College is the perfect time to explore all the career options available to you and Career Services offers a number of programs, events, and skills training to help you do this successfully.
One of the best ways to explore options within an industry is to participate in one of our many annual networking treks. The Soll Center for Student Opportunity, Career Services, and other institutions/departments across CMC collaborate to offer experiential trips to Industry Centers across the country that takes place during Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer breaks. The treks last anywhere from 2-5 days with 3-5 organization visits per day. Past treks have taken small groups of students to Boston (Medicine & Biotech), Los Angeles (Creative & Entertainment), New York City (Financial Services), San Francisco (Consulting and Technology), and Washington D.C. (Government & Public Policy). CMC will cover all lodging and most food costs for the entire trek and stipends are available to offset transportation costs for students who qualify.
Watch out for emails about upcoming treks. You can apply to participate on the jobs page of Handshake.
Job shadows are half- or one-day experiential learning opportunities that allow CMC students to gain an insider’s view into a specific role within an industry and observe on-the-job activities. You will be able to observe first-hand a typical day on the job, hosted by an alumnus/a or parent, and begin to understand the skills and attributes necessary to succeed in a particular field. You do not have to have previous experience in the career field to participate in job shadowing. In fact, this experience is meant to be a chance to explore new careers and practice your networking skills.
Watch out for email notifications about upcoming Job Shadow opportunities. For more information about Job Shadows, click here.
Internships and experiences are an important part of your personal and professional growth. They are a key way to learn about what you like and what you are good at, as well as what you do not like and are not good at, before you commit to a post-graduate career. We encourage you to use internships and experiences to explore your interests, try something new or work/volunteer internationally.
CMC offers many ways to help you find an internship or experience. You can also work with a career coach to help design your own internship or experience. We also offer financial support to help you afford your summer internship or experience. To learn more details about all of these opportunities, please click here for more information.
A career fair or industry meet-up brings a cross-section of employers to campus to meet students and share their internship and full-time opportunities. This is an important first impression with potential employers and there are many tips as to how to prepare for these events, how to make the most of the event, and how to follow-up after the event. These tips work equally well for any virtual career fairs or industry meet-ups that you attend.
Click on this link to learn more about how to successfully navigate a career fair or industry meet-up.
Information sessions with employers are a great way to learn more about a specific employer and gain useful insights into recruitment tactics at their organization or in their industry. If you plan to apply for an opportunity at some point with an employer, attending one of their info sessions is an excellent way to make a positive first impression.
You can find all the upcoming info sessions on the events page of Handshake.
One of the ways in which CMC is so special is our amazing community of alumni. We have CMC alumni in every country and working across every industry and profession. They are a great resource to help current students explore their options and learn from other people’s experiences.
LinkedIn is the primary tool for finding CMC alumni and researching their career bios. We highly recommend that you create your own free LinkedIn account so that you can access alumni information on the platform. Once you have your account set up, you can search for CMC alumni by using search words (e.g., “public policy” AND “research”). You can filter results by clicking on where the alumni live, where they live (employer name), what they do, what they studied, what they are skilled at, and how you are connected. You can scroll through these options by clicking on the Next button below the search bar.
To start exploring CMC alumni on LinkedIn, click here.
Informational interviews are informal interviews that you can schedule with an alumnus/a, parent or family member to learn about an industry, organization or role, in which they have some useful experience. They are the best way to build professional relationships and gain advice and information. Informational interviews enable you to get insider information that is hard to find via web-based research alone, learn about career paths and company culture, discover opportunities that may not be posted online, make connections that will advocate for a recent or pending application, and are an important first step in helping to build your professional network of contacts. To learn more about how to ask for an informational interview, sample questions to ask, and how to follow up, click here.