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Career Pathways at Lake Forest College
When Sangjun Hornewer ’20 needed an internship to fulfill an essential component of her Lake Forest College In The Loop experience this semester, she turned to her Career Pathway Leader at the Career Advancement Center for help.
“Danielle Kelly, the Pathway Leader for Creative Arts and Communication, and I established a game plan so I could secure an internship before the start of the program in mid-January,” the communication major and Spanish and journalism double-minor said.
The College facilitates five career communities—the Career Pathways— to help students explore majors and career options and position themselves for internships that will help them further prepare for productive and rewarding careers after graduation. The Pathways are: Business and Finance; Law and Public Service; Creative Arts and Communication; Science and Health Care; and Build Your Own. Faculty, staff, alumni, employers, and trustees act as mentors for students in the Career Pathway communities.
“Over winter break, Danielle and I were constantly in touch about my progress on my resume, applications, and interviews,” Hornewer said. With a prized manuscripts editorial internship at The University of Chicago Press available, “Danielle advocated for me for about a month and a half while I demonstrated my editing and proofreading skills through a variety of required rigorous tests.”
In the end, Hornewer landed that internship and, on her own, secured a second as a literacy intern at Open Books. “The CAC’s Career Pathways situated me in two great internships in
downtown Chicago that both inform my future career path in different ways,” she said. “I am definitely gaining the perspective I need to make a decision about what careers I will pursue.”
Results like this are common at Lake Forest, thanks to the Career Pathways and the adoption of Handshake, an early-talent network for students and alumni that uses a mobile-friendly, modern format.
“These resources help us to open new doors for our students,” CAC Interim Director Colleen Monks said. “Not only has Handshake expanded our network with employers posting over 4,000 jobs so far this year, but our Career Pathway communities help us to develop strategic employer partnerships and provide students with access to valuable internships like never before.”