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?
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.