The Center for Career Development offers its services to all Washington College students from freshman through senior year and to all alumni. An example of just one of those services is the maintenance of the Student Job Hunters list serve for part-time on-campus and local job opportunities.
We offer a wide variety of services designed to help students and alumni make decisions about their futures, and to develop and implement a plan for achieving their goals. Career planning can be viewed as a four step process:
Step 1: Self-Assessment
Self-Assessment is the crucial first step in career planning. It involves deciding what kind of career you want by looking first at yourself. Jobs are not a one-size-fits-all proposition. A job which is ideal for one person might be a poor choice for someone else. You need to decide three items: interests, skills and values.
To help you determine your interests, values and and skills, we offer several services at the Center for Career Development.
Career center staff will arrange an individual appointment for you and help you decide on your professional goals and begin the process of achieving them.
Step 2: Career Exploration
Career Exploration is a vital part of the career planning process. To make a decision about what career you want, you must gather enough information about it to know if you will like it or not. The more facts you gather about an occupation you are considering, the more likely you are to be happy with your choice. There are a number of important questions to ask about any career you are considering:
- The Job Itself
- How to Prepare
- Working Conditions/Benefits
- Career Future
Step 3: Career Experience
Gaining directly related experience is the best way to know if a given career is for you. If you do your career exploration carefully, you will have a good idea of whether the career you are considering is what you want, but you won’t know for sure until you try it. In addition, you will need to have directly related experience on your resume and cover letter when you look for that first full-time job. People gain career experience in several ways:
- Entry-Level Jobs
- Summer Jobs
- Specialty Jobs
- Volunteer Work
- Student Activities
Step 4: Implementation: Job Search
Some students may be ready to enter the job market directly after graduation. Other students may want or need to attend graduate or professional school to achieve their career goals. The Career Center offers numerous services to assist students and alumni in finding employment or in applying for graduate or professional school.
The Center for Career Development will help you with each of these steps. You may use all of these services or just those you need. If you are just beginning the process of career planning, you should start with a thorough self-assessment. If you have several careers in mind but you don’t know which one is of most interest to you, you should begin with career exploration. If you have already decided what kind of work you want to do but you lack relevant experience, you should use our career experience services. If you are ready to start a job search or to apply to graduate or professional school, please use our implementation services.
The Washington College Center for Career Development makes every effort to assist students and alumni in reaching their career goals. Washington College makes no guarantees about the positions listed on our website or layered web links on our site.
Washington College is not responsible for wages, safety, working conditions or other aspects of employment. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the student or alumni to take all necessary employment precautions.
The Washington College Center for Career Development does not support pyramid schemes, multi-level networking/marketing or any other company or entity which misrepresents itself to students or provides vague intentions. Companies and organizations may be asked to supply lists of customers and proof of intent prior to visiting the campus, posting positions on our web site, and contacting students.