Start Early. Start Now.
Start Early. Start Now: Gain Awareness and Create Confidence
Denison is moving the arrow on career exploration. Instead of following the accepted model, which focuses on the final months of college, here we find that the best time to start to develop professional readiness is during the first two years of college. When students begin this process early, they have the time to lay a solid foundation that leads to a career based on personal values, strengths, interests and lifestyle goals.
During the first two years at college, students develop a sense of self and build confidence. The Knowlton Center parallels this journey with specific — and fun — programs that help students begin to think about their futures and connect them with people who can help them navigate and network as they more from awareness of themselves and their interests to exploration of those interests.
These programs include the Possibility Project, a team-based initiative in which students meet weekly in guided workshops to plan and think about how their academic and co-curricular experiences will enhance their professional lives. Another program, Safety Net-Working, links students with mentors of different ages and experience levels. Younger alumni share their “starting off” stories, while older alumni and parents contribute their extensive experience and advice. Road trips, organized by professional interest, geographical regions or special interests, take place over a break in the academic year and connect groups of students with alumni and parents across the country.
These programs are designed to build confidence, explore interests and prepare students for an accelerated process in their junior and senior years.