Transition to the Real World

It’s a big transition from high school to college but it’s an even bigger transition from college to the “real world.” We want our graduating seniors to feel supported as you navigate this critical transition, whether that entails finding a full-time job or being accepted to graduate school, finding somewhere to live, and generally coping with new “adulting” responsibilities. CMC offers a number of ways to help!

Claremont in the Wild
The transition to the “real world” brings many complexities and challenges. Many members of the CMC alumni community have been in your shoes before and want to lend a hand with sage advice and anecdotes of success. CITW hosts events throughout the year to help build a community conversation about life, work, family, friends, and forging your own path. You can find details of upcoming events on Handshake.

RealWorld | Simplify Adulthood
Realworld is your personalized playbook for life after school - build your own to-do list and set reminders to stay on track. Their step-by-step playbooks are integrated with video content, tools, and benchmarks, providing guidance through decisions like enrolling in health insurance, repaying student loans, filling out tax forms, and signing a lease. This all-in-one hub is your sidekick for life in the working world! Download the free iOS app here.

Engage.CMC is a CMC online community engagement platform that allows CMC students to connect with alumni who have similar interests, careers, and backgrounds. It is the best place to find alumni, connect with those who are offering to help or be mentors, and join community groups. Register your Engage.CMC account and start networking now.

Alumni Chapters
CMC has 19 regional chapters that provide members with opportunities to network, attend talks, participate in service projects that benefit local communities, and much more. Joining an alumni chapter is a great way to help you transition to a new city and meet some new friends. To learn more, click here.

Alumni Support
Career Services continues to support CMC alumni after they graduate. We can help you clarify your career or life goals, help create a plan for achieving your goals, review application materials, and coach you on networking skills that you may not have used in a while. To set up an appointment after graduation, email us at

The Aftergrad Podcast
The Aftergrad Podcast is a show created by Robert Cain ’21 where he and his co-host share their personal anecdotes and lessons learned as they navigate their postgrad life. Their conversations center on the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of navigating adulthood as they balance following their multifaceted passions and finding their professional identities.

Student Resources

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