Career Development

Senior Launch Series

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The Senior Launch Series will help the Class of 2022 meet the demands of the current moment as they prepare to graduate and pursue future opportunities. 

The COVID-19 pandemic and renewed calls for racial justice have dramatically shifted the professional landscape that graduating seniors will shortly enter. The Senior Launch Series for the 2021-2022 academic year is a hybrid program that consists of both in-person and virtual workshops and panels focusing on key career development areas, from resumes and cover letters to crafting a digital image and diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Career Readiness Workshops and Panels

The Senior Launch workshops are organized into seven themes:

Senior year is an exciting and very busy time. Planning and preparation will allow you to make the most of your senior year so that you can feel prepared, informed, and ready to launch after graduation.  The workshops and sessions listed below throughout October will set you up for success.

Senior Preparation and Planning

As you begin your final year at Oberlin, you may be worried about what you’ll do after graduation, and how you should prepare for the next part of your journey. This session will provide you with support and a timeline for your career development and planning so that you can best navigate your senior year and beyond.  

  • When: Tuesday, October 12, 7:00-8:00 p.m. EDT
  • Where: Zoom (register below to receive the link)

Register for Senior Prep & Planning

 

Wellness and Burnout

We face stress in many areas of our lives, and stress in our careers is no exception. Career-related stress, combined with the unprecedented chronic stress from the pandemic and life’s many other responsibilities, can lead to burnout. This session will introduce strategies to manage and cope with career-related stress and burnout. 

  • When: Thursday, October 21, 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT
  • Where: Dye Lecture Hall, Science Center A162 

Register for Wellness & Burnout 
 

Grad School Drop-In Sessions (Virtual)

The graduate school planning, application, and selection process can be challenging, but the Career Development Center is here to help! Drop in to discuss planning, school selection, personal statements, letters of recommendation, and any other questions you may have.

  • When: Wednesday, October 27 and Thursday, October 28, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Where: Zoom (register for a session to receive the link)

Register for 10/27 drop-ins  

Register for 10/28 drop-ins  

 

Throughout your time at Oberlin, you have had a number of accomplishments and experiences that are now part of your story.  As you prepare to launch, it will be important to be able to weave these accomplishments and experiences into your narrative.  These workshops will provide insight and advice on how to tell your unique story to employers and graduate schools.

Refining Your Personal Statement

The personal statement is a key component of your graduate school application.  This session will cover how you can refine your personal statement so that your application will stand out among the rest.

  • When: Monday, November 1, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Where: King 106

Register for Refining Your Personal Statement   

 

Resumes - Good to Great

This workshop will cover the differences between a good resume and a great resume. You will have the opportunity to tailor your current resume to your particular field of interest and receive peer feedback.

  • When: Tuesday, November 9, 4:00-5:00 p.m. EST
  • Where: Dye Lecture Hall, Science Center A162 

Register for Resumes - Good to Great


Crafting a Compelling Cover Letter

Cover letters provide you with an opportunity to outline how your skills and experiences align with the employer’s needs as outlined in a position description. This workshop will demonstrate how to develop cover letters that complements your resume and demonstrates how your skills meet the needs of your desired position. 

  • When: Thursday, November 11, 4:00-5:00 p.m. EST
  • Where: Dye Lecture Hall, Science Center A162 

Register for Crafting a Compelling Cover Letter

 

As you approach graduation, managing the job search process becomes ever more important.  There are several elements to the job search: applications, developing a job search strategy, building an online presence, and building and reaching out to your network.  These workshops will provide you with guidance and resources for planning your job search, networking, and developing your LinkedIn profile so that you can successfully launch your career after graduation. 

Authentic Networking

Networking is all about building connections and relationships.  This workshop will offer practical tips and strategies for how to introduce yourself to various audiences in different settings and how to build authentic connections with alumni and potential employers in your career field of interest.

  • When: Wednesday, December 1, 4:00-5:00 p.m. EST
  • Where: Craig Auditorium, Science Center N292

Register for Authentic Networking  

 

Navigating the Job Search Process & Final Semester Planning

The job search process can be difficult to manage.  This workshop will share key steps in navigating the job search process, including how and where to find jobs, essential job search tools and strategies, and how to make the process more manageable. 

  • When: Thursday, December 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST
  • Where: King 106

Register for Job Search/Final Semester Planning  

 

LinkedIn and Personal Branding

In today’s professional environment, making intentional decisions about your digital image and online presence is both necessary and sometimes difficult. One of the main ways to represent yourself during the job search is through your LinkedIn profile.  This workshop will review how to update your resume and LinkedIn profile with your most recent experiences, develop language that you can use to articulate yourself professionally and effectively on LinkedIn, and use LinkedIn to help you launch after Oberlin.

  • When: Tuesday, December 14, 4:00-5:00 p.m. EST
  • Where: Zoom (register to receive the link)

Register for LinkedIn and Personal Branding

 

Being contacted for an interview induces both excitement and anxiety.  However, preparation can reduce your anxiety so that you can interview with confidence.  The two-part Interviewing Bootcamp will cover interview advice and strategies so that you can successfully prepare for upcoming interviews and confidently express your skills and experiences.

  • Interviewing Bootcamp Part I (Virtual)
  • Interviewing Bootcamp Part II (Virtual)
  • OPT Workshop (for F1 visa holders)

Creating and finding inclusive spaces will allow you to grow and thrive in the workplace and in your career.  It is therefore important to identify strategies on how to navigate the workplace as an individual from a historically excluded group(s) and how to bring your professional, authentic self to the workplace.  These panels and keynote will provide insight from individuals from historically excluded groups on their experiences in the workplace. 

  • DEI Keynote
  • Alumni Affinity Group Discussions 
  • Navigating the Job Search Process & Final Semester planning 

As graduation approaches, you will probably be thinking about all of the “adulting” you will be doing in the next few months and years. We are here to help you with that! These sessions will introduce you to the financial and negotiation skills necessary to navigate life after Oberlin. 

  • Budgeting and Financial Literacy (Virtual)
  • Negotiation (Virtual)

You are about to join the community of Oberlin alumni who stay connected and build relationships throughout the rest of their lives. This month, you will have opportunities to begin meeting your soon-to-be fellow alums, while making connections with those who have similar interests to you.

  • Authentic Networking
  • Connecting with Obies
  • Senior Send Off 

Seniors who attend at least one workshop per month and complete the Senior Survey at the end of the year will receive a gift from the Career Development Center to celebrate their graduation!

Please email ocareers@oberlin.edu with any questions about the Senior Launch series schedule.


Job and Gap Year Search Resources

The Career Development Center curates several lists of post-graduation opportunities. Click the links below to learn more:

Service & Gap Year Opportunities
Career Communities - visit community page(s) of interest to view resources
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