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Colby’s commitment to the liberal arts embraces the belief that the breadth and quality of a Colby education should include an equally broad choice of rewarding career opportunities. Located in the Eustis Administration Building, the Career Center strives to acquaint students with career options, to offer insight into various professions, and to assist in students’ preparation for their career search. Students, parents, and alumni are invited to visit the office to discuss career concerns, offer suggestions, and use the resources available.
Colby Connect is a Career Center initiative that engages students and connects them to fellowships, internships, job shadowing, and employment opportunities and prepares them for graduate study. Colby Connect provides students with a four-year sequence of workshops, presentations, and programs to help them plan postgraduate endeavors, and it integrates Career Center programming with alumni, parents, faculty, and recruiters.
The staff works with academic advisors and other members of the faculty and staff to assist students in the selection of courses and experiential options that best meet their individual interests and needs. Students considering careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, and dentistry are advised to meet with a member of the Health Professions Preparation Committee as early as possible in the first year, and those interested in law and business should see the pre-law or pre-business advisors.
The Career Center library includes extensive information on career fields, job-search techniques, current employment openings for permanent and summer positions, internships, and graduate-degree programs. Computers also are available for student use.
Students are encouraged to experiment with FOCUS and Do What You Are, computer programs that provide interest testing and value determination as well as information about hundreds of professions. Workshops and individual counseling on career exploration, job search, and interviewing techniques can be as helpful to the underclass student seeking a summer job or January internship as to the senior seeking a permanent career opening. In addition, a reference file may be opened at any time, and a weekly e-mail newsletter is distributed listing current activities and programs as well as career-related opportunities. All job openings also are posted in eRecruiting, a searchable Web site accessible on the Career Center home page (www.colby.edu/career.serv).
For seniors, a recruitment program brings representatives from graduate and professional schools to the campus in the fall and from a wide variety of employers throughout the year. Consortium programs with other institutions allow opportunities to interview with a variety of additional firms and organizations at single locations in Boston and New York. In the office seniors may obtain information about and applications for the Graduate Record Examinations, Graduate Management Admission Test, Law School Admission Test, Medical College Admissions Test, National Teachers Examination, and the Foreign Service Examination. The LSAT and GRE subject tests are administered at Colby each year.
With the generous support of Colby graduates and parents of current students, a broad network of persons in various professions and widespread geographical locations exists to assist students and alumni in career exploration. Parents and alumni have agreed to conduct informational interviews, to be hosts for on-site visits, and to sponsor internships for January and the summer, and they can be contacted through an online directory. Information on these opportunities can be obtained from the Career Center. More specific information on January internships is available in the Career Center.