With the urging of Dr. Erin Kimura-Walsh, Director of the First-Generation Student Program, Sean started developing the framework for this social enterprise. In 2018, Career Launch, and Empowered Students co-founded with Lydia Ku, were born to scale impact nationwide. Marieli Rubio was one the early students to participate and implement the Career Launch Method. As a sophomore Civil Engineering first-generation student, she followed the method, built professional relationships from scratch, and earned a competitive paid civil engineering internship after her sophomore year. The internship was a great experience that boosted Marieli's self-confidence and propelled her to receive multiple internship and job offers prior to graduation. Two of the offers were from Career Launch: first an internship and then a full-time offer to become a partner and director.
During spring and fall of 2019, Sean and Marieli were invited to speak at conferences and provide keynotes to share about our methods, frameworks, programs, partnerships and success stories. Then, in summer 2019, they received encouragement and funding from Santa Clara University to scale their impact. In late 2020, The Career Leadership Collective teamed up with Career Launch to to scale impact further.
Career Launch's mission will be achieved by partnering with higher education and career development programs. We are proud to have partnerships with 2-year and 4-year colleges, public and private universities, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. We are especially proud to serve students of all majors & programs of study, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as students pursuing all kinds of industries and job types.