Career Exploration and 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.

Monthly Career Readiness Workshops and Panels

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)

 

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 

 

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)

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

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 

 

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 

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

 

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)

OPT Workshop

This session is designed for international students holding an F-1 visa. This session will cover OPT regulations and an overview of the OPT application process. You will learn how to address questions about OPT with potential employers.

  • When: Monday, February 28, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Where: Wilder 208

March: Interviewing with Confidence

Interviewing skills are often the difference between getting the job interview versus getting the job offer. This session will explore what to expect in a job/internship interview and learn how best to prepare. You will learn concrete strategies to create authentic interview answers that powerfully demonstrate the specific strengths you bring to each opportunity. The workshop will last one hour. The second hour will be dedicated to drop-in advising. 

  • When: Sunday, March 6, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Where: Dye Lecture Hall

Register for Interviewing with Confidence

 

April: Conversation with President Ambar

Starting a new job is exciting!  However, integrating into a new environment and team, navigating your transition and onboarding, and managing expectations can be stressful. This session with President Ambar will cover how to achieve success and make a positive impact during your first ninety days on the job.

  • When: Sunday, April 24, 2022, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Where: Dye Lecture Hall

 

How to Get a Professional Headshot

As a gift to celebrate their graduation, the Career Development Center is offering a professional headshot to seniors who complete all of the following:

  • Attend the Conversation with President Ambar on April 24, 2022
  • Attend the Interviewing with Confidence workshop on March 6, 2022
  • Complete the Senior Survey at the end of the year

Please contact us at 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
Career Communities - visit community page(s) of interest to view resources
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