Creating warm career connections

21 February 2023
Rachel Leatham
Rachel Leatham, Associate Director

After tracking thousands of people over the course of 85 years, the Harvard Study of Adult Development has found the factor that correlates with good living: good relationships. Our work in the Career Center helps students to learn how to build and maintain rewarding professional relationships that can sustain and propel them throughout their lifetimes. 

Carls are responding to our efforts with enthusiasm, seeking out opportunities to connect with peers and alumni to learn about the world of work. At last weekend’s inaugural Sophomore Summit, more than 40 sophomores learned from recent alumni about their career journeys after Carleton. Paul DeBettignies, lead tech recruiter in Minnesota, shared insights about networking and connecting with hiring officials. Students were also able to get a professional photo to bolster their online presence. At our winter Career Jam in January, over 50 students spent a few hours on a Saturday learning from peer career leaders about how to find an opportunity and navigate the application process. 

We are excited about offering these opportunities to help Carleton students to make personal connections. In conversations, they can listen deeply, ask questions, and discover more about how their interests and skills align with meaningful careers. At the end of the day, if we can create and nurture warm connections among our students that enhance a sense of belonging and purpose, we are doing well. We invite you to share more with your students about the meaningful connections that you have benefited from over your lifetime and how they have contributed to your own sense of wellbeing.