Career and Network Navigation Courses
The Professional Pathway is a series of courses dedicated towards helping students build their professional network and gain professional experience starting in their first semester. Whether a student is already on a specific career path or they haven’t even begun to consider career options, the Professional Pathway courses are designed with flexible and immersive assignments that meet students anywhere in the career development process.
During the first year students complete Career and Network Navigation courses each semester. These courses focus on navigating the systems of employment in the United States and include multiple touch points with employers and alumni throughout the experience.
“Through this class [CORE104] I discovered that I am able to think on my feet relatively quickly and efficiently to cohesively respond to questions. The amount of practice that this class had with interviews definitely helped me develop this skill. This class has also taught me that one of the best ways to find out more about a job or major or position is by asking someone in your prospected position to find out more about what the position actually looks like.” -Brittany Thayer ’22, Economics major, Business Management minor
The Honors College Externship
Exclusive to St. Mary’s College, the Honors College Externship serves as a recruitment pipeline for internships with employer partners. This work-based learning course combines hands on experience in the form of structured training and employer developed projects, collectively known as “placement”. Placement is paired in seminar style class led by a St. Mary’s College instructor with industry expertise.
Students are encouraged to select an externship course based on their professional goals. Externships are offered throughout the academic year and summer session. New placement sites are in constant development to meet the needs of the student body.
Current industries include behavioral therapy, emergency medical services, environmental justice, sport management, integrated marketing, sustainable agriculture, non-profit and museum management, professional writing, public health, and arts education.
“I attended the Arts and English Networking Session back in April, and I left with around four business cards and one really good personal connection with an alumni. The Career Center helped me out with communicating professionally with people and how I should interact with them afterwards. I emailed everyone I got a business card from, just as a follow up and to let them know that I appreciated their time. I got responses from everyone and a shadow opportunity from Kevin Wehmueller who works at Taoti in DC. It was such a great opportunity where I learned so much and it has opened up more doors for me to look into after graduation.” –Davita Fennell ‘20, an arts major and an educational studies and computer science minors, attended the Arts and English Networking Session in the Spring of 2019.