Embark! A First-Year Career Retreat

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A First-Year Career Retreat

Retreat dates: Friday, January 19 – Sunday, January 21, 2024
Deadline to register: Monday, November 27 by 5pm

Career Education is excited to offer Embark! A First-Year Career Retreat for all interested first-year students. This free weekend-long immersive program will allow you to feel equipped with a metaphorical backpack of tools you’ll need to begin your career exploration.

Join us to connect with Career Education, discover how to identify and utilize your values and strengths through our assessments and activities, hear career stories from your Wellesley sibs, and learn about the variety of opportunities that are available to you as a Wellesley student, like funded internships, study abroad, and research. We hope that you will use Embark to begin to nurture a community of support among peers through engaging and interactive activities and conversations intended to encourage your curiosity, flexibility, persistence, risk-taking, and optimism. 

This is a great place to start your career exploration, and we'll have fun along the way! 

By participating in Embark, you will be able to...

  1. Identify your existing skills and begin to build additional essential career communication skills  

    • Resumes

    • Cover letters

    • Interviewing 

  2. Identify your values and strengths that may inform choices related to your career development

  3. Identify and utilize resources to support your career and overall development

    • LinkedIn 

    • The Hive

    • Career Education Resources 

  4. Gain exposure to career development theories and develop your own career mindset 

  5. Gain exposure to life and career trajectories that reflect the diversity of the Wellesley student and alum communities

Plus: Embark participants will have early access to our summer 2024 SHIPs, SHort Internship Projects!

All Embark participants will also be eligible to apply for our summer 2024 SHort Internship Projects (SHIPs). SHIPs are short-term experiences that are designed by unbundling long-term internships and separating out individual projects. These are great opportunities for first-year students to learn new skills, make connections with our alums and employers, and try out something new during their first summer. First-year students will have early access for our summer 2024 SHIPs if they complete Embark. More information to be provided in the spring semester. 


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  • When does Embark take place?
    This free retreat will take place on weekend before spring classes begin on Friday, January 19 – Sunday, January 21, with plenty of time left on Sunday for you to unwind and prepare for your week ahead. 
  • When do I need to register?
    Registration will open on Wednesday, November 1st and will close on Monday, November 27 at 5pm
  • Is Embark taking place on campus?
    Yes! Embark will take place on campus. Embark participants will plan to move back in on the morning of Friday, January 19. Embark programming will start at 6pm on Friday. There will be no additional housing charges for participating students.
  • What is the schedule of Embark?
    Friday, January 19th || 6:00pm - 8:30pm ... Saturday, January 20th || 9:00am - 4:30pm ... Sunday, January 21st || 9:00am - 2:00pm 
  • When will I know more about the Short Internship Projects for summer 2024?
    More information will be available in the spring 2024 semester. Stay tuned! But feel free to send questions to Hayley McIlvaine at hm100@wellesley.edu.
  • Count me in! How do I sign up for Embark?
    You can find the registration link here! Registration will open on November 1, 2023.
  • What if I already have a scheduled conflict?
    If you are interested but unable to participate, please email Hayley McIlvaine at hm100@wellesley.edu with information regarding your conflict so you may receive additional information this spring.  
  • What if I have more questions?
    Feel free to send all questions to Hayley McIlvaine at hm100@wellesley.edu.