Top Ten Career Services

Warren Wilson College is ranked No. 6 overall in Princeton’s Reviews 2018 list of schools with “Best Career Services.”

How do we provide such outstanding support? It all begins with the four L’s.

  • Learn: Staff come into the classroom to help students make the connections from the liberal arts programs to exciting careers and graduate school.
  • Leverage: Staff work with students to build relationships to find summer work opportunities, internships, fellowships, and alumni networking opportunities – all are part of the package for every student.
  • Launch: Staff support students to develop resumes, apply for jobs and practice interviews.
  • Land: We don’t quit when you graduate – staff help manage the transition to the professional world, share your successes with new students.

Building Connections

Interested in learning more about an occupation? Eager to find alumni who are working internationally? Hoping to start your own business? Through your OWLink Profile, you’ll connect with our network of alumni and friends who want to help you learn, connect, explore, and succeed.

You will also have the opportunity to build your network through on-campus programming, including:

  • Summer JAM
  • Alumni Connection Socials
  • Industry panels
  • Graduate school fairs

One of the things that I learned from Warren Wilson that I took with me throughout my career was the work ethic.

Nate Gazaway '00

Nate Gazaway ’00 is Vice President of Global Customer Success at Veeva Systems, a software development firm for the Global Life Sciences industry. As a student at Warren Wilson, he served on the Landscaping Crew and the Tree Crew. He went on to work at a landscaping company in Atlanta where he learned the software logistics program that led to his current role as a Senior Leader in a large software development firm.

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A Career Trek 

CareerTreks are free trips that you take with Career Center staff. Through CareerTreks, you can tour agencies, learn about career paths and fields, network with alumni, and visit graduate schools. A recent CareerTrek to Atlanta included tours of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Feminist Women’s Health Center, Hands on Atlanta, Skyland Trail, and more. Students also developed their network by sharing dinner with local alumni and friends.

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Finding her Path

Deanna Dragan ’15, Psychology major, came to Warren Wilson interested in working with children and immediately began Community Engagement work during her freshman year. This work gave her the insight she needed to realize that working with children was not, in fact, what she loved doing. After connecting with Career Center staff to reflect and process, she changed her major to Psychology, began volunteering at a treatment program for the elderly, and upon graduation, enrolled in a Ph.D. program for geropsychology at the University of Alabama. Learning by doing and reflecting throughout her college experience helped Deanna find her place post graduation.

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Gaining Clarity

Finding your career doesn’t have to be conventional. A partnership between Career Services and Spiritual Life has led to the development of Clearness Committees. Clearness Committees are a tool for working through big questions, like “What should I major in?”, “What do I want to do after graduation?”, or “Which of these two opportunities should I accept?” Based on the belief that we all have the answer within ourselves, the process utilizes trained students who ask open and honest questions of the focus person wrestling with their decision.