What can you do with your major? How can you leverage your interests and academic work for employment after Stonehill? What steps should you be taking now to ensure your professional readiness after graduation? The Pathways to Careers program will help you integrate your liberal arts education into the career exploration process by examining each of these questions and helping you align your academic and co-curricular pursuits to skills and career readiness competencies that are in demand by employers today.
There are six pathways that you can explore, and each incorporates academic development through coursework at Stonehill, professional development through an internship that provides experiential learning, and personal development through continuous self-reflection to better understand and communicate who you are, what it is you want to do and why, and how you are prepared to do it. The focus of the pathways are:
- Social Media
- Data Analysis & Management
- Development and Fundraising/Nonprofit Management
- Sales, Business Development & Relationship Management
- Public Policy and Administration
- IT Networking and Support
Each pathway has four components:
1. Professional Development
All students complete a 1-credit Professional Development Seminar introducing you to professional readiness concepts, such as resume and cover letter writing, networking and interviewing skills. In addition, the course will examine all of the Pathway options, utilizing subject matter experts as guest speakers.
All students will connect with at least three mentors through the Pathways program: an alumni mentor, a faculty mentor (different from their assigned faculty advisor) and a career mentor in the Career Development Center. Mentors will help students to identify ways to increase marketable skills, as well as to articulate the value of their liberal arts education to prospective employers, graduate schools or service organizations.
3. Experiential Learning
After completing the Professional Development Seminar, you will select a pathway (or more than one) to pursue at Stonehill. Each Pathway path takes the students on a different course: a pathway may encourage a double major or the addition of a minor, while some pathways can be satisfied with a particular class at Stonehill. All Pathways will culminate with an internship experience allowing the student to practice the skills in a professional environment and gain experience to make them more competitive in the marketplace.
4. Personal Development
You will be intentionally engaged in conversations that require self-reflection and assessment to help you process your thoughts and experiences. This process will empower you to create, reflect upon and revise your personalized development plan that integrates coursework and high-impact learning experiences. You will take into account the types and appropriate timing of experiences, the reason for engaging in them, the articulation of and reflection on your experiences, and the appropriate revision of your plan following each period of reflection. Over time, you will clarify and achieve a deeper understanding and awareness of who you are and be able to articulate your own unique story, which you will do in a short video.