Welcome back and Career Prep Week

12 September 2020

Carls are intellectually curious. Carls are resilient when faced with challenges. Carls are creative in shaping their life stories. These are just three attributes our Career Center team loves about working with Carleton students. As the new academic year begins, we are ready to support Carls as they continue to create their career stories.

All first-year students this year are being assigned a specific career coach within the Career Center. Similar to liberal arts academic advisors, these career exploration coaches will provide a consistent source of guidance, support, and resources to help Carls in their first two years at the college. Sophomore, junior, and senior students will continue to work with any career coach of their choosing.

For sophomores, fall term includes an opportunity to participate in Sophomorphosis. This two-week online program, starting September 30th, features several videos and live question-and-answer sessions to a wide variety of items sophomore students are thinking about. Brian Murphy, program director for career exploration, will be communicating directly with sophomore students in the coming weeks about how to best plan for a successful sophomore year.

Juniors and seniors in the fall tend to be focused on getting lined up for jobs and internships. In a period of economic uncertainty, a global pandemic, and a movement for racial justice in the U.S., finding the right job or internship can be an incredibly challenging proposition. However, it has been proven time after time that building relationships is the best strategy for job search success in tough times like we’re experiencing now. The Career Center’s employer relations team is focusing more than ever on fostering relationships this fall between employers and students, including an inaugural “Career Prep Week” from Monday, September, 21st through Friday, September 25th. This week will feature more than 120 alumni- and employer-led résumé review opportunities, behavioral and technical interview workshops, and end with a fall recruiting fair (all delivered virtually).

The Career Center will continue to meet virtually with students 1:1 throughout the fall term. Students can schedule an appointment through our new career services platform, Handshake. Skill development workshops as well as speaker presentations featuring alumni and recruiters will also be offered virtually. We look forward to working with your Carl at any phase of their career discernment journey at Carleton.