Things to do while at Carleton to be hireable when you graduate
Employers hire entry-level employees who have both a good education AND relevant experience. There are many ways to get this type of experience during your college years.
- Update your résumé and Handshake Profile regularly
- Identify why you like certain classes, activities, and jobs. Use the Transferable Liberal Arts Skills list to name what you most enjoy doing
- Do occupational research on fields, occupations and employers that interest you
- Learn about funding opportunities for scholarships/fellowships for future years
- Seek advice from an alum on navigating the job market and careers that may not at first seem obvious, but are worth considering
Early in your Carleton years…
- Try out a variety of activities, classes, volunteer/service, off campus studies, and community and civic engagement opportunities
- Research what Carls have done with their majors in Pathways and learn where Carls have interned to get ideas for your future searches
- Participate in career engagement programs such as 30 minutes and Externships.
- Contact alums for informational interviews to help you: 1) Learn about career fields and interests and 2) Get ideas about possible volunteer or paid positions. Use the alumni directory to help with your search.
- Volunteer or develop your own experiences now so you can compete effectively for better positions in a year or two. Harsh reality: upperclass students often beat out younger students for posted positions (because they have more experience)
- Visit the career center or make an appointment to learn what services and resources are available to help you meet your goals
- Do occupational research and clarify your career interests (through self-assessment activities, volunteering or other activities)
In your Junior & Senior Years…
- Meet with your academic advisor to plan your academic pursuits, and to discuss possible grad school options
- Research and apply for jobs and internships
- Develop interviewing skills through practice interviews
- Make an appointment with a career coach to discuss your interests and search ideas
- Contact Carleton alums to learn about organizations and positions that might interest you
- Create a LinkedIn profile
- Learn about professional associations (select a major and click on “Links and Print Version”) and meetings you might join