Senior Launch Program

The new Senior Launch Program will help the Class of 2021 meet the demands of the current moment as they prepare to graduate and pursue future opportunities. 

Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic and renewed calls for racial justice have dramatically shifted the professional landscape that graduating seniors will shortly enter. Based on input from the Class of 2021 about what elements of a career readiness program would be most beneficial and relevant, the Senior Launch Program consists of three primary components:

The virtual bootcamp consists of a range of workshops focusing on key career development areas, from resumes and cover letters to crafting a digital image and code-meshing in professional and technical writing genres. These workshops are organized into two primary categories:

I. Career Readiness & Skill-Building

All students will attend a core set of skill-building workshops, which will serve as key building blocks throughout the Bootcamp. Programming outside of the core workshops offers the flexibility to choose workshops that will be most helpful to each learner. More details about this structure are included in the schedule.

II: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)

Our approach to DEI is slightly different than our approach to other workshops. At the Career Development Center, our expectation is that all of us — students and staff alike — take seriously our responsibility to identify and address inequity and injustice in professional spaces. We also know that Oberlin students have already grappled with many of these issues. For this reason, the DEI workshops will not be introductory — rather, they are designed to elevate our conversations and develop skills that can be applied directly to navigating and thriving in diverse professional environments. In order to have a complete Bootcamp experience, and to make good on our shared commitments to equity and justice, students will be expected to attend all DEI workshops.

Immediately following the Bootcamp, all participants will be invited to attend a virtual Connection Fair. This fair will give students an opportunity to connect with alumni and parents in an area of professional interest. Students will be able to directly apply the skills they’ve honed during the Bootcamp, including delivering an “elevator pitch” of their career interests and aspirations. Each participating alum and parent took different paths to their present professional lives, but all are committed to supporting the Class of 2021 as they prepare to graduate.

  • Date: Wednesday, April 14, 7:00 p.m. EDT
  • Location: Link will be sent to participants via email (and available in program Google calendar)

At the completion of the program, all participating students will be eligible to receive a professional headshot and a $400 award to help with next steps after graduation, such as:

  • New business attire
  • Interview travel expenses
  • Relocation costs

We have also established a fund to provide additional support to graduates with financial need, made possible by the Oberlin network.

The Senior Launch Program's attendance policy follows Oberlin's Honor Code, including when determining student eligibility to receive the post-program launch funds. Students are expected to participate in all core career-readiness workshops and all diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) workshops, as well as the additional workshops that they think will be helpful to their own professional development.

Questions about the schedule? Contact us at ocareers@oberlin.edu.

Senior Launch Program Schedule

A full list of workshops and other program opportunities is included in the Senior Launch Program Booklet. All sessions are listed in Eastern Standard/Eastern Daylight time, and the most up-to-date schedule and session descriptions can be accessed via the Senior Launch Google calendar that will be shared with all participants.

Please email ocareers@oberlin.edu with any questions about the program 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
Job Search Databases by Industry
Handshake