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Professional Pathways

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Your path is unique. We are here to help you build it. Pathways are a place to find your people, experiment with possibilities, and connect your passions to your purpose in the world of work. Six Pathways, grouped by industry interest areas, introduce you to a variety of careers and ways to gain experience toward a potential professional future. The paths encourage collaboration. Here you’ll create a Life Design Team consisting of peers, faculty, employers, alumnae and staff who care about the same things you do, and serve as sources of guidance and connections.

Begin at the Beginning

Start by accepting where you are. Maybe you have a very clear idea of what you want to do or become after graduation. Or maybe you aren't really sure about the classes you chose for your first semester. Either way, acknowledge your starting point. This means taking time to reflect on what engages you and gives you energy. 

Explore Careers

Build Your Network

By some estimates, nearly 80% of opportunities are found through networking. Building a network of professional relationships is best started before you’re seeking an opportunity, even from your first year, and will continue throughout Smith and as an alumna.

While it’s not appropriate to ask a networking contact for a job, internship, or housing, by connecting with people in your field of interest you can:

  • Hear advice on getting started and advancing in a field
  • Learn about career-specific resources and get the names of others to talk to
  • Find out about opportunities before they’re posted

Reach Out

Informational interviews—one-on-one conversations with people whose careers interest you—are a great tool to start building both your career knowledge and your network.

Networking works! You’ll discover most people like talking about themselves and their career paths and offering advice to those starting out.