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Exploring Careers in STEM Winter 2024

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Join ’68 Center staff for an immersive career exploration course, focused on STEM Professions. This field is quickly growing and changing. It includes opportunities for emerging technologists, aspiring researchers, academics, and more. These professions provide a unique opportunity to influence the common good through rewarding, challenging, and impactful work. This course is broken into three stages: During the first stage, students will identify and reflect on their skills, interests, values, and motivations and apply this self-knowledge to their career exploration. Students will practice lifelong career development skills, from identifying and building their network of mentors, to uncovering the hidden job market, to crafting compelling stories in resumes, cover letters and interviews, and more. During the second stage, students will break into small groups specifically focused on strengthening networks and learning from alumni and other industry experts. This course will also feature panels on behavioral and technical interviewing; graduate programs in STEM; and diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in the workplace. During the third stage, the students will travel together to New York City (for three days and two nights) to meet with alumni and employers at organizations related to scientific research, entertainment, big tech, fintech, scientific entrepreneurship, and more. The course will conclude with a reflective session back on campus at Williams. For this immersive course, the group will meet for two hour sessions 5 days/week and will have some preparation to do between sessions. Interested students will complete the following application to articulate their interest in the course by 11:59 pm on November 20: https://airtable.com/appLN37taapdMaZ7V/shrZs46Fmm9NH98Ch Preference will be given to first years and sophomores who are eager to explore.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 10
Expected: NA
Class#: 1308
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Other: Participation and a career-related document portfolio
Prerequisites: Interested students will complete a brief application process to articulate their interest in the course during the fall semester to aid in selection.
Enrollment Preferences: Preference will be given to first years and sophomores who are eager to explore.
Unit Notes: As Assistant Director of STEM and Health Careers, Dale's goal is to help students translate their passions, academic successes, and professional goals into meaningful and rewarding careers. Janine Oliver, Director of Career Education, is a high energy idealist. Her background as a special education teacher, mental health counselor, experiential/outdoor educator, and confused college student informs her work as a career educator.
Materials/Lab Fee: $250
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
STUX Winter Study Student Exploration
WELL Winter Study Wellness

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