Stanford offers several courses designed to help students explore how their interests and passions can lead to meaningful work.
Connecting concepts and interests from classes to careers can be daunting. You have the skills, but discovering, articulating, and applying them may seem elusive. Some fields of work don’t seem connected to specific majors, and some majors are not connected to specific fields of work.
Designed specifically for humanities students, this course connects the dots between the hallmark skills honed through a liberal arts education, and how they can be used in the working world. It’s designed to give students a taste of 10 career fields in just 10 weeks.
Each week we’ll have guest alumni or industry experts on hand to walk you though their field—giving a glimpse into their jobs, providing a peek into what a typical day might look like, and delivering a hands-on project pulled from an actual workday. Representing industries like marketing & advertising, government, media & journalism, social impact, business, and more, these guest speakers will help you translate your coursework into professional options. The last two weeks are reserved for industries chosen by students themselves… you!
You’ll take a proactive role in defining what meaningful work looks like to you, through hands-on exercises like building your personal brand pyramid and charting a career campaign, reflective activities, and group interaction. This is a 10-week tasting flight of industries, but you’ll also leave with tangible takeaways that will help you build a bridge from college to career.
Through this course, you’ll gain exposure to new industries and the ability to articulate skills employers value. You’ll come away with a clearer sense of how you feel about ten potential career fields, and materials you can use to land that summer internship or first job.
Priority given to undergraduate students in the humanities and arts. Enrollment limited to 20.
This course guides graduate students in creating a professional ePortfolio and establishing an online presence. The course includes seminar-style presentations and discussions, opportunities for feedback with career mentors, classmates, alumni, employers, and other community members using think-aloud protocols and peer review approaches. Curriculum modules focus on strategies for telling your story in the digital environment, platform considerations, evidence and architecture, visual design and user experience. Open to all graduate students and majors.
This course is a partnership between Stanford’s dSchool, BEAM, and VPUE. It uses design thinking to address the “wicked problem” of designing your life and career.
The class offers a framework, tools, and most importantly a place and a community of peers and mentors where we’ll work on these issues through assigned readings, reflections, and in-class exercises. The course employs a design thinking approach to help students from any major navigatethe challenges of their twenty-something “Odyssey Years” and develop a constructive and effective approach to finding and designing their vocation after Stanford. Open only to Juniors and Seniors. For more information, visit the Designing Your Life course page.
This course, brought to you by Stanford’s dSchool, BEAM, and VPUE, uses a Design Thinking approach to help Freshmen and Sophomores learn practical tools and ideas to make the most of their Stanford experience. Topics include the purpose of college, major selection, educational wayfinding, and innovating college outcomes - all applied through an introduction to Design Thinking. This seminar class incorporates small group discussion, in-class activities, field exercises, personal reflection, and individual coaching. For more information, visit the Designing Your Stanford course page.
Throughout the year, banner events provide a variety of ways to engage with communities at Stanford. The annual banner events below are tailored for students and developed to support their diverse interests. Together with our meetups, labs, and Venture events, they contribute to a full calendar of opportunities all year.
Frosh Winter Warm Up welcomes the frosh class to their career community and the resources available to them. Attracting hundreds of students every year, this rite of passage connects students to their Career Community Team, campus partners, alumni, upperclassmen, opportunities, and their peers through various activities.
The Expert in Residence program hosted by the Frosh/Soph Career Community Team invites notable alumni from various career fields – ranging from arts to finance - to campus to discuss their work with students. Often including experiential activities simulating their work, these alumni take an active role in helping undeclared students discover their interests and learn about the world of work. Expert in Residence events are held throughout the academic year.
This event takes place BEFORE the Opportunity Job Fair in January and brings employers, alumni, and students together for resume reviews, interview preparation, and networking opportunities. Employers and alumni offer feedback during this event to better prepare you to engage with employers during the Opportunity Job Fair and beyond.
This springtime event features faculty, alumni, and employers offering insight and perspectives around careers in energy.
Check the Handshake events section for more information.
BEAM has created a form for interested groups to request a program. We cannot guarantee to fulfill all requests, however all will be reviewed, and should we not be able to collaborate on a program, we will recommend alternative opportunities. To view programs and events already scheduled, please visit stanford.joinhandshake.com.