The Career Center supports students, as early as the first year, to explore and move toward narrowing their career options. Their mission is two-fold: (1) help Carls develop the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate their professional futures and present themselves effectively; and, (2) provide a platform designed to help students (and recent graduates) identify individualized professional fields, explore those options first-hand in a variety of experiences, and connect with a growing network of alumni and friends of Carleton as they shape and launch their professional futures.
To achieve these aims, the Career Center collaborates with a variety of groups in, near, and beyond the campus community: volunteers among parents of current students, faculty, alumni, employers, and representatives of fellowship and advanced degree programs. The Center partners with the Carleton Careers Alumni Board, a leadership team that mobilizes the greater Carleton community in supporting students during and following their years on campus.
Students are encouraged to access the Career Center early on for support with any aspect of shaping and testing their professional aims:
o Assessing interests, skills/capabilities, and professional values.
o Understanding and initiating the steps of self-presentation across disciplines and cultures.
o Building awareness of the strategies and available resources to identify and pursue pre-professional and professional opportunities, post-baccalaureate fellowships, and/or advanced degree programs.
o Participating directly in Carleton’s wide range of on- and off-campus programs, such as in externships, internships, Scholars group programs, sponsored fellowships, or being matched with a skilled mentor.
The Career Center offers availability of career coaches, including professional counselors, trained peer counselors, and “chapters” of alumni/parent coaches in a variety of fields and disciplines.
Carleton is also an active member of several consortia that together present informational resources and off-campus interviewing events. These collaborations include the Selective Liberal Arts Consortium (SLAC), the Liberal Arts Career Network (LACN), and the Minnesota Private College Career Consortium (MPCCC).
The Center is committed to ensuring that no student is unable to participate in any of its sponsored programs solely on the basis of limited financial capacity.
For further information, see the Career Center website at: go.carleton.edu/career, call them at x4293, or visit them downstairs in Sayles-Hill 050.