In alignment with Georgia State’s College to Career Initiative, WomenLead incorporates career preparedness into its curriculum in order to help students become aware of career competencies, connect those competencies to the work they do in their majors, and demonstrate their proficiency of transferable skills.
As a University-wide cross-disciplinary “college-to-career”-focused for-credit Professional Signature Experience course for high-achieving undergraduate women and men, WomenLead provides ample opportunities for students to develop and practice skills that will enhance their career readiness that coincide with those identified by The National Association of Colleges and Employers. These opportunities include:
- Building self-awareness of one’s own values, leadership, and working style (e.g., Hermann Brain Dominance Inventory, Career Leader Assessment, StrengthFinders, Three Colors of Worldview)
- Enhancing written and oral communication skills by working with Writing Across the Curriculum consultants on reflection papers
- Networking with community and business leaders through Power Networking, at corporate visits, etc.
- Working with mentors through Engagement Interviews
- Improving professional presence through résumés, LinkedIn profiles, and final project presentations to faculty and community leaders
WomenLead alumnae Jasmin Gomez, Ashley Finley, Jenna Aungst, Esther Joung, and Rahela Anghel share their reflections on what they gained from participating in the WomenLead Professional Signature Experience Program, specifically how the skills and confidence they learned helped them launch or grow their professional careers.
In 15 weeks, the WomenLead course allows us to introduce the particular diversity that women’s talents and approaches bring to leadership as well as identify women’s tendencies that may be counter to the predominant workplace culture which rewards competitiveness and self-promotion. Our students’ growth in confidence and professional presence in one semester is remarkable and they routinely ask “what’s next?”
WomenLead sponsors programmatic career-preparedness efforts that serve our current students as well as our over 950 alumni, with an aim to identify the skills or experiences that will best facilitate career preparedness and success.
Our program is uniquely positioned to seek expert input on the particular skills, experiences, or knowledge that would benefit our students with major employers throughout Atlanta. We maintain relationships with our alumni and we’ve built relationships with more than 200 community and business leaders, as well as Georgia State staff, who have engaged directly with our WomenLead students, and frequently offer to provide other extra-curricular support.