Students

How Do I Start?

Career planning is not a one-time event, but a dynamic and on-going developmental process in which you will engage throughout your working career.  The process begins with Career Exploration, learning about different career fields and jobs, and assessing your own interest, skills, and motivations to determine the right career fit.  Career counselors can support your Career Preparation and teach you how to create resumes, cover letters, and learn to interview for jobs and internships.  The Center for Career Planning & Internships provides an array of Career Connection opportunities for you to build your professional network and connect you with employers through Poet Paths, Whittier College's exclusive online portal for jobs and internships.

Whom Should I Talk To First?

The purpose of one-on-one career counseling is to help students and alumni develop an action plan for accomplishing their personal career goals.  Whether you know exactly what you want to do for a career or have no idea what the future holds, a career counselor can be valuable partner in helping you sort through the vast amount of career information available to you.  Career counselors can answer your individual questions, interpret your self-assessment results, assist you with the development of your resume and cover letter, show you how to prepare for interviews, and work with you to develop a comprehensive strategy for your internship or job search.  To get started, make an appointment with a career counselor and bring a draft of your resume, your Focus 2 results and/or thoughts about careers that interest you.  Our counselors can help you determine your next steps as you work together and develop an individualized action plan.

Employers value a four-year degree now more than ever.How can you use the knowledge gained and skills developed from a Whittier liberal arts education to become a successful in the working world?  Review the following list of skills that employers look for most in recent graduates.

 Ability to:

  • Verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization
  • Work in a team structure
  • Make decisions and solve problems
  • Plan, organize and prioritize work
  • Obtain and process information
  • Analyze quantitative data
  • Create and/or edit written reports
  • Sell or influence others
     

Along with:

  • Technical knowledge related to the job
  • Proficiency with computer software programs
     

Employers are not just looking for these work-ready skills. They look for recent graduates with the following personal skills:

  • Honesty/Integrity
  • Dedication/Hard-Working
  • Dependable/Reliable
  • Loyal
  • Motivated/Positive Attitude
  • Professionalism
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Motivated/Require Minimal Supervision
  • Willingness to Learn

We provide a range of comprehensive services to support you in the career exploration, career preparation, and career connection phases of your development.

Career Exploration

  • Identify Your Interests
  • Choose a Major
  • Research Career Fields
  • Graduate School Advising
  • Attend Workshops
     

Career Preparation

  • Prepare Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Learn to Interview
     

Career Connection

  • Fellowships Database
  • Center for Engagement with Communities
  • Jobs
  • Internships
  • On-Campus Recruiting
  • Networking
  • Career Fairs & Events