Senior Initiative

If you have not visited the Career Development Office-it's not too late.

Senior Initiative Barnard Career Development's workshop series is designed for students who are beginning their job search.  The workshop series will help graduating students with navigating today’s job market and ultimately excelling in their desired careers.  Through a series of customized core programs students will learn how to effectively search and apply for jobs; market themselves to prospective employers; communicate effectively in and out of the workplace; and make lasting connections with other professionals. After the core classes are completed, participants will be paired with a career counselor who will work directly with them to support and customize their career development and senior year job search.


Section 1

  • Monday, February 13th (Resume Beyond the Basics  - Branding Yourself)

  • Wednesday, February 15th (Networking like a Pro)

  • Monday, February 20th (Conducting a Comprehensive Job Search)

  • Wednesday, February 22nd (Five Keys to a Successful Interview)

Section 2  

  • Tuesday, February 14th (Resume Beyond the Basics - Branding Yourself)

  • Thursday, February 16th (Networking like a Pro)

  • Tuesday, February 21st (Conducting a Comprehensive Job Search)

  • Thursday, February 23rd (Five Keys to a Successful Interview)

Senior Initiative Workshops: 

Resume Beyond the Basics - Branding Yourself

Your resume should effectively market your skills and abilities to the employer.  This workshop will help you to illustrate your accomplishments and achievements to get you noticed by the employer.

Networking like a Pro

Seventy to eighty percent of jobs go unadvertised.  What does this mean for seniors looking for full-time jobs? You must be networking! Though students know that networking is a crucial part of the job search, many times they are still unclear about exactly how to go about doing so.  Learn how to build upon your network by locating, contacting, and following-up with professionals, both in-person and online.

Conducting a Comprehensive Job Search

In the current economic climate, one needs to employ a variety of tactics that effectively implement a job search. Learn strategy that brings job opportunities in both the open and hidden job market. 

Five Keys to a Successful Interview

A resume and cover letter will get you an interview, but the interview is what gets you the job!  Though you will never quite know exactly what will be asked during an interview, proper training and practice can prepare for whatever comes your way. Learn what to do before, during, and after an interview to make the best possible impression, communicate your message, and land the job.

Additional Opportunities

Take a Barnard Student to Work Day

On Take a Barnard Student to Work Day, you will be matched with an alumna and visit her workplace for a one-day event: Friday, March 24This day will allow you to get a first-hand look at a company’s culture, along with the day-to-day aspects of a particular industry or position. Most of all, you will have an invaluable opportunity to network with enthusiastic alumnae and build connections in your field of interest.

Career Assessments

You will be paired with a Career Counselor who will work with you independently on your career development and job search.  If you are unsure of what you want, you can take career assessments that will help you understand your preferences and tendencies:  exactly the information you'll need to choose a career you can be passionate about.

  • Strong's Interest Inventory-This personality assessment tool helps indicate your preferred manner of taking in and evaluating information; it will identify your preferred style of working, decision-making, and communicating.  This survey can help you evaluate how likely you are to thrive in a particular job setting.

  • MBTI -The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is designed to help you select a career field that that fits your personality make-up.


For more information about this program please contact Barnard Career Development at