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Career Services and faculty partnerships

Career Services and academic departments share the mission to prepare students for meaningful and productive careers beyond Columbia College. Whether students are going graduate school or the workplace, they benefit from partnerships forged between Career Services and departments. Here are some concrete ideas on how we can work together for the mutual benefit of our students and our departments.

How Career Services can assist your department and students

We design services to support students from the earliest stages of career exploration through alumni career changes. Our resources include career counseling, personality and interest assessments, graduate school advising and job search.

Alumni speakers: We help with identifying alumni speakers, panelist or corporate presenters.

Career counseling: Our career counselors can help your students explore their choice of a major and identify appropriate jobs and internships.

Career planning site: Students can utilize the Career Services Planning tools to identify interests, skills and values. These tools show how these interests relate to Columbia College majors and job opportunities, through FOCUS 2 and Strong. We recommend a follow-up career counseling session.

Class presentations: Career counselors can make presentations on a variety of career related topics, including job search, resume writing and interviewing.

Employer contacts: We can provide employer contacts that may lead to candidates for internships, experiental learning and part-time and full-time positions.

Graduate school: We assist students with their graduate school applications. We provide workshops/seminars, post test seminars, personal statement critiques and counseling.

Internships: Our career counselors can help students find internships, which can enrich their academic experience and coursework. Read more about Internships.

Major and career profiles: Your students can students can review “What Can I Do With A Major In” on our website.

Online jobs: Students can search for jobs and internships through Handshake. Handshake is a simple but powerful search tool to help find the best fit jobs and internships posted by 200,000 companies, non-profits and government organizations.

Credentials service: Our Credential Service maintains letters of reference for students and alumni applying to graduate school or employment opportunities.

Graduate survey and report: Each year we send a Graduate Survey report. It includes hiring and graduate school data for your department, as reported by students.

How your department can assist Career Services

Alumni Career Network: Invite alumni to become members of the Alumni Career Network, where members can provide career information and advice to students.

Alumni contacts: Send us information on the alumni of your department and where they work. Also invite them to recruit at Columbia College.

Career Services website: Encourage students, employers and faculty members to visit the Career Services website at We had more than 60,000 visitors last year!

Core competencies: Send us information on core competencies your students develop through their curriculum so we can promote them to employers.

Employer referrals: Refer employers to Career Services and encourage them to participate in on-campus interviews and career fairs.

Jobs and internships: Refer employers to post jobs and internships through Career Services. Contact us at (573) 875-7425 or

NACE guidelines on faculty candidate referrals: Adhere to  guidelines established by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). These guidelines provide the do’s and don’ts of referring students to employers.

New majors, courses, and programs: Inform us about new majors, courses and programs so that we can update students.

Student referrals: Refer students to Career Services for career assistance, resume critiques, interview preparation or applying to graduate school.

Survey: Send copies of any formal or informal surveys that you have conducted of recent graduates.


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