Life after Colby does not have to be a daunting transition.  Professional Pathways Exploration & Planning (PPEP) is a four-year program specifically developed to support student career development. The three focus areas: self-assessment, career exploration, and communication competence apply to all Colby students whether they choose employment, graduate school or a fellowship opportunity upon graduation, regardless of the career field they pursue.

PPEP assists students by introducing them to skills assessment techniques, resume writing, career exploration resources, networking, professional etiquette, interviewing skills and much more.  Freshman through junior participants in PPEP attend three workshops each year, one in each focus area, to progressively enhance professional skills necessary for success.  Seniors will attend a required senior meeting and chose two additional workshops during fall semester, and end the program with a recognition ceremony in December.

 Year Goals Primary Workshops
Connect to Self & Skills (first year)
  • Explore Job Shadowing
  • Assess yourself for new challenges
  • Do a gap analysis of your skills
  • Collect information about your experiences
  • Start your professional resume
Self-assessment:Skills analysis and developmentCareer Exploration:Colby Career Center resourcesCommunication Competence:

Written communication: resume and email

Connect to Internships (second year)
  • Develop a career exploration plan
  • Use your skills and interests to identify/confirm       possible career directions
  • Pursue a Jan Plan or summer internship
  • Learn and practice interview skills
Self-assessment:Explore the connection between interests and careersCareer Exploration:Gaining experience with internships and volunteeringCommunication Competence:

Oral communication: interviewing and networking

Connect to Careers (third year)
  • Conduct focused career-field research
  • Expand your professional network
  • Learn to make a meaningful first impression
  • Start developing your personal brand
Self-assessment:Values assessmentCareer Exploration:Industry and employer profilesCommunication Competence:

The pitch: How to market yourself

Connect to Future (senior year)
  • Prepare for new challenges after Colby by exploring topics such as:
    • Work-Life Balance
    • Diversity in the Workplace
    • Financial Responsibility
    • Salary Negotiations and Benefits
    • Alumni Networking
Transitional programming“Life Beyond the Hill”Senior meeting required, plus two additional workshops.


Additional Career Center workshops and events to enhance your PPEP experience.

  • Academic major exploration based on industry skills
  • Internships 101
  • Translating your study abroad experience into employable skills
  • Fellowship awareness and application process
  • Planning for graduate school
  • Employer/graduate school information sessions
  • Conducting a job search
  • Creating your LinkedIn profile
  • Speed networking
  • LARC: Boston-based interview day and job fair
  • Collaborative programming with academic departments and administrative offices
  • Colby on the Road and Paving the Road trips to explore a career field for a day, including employer site visits and alumni networking
  • Annual Graduate School Fair
  • Kassman Leadership Initiative events to link student leadership with post-Colby leadership experiences
  • Career Conversations: Alumni speak about their experience in various career fields


24/7 Resources available from the Career Center via your CareerLink account 

  1. Liberal Arts Recruiting Network (LACN)   An internship and job database for students at 35 of the Top 50 Liberal Arts Colleges in the U.S.  Colby is a member.
  1. FOCUS 2   A self-assessment tool designed to help you identify or confirm your skills, values and interests in relation to the world of work.
  1. Optimal Resume  An on-line resume and cover letter builder.  Also includes templates for follow up letters and thank you notes.  Students can also publish a personal URL with their resume and cover letter.
  1. Interview Stream Simulated online interviews for students to practice both verbal and non-verbal communication skills.  Over 2000 interview questions available. Practice interviews can be emailed to multiple recipients for feedback.
  1. Going Global  Web-based provider for country-specific internship and employment postings, H1B employer listings, corporate profiles and career resources for 30 countries.


Visit the Career Center. Sign up for PPEP during your first year Jan Plan at one of the PPEP Orientations. Explore careers, set strategies for meeting personal goals, and receive guidance on résumé writing, cover letters, interviewing tips, and networking.

Inspired Success
Through collaborative initiatives, programming and technologies, a strong connectivity within the Colby community supports students’ future endeavors. Come visit the Colby Career Center.

To learn more about Colby Connect or to provide additional assistance, please call the Colby Career Center at (207) 859-4140 or stop by our office in Room 107 of the Eustis Building.