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Career Communities launched to better connect students with fields of interest

Lawrence students participate in last year's edition of "The Pitch."
Whether participating in “The Pitch” (here in 2018) or connecting with alumni in your field of interest or applying for internships, Career Communities will provide connections for Lawrence students.

Story by Ed Berthiaume / Communications

Finding internships and other career opportunities, connecting with alumni in fields of interest and being part of conversations with others on similar career paths just got easier for Lawrence University students.

New Career Communities — an online resource guide divided into eight groupings of related fields or potential career interests — are being publicly rolled out to Lawrence University students as the spring term begins.

The Center for Career, Life, and Community Engagement (CLC) has been prepping the Career Communities in recent weeks in anticipation of the spring rollout, part of a heightened effort focused on making sure all Lawrence students are job-market ready when they graduate and are connected to valuable resources as they prepare for life after Lawrence.

“For the first time, we’ve pulled all the resources the university has that support a particular career area and put them all online in a very easy-to-use fashion,” said Anne Jones, interim dean of the CLC.

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The Career Communities are not tied to a particular major. Instead, they’re set up in broader career industry teams. The eight communities include:

Career Communities came out of recommendations from the recent Life After Lawrence study. Staff in the CLC then worked with faculty to develop the eight Career Communities based on job market trends and student interests.

“It’s not meant to be, ‘I’m an English major, what can I do with an English major?’” Jones said. “It’s meant to be more, ‘I’m interested in the area of health care, what does Lawrence have going on or what can they connect me to that will help me validate whether that’s the right career for me or help me get some experience? If I am interested, what can I do to help get myself to be more competitive in the job market or in the graduate school application process?’”

In addition to being a resource for the students, the Career Communities should provide better guidance for faculty, coaches and staff as they work with students on career possibilities, Jones said.

Among the points of interest that are a click away in each of the communities are references to popular jobs in that field, internships, alumni contacts, research and volunteer experiences, student organizations, funding opportunities, upcoming events and links to relevant courses or other academic information.

Students do not have to stick to just one of the Career Communities. Exploration is part of the process.

“We hope students will explore multiple communities that align with their interests, goals and post-graduation plans,” Jones said.

Lawrence named one of the country’s top “Colleges That Pay You Back”

The Princeton Review has named Lawrence University one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking an exceptional education with great career preparation and at an affordable price.

Princeton-Review_bang-for-Buck_newsblogLawrence was included in the education services company’s 2016 edition of its just released book “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.”

Lawrence and UW-Madison were the only two Wisconsin institutions to be included in the book.

The Princeton Review selected the schools based on return on investment (ROI) ratings it tallied for 650 schools last year. The ratings weighted 40 data points that covered everything from academics, cost, and financial aid to graduation rates, student debt, and alumni salaries and job satisfaction.

Lawrence also was included on the book’s sublist of the top 25 Best Schools for Making an Impact, which was based on student ratings and responses to survey questions covering community service opportunities, student government, sustainability efforts and on-campus student engagement.Princeton-Review-Book_newsblog

“One of the things we like about this particular ranking is its heavy emphasis on assessing the return on investment families make,” said Ken Anselment, Lawrence’s dean of admissions and financial aid, “Our student and alumni success shines a bright light on the great things that happen at Lawrence.”

In its profile of Lawrence, The Princeton Review editors cited the college for its “rigorous academic experience” and for extolling “the values of a liberal education as a means by which to build character, think critically, and create opportunities for choice.”

Students surveyed for the book described Lawrence as “a very close-knit community” and Appleton as “a great little town with a lot of good restaurants, bars and cafes.”

In the “Career Information” section of the profile, Lawrence earned an exceptional ROI rating score of 89, with median starting salaries for graduates of $36,400 and median mid-career salaries of $89,500.

Princeton-ReviewBang-for-Buck_newsblog2Schools included in the book “stand out not only for their outstanding academics, but also for their affordability via comparatively low sticker prices and/or generous financial aid to students with need or both” according to Robert Franek, lead author and The Princeton Review’s Senior VP/Publisher.

“Students at these colleges also have access to extraordinary career services programs from their freshman year on, plus a lifetime of alumni connections and post-grad support,” said Franek.

Of the 200 schools profiled in the book, 66 are public and 134 are private. There were also nine tuition-free schools included.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College” and Fiske’s Guide to Colleges 2016. Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.