LIST OF SOME LAUNCH ENDEAVORS

Pathways for Majors: Meetings with students in specific departments to focus on career and graduate school opportunities in their fields. Programs led by the Office of Life Planning (OLP) and selected faculty from the department. The events include overviews of OLP services, alumni panels, and discussion of graduate school application process. Several departments, such as History, Mathematics, and Religious Studies—have co-hosted events with the OLP, and we would be glad to support more. Interested departments should contact the OLP.

Armington Hall Focus: One of the goals of the Launch endeavor is to help students start thinking about issues of transition earlier in their college experience. We all know the challenges of second-semester students who make their first trip to a career advisor just weeks before Commencement. To help promote this, we have focused some efforts on Armington Hall—home to large numbers of sophomores. Resident director Josh Canada has worked with the OLP to develop a focus group, a newsletter, and skills workshops.

First Destinations Survey: We are joining with the National Association for Colleges and Employers to participate in an extensive study of the graduates of the class of 2014. This will be the first comprehensive effort in some time to learn where our graduates land in the first months after Commencement.

Career Cafés: Held in the evenings in the library on the first Monday of every month, the Career Cafés have been occasions for student to discuss job searches, resumé writing, and social media searches, while enjoying lattés and bakery goods. The events have occasionally been sponsored by employers and attended by recruiters. So far, the new evening format appears to have been very popular with students.