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Students Gather to Watch How I Met Your Mother Finale

On March 31, students and staff gathered at the Career Center for the series finale of the hit TV show, How I Met Your Mother. The show was co-created by Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97 and has won several awards throughout its nine seasons.

University Relations and the Wes Watches HIMYM Blog sponsored the event so the Wesleyan community could watch the final episode together.

Photos of the event are below: (Photos by Ryan Heffernan ’16)

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Students Practice Interviewing with Expert Advisors

University Relations and the Career Center hosted “Creating Connections” on Feb. 28.  Students of all class years and interests were matched with Expert Advisors (recruiters and hiring managers as well as alumni and parent volunteers) for brief, one-on-one sessions.  Students introduced themselves and their backgrounds, and practiced their networking and presentation skills.

Expert Advisors used their experience and expertise to critique what they heard and offered valuable insights on how the presentation might have been more effective.  This structured speed-networking event  allowed advisors to meet several students in a short period of time, and allowed Wesleyan students to build professional relationships and connections while preparing to join the professional workforce in the future. Photos of “Creating Connections” are below. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

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Castonguay: Liberal Arts “Can Lead to Very Successful Career Outcomes”

Sharon Belden Castonguay

Sharon Belden Castonguay

Sharon Belden Castonguay will become director of the Wesleyan Career Center in late May. An expert in career development and strategic planning, Castonguay comes to Wesleyan from Baruch College where she was director of the Graduate Career Management Center for the Zicklin School of Business. Previously, she was an independent career consultant and worked at Harvard University’s Office of Career Services.

A 1993 graduate of Smith College, Castonguay  earned her MA in education from the University of Michigan and her Ed.D. in human development and psychology from Harvard.

 

Q: What’s the biggest priority for the Career Center, in terms of strategy or policy?

A: I’m the product of a liberal arts education. It never occurred to me to do anything else as an undergraduate … I’m passionate about that educational model. But it’s been under fire lately. There is some kind of tension between how people who are in that world know it, and how people perceive it to be (in terms of producing employable graduates). It’s an unnecessary tension. My background in mostly professional schools may help to reconcile those two worlds; the liberal arts can lead to very successful career outcomes; on the other hand there has to be some accountability. How are we recording the employment incomes of students, for example?

Q: So real data is important.

A: It’s not a matter of measuring whether we are “beating” other schools, but rather knowing for ourselves where our students go after graduation. It’s important for us to have that data.

Berman Oversees Career Center’s Operations, Communication Efforts

Rachel Berman is the operations and communications coordinator for the Wesleyan Career Center.

Rachel Berman is the operations and communications coordinator for the Wesleyan Career Center.

Q: Rachel, you are the operations and communications coordinator for the Wesleyan Career Center. When did you come to Wesleyan and what attracted you to the position?

A: I started at Wesleyan in the Career Center in August 2011. As an undergraduate at St. Lawrence University, I had the opportunity to work as a peer career advisor in the Career Services office. I discovered how rewarding it is to work in higher education, particularly in a capacity serving students as they make the transition from college to career. It is extremely gratifying to share in a student’s journey of self-discovery as she or he ventures through the career development process. I have a strong commitment to and belief in the power of a liberal arts education and the world that the liberal arts opens us up to. I knew I needed to be surrounded by those values to be satisfied in my professional life, and I was confident that Wesleyan would be a great fit for me. As a recent college graduate myself, I especially feel the need to be a source of guidance and reassurance to undergraduates trying to navigate the world of work and life after college. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to be here at Wesleyan as a young professional.

Q: What are the main reasons Wesleyan students visit the Career Center, or what are the primary ways the center can help students?

A:  The Career Center serves students of all class years, and we strongly believe that the earlier a student starts the career development proces, the better. We work with students to help them decide on a major, learn resume and cover letter writing skills, navigate the job and internship search, learn how to network professionally and much, much more. We offer drop-in appointments daily along with counseling appointments, mock interviews, self-exploration and skills assessment tools, events and workshops, a robust on-campus recruiting program, opportunities to connect with alumni, and access to an abundance of electronic career resources, including our own jobs and internships database. We strive to help students translate their skills and experiences to match their passions and interests, which leads to a lifetime of meaningful work.

Q: Please describe the “operations” unit of the Career Center. What are your main responsibilities?

A: The operations side of the office supports the overarching as well as day-to-day management of the center and strategically plans to ensure long-term success. In my role, I coordinate and implement office-wide events, manage our marketing and communications, conduct career counseling appointments and supervise our Peer Career Advisors program