by Dash Wasserman ’12

The Colby Career Center is driving students right off Mayflower Hill.

Last semester the Career Center launched a new exploration program that connects students to potential careers. In its inaugural trip, “Colby on the Road” bused 18 students to Boston for site visits in the education and nonprofit job sectors.   

Among other sites, students visited East End Community School in Portland, the Greater Boston Food Bank, and Match Middle School in Jamaica Plain, Mass. The small number of participants allowed students to engage in conversations with alumni.

“I had so many questions,” said Jamie Curley ’12. “This was the perfect opportunity to get the inside scoop from successful people who started out with a Colby degree.”

The 17-hour trip allowed students to get a sense of the options within the two fields, said Career Center Assistant Director and trip organizer Shauna Hirshfield.

Hirshfield and Assistant Director Leslie Kingsley spent two and a half months organizing the trip by corresponding with alumni and organizations. “We do just have a fantastic base of alumni to work with,” Kingsley said.

Hirshfield and Kingsley are planning another Boston trip for October, focused on communications.