Individualized career coaching is a hallmark of CMC Career Services. Students select which coach they want to meet with based on the most relevant "interest cluster" and can make an appointment through Handshake, our online communications and recruiting system. Career coaching can be helpful in:
- Clarifying and prioritizing personal and professional development goals
- Creating a personalized timeline and "game plan"
- Identifying important experiential or extra-curricular opportunities offered at CMC to help round out student experience and leadership
- Preparing and refining a resume/cover letter/personal statement
- Researching/applying for graduate or professional schools
- Identifying and applying for internships and job opportunities
- Learning the nuts and bolts of the interview process and taking practice interviews
- Understanding the concept of networking and using networking for career exploration purposes
- Researching employers and networking contacts
- Negotiating employment offers
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and StrengthsFinder 2.0 are assessment instruments offered by the CSC to help in the career exploration process. These instruments are available as part of the career counseling process and are interpreted by a trained counselor.
Handshake is our comprehensive online communications tool and recruiting system. All students should carefully and thoroughly fill out their profile, providing us with as much personal information as possible. Through Handshake, students can access the 7-College on-campus recruiting program (for both full-time and internship opportunities) as well as our Claremont Colleges job database and national job databases.
On Campus Recruiting Program
Each year, hundreds of companies and organizations recruit on the Claremont Colleges each year as part of our Claremont Colleges recruiting consortium. In addition to interviewing on campus, employers conduct information sessions and participate in industry nights and other career fairs. Employers often request specific "resume books" to gain exposure to students interested in a particular field or position. Many of our employers come out to campus a number of times over the course of the year to participate in classes, dinners, panel discussions, and other networking events to get to know to our well qualified students.
Presentations, Career Panels, Networking Treks
In an effort to help students learn about post-graduate opportunities, Career Services offers a variety of special events and programs designed to expose students to a wide range of topics, professions, industries and careers. Students should plan on attending panel discussions with alumni from a variety of backgrounds to campus to discuss their professions, career paths, plans for the future, and provides them a chance to share their "real-world" advice and recommendations with students. Students should also plan on participating in our networking treks, in which small groups of students visit corporations, organizations and graduate schools to see firsthand what it looks like to work or attend school there. All treks take place during academic breaks, and although destinations change annually, cities such as Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. are common.
Sponsored Experiences (formerly the Sponsored Internship Program)
Students are strongly encouraged to participate in internships during their undergraduate years, and one of the flagship programs offered by CMC is known as Sponsored Experiences. Career Services coordinates this program, which focuses on first and second year students, which provides funding for summer internships in the U.S. and abroad. CMC-sponsored internships are an ideal way to gain hands-on work and life experience.
Career Services offers a wide array of career development, graduate school preparation, and job search process workshops throughout each semester. Our workshops, as well as those from each of the consortium colleges, are listed in the 7-College Event Calendar and are available to students from each of the Claremont Colleges.