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 job search strategy. Students are encouraged to visit Bowdoin Career Planning early in their college years for counseling 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 counseling. 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. 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. Programming and advising related to graduate and professional school study are offered as well. In counseling 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 60 employers participate in interviewing consortia in Boston and New York City. The office maintains a comprehensive website; houses informational materials on over 2,000 summer internships and full-time jobs; and provides access to over 2,000 online job leads and nearly 7,000 internship listings through participation in the Liberal Arts Career Network and experience.com. In addition, Bowdoin Career Planning uses cutting-edge technology to manage job leads and target outreach to students.
Bowdoin Career Planning continually updates an extensive alumni/ae advisory network and a resource library located on the first floor of the Moulton Union. Weekly industry e-newsletters publicize events and programs in addition to featuring internship, fellowship, and job opportunities.