Career Development Center

What's NEXT?

A career development initiative engaging students in their first year through their last year and beyond graduation

Skidmore's Four-Year Career Development Initiative


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What's NEXT


KNOW: Gain Self-Awareness
EXPLORE: Experience and Experiment
TRANSFORM: Prepare for Life after Skidmore


The Career Development Center helps students develop a holistic view of their career development plan, offering programs and services for students in each year to foster enhanced self-awareness, exposure to a variety of career fields, participation in off-campus experiential activities, effective career decision-making, and positive outcomes at graduation and beyond.


First Years
KNOW: Gain Self-Awareness

  1. Career development begins before the first day of classes at Skidmore! During Orientation, visit the Career Development Center during Exploremore, and take home your My  Plan webkey. Insert the key into your computer’s USB port, and in less than one hour, learn about your career values, personality type, skills, and interests. BONUS: The Scribner Seminar with the highest percentage to complete all 4 assessments by October 31 wins a Plum Dandy Cookies & Milk Party!

  2. Attend Liberal Arts: The Sum of Your Parts Career Panel and Dinner in September to learn from a Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Recent Alum, and Mid-Level Alum about active career development at each phase of the Skidmore experience, insights on paths for success, and making the most of your time at Skidmore.

  3. Come in to the Career Development Center, located in Starbuck Center, to meet the counselors, peer Career Coaches, and finish your My Plan career assessment during First Year Fridays, offered each Friday in the month of October.

  4. Kick off the Spring Semester in February by attending Internship Expo: What I Did Last Summer. In a high energy fair format, talk with Junior and Senior students about their summer internships, what they did to land them, and how to make the most  of them.
  5. What are the roles of an occupation? What education level is required for a job? What types of interests align with a career? Have fun with friends, learn the answers to these questions, and win prizes at Occupation BINGO in February.

  6. Leverage your My Plan Assessment results and learn how to connect them with career and occupational choices during the C-SAW: Career Self-Assessment Workshop in March, in conjunction with Academic Advising's Exploremore Week. Using MyPlan assessment findings, participants will explore facets of their personality, values, skills, and interests, tying findings into related occupations, the world of work, and academic majors using resources such as O*Net.

  7. Research and join campus clubs and organizations that align with your values, interests, and personality, or would develop and test out your skills. 

  8. See how your resume stacks up during Resumania: Resume March Madness Tournament!


EXPLORE: Experience and Experiment


  1. Begin the school year by learning what is to come during the Sophomore Career Development Orientation. Held in September, students will learn the year's goals and programs offered exclusively for students during their Sophomore year, and how they will be prepared for Junior and Senior Year.
  2. Connect with the Career Development Center at the Career Questions table in Case Center! Get a coffee and a breakfast snack, while getting a career question on your mind answered in September and October.

  3. Explore internship, service-learning experiences, or research opportunities from Junior and Senior students during the Student-in-Residence Program, which offers brief informational interviews to Sophomores beginning in October. Sign up for interviews by visiting My CDC Account.

  4. Time to revisit your resume! November is National Career Development Month - celebrate with Resume Reboot Month. Three workshops will be offered to help participants transition their resume into a career development tool. Sessions are offered real-time, permitting participants ample time to make changes and get the most from the 90 minute workshop.

  5. Make the most of Winter Break with the Sophomore Year Program! Coordinated through the Office of Student Affairs, this program partners with Leadership activities and "Brand Called Me" to deliver a series of workshops and develop leadership, presentation, and career development skills. Visit this website for more information.

  6. Hone in on your internship interests by attending Internship Expo: What I Did Last Summer. In a high energy fair format, talk with Junior and Senior students about their summer internships, what they did to land them, and how to make the most of them.

  7. Would you land the job or internship? In March and April find out and receive feedback each step of the way the the Phantom Job Search. This competition walks Sophomores through the application process, receiving feedback from alumni employers each step of the way.


EXPLORE: Experience and Experiment

  1. Take courses and choose projects that will expand your knowledge and skills related to your field(s) of interest. Consider coursework outside your major that will enhance your marketability (e.g., if you are a sociology major with an interest in banking, take some economics and business courses).
  2. Revisit the Career Advisor Networkto see if there are any volunteers to network with and nurture the relationships you established previously.

  3. Shadow an alumna/us through the Job Shadowing ProgramArrange additional shadowing opportunities on your own.
  4. Check out Career and Internship Connections (CIC), a recruiting event held each year during Winter Break in New York City, Boston, Washington DC and LA. Applicants may be invited for pre-select interviews, or may network with employers during the morning session with a chance to land an interview later in the day.

  5. Do at least one more internship related to your field(s) of interest. Browse through listings on My CDC, including LACN, NIC, Career Shift and the Internship Series.
  6. Check out Skidmore's Funded Internship Programs when you return from Winter Break for valuable opportunities and a chance to receive funding for unpaid internships, research, or volunteer experiences during the summer. This is a very competitive program and it is advised that you apply for all of the programs for which you are eligible. All students are encouraged to apply.

  7. Start thinking about soliciting references from professors and employers.
  8. Identify professional associations affiliated with your area(s) of interest. This can be done by using the Encyclopedia of Associations (found in the Lucy Scribner Library) or by doing a search on the Web. When you find an association that provides useful career-related services to members (such as career literature, conferences, newsletters, job listings, and membership directories), join as a student member. Besides all the benefits of membership, this looks great on your resume!

  9. Rework and update your resume and have it reviewed by a career coach or counselor.
  10. If you're interested in applying to graduate school, pick up graduate admissions test application booklets in the Career Development Center and begin to research financial aid (scholarships and grants). Schedule a meeting with faculty advisors. Students interested in the health professions or pre-law can also make an appointment to meet with ShannonRodriguez in the Career Development Center.

  11. Attend The Interview Project in the Fall and the Etiquette Dinner in the Spring for a chance to network with members of Skidmore's Alumni Association Board. 


Senior Year (Beginning in September)
TRANSFORM: Prepare for Life After Skidmore

  1. Apply for opportunities of interest through My CDC Account.

  2. Check out the off-campus recruiting programs, such as the ECCD and CIC events held in major cities throughout the country.

  3. Check Skidmore's job listing databases in My CDC, including jobs posted to Skidmore and to our consortium, LACN (Liberal Arts Career Network), and NIC (Nationwide Internships Consortium).
  4. Review the Events page on MyCDC to apply for On Campus Recruitment opportunities.

  5. Network with Career Advisors as well as faculty, friends, family, former employers, and fellow members of the professional association(s) you joined.
  6. Attend networking events such as Career Jam in the Fall and An Evening of Transitions & Transformations inNew York City and Boston in the Winter and Spring.

  7. Create an account on CareerShift – the best job search site on the internet.

  8. Attend the Interview Project in the Fall and the Etiquette Dinner in the Spring with members of the Alumni Association.

  9. Take graduate school entrance exams and complete graduate school applications.

  10. Meet with a career counselor to develop an individualized job search plan (this is important).