Reflect on Career Interests, Values, and Skills
Given the wide array of “business” career options, defining which roles and industries to explore is important to do early, and revisit often. Bowdoin offers tools and one-on-one advising support to help students clarify their career interests, skills, and values including:
- Strong Interest Inventory® Assessment: Shows how student interests correlate with different careers, majors and student activities.
- SkillScan™: A fast, interactive process for identifying transferrable skills, and potential skills gaps.
- Knowdell Career Values Card Sort™: An efficient exercise for identifying an individual’s most salient career values (like Time Freedom, Profit, Community, etc.).
Students can get access to these tools by making an appointment with a CXD advisor.
Explore “Business” Careers through CXD Events and Programs
Bowdoin Career Exploration and Development offers dozens of events each year, enabling students to learn about and connect with employers and alum in a variety of business careers.
The CXD “Explore” series and Ssophomore Bootcamp alumni panels are specifically designed to educate students about career options that they may not have previously considered in a casual, low-pressure environment. Careers highlighted through these programs may rotate year-to-year, allowing students the opportunity to learn about multiple career paths throughout their 4 years.
In a typical week, there are multiple employers and alumni on-campus offering job talks and information sessions on topics ranging from data analytics in the entertainment industry, to corporate M&A at a tech company, to sales in the consumer products industry. Most of these events are held in small, intimate settings, offering students plenty of opportunity to ask questions and build their professional networks.
In addition, student-led clubs including Bowdoin Women in Business, Bowdoin Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Bowdoin Analytics Club, the Bowdoin Finance Society, and Smart Woman Securities organize their own career education events throughout the year for members.
Build Industry-Specific Knowledge and Skills
Bowdoin students are offered free access to several resources that can assist with preparing for a career business:
- Vault Guides: The Vault Guides provide comprehensive reviews of a breadth of careers including consulting, marketing, sales, human resources, manufacturing, operations & logistics, real estate, market research, finance, and more. Each Guide covers job responsibilities, earnings, prerequisite skills, employer and advancement prospects, and tips for getting your foot in the door.
- LinkedIn Learning: Offers online coursework on a vast array of business topics. Learning paths include PowerPoint, Excel, Digital Marketing, Corporate Financial Planning, Six Sigma, Presentation Skills, Social Media Marketing, Problem Solving, Business Operations, Business Analysis, Innovation, and more.
- Bowdoin Library: Offers free access to the Wall Street Journal and hundreds of business publications.
Every Bowdoin student benefits from the knowledge, expertise, and generosity of the Bowdoin network to learn about and succeed in landing jobs that interest them. Students are coached by career advisors about how to identify alum in industries and/or functions of interest, and how to professionally reach out for informational interviews.