The Women's Center and career planning, June 24, 1971, page 1

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          An important function of the Women's Center will be to implement
career planning - to help students and alumnae to think seriously
about the full range of careers, to make appropriate plans, and to
go on to achieve their vocational goals. This is a large order but
we believe that at a time when opportunities and options for women
are expanding, Barnard is in a unique_position to pioneer in these
areas.

Enlarging on current programs for students carried out by the
Office of Placement and Career Planning and by a number of alumnae
committees, the Center will encourage and wherever possible sponsor
new projects to help students take themselves and their interests
seriously and learn how to plan for productive lives. Such projects
will include a program of group counseling where students will have
a chance to raise questions and explore attitudes about their role
as women; and an expansion of career advising to stimulate and sustain

. student interest in such traditionally male fields as business,
medicine, dentistry, law, engineering, architecture and urban planning,

and to include closer ties with professional schools particularly ad-
missions comittees.

In addition the Women's Center will encourage frequent seminars
and career conferences, bringing in women, often alumnae representing
different fields and different life styles, who are prepared to talk
informally about the satisfactions and problems they face as working,
women. In this way the Center will focus on one of Barnard's great
strengths — the large number of successful alumnae who often express

.a willingness to share their experiences with young undergraduates.

The dialogue that the Center hopes to foster between alumnae and
students, and professional alumnae and non-working alumnae who need
encouragement, can be extremely significant in building new confidence,
understanding, and trust among women of all ages.

Recognizing that there are discontinuities in women's lives
and that many women have been channeled into subordinate positions,
the Center plans to expand the services currently offered to alumnae,
offering concrete vocational help whenever needed. This new emphasis
will range from helping women work out flexible time and/or arrange-
ments ef'getting fellowships or loans in order to complete graduate
and professional training, to helping alumnae keep up to date in a
field for a period when activities outside the home are impossible,
to setting up workshops for groups of mature alumnae who need ‘
counseling about returning to work. ’