SPEC 44
Exploring Careers with Social Impact Winter 2024

Class Details

Join ’68 Center staff for an immersive career exploration course, focused on various fields with social impact, including law, government, policy, education, social/racial justice, non-profits, human behavior, social sciences, and environment/sustainability. Students who want to make a difference in their career can find roles with social impact across sectors and in endless job functions. 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 dive deeper into different roles, responsibilities, and employers with social impact. The group will explore what social impact means to them and will analyze ways advocacy is practiced within various focus areas. Additionally, students will learn about DEIA opportunities in the workplace through alumni panels and informational interviews. 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 public policy, education, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, healthcare, urban planning, 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#: 1310
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: Alexa Icenia, Associate Director/Director for Inclusive Career Exploration, is the advisor for Careers with Social Impact. 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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  • SPEC 44 - 01 (W) LEC Careers with Social Impact
    SPEC 44 - 01 (W) LEC Careers with Social Impact
    Janine E. Oliver
    Alexa Icenia
    M-F 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Hopkins Hall 001
    M-F 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Hopkins Hall 001
    1310
    Open

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