Exploration Community

The Exploration Community is designed to help you answer questions that will move you towards the life you want to lead. Career exploration is the process of learning about yourself, about career options, and planning for the life you imagine after Denison. Figuring out the right career path for yourself can seem like a daunting task but the earlier you start, the easier it will be. You will be able to narrow your career focus by learning about yourself through program participation, engaging with alumni and potential employers, and using available resources. While many students will begin their post-grad planning here then join career-specific communities, students and alumni are welcome at any time as they consider various career options.

The Journey Program

The Denison Journey Program is designed to help you think about your future with excitement, possibility, and promise and support you in breaking down the steps to get there into small, manageable pieces.  All students are encouraged to participate in the Journey Program – but the optimal time for participation is the summer before your Sophomore year, during your Sophomore year, or the summer after your Sophomore year.

Steps in Career Exploration

Career Exploration can seem daunting. Breaking it down to a few actionable steps will help you manage and even enjoy the process! The Knowlton Center team is here to assist you and we look forward to working with you! Click below to learn more about each step in the process.

  • Engage

    • Engage in your collegiate experience beyond your academics. There is no need to join several organizations just to list them on your resume.
    • Think about what interests you, what you are curious about, where you want to spend time?
    • Choose a few co-curricular activities and go deep, try to rise to leadership roles as an upperclassman.
    • Challenge yourself to do something different and out of your comfort zone.
  • Reflect

    • The next four years will go fast, maybe not every moment or every class but it will be important to find time to check in with yourself and ask…
    • Are the things that I am doing what I want to be doing?
    • What do I enjoy, what do I no longer enjoy?
    • What type of life do I want after Denison? Where?
  • Create Your Career Action Plan

    • As you begin to think about different careers, make a list of questions you have.
    • Design a plan for how you will get the answers using Knowlton Center resources, professors, peers, and professionals in the field.
    • Consider how you will use your time while on the hill and off over the next few years. Use this Career Exploration Action Plan to guide you!
  • Meet with a Career Coach

    • Every student is in a unique place in their career planning process.
    • We are happy to meet with you whether you have a very defined plan or you have no idea at all as to what you want after Denison.
    • If you have never met with a career coach, meet with one of our Peer Coaches first (see below).
    • If you have met with a staff member prior, reengage by scheduling an appointment with one of our career coaches.

Drop-in for Peer Coaching

If you are new to the Knowlton Center, the best place to start is with our Peer Coaches. Peer Coaches are Seniors who will walk you through what you can expect from the Knowlton Center, how to take advantage of the many resources you have available to you, how to leverage the 1:1 Career Coaching we provide and help you get started on basics like your resume. Drop-in for Peer Coaching on the 3rd floor of Burton Morgan. Peer Coaches are available:

  • MONDAYS:  9:30 AM – 1:30 PM   &   3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • TUESDAYS:  9:00 AM – 10 AM   &   11:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • WEDNESDAYS:  9:30 AM – 11:30 PM
  • THURSDAYS:  11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • FRIDAYS:  9:30 AM- 12:30 PM & 2:30PM-3:30 Pm

Internship Spotlight: Joan Do-Truong ’23

Name: Joan Do-Truong

Major(s): Educational Studies and Women & Gender Studies

Class Year: 2023

Organization Name: The City School

Intern Title: Staff Lead Facilitator

Describe your internship roles, responsibilities, and significant contributions. 

Throughout my internship, I had the opportunity to …

By Ashley Strausser
Ashley Strausser
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KESEM: Summer Volunteer Opportunity!

Do you want to join a team of service-oriented students in a volunteer position this summer?

Good news!

Camp Kesem is holding our first-ever in-person camp this summer!

Kesem is a nationwide nonprofit benefitting children who have been impacted by …

By Ellie Meynardie
Ellie Meynardie Volunteer Coordinator
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A Day in the Life of…

Every other week the Career Exploration Career Community will highlight a particular career. If anything sounds of interest, use all available resources such as Firsthand (formerly Vault),  the Occupational Outlook Handbook, O*Net, and our coaching staff to learn more about …

By Calista Duggan
Calista Duggan Drop-In Peer Coach
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Internship Spotlight: JeSean Johnson ’22

Hello! My name is JeSean Johnson and I am a Communication major and French minor. I am currently a senior and had the wonderful opportunity to work with a renowned nonprofit this past summer which help me get more exposure …

By JeSean Johnson
JeSean Johnson Communications Intern
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Alumni Spotlight: Alfonso Henderson ’15

Alfonso Henderson graduated in 2015 with a Political Science degree and a minor in Anthropology and Sociology. Since then, Alfonso received his MSW from Boston College School of Social Work and now works as the Clinical Director at The Dimock …

By Jess Spitzer
Jess Spitzer
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Knowlton Center Guides and How-to Info

This guide provides sophomores with actionable items that will aid their career exploration and planning process.

This guide provides recommendations for first-year students as they begin the career exploration process.

LinkedIn Learning Courses

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Success Habits

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Open Jobs & Internships

Please note that this list is a sampling of featured jobs and internships. For a full list, visit Handshake.

Knowlton Center Career Tools

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