Teaching Careers Panel–2/3–and Urban Education Semester info

Upcoming Educational Opportunities!

Teaching Careers, Thursday, Feb. 3, 7 – 8 p.m., Albritton 103
Three young alumni , 06′ and 09′, will discuss their teaching experiences in public school, their Teach for America experiences, and teaching in independent schools. Dessert will be served. Don’t’ miss this great, informal opportunity to get an insider’s view of “a day in the life of” a teacher, a TFA teacher, and an independent school teacher.

Urban Education Semester  www.urbaneducationsemester.org Info Session
The URBAN EDUCATION SEMESTER is an interdisciplinary, academic immersion program that introduces students to the theory and practice of urban public education. UES provides real world experiences in community development, teaching, urban issues and public education and is offered in both fall and spring semesters. UES is one of a handful of domestic-approved programs that Wesleyan students may attend for credit.  The program combines supervised fieldwork in the NYC schools with coursework and an advisement seminar at Bank St. College of Education. The program also provides real world experiences in community development. 

Applications for Fall 2011 due Monday, March 21, noon, Career Resource Center.
Interested but can’t attend info session? Contact Vicky Zwelling at vzwelling@wesleyan.edu and check the Web site: www.urbaneducationsemester.org

Choosing a Major Workshop — Feb. 15


Still undecided about your choice of major?  Wondering how your choice of major might impact your career direction after graduation?   If so, join Jim Kubat, Sophomore class liaison at the Career Resource Center, and Shadia Goldstein, graduate intern at the Career Resource Center, for a discussion of the CRC’s point-of-view on the process of choosing an undergraduate college major from 12-1 p.m.  Location TBA.

Encore Orientation Program — January 19

Join the Class of 2014 for an Encore Orientation Program at the beginning of the spring semester–January 19. This will be an opportunity for you to learn more about the resources you may have missed out on during your own orientation.   

You can see the day’s schedule at www.wesleyan.edu/orientation at the bottom of the page.  It will begin with a brunch and panel of faculty and students discussing how to build stronger relationships with your advisors and professors. Space at this brunch is limited. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Teri Maheu at tmaheu@wesleyan.edu no later than January 15, 2011.  

Other workshops for the day are open to everyone. Feel free to pick and choose which workshops you would like to attend. Take advantage of this wonderful program.  We look forward to seeing you then!

New York Times: “Win a Trip with Nick” contest — 1/18 deadline

The New York Times is inviting readers to submit entries to the fifth annual “Win a Trip with Nick” contest. 

Through this contest, Op Ed-columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas D. Kristof hopes to increase awareness and understanding about the many complex issues and opportunities for the developing world.  This year, Mr. Kristof will choose two winners – one currently-enrolled college or graduate student and one adult over the age of 60 – to accompany him on a reporting trip.  To be considered for the contest, applicants are invited to submit either a written essay or a video entry that articulates their desire to accompany Mr. Kristof on a reporting trip and explains why they are an ideal candidate for such an experience. 

 Essay submissions are limited to 700 words and should be send to WinATrip@nytimes.com.  Video submissions must be under three minutes and should be posted on Mr. Kristof’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/nicholaskristof.  Submissions must be received by January 18, 2011, and students must be 18 or older to be eligible for the contest.

For additional details on Win a Trip, please go to Nick’s Blog – On the Ground, nytimes.com/ontheground.

Q&A Session with your class dean, peer advisors, OIS & CRC — Thurs., 11/9

Thinking about going abroad? Declaring three majors? Wondering about life after Wes (already)? Come to Sophomore Savvy: Gathering Information, Making Informed Choices, a Q&A especially for second year students.  Dean Louise Brown as well as representatives from the CRC, the SARN Peer Advisors, and Office of International Studies will be there to answer your questions about the next steps at Wesleyan and looking to the future–majors, study abroad, internships. This a very informal time to come ask questions and learn a little bit more about what’s coming up. Come when you can, and leave when you need to.  Bring your dinner, your questions, and your friends!

How to Find a Summer Internship…Yes, already… Tues., 11/9

Hello Sophomores,

Some of you have been thinking about summer internships; some have not.  Now’s the time for all of you to get on board and start thinking about Summer 2011 (it’s just around the corner–ahhh!).

 The winter break is a great time to begin your internship search.  Jim Kubat, of the Career Resource Center, will be conducting a workshop, How to Find an Internship, to help you get on track.  Some internships have applications due in January or earlier!

Date/time/location: Tues., Nov. 9, 6 p.m., Usdan 108.  It’s informal, so bring your dinner and questions. 

(Note: if you cannot make this one, visit the CRC for a one/one meeting with a counselor or attend Jim’s next Internship workshop on Tues., Feb. 8, Noon, Usdan 108.)

 Jim Kubat, Associate Director/Pre-Law Advisor, Career Resource Center

The Planning Period and Majors

The planning period for the Spring 2011 semester  runs from Tues., Nov. 2 through Tues., Nov. 16 at 5 p.m.   Because you will be declaring your major next semester, you want to think carefully about the courses you choose (and do not forget there is drop/add in case you change your mind by then!).  Talk with your advisor or professors in whose department/program syou have some interest to get a better idea of the major and what courses you might take.  And definitely check out on Wesmaps descriptions of the major and courses offered, including in the “Archives.”

  • If you are still exploring major possibilities, try out the gateway courses so you get a taste of what the discipline is about and have the prerequisite for advanced courses. 
  • If you are deciding between two majors, consider taking a course in each department/program to help you decide and  to move you forward at the same time. 
  • If you know exactly what you want, well then, go for it.  

If you’re still uncertain, you should know that students change majors even after the major declaration period, which runs from Feb.  3 to Mar. 5, 2011.  Depending on the major and your own academic history, you may have some flexibility to drop or add a major after March 5.  In other words, you still have time to explore next semester. 

Also, remember that your major does not necessarily determine what you will do with the rest of your life.  To get some perspective on this, talk with a CRC staff member and check out what Wes alums have done with their majors—see the amazing range of jobs that you wouldn’t even think of—by accessing MyCRC.

If you have questions, concerns or angst, please do not hesitate to talk with your faculty advisor and/or me .  We want to help you make the decision that is right for you.  

2013 rocks, Dean Brown  (x2758, lsbrown@wesleyan.edu)

Careers for the Common Good Week: 11/1-5

Public Service Careers Week 2010
Monday, Nov. 1 – Friday, Nov. 5

The Careers for the Common Good (CCG) program presents Public Service Careers Week 2010.  The CCG informs, inspires, and supports Wesleyan students who desire to lead socially responsible lives and to pursue careers in public service-  

Mon., Nov. 1: Food Fight! The Case for Organic Farming and Community Food Organizing, 7-8 pm in Usdan 108
NOTE: 6:30pm Potluck Dinner! WesFRESH will be serving soup and bread –Bring something to contribute if you can! THINK GREEN: bring your own plate/bowl/utensils! Hear how these speakers are pushing the ongoing effort to improve and equally distribute our food supply, and how you can get involved.

 Tues., Nov. 2: Reports from the Field: A Talk w/Service Careers Fellows Alumni, 7-8 pm in Woodhead Lounge
Five alumni, all recipients of the Wes Service Careers Fellowship, will share their experiences, advice, victories, challenges, and frustrations as their lives in service unfold.

Wed., Nov. 3: All Are Welcome: Service Through Faith-based Organizations, 7-8 pm in Woodhead Lounge
Learn how you can engage with a faith-based organization to serve others with your talents and passions, no matter what your religious affiliation or spiritual orientation.

Thurs., Nov. 4: Going Global: Working for International Human Rights, 7-8 pm in Woodhead Lounge
You’re familiar with human rights abuses around the world. Hear how these panelists have joined the fight to help those suffering injustice.

Fri., Nov. 5: Giving to Get Back: Careers in Philanthropy, 12-1 pm in Usdan 108
If money is power, than giving money to others can be a powerful tool for service. Learn about the world of philanthropy and how you can launch your career in this important field.

The speakers include a mix of Wesleyan alumni and professionals from the field who will share useful information about their career paths and jobs, will shed light on how students can break into these areas, and provide insight into the rewards and frustrations of taking on the various missions that they have so passionately embraced.

For more information about each panel, please check the Career Resource Center calendar at http://www.wesleyan.edu/crc or check out the MyCRC calendar. A complete list of speakers will be posted shortly.

Career Outlook Program — Sign up by 11/2!

Connect with a Wes Alum over Winter Break!
Great way to build a network – Great resume builder!

See what alumni have signed-up to be shadowed (more added daily!):

Google, Inc. :  University Programs Manager
US District Court : US Magistrate Judge                  
State of Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate : Child Advocate                                  
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment : Television Agent                     
Elm City Elementary School – Achievement First : Teacher, Grade Level Chair                              
City of Yonkers :  City Council President         
Somerville Public Schools : Teacher              
Save the Children : Director, Philanthropic Services
Synthetic Cinema International : Director, Visual Effects Artist                               
Urban Justice Center : Staff Attorney          
Orphans of Rwanda/Generation Rwanda : Executive Director                             
Private Practice : Dermatology           
Congregation Beth Elohim : 4th and 7th grade Teacher                
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency : Senior Attorney             
Center for American Progress : Research Assistant               
Wayland Middle School : 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher/ Curriculum Leader               
Starcom MediaVest Worldwide : Junior Associate / Advertising Industry   
The Met Sacramento High School : Communications Director & Internship Coordinator               
New York City Department of Transportation :  Planning and Research Manager                     
Transgender Law Center  : Development Manager  
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute : Physician-Researcher,Hematologic Malignancies  
CustomMade.com :  Director of Business Development     
Framingham Public Schools : Director of Title 1
NYU School of Medicine : Director, Pediatric Hospitalist Program
University of Connecticut Health Center : Physician, Cardiology Division
Bowery Residents Committee : Executive Director
The Dalton School : Middle School History Dept Chair, 8th Grade Teacher          
New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane :  Legislative Aide
State Street : Fixed Income Trader 
Lawyers for Children : Deputy Executive Director

Deadline to apply: Tuesday, November 2
How to apply:  CLICK HERE
Questions: Stop by the Career Resource Center