On-campus employment provides students with unique opportunities to hone their workplace skills; including flexibility, adaptability, and time management. Students who receive work study as part of their financial package may apply for student employment, and interview for positions which are suited to their professional interests or majors.
Career and Graduate School Counseling and Workshops
Our office offers both individual and group counseling sessions to help students identify career goals and explore options for graduate and professional schools. Workshops on résumé writing, job search strategies, networking, interviewing skills, and applying to graduate school are held regularly.
Choosing a Major
Deciding on a major can be one of the challenging parts of your college experience. The Center for Academic and Career Advising is here to assist you in exploring your interests and skills to assist in deciding on a major that will help you toward your professional and career goals after you graduate. Students can take the Campbell Interest and Skills Survey to measure their skills and interests in seven Orientation Scales. We will help interpret the assessment results and assist in using the information to explore potential majors and careers.
We offer both individual and group counseling sessions to help students identify career goals and explore options for graduate schools. Workshops on résumé writing, job search strategies, networking, interviewing skills, and applying to graduate school are held regularly and support students' continual learning.
Graduate and Professional Schools
Interested in continuing your education post-Wells? Speak with representatives of graduate schools and other programs such as the Peace Corps, Americorps and Teach for America at the annual Wells College graduate school fair. Participate in job fairs at Cornell University, Ithaca College, and in nearby Rochester and Syracuse, and meet with representatives from business, government, and nonprofit agencies. Employment readiness programs are directed to students during their senior year, and special attention is given to students applying to graduate and professional schools. We have a number of great resources to assist in your search including graduate school search guides; practice exams for the GRE, LSAT, MCAT; and information on how to write a personal statement.
How do you connect the dots between what you learn in the classroom with your life, your professional goals, and the world? The experiential learning requirement at Wells brings all of this together. Unlike many colleges, experiential learning credits are mandatory for graduation, and not just reserved for your junior or senior years. From your first year with us, you will immerse yourself in exciting hands-on projects, internships, and research that enables you to test theories, develop practical skills, and gain firsthand insight into the world.
Just imagine: picture yourself doing genealogical research in Salt Lake City, anthropology studies in Hawaii, or tutoring on a Navajo reservation. Study theatre in London, work with rescue animals at a local shelter, or help children with special needs. Our students do all these things, and more, every day.
At Wells, you can earn your Experiential Learning credits in a variety of ways:
- Off-campus study in the US (see Salt Institute for Documentary Studies or ask about the Public Leadership Education Network and Wells Fargo Historical Internship)
- January Intersession Offerings (see course listing under Off-Campus Study)
- Study abroad
- Student Teaching within the Education Program
- Independent or faculty-led research
Résumé and Cover Letters
Sharing your story and your qualifications for employment are an important piece of landing a job or being admitted to graduate or professional school. Learn about what is key in making your résumé and cover letter pop. Start your résumé and cover letter today using Wells online résumé resource Optimal Resume.
The Center for Academic and Career Advising maintains confidential files of letters of recommendation for juniors, seniors, and alumni. Standard recommendation forms are provided for letters from Wells College faculty and staff. Letters from internship sponsors and other employers may be included in the files. Letters of recommendation can be used to support applications to graduate or professional school or to enhance applications for employment.
Our resource library contains occupational information on a wide range of professional career areas. Library holdings and online resources include occupational outlook and salary data, catalogs, admissions examination materials for graduate and professional school study, directories of employers, and guides for job hunting, career exploration, and life planning. For students exploring internship possibilities, more than 3,000 internships can be found in the library files and database.
The Alumnae/i Network
Alumnae and alumni of Wells College are excellent sources of advice regarding experiential learning and career opportunities. We help link students with alumni who have offered to provide career information, to sponsor internships, and to host students. Alumni return to campus for discussions with students about their experiences in graduate school and with the job search. The connection continues after graduation as alumni are put in touch with other alums in similar career areas. In addition, alumnae/i are welcome to use any of the services provided by our staff.