- November 3, 2013
The Sunday, November 3 edition of the Star Tribune featured a front-page story on Carleton's new "Pathways" program, which helps students prepare for life after Carleton by exploring how certain classes and majors could lead to potential careers, internships and off-campus study programs. It also leverages Carleton's existing relationships with alumni, parents and friends of the College, allowing students to network and find out how those people's experiences could help them find their path after Carleton. All of this happens within the framework of Carleton's faculty advising process, tying the initiative to the core mission of the College. "Carleton does a great job of educating students,” Louis Newman, associate dean of the college and director of advising, says in the article. Reporter Maura Lerner write "But last year, as part of a strategic plan, officials decided they could do more to help students 'prepare for life after Carleton'.” The Pathways project, Newman says, was the response: an all-purpose website to help students explore the careers that might interest them. “So they don’t get to the end or middle of their senior year and say, ‘Oh, what now?’ ” Visit the Pathways website for more information, and make sure to check out the career-path visualization, created by Carissa Knipe '14 (Cupertino, Calif.), a studio art and computer science double major.
- October 1, 2013
The Oct. 1 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) made a note of Carleton's new "Pathways" program in its article entitled "Career Centers Stretch to Fill New Roles." The Chronicle notes that Pathways was started as a result of discussions during the recently-completed strategic planning process, listing as one of its priorities this goal: "Prepare students more robustly for fulfilling post-graduation lives and careers." The Chronicle writes "Carleton believes in its approach to a liberal-arts education, says President Steven G. Poskanzer, its president. Still, he says, "we are not keeping faith with students and families if they graduate from Carleton and then spend the next three or four years floundering." Pathways is an outcome of that planning to more intentionally shape the College's advising program, has started a new Web site to provide information on popular career fields like health and wellness and arts and communication, and is doing more to tie academics and outside activities together."
- September 17, 2013
Thanks to a gift from Eric ’66 and Mimi ’66 Carlson P’97, Carleton College has announced the establishment of the Robert E. Will ’50 Endowed Internship Fund in Social Entrepreneurship. Administered by Carleton’s career center, the fund supports 8-10 domestic or international internships per year at up to $5,000 each for students pursuing social entrepreneurship. The fund honors Bob Will, the Raymond Plank Professor of Incentive Economics, Emeritus. A 1950 Carleton graduate, Will earned his PhD at Yale University and taught at Carleton from 1957-93. He championed the importance of a liberal arts education, and each year the Robert E. Will Economics Prize is awarded to the senior economics major or majors who demonstrate excellent academic achievement and breadth of intellectual interests in the best tradition of a liberal arts education. Professor Will remains a resident of Northfield and is very involved in community activities.
- August 6, 2013
Kimberly Betz '91, who was a program coordinator and an associate director in the Career Center from 1996 to 2000, has returned to Carleton as the new director of the Career Center.
- June 18, 2013
When new graduates begin their job search, networking can feel like a Catch-22. How do you find contacts in a career you haven’t even started yet?
For Libbie Weimer ’10, the answer turned out to be simple: reach out to Carleton alumni.
- June 18, 2013
We've just bid farewell to the newly graduated Carleton Class of 2013. So what better time to check in with a few graduates from recent years past? We contacted four young alumni to see how they’ve fared and what they’ve learned in the transition from Carleton to work.