The Soll Center for Student Opportunity

Career Chats

Student interviewing a professional

What is a Career Chat?

Career chats are one-hour experiential learning opportunities that allow CMC students to gain an insider’s view into a specific role within an industry and career path. As part of a larger group of students, you will be able to learn first-hand about individual career paths, 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 a career chat. In fact, this experience is meant to be a chance to explore new careers and practice your networking skills. 

Does it cost anything to participate?

  • This virtual program does not have any specific costs associated with it.

Why should I attend a career chat?

  • Explore the career field of your choice.
  • Build mentoring relationships with professionals and develop a professional network.
  • Get a “head start” in marketing yourself for internship and full-time job opportunities.
  • Clarify career goals, confirm career decisions and discover how to apply what you learn in the classroom to the workplace.

How do I participate?

Details of all career chats can be found in Handshake events. 

Preparing for the Career Chat

1.  Before your career chat

  • Register for the event on Handshake.
  • Research the speaker and their career history (prepare some questions to ask).

2.  Day of the career chat

  • Be on time!
  • Be prepared, professional and engaged.
  • Ask plenty of questions!

3.  After your career chat

  • Send a personalized thank you email to the speaker.
  • Connect with the speaker on LinkedIn.

Quick Resource Guides & References

The Soll Center for Student Opportunity provides many resources to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. Below are a few of our most popular resources.

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