Explore and Engage
The first step in your career planning process begins with identifying your motivations, interests, and talents. Taking self-assessments such as Focus 2 and meeting with a career counselor are important steps that can help you find the right fit between who you are and the working environment that suits you.
During your four years at Whittier College, take advantage of the time to learn about your interests both in and out of the classroom. The Weingart Center for Career and Professional Development is just one of the various campus resources that can help you identify your talents.
The following opportunities will bring you one step closer to figuring out what you want to do and may also provide meaningful and valuable experiences that can enhance your resume:
Joining student organizations
Seeking out opportunities for leadership
Volunteering in community-based organizations
Participating in service learning programs
Choose a Major
Choosing a major may be the most important decision you make in college but does not necessarily dictate what you will choose for a career. Click here to read tips that can help you find the major that best suits your interests and supports your career development.
Research Career Fields
Regardless of your major, the skills you develop at Whittier College will prepare you for a wide range of careers. As you begin to consider different career options that interest you, you should conduct research about these particular career fields. A good way is to schedule an informational interview with an alumnus/alumna or other professional you may know. Here is a web resource to help you get started in your research.
Explore Graduate School
Often, the path to a successful career will lead you to graduate school. We encourage you to meet with a career counselor/coach to discuss graduate school options and how a graduate program might help you reach your professional goals. Click here to read more about graduate school. In the meantime, you should complete an internship in your chosen career field as one means to help clarify if and what kind of graduate school is right for you.
The Weingart Center for Career and Professional Development hosts free career exploration and professional preparation workshops for students throughout the academic year. Check the News and Events page for upcoming events.
Optimal Resume Workshops
Resume Quick Review
Princeton Review Practice Exam
Internships that Pay
Ace the Interview Workshops
Job and Internship Search
Backpack 2 Briefcase (B2B) Program
Register for a Career Development Course
The Weingart Center for Career and Professional Development offers two courses that provide students with an introduction to career-life planning. As first-years or sophomores, students explore career and college majors, as well as internships. As juniors and seniors, students define their career goals and prepare for their life after Whittier. To read more about these courses click here.