Colgate Career Services coaches students of all class years through the exploration of career opportunities available to them following graduation.


Getting Started

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.

A sign in Benton Hall that reads “Start Here”

Contact Career Services

Career advisers, 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 adviser to build your personalized action plan to make your goals a reality.

Contact Career Services

Schedule an advising appointment

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:

  • 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

Career Research Resources

This information from Colgate helps students understand the careers pursued by real Colgate alumni of various majors. As a liberal arts institution, Colgate prepares its students for success in a wide variety of fields and careers.

Explore Majors and Careers

The expert career advisers at Colgate have curated significant and effective resources about a variety of fields and industries to help students learn more about the opportunities available to them.

Explore Industry Insights

Information about companies and careers providing the context needed to identify your best job opportunities.

Launch Firsthand

Features occupation and industry information, salary data, career videos, education resources, self-assessment tools, career exploration assistance, and more.

Launch America's Career InfoNet

A tool for career exploration and job analysis, including detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers and students.

Launch O*Net

Published by the U.S. government, this is a comprehensive resource describing most career options.

Launch the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Review video interviews conducted by the Roadtrip Nation team based on your interests (i.e., sports, politics) or a theme (i.e., risk, focus).

Launch Roadtrip Nation

Going Global provides country-specific career and employment information, the latest worldwide employment trends, and industry outlooks reflecting international employers. Please contact us to obtain login information.

Launch GoinGlobal

Build Resume Experiences

Set Goals

After researching opportunities and possibilities in industries and careers, students should consider reconnecting with professional and peer advisers in career services to discuss setting goals and planning to achieve them. Having goals in mind is helpful to determine what resume-building opportunities to pursue.

Preparing Resumes and Applications

Prepare for success in the application process. The toolkit from career services is a good way to get started.

Explore the toolkit

Internships & Fellowships

Internships and fellowships allow students to experience industries firsthand, build a resume, and begin valuable networking.

Internship and fellowship opportunities

Graduate School

Learn more about what you can do to plan and prepare for the graduate school selection and application process.

Graduate school