SPEC 42
Exploring Careers in Business Winter 2024

Class Details

Join the ’68 Center staff for an immersive career exploration course focused on professions in the field of Business. The term “business” is a big umbrella, and covers all of the job functions that work together to support for-profit organizations, including human resources, sales, operations, market research, strategy & analytics, real estate, finance, consulting, and more. In this course, you will identify the role(s) that you want to explore and experience in this dynamic industry. 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 develop and 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 the different roles in business, meet industry professionals, identify industry specific skill development opportunities and interview techniques, and 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 on the business side of technology, media, biotech, fintech, consumer products, 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#: 1309
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: 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: Robin is the Associate Director/Director of Business, Finance & Consulting. Her biggest goal is to ensure that students understand that "business" is a big umbrella! Not sure what you want to do in business? She's here to help you explore. 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 42 - 01 (W) LEC Exploring Careers in Business
    SPEC 42 - 01 (W) LEC Exploring Careers in Business
    Janine E. Oliver
    Robin L. Meyer
    M-F 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Hopkins Hall 001
    M-F 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Hopkins Hall 001
    1309
    Open

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