Nothing will prepare you for success like a broad, rigorous four-year liberal arts education. But before you go out into the professional world, you need some basic skills to help you take that first step on your life's journey after college.
Career Term is a series of intensive experience-based workshops at the end of Winter Break designed to help sophomores get a head start on their career goals and put professional skills into practice.
Career Term workshops emphasize self-awareness to assist students in building confidence and clarity in decision making about their future; practical and professional skill building to capitalize on opportunities; and communication skills for the real world.
Workshops cover topics such as résumé writing and job interview skills, graduate school planning and preparations, how to find an internship, professional dress and etiquette, networking and personal branding, and professional communication. Hendrix alumni share their professional experiences, answer students' career questions, and offer students important insight on networking and making connections in the professional world.
The Hendrix Office of Career Services will host a two-and-a-half-day pilot version of Career Term during winter break in January 2018 for a limited number of sophomores. Career Term will expand to include more students the following year, and in January 2020 will be available to all Hendrix sophomores.
Hendrix wants to help students to begin to think about their career goals and practice the professional skills they need to reach their goals … before they finish their degree and enter the job market. One of the priorities of our strategic plan is to increase the proportion of students who have an internship or summer research experience by the time they graduate, with an ultimate goal of 100 percent participation. And our $100 million Be Hendrix campaign includes fundraising for a new Center for Career Services.
Offering an intensive series of workshops for career skills at the end of winter break and before the spring semester begins was a creative solution based on our academic calendar. Many students are ready to return to campus after the new year begins. But once spring semester classes begin, scheduling a multi-day workshop series would conflict with many students' course schedules and commitments. This time period is also more convenient for bringing in alumni presenters.
Other colleges do offer programs, but they usually focus on one skill at a time (e.g., résumé writing, interviewing). With single-skill workshops, students tend to take advantage of them only as graduation approaches. But waiting until senior year puts students at a real disadvantage in the job market. Career Term targets sophomores so that they're better prepared for their job search by the time they graduate.
Yes, it does. A broad, rigorous, hands-on liberal arts education is one of the best ways students can prepare for lives of meaning and accomplishment. But students need a chance to learn and practice skills such as résumé writing and interviewing, personal branding, and professional communication, dress, etiquette, and networking. And they need to practice these skills long before their senior year so they're ready for the next step on their journey after college.
Connecting Hendrix students with Hendrix alumni is one of Career Term's biggest benefits. Our alumni are an incredible professional resource for students, and they are very eager to help students sharpen skills that will appeal to potential employers. They're proof positive that a broad, hands-on, rigorous liberal arts education from Hendrix prepares students for success after graduation.
Career Term concludes with a morning of service projects in the local community because students learn about themselves, their values, and the needs of the world around them when they serve others.
"I majored in English, but I took enough accounting and economics courses to move in the path I wanted, which was leadership through business. I knew I either wanted to go into politics or business when I was 16. Hendrix was great for me. It was very small. It was even smaller than my high school, but it was a place where I could be a big fish in a small pond. One of my lines within the company is that we want to play where we can be a big fish in a small pond. That strategy is a lot better than being a small fish in a big ocean."
Bracken Darrell '85