Finding a career: pre-professional advice



Seniors: Need a good answer for the dreaded question "So, what are you doing next year?" Career office counselors are standing by to help you plan for senior year and beyond. We've got the resources, expertise and encouragement you need. Here's a checklist to get you started:

Meet with your CELS counselor – We are here to help you create and execute your plan, set goals, and strategize to make the most of the next three, six, nine and 12 months.

Know what’s going on

Dedicate the time — A job search or graduate school application process is equivalent to the time commitment of taking another class. Expect to commit a couple of hours per day, for a total of several hours per week, to the process.

Attend opportunities on campus — See the CELS Newsletter, Twitter and Facebook for additional details on the events listed below.

  • Sundays With Alumni — 4-5 p.m. in Cro's Nest. Hear directly from alumni about career fields and life advice.
  • Fall Weekend — 2:30-3:15 p.m. Sat., Oct. 19, Silfen Auditorium, Bill Hall: Outcomes and Connections with CELS. Hear from alumni, students and staff about how the College's CELS office is facilitating professional connections between current students and the vibrant alumni community.
  • Career discussions on sustainability — Hear from seniors who had internships in the field and learn how to best present your skills related to sustainability.
  • Graduate and law school panels — Upcoming: law school on Oct. 21 and MBA on Oct. 22, 2013
  • Employer information tables and sessions throughout the year

Boston and New York recruiting consortia — Interview/career fair opportunities in Boston (LARC) and New York (NYRC). LARC deadline has passed. NYRC deadline is Nov. 18, 2013. Have questions? Contact Joe Hayes, 860-439-2770 or email jhayes3@conncoll.edu.

30-minute power sessions — Develop your brand and enhance how you present yourself through your resumé, cover letters, interviewing and LinkedIn profile. See CELS resources for dates and times.

Use lynda.com — A free resource, courtesy of an alumna, with thousands of online courses including InDesign, Excel, Photoshop and more. Look for the link on the CamelWeb home page.

Network — Talk with friends, family, faculty and alumni about internships/postgrad plans/career interests.

Career bootcamp — CELS is working with the Academic Resource Center (ARC) on an intensive one-week pilot program that will debut on campus in January. Stay tuned for more information about the program and application process.

Recommendations and references — Think about whom you could ask to write you letters of recommendation or serve as a reference for future jobs and/or graduate school. Consult them now, provide a resumé or CV, and keep them updated on what you are doing.