Career Development Office

CDO Mission

The mission of the Career Development Office (CDO) is to empower students and alumni to utilize their liberal arts education to gain self-understanding, identify their interests, and formulate a career plan. We strive to inspire, educate, and equip Sagehens for a purposeful and rewarding life. 

Our Services

The CDO is here to provide quality resources, services, and advising to help Pomona College students and alumni apply their liberal arts education and life experiences to a lifetime of fulfilling opportunities and throughout their career development. We are excited to work with students as they begin and continue exploring career paths. 

Currently, students are welcome to drop-in Mon. - Fri. from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Virtual and in-person appointments are also available. Our team will continue to support Sagehens virtually during the spring semester. 

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Accessibility

Pomona College is committed to providing and improving accessibility for all members of our community. Accommodation services are provided for students, as well as employees, applicants, and visitors to the College. Pomona College recognizes that accommodations may be required in order to assist individuals in maximizing their educational experience. To learn more about registering with Accessibility Resources and Services (ARS), please view more information on the accommodation services page.

"The CDO encouraged me to be open minded about my career path both in the short and long term. While I appreciated the interview prep materials and résumé reviews, the most important service the CDO provided to me was unwavering support and encouragement."

-Daniel Garcia '21, Business Analyst at Deloitte Consulting

Getting Started on Your Career Journey

The CDO provides students with four key action items to help guide them through the career development process at every stage of their education. From their first year at Pomona College, all the way to graduation, the CDO assists students with 1) Self-Assessment, 2) Exploring Interests, 3) Skill Development, and 4) Implementing a Plan. 

Assess Yourself

Identifying and understanding what is important to you is a critical component in the career development process. The CDO has many resources to help you along your journey of choosing a path for your life after Pomona. Here are some ways to begin the process:

Explore Your Interests

Once you have determined possible directions, exploring those interests will allow you to test that path to see if it is right for you. Here are some ways to explore your options:

Develop Your Skills

Having identified and clarified your interests, developing key skills will put you on the path to success. Here are a few places to begin developing your skills:

Implement Your Plan

Now that you have figured out your interests and skills and explored your options, it is time to put your plan into action. Here are some resources to help you reach your goals:

Our Core Values

Excellence, Diversity, Support & Resources and Partnerships are the guiding principles that support the CDO's mission to help students and alumni gain self-understanding, identify their interests and formulate a career plan.  

Excellence

We seek to provide the very best in career support and affirm both evaluation and continuous improvement.

Diversity

We value each individual as unique and encourage them to engage as impactful members of a global community.

Support & Resources

We view students and alumni as having multi-dimensional lives that require customized support and resources. 

Partnerships

We cultivate and participate in a wide range of partnerships with alumni, employers, parents, donors, campus and local communities, and academic and administrative departments to enhance the development of students.