January 21.

Co-sponsored by the Gordon Career Center and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. There is no fee for this program, and one meal will be provided. Students accepted into this program will be given permission to move back to campus on January 20.

Register on Handshake by 12pm on Monday, November 26. 

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 training seminar will be held on January 22-23, 2019. 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 stop by or contact the Gordon Career Center at 860-685-2180.