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Congratulations and welcome to the Colby community. We at the College are confident that our students are well-prepared for successful careers. I often have the privilege of speaking with parents about their son's or daughter's future beyond Colby. We know Colby students are bright, motivated people who devote themselves to their academic work. They will graduate broadly educated with depth in their chosen field, adept at both synthesis and analysis, and with significant competency in research and writing, quantitative reasoning and life skills. They will have the ability and confidence to present themselves articulately.
Even our most accomplished students, however, must take the initative in preparing themselves for life after Colby, including employment, a fellowship, and/or graduate school. We regularly publicize our services to all students, but I thought that you might also want to know what services and programs we offer to both you and your students.
We are extremely excited about our career development curriculum, Colby Connect, which is a uniquely Colby Career Center curriculum that embraces students and connects them to internships, job shadowing, employment opportunities, and prepares them for graduate study. Colby Connect provides students with an on-going four-year curriculum, providing workshops, presentations, and special programs aimed at assisting students with their post graduate endeavors. In fact, Colby Connect also integrates career center programming with alumni, parents, faculty and recruiters.
Each of the four years offers a unique set of three primary workshops that students are expected to complete before advancing through the program. The three workshops are essential life skills necessary for individual, academic and professional development. The three primary workshops include self-assessment, career exploration and communication competence.
The career center connects students with faculty, alumni, and parents through mentor programs, and it coordinates career-related and postgraduate networking. Parents are invited to participate and assist students and young graduates as mentors, offering internships, and generating employment opportunities. Parents offer students a glimpse into the world of possibilities beyond Colby. To give students the best advice, support, and perspectives, the career center has established affinity groups around specific vocational interests and industries, with parents invited to participate. Other areas of critical interest is parent presentations and workshops on key skill sets needed to prepare and succeed in both the workplace and graduate programs, such as law, medicine and professional graduate studies. Together we prepare Colby students for valued roles in their communities, as qualified candidates for employment, and as well prepared graduate students.
My staff and I are looking forward to working with your student over a four year period, and cordially invite you to participate. Through counseling, resources, and programming, a strong connectivity within the Colby community supports students' future endeavors.
The Career Center Team
Cate Talbot Ashton, Associate Director of Career Center/Pre-professional advisor