Developing Next Generation Career Services

Strategies for Increasing Alumni and Employer Engagement

Topics: Internships and Co-Op Programs, Career Services, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Student Employment, Experiential Learning

Shifting from Sole Organizer to Key Resource

Career Services Becomes a Crossroads for Wesleyan Students and Alumni

Unlike in traditional alumni clubs or affi nity groups, alumni are the primary organizers of Wesleyan’s networking communities. When Digital Wesleyan was formed, career services partnered with institutional advancement and the President’s offi ce to organize the fi rst event and recruited several alumni to run the community. Afterward, the career office took a hands-off approach, providing some logistical support but
mainly letting alumni take the lead in terms of organizing events and shaping discussions.


Council interviewees suggested that Digital Wesleyan is part of a larger plan to make the career services office a crossroads for the university community, creating new forums where students and alumni connect around broad terrains.

Shifting from Sole Organizer to Key Resource

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Developing a Richer Space for Interactions

"Success Stories Up and Down the Ladder"