Brown’s Open Curriculum opens the door to investigation of multiple pathways and allows students to discover what they are passionate about. With the launch of the Center for Career Exploration, the University is taking this philosophy a step further and applying it to life after graduation.
Today’s students know that, just like their academic studies, their career trajectories are not likely to follow a linear path. The newly renamed center (formerly CareerLAB) is adapting to this reality by expanding its capacity to offer tailored advising, professional mentoring, and experiential learning opportunities to Brunonians while they are still on campus and as they begin to navigate life post-graduation.
“The moment students step on campus, they have this Open Curriculum encouraging them to explore,” says Aixa Kidd, deputy director of the Center for Career Exploration. “We encourage them to be curious both inside and outside of Brown because that’s going to help them think about what’s going to happen next.”
The center’s reimagined student-centered approach will help students learn how to relate their experiences—from choosing classes and declaring a concentration to participating in extracurricular activities, campus employment, or internships—to the career journeys they will navigate throughout their lives.
With the support of generous donors through the BrownTogether campaign and the involvement of a robust network of alumni and families to serve as mentors and industry experts, the expanded center will provide services to guide thousands of undergraduates, doctoral students, and recent alums through all stages of career exploration.