Colgate Career Services coaches students of all class years through the exploration of career opportunities available to them following graduation.
Before diving into specifics about careers and industries, take stock of the current situation. Students should consider what they bring to the table, and the resources available to them.
Contact Career Services
Career advisors, peer advisers, and extensive programming in Colgate Career Services are available to assist students as they begin the process of self-assessment and career exploration. Work with an advisor to build your personalized action plan to make your goals a reality.
Learn About Careers
Thorough research can help students find career paths that fit their values, interests, personality, and skills. When researching, building a pros/cons list for various industries may be a helpful strategy.
Information to Look For
When researching an industry or career, seek to learn more about the:
- General associated work activities
- Typical work environment and culture – indoors or outdoors, individualized or team focused, etc.
- Desirable skills and competencies
- Necessary or desired experience and training
- Salary expectations
- Job outlook
- Opportunities for growth
- Similar occupations and industries
When researching a particular employer, seek to learn more about the organization’s:
- Mission and vision
- Reporting structure
- Products and services
- Workplace culture
- Major competitors
- Stability and outlook