Career Services Students
The Schroeder Center for Career Development helps students identify and execute plans to become productive and fulfilled men after Wabash. Through our programming and services, students encounter opportunities to explore and reach their individual career goals, from employment to graduate school to teaching English in Africa. Whatever he can dream, we offer individualized programs and resources to help a Wabash man get there.
If you truly enjoy your work, your life will be much more fulfilling. Your work will seem less like a job and more like fun. So choosing a career is one of the most important things you do in life.
Exploring and then trying out career options and possibilities is important. You can begin this process at any time during your college career, but the earlier the better, as most students change their mind regarding their career interests during college.
EXPLORING YOUR INTERESTS
- Stop by Career Services. If we know you we can help you. We can help guide you toward specific events, connections and opportunities that fit best with your individual interests. We know that students who utilize our office as freshman are significantly more likely to be settled in their plans at graduation, No appointment required – just stop by.
- Take our StrengthsQuest inventory to help you identify area you may want to pursue based on your personal strengths. Stop by Career Services to take StrengthQuest
- Create a resume. The act of creating a resume helps you identify who you are, what you need to develop, and categorize your interests and skills
- Get involved. Participating in our events and programs helps you get an even better idea of how your interests translate into real-world possibilities, and help you make valuable connections
- Pursue an Externship or other experiential opportunity. Until you actually experience a career option/industry you’re considering, you don’t truly know if you will enjoy it.
GETTING AN INTERNSHIP
Employers and graduate programs expect that candidates will have relevant work experience. Our statistics also show that students who complete at least one internship during their time at Wabash are 3 times more likely to be set in their plans at graduation.
Wabash College offers several internship programs funded and managed by the school, but we also assist students with their search for internships outside of these programs.
Wabash-funded internship programs are posted in WabashWorks each January, and include:
- Indiana Lilly Internships – managed by CIBE; in Indiana, all fields
- Small Business Internship Fund – managed by Career Services; small business connected with alumnus, outside Indiana
- Dill Fund – managed by faculty/staff committee; based on individual research or project, or with non-profit; any location
- Coons and Cassel Grant – managed by Political Science Department; internships in government and politics, any location
- Departmental Internships – managed by each academic department and some campus offices; research and project-based summer opportunities, on campus
We also manage and promote a wealth of additional internship opportunities via our postings in WabashWorks, additional resources we subscribe to and partner with for you, and via networking opportunities.
To successfully land an internship:
Step 1: Start early. Internships are competitive. Nationally-competitive internships, especially those in structured programs with corporations and in finance and consulting are almost exclusively filled in the Fall.
Step 1: Stop by Career Services. Whether you’re not sure what types of opportunities you’re interested in, or how to find opportunities, we can help you. Every ‘industry’ or ‘field’ recruits interns differently. Meeting with us will help you focus your search and ensure you do not miss opportunities.
Step 2: Get your resume ready. You cannot apply, or even successfully network, without one. You will need a cover letter too, so be prepared
Step 3: Let people know you are interested in interning. Apply for posted opportunities. Research potential employers and apply proactively. Get involved – participate in networking events, attend employer sessions; yes students do land opportunities simply by connecting with the right person.
Step 4: Prepare for interviews. Participate in mock interviews, prepare to answer questions regarding your background, interests, skills and why you add value.
GETTING A POSTGRADUATE OPPORTUNITY
Wabash College graduates pursue a wide range of opportunities upon graduation. Regardless of your intended path, you should definitely be utilizing Career Services. Similar to our assistance with internships, we can help you identify specific resources, connections and strategies for your particular area of interest.
Important: Many students change their mind regarding their path during this process. Always have a Plan B, Plan C, etc. to help ensure you give yourself the opportunity to pivot if you need to. We suggest exploring and applying for a variety of opportunities and outcomes.
If you are planning to enter the job market you will need:
- Resume(s) and Cover Letters
- References (usually a list of references is sufficient)
- For many fields, a portfolio of your work and/or writing samples
- Thank you letter
- An updated, well-crafted LinkedIn Profile
To be successful in your job search you will:
- Carve out time in your schedule to dedicate to your search each week
- Stop by Career Services and let us help you develop your plan based on your individual interests; the hiring process and recruiting timeline varies greatly by industry
- Start early – employers begin recruiting candidates in early fall
- Apply proactively and use a variety of posting resources
- Read your email
- Connect with alumni and employers via LinkedIn; identify and research potential employers, follow and engage (positively) with employers on social media
- Keep current on events and trends in your field(s) of interest
- Participate in networking and recruiting events on campus
- Keep active until you officially accept an offer; you are likely to face rejection in this process but don’t let that deter you
- If you change your mind regarding your path, let Career Services know – we can help you pivot
If you are planning to pursue graduate school upon graduation you will need:
- Personal Statement
- Test Scores
- Reference Letters
- For some fields, a portfolio of your work and/or writing samples
To be successful in a graduate school search you will:
- Identify and research graduate programs that match your specific interests and goal
- Identify schools that offer graduate programs that are targeted toward your specific interests (note: always choose the program first, then the school – do not try to make the school fit your interests based on its location
- Talk to your professors regarding your interest area to get their guidance and input
- Talk to Career Services about your goal and school of interest; we can help you with testing, research, and logistical issues
- Contact schools/programs of interest to ask any questions you may have regarding requirements, grades, test scores, outcomes, etc. If possible, plan a visit to the school.
- Take any required tests (GRE, LSAT, etc,) early, giving you an early admission option, and giving you a chance to re-take if needed. Practice
- Craft your personal statement(s) based on the specific requirements of each school to which you apply
- Unless you have a very good GPA and a firm grasp on why you want to pursue graduate education, have a Plan B which includes pursuing job opportunities. Again, many students change their minds regarding their path in their senior year