Career exploration and development is a lifelong and exciting process. As dedicated professionals, the Career and Professional Development office strives to support and leverage students to articulate accomplishments, network, and establish a succession plan within their industry. Our office is a full comprehensive career and professional development center focused towards individualized introspective career coaching.
Self-Introspection: Discover your personal values and beliefs
Emotional Intelligence: Self-awareness and self-management
Assessments: Career values
Finding the Right Career (PDF): Finding the right career for you
Document Review | Showcase experiences and accomplishments
Resume: Display accomplishments and competencies using Action Verbs
Networking and Branding | Network, connect, build rapport
Employer Engagement | Building and maintain relationships
Mentor and Mentees: Establish a personal board of directors
Career Search Strategies and Techniques
CareerShift | Organize your career search
Successful Career Search (PDF): Keep an open mind
Career Search Organization: Create a system that works for you
10 Effective Career Search Strategies (PDF):
Interviewing | Articulate your accomplishments
Mock Interviews: Practice interviewing techniques with Speakeasy
Informational Interviews (PDF): Connect with industries to gain wisdom and advice
Types of Interviewing (PDF): Learn and prepare for various types of interviews
Interview Preparation (PDF): Prepare, research, learn
Offer Negotiation and Financial Literacy | Understand an offer
Handshake is a comprehensive career platform that embeds a multitude of components to strategize career and professional development.
- Schedule a career counseling appointment
- Explore on-campus positions, internships, and employment opportunities
- Register for programs, events, and workshops at all of the Claremont Colleges
When navigating an employment or internship opportunity, read and review all postings carefully. Certain Handshake positions are designated for specific degree programs. It is recommended to check the platform regularly for opportunities and pending engagements.
By entering The Claremont Colleges Online Recruiting System, Handshake, you agree to adhere to the Rules, Regulations and Policies of the Claremont Colleges. Please provide at least 24 hours notice if you need to cancel a counseling or interview appointment. Please respect the rules, regulations and policies for job and internship campus recruiting at The Claremont Colleges.
Navigating your career journey is a fun and exciting opportunity for one to explore and share their gift with the world. There are many resources and tools available to gather the necessary information will provide support and guidance in this process.
Alumni Engagement | Stay Connected to the CGU Worldwide Alumni Network
Center for Writing and Rhetoric (CWR) | Support with the Writing Process
Financial Aid and Fellowships | Understand your Financial Options
Student Disability Resources Center | Support for Student with Disabilities
Office of Student Engagement (OSE) | Support Students and Advances Initiatives
Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) | Help Student Prepare for a Productive Faculty Life
Student Employment | Work on Campus While in School
Student Life, Diversity & Leadership (SLDL) | Academic Success, Peer Mentoring, and Enrichment
The field of academia encompasses career paths in teaching, administration, higher education, and research. Explore a variety of opportunities at various institutions and organizations.
The career exploration process in the United States can be complex. Services and resources are available in collaboration with consortium partners to provide networking and OPT/CPT employment opportunities.
Work Authorization Terminology
On-Campus | Student employment opportunities
CPT | Curricular Practical Training | Learn practical skills in field of study
OPT | Optional Practical Training | Hands-on work experience in field of study
STEM OPT | 24-month OPT extension for STEM designated programs
Severe Economic Hardship | Employment authorization granted by USCIS
- Employers from home country that operate in the U.S.
- Home country connections employed in the U.S.
- CGU international alumni employed in the U.S.
- International companies operating globally
Career Search Strategies
- Align your area of study with the industry (some industries require U.S. citizenship)
- Know the OPT and U.S. hiring policies
- Research companies that hire international employees
- Make sure your resume if reviewed and meets U.S. standards
- Practice interviewing strategies and techniques for U.S. companies
Our campus partner, International Services offers resources for international students.
Asian Career and Leadership Development
Asian American Net
Asian Career Network
Management Leadership for Tomorrow
National Association of Asian American Professionals
Black and African Americans
The Black Collegian
US Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine
Hispanic and Latinx
Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology Online
Pride at Work