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Industry-specific networking, career pathways launched

The Career Advancement Center began offering small, industry-specific networking sessions to help students explore options and make important connections in different areas.

Students at all levels and in any major attended a number of these new events over the past academic year to gain insight from alumni and other industry professionals in health care and science, business, insurance, art, and other areas.

Kelsie Miller ’15 returned to campus to participate in the first-ever Careers in Insurance panel for one reason: She wants students to understand the big opportunities available in her industry.

“I wish I would’ve known about insurance when I was a student,” Miller said. 

Dan Turk ’15 returned to campus for a small lunchtime meeting with students to share his advice on landing a job as an investment banking analyst.

The new networking events align with the College’s career pathways website, unveiled in early 2016.

Career pathways comprise specialized communities that Lake Forest students can join for help in matching their interest with career preparation. The pathways are organized into occupational specialties: creative arts; health and science; law, policy, and nonprofit; business and finance; and “build your own,” for students whose interests cross several communities or who prefer to invest in personal development before selecting more specialized pathways.

“The pathways align with key strengths in the College’s academic program, outcomes track record, and expected areas for labor market growth,” Lisa Hinkley, associate vice president for careers and professional development, said.

Each pathway is led by a team of advisors comprising faculty, staff members, and College trustees. Students can see on the website related upcoming events—like networking opportunities—learn about majors and minors, read profiles of students’ experiences, and read about alumni who have created their own versions of success within a pathway