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Fall 2020 Update

The Career Development Office (CDO) would like to clarify its access policies for students in light of the changes to operations for the Fall 2020 semester.
All current students, including those on voluntary Leave of Absence for Fall 2020, will continue to have access to:

  • Handshake
  • Career Advising
  • Consortium-wide Events
  • Recruiting Opportunities and Activities

*All of these services will be conducted remotely, online
For students on a Leave of Absence:
Previously enrolled students that are taking a voluntary Leave of Absence will need to contact the CDO to have their account reactivated. Once reactivated, they will be able to make appointments, attend events, use online resources and subscriptions, and participate in recruiting opportunities. They will not be eligible for CDO funded programs (including PCIP) or campus employment.

Please note, for those planning to graduate in Spring 2021, your leave of absence might impact your eligibility for summer 2021 internships or full-time hires for May 2021. Typically for internships, employers recruit in the fall and require that you are fully enrolled when you apply. For full-time jobs, if a leave of absence affects your graduation, it may disqualify you from some positions that have an anticipated start date of June 2021. Students should contact the recruiter to find out if their enrollment status will be an issue in applying for positions.  

Please be assured that the CDO is here to advise and assist you through this process as you make your pre and post grad plans.

We have developed a page to help connect you to some of the pertinent information you might be looking for.  You can also stay up to date with other helpful tips and info on our social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  

For additional information please also refer to our FAQ page.

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. 

Core Values:

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 and 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.

Pomona College is committed to providing and improving accessibility for all members of our community.  Accommodation services are provided for students, as well as employee, 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 ARS, please view more information on our apply for accommodation services page.

Career Development Process

The CDO is here to provide quality resources, services, advising and counseling throughout their career development to help Pomona students and alumni apply their liberal arts education and life experiences to a lifetime of fulfilling opportunities. We are excited to work with you as you begin and continue exploring your career paths. Read more about us below and drop into the office to meet us in person!

Assess Yourself…

Identifying and understanding the factors that are important to you in relation to your future are critical components 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 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 Skills…

Having identified and clarified your interests, developing key skills will put you on the path the 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.