It’s spring, the sun is shining, and you’re busy with midterms, projects, performances and friends. Why spend time at the Center for Career and Professional Development?
If you’re like 85 percent of undergrads, you came to college at least in part so that you’d have better employment possibilities when you graduated. But here’s the catch: earning a degree from Kalamazoo College isn’t going to land you your dream job—you also need the skills and experiences that will make you a qualified candidate, and the networks that will help you get your foot in the door.
That’s where the CCPD comes in. If you take advantage of our programs and resources, you’ll know more about yourself and the possible career paths that fit with your interests and life goals. You’ll identify and practice skills employers are looking for, and you’ll have a network of professionals who know you and can help you get connected in your chosen field.
Students often avoid the CCPD because thinking about “careers” makes them anxious. While there is hard work involved, thinking about your future doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating. We can help you get past anxiety to the place where getting ready for “Life after K” is actually empowering, and maybe even fun.
Friendly open-minded career coaches have your back at the CCPD, and will help you understand your aspirations and get ready for your next step. Rachel and Jackie can help if you’re completely clueless about what to do with your life, or if you’re trying to negotiate a starting salary (and everywhere in between).
Any student at any stage can make a half-hour appointment by calling 337-7183 or stopping by the first floor of Dewing.
Four fun-loving senior peer advisors (we call them Career Associates, or CA) who can review your résumé and help you use K-Connect to find an internship or job being promoted specifically to K students. The CA team is available in the CCPD Resource Room during drop-in hours, Monday through Thursday, 1:30 to 4 PM. Get an answer to your quick question in less than 15 minutes!
And it’s not just the CCPD staff who can help you figure out “Life after K.” We partner with alumni and other professionals, people who understand what a Kalamazoo College education means and also know the needs of a particular industry or field.
Whether you’re interested in nonprofit administration or investment banking, the CCPD can help you access K grads ready and willing to share their advice and networks with you.
“But the CCPD never advertises the kind of work I’m interested in.”
We hear this a lot, and we know we’ve still got work to do to offer connections in all of the diverse fields you’re aiming for. This year, we hired an external relations specialist, whose job is to develop relationships with recruiters and alumni in fields of particular interest to K students. Valerie is traveling across the country, making connections based on what students tell us about their interests. Juniors, watch for news in the next week on how to convey your career priorities to inform Val’s work on your behalf.
One last note for seniors: We want you to feel “Confident at Commencement.” Beginning this week, join us for expert presentations on savings and investment, housing, repaying student loans, and taxes (lunch is on us!). And don’t miss Friday’s Senior Connection Reception, where you can practice professional etiquette and meet alumni interested in helping you step confidently into life after K.
In the next couple of weeks, you’ll be invited to take a survey about your perceptions of the CCPD. Your answers will help us focus our efforts, and I hope you’ll take a few minutes to tell us what you think.
This spring, invest a little time in your future at the CCPD. Somewhere down the road, you’ll be glad you did.