Heller Career Development Center

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Launching Your Mission-Driven Career

Career Academy

Career Academy is a distance summer program intended for incoming first year students but open to all. All newly admitted students to the Heller School's degree programs receive invitations in July, in advance of their August matriculation. The program lasts four (4) weeks. The program rationale is to have incoming students begin exploring their career options early. Students undergo a quality career assessment, receive training on our online career development system, create a Heller Resume and join relevant LinkedIn groups and career discussions. In short, students who participate in the program can be on top of their career game upon their arrival at Heller.


  • Week 1: Introduction to our online career development system entitled Handshake
  • Week 2: A career exploration self-assessment
  • Week 3: Creating your Heller Resume/CV
  • Week 4: Introduction to LinkedIn

Curriculum Overview

Launching your career extends far beyond having a perfect resume and cover letter. This interactive, hands-on career curriculum provides a framework for developing a professional development strategy and career tools to maximize success and advancement in your chosen field.

Curriculum Objectives

  • Learn about action tools available to support effective professional/career development
  • Acquire knowledge of available online and external resources and learn how to take full advantage of professional opportunities
  • Gain skills on networking imperatives and learn how to manage your professional network
  • Deepen understanding of the Heller culture and diversity

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