Student Affairs – Career Planning

Bowdoin Career Planning complements the academic mission of the College. One goal is to introduce students to the process of career planning, which includes self-assessment, career exploration, goal setting, and the development of an effective internship and job search strategy. Students are encouraged to visit Bowdoin Career Planning early in their college years for advising and information on internships and summer jobs. The staff assists seniors and recent graduates in their transition to work or graduate study and prepares them to make future career decisions.

A dedicated, professionally trained staff is available for individual career advising. Workshops and presentations provide assistance in identifying marketable skills, writing resumes, preparing for interviews, networking, using the Internet as a job search tool, and refining job-hunting techniques. More than 200 alumni panel discussions and informational meetings throughout the year are designed to broaden students' awareness of their post-graduate career options and to enhance their understanding of the job market. Pre-law and pre-MBA advising also is available through career planning. In advising style and program content, Bowdoin Career Planning addresses the needs of students realizing that they have diverse interests, values, and expectations.

Each year, over 100 private sector and non-profit employers and nearly 100 graduate and professional schools participate in Bowdoin's program. An additional sixty employers participate in interviewing consortia in Boston and New York City. Bowdoin’s proprietary internship and job database, eBear, promotes nearly 3,000 opportunities each year and an additional 7,000 internship and job listings are offered through participation in the Liberal Arts Career Network. Weekly industry e-newsletters publicize events and programs in addition to featuring internship, fellowship, and job opportunities.

Through the Bowdoin Career Advisory Network (BCAN), students have access to more than 5,000 alumni who offer to share career advice and provide introductions in their career field.