Mapping Your Future
Washington College is committed to supporting you on your academic journey as you consider where your college education will take you.
Mapping your Future: Paths to a Career
This program prepares students for a lifetime of learning, leadership and productive endeavor. Taking a multi-year perspective, this program links course selection, choice of majors and minors and other types of on-campus learning with the local and global workplace to prepare students for a career that fits their interests and talents and draws on the strengths of their liberal arts education.
The Career Awareness Program (CAP)
In the summer before they enroll at Washington College, first-year students complete Focus2, an interest and skills self-assessment. At New Student Orientation, they meet in groups with the Center for Career Development staff to learn about the CAPS’s objectives and expectations. Students will produce a draft resume and create a professional online profile.
Externships, or short-term opportunities to shadow a professional in a career of interest, are available to first year and sophomore students during Spring Break. Students apply for an externship that may last up to three days and are matched to an externship sponsor in an area of the student’s interest.
Students may pursue some internships simply for the experience; other internships earn academic credit. Career Development staff work closely with students to help secure experience internships. Internships for academic credit, which are supervised and evaluated by faculty members, require students to read, research and write about the internship in addition to completing the workplace experience.
Targeted Career Awareness Programs
In Targeted Career Awareness Programs for juniors and seniors, such as Washington College to Wall Street, students research a specific business or career on campus and then travel to spend time with professionals at their worksites. Preparation for the time in the field includes panel presentations, by alumni, parents and friends of the College who work in specific fields, online tutorials about the careers available, and mock employment interviews.
Opportunities for students to connect informally and network with professionals in a variety of careers are also available through phone calls, e-mail exchanges or in-person meetings. Special events that bring practitioners to campus allow students to ask specific questions about careers in their fields.
Graduate School Test Preparation
The Center for Career Development offers assistance in graduate school applications and test preparation for GREs for graduate school, MCATs for medical school, and LSATs for law school.
In addition to these programs, the Center for Career Development helps students and alumni with all aspects of defining their career goals and working to achieve them. We partner with parents and alumni to develop programs and opportunities for students to explore career options, gain experience and define career goals.