Career Development Process

The Career Development Process takes place throughout the college experience, from the very first day on campus all the way to graduation. As students begin their exploration of prospective professional lives, many aspects will come under consideration--personal interests and skill sets, academic interests and aptitudes, preferred work styles and work environments, and general career ambitions.

As such, there are four primary actions each student must take during the planning process, in order to emerge prepared and networked for the first professional job post-graduation.

1. Self-Assess

  • Interests
  • Personality
  • Skills
  • Values

2. Research Careers

  • Educational requirements
  • Work activities, environment, knowledge and skills required
  • Online resources, professional associations, and trade publications/journals
  • Informational Interviews
  • Career-related workshops and events

3. Get Real-World Experience

  • Student organizations/clubs
  • Volunteering or service learning
  • Part-time or summer jobs
  • Internships
  • Fellowships

4. Perform Job Search and Apply

  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Career Fairs and other networking events
  • Applying to graduate school
  • Interviewing and negotiating offers

As the Career Development Process plays out over the life of the undergraduate, we recommend students consider pursing defined sets of goals each semester to fully engage in all resources available to them through our office, through campus personnel and faculty, and through Whittier College alumni. To aid students in this, the Office of Career Planning & Internships (CPI) has devised a simple plan to follow, based on the year of the student: first-year, sophomore, junior or senior.