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Hendrix College Launches New Career Term

CONWAY, Ark. (January 9, 2018) – Hendrix College sophomores will get intensive career preparation through a new program called Career Term: Skills for Success after Hendrix

Career Term will feature a series of experience-based workshops designed to help students get a head start on their career goals and put professional skills into practice. 

While other colleges offer job skills programs on an a la carte basis, Hendrix is making an intensive career and professional skills program part of its academic calendar.

The Hendrix Office of Career Services will host a two-and-a-half-day pilot version of Career Term during winter break 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 (the Class of 2022) at no additional cost. 

“Career Term is a new model in higher education. And it’s a much better one for all students,” said Hendrix President Bill Tsutsui. “With one-off skills 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.”

“We don’t want to see the deer-in-the-headlights stare from seniors during their final semester when we ask them what they’re doing after commencement,” said Tsutsui. “With Career Term, we want students to begin to think about their goals and practice the professional skills they will need to reach their goals before they finish their degree and enter the job market.”

Hendrix took a similar approach to hands-on learning when it launched the Odyssey Program in 2005, Tsutsui said. Through Odyssey, every Hendrix student completes at least three hands-on learning experiences before they graduate.   

“Hendrix was one of the first colleges to really make hands-on learning a core part of its curriculum,” Tsutsui said. “By making Career Term something that every student participates in, we’re applying the same model to career preparation skills that Hendrix pioneered with Odyssey.”

Career Term supports the College’s current strategic plan goal of 100 percent student participation in an internship or summer research experience by the time they graduate, Tsutsui said. One of the College’s $110 million Be Hendrix campaign priorities is a new Center for Career Services that will be “at the forefront of liberal arts colleges nationwide in graduating students ready for graduate training or career-focused employment,” he added.

This year’s pilot Career Term will begin on Thursday, January 11, 2018, and will conclude on Saturday, January 13, 2018, following a morning of service projects in the Conway community.

Workshops will 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. Career Term session leaders will include Hendrix alumni, staff, and trustees with expertise in particular areas of skill development.

A panel of Hendrix alumni will share their professional experiences and answer students’ career questions, and an alumni networking event will help students make vital connections in the professional world. 

Connecting Hendrix students with Hendrix alumni is one of Career Term’s biggest benefits, Tsutsui said.

“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,” said Tsutsui. “They’re proof positive that a broad, hands-on, rigorous liberal arts education from Hendrix prepares students for success after graduation.”

One of the priorities of the Hendrix College Strategic Plan 2015-2020 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 the College’s $110 million Be Hendrix campaign includes fundraising for a new Center for Career Services, Tsutsui added. 

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About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit