The Career Development Office (CDO) has extensive resources and services that can be used when advising students and alumni. There are various ways the CDO can help students from their first days at Pomona College through graduation and beyond. Staff and Faculty are urged to encourage students to visit the CDO via drop-in or appointment.
The CDO staff can help students who are considering which major to pursue, review internship opportunities, make informed career decisions and plan for pursuits in graduate study. In the spirit of the liberal arts, the CDO encourages students to not ‘link' major pursuits with career pursuits. Rather advisors assist students with major decision making as a separate process by helping them consider the major that matches their passions. Career pursuits can flow naturally from internships and other extracurricular activities. Hence the physics major who manages their own company and the English major who becomes an investment banker.
When faculty and, or staff are advising a student and would like to refer them to career, internship, or graduate school resources please have them visit one of the nation's largest, most comprehensive and currently updated career resource libraries. The CDO Career Resource Library holds over 2,000 pieces in its collection. Students (and faculty) can check books out overnight or over the weekend. To view the library online as well as a comprehensive listing of career-related websites, please visit Sagehen Career Tools.
When meeting with a student who needs assistance preparing a CV or resume or help with interviewing for graduate school, a job or internship the CDO provides critiques and assistance. Students may set an individual appointment or come in for our drop-in advising service available Monday through Friday.
Many Pomona College students go onto graduate school at some point in their career. The CDO has many resources to assist them. The CDO Resource Library as well as workshops and panels on the application process, the personal statement, and exam preparation are available to supplement the program information that faculty provide.
The CDO welcomes faculty and staff to stop by and discuss services offered or browse through the library of resources in addition to browsing the various areas within the CDO Web. The CDO advisors are available to present on the topics of major, career, or resource options in classrooms, or by having classes join us in the office. Faculty members who have made this request have found it to be very beneficial for their students.
The professional staff members of the CDO are always just an email or phone call away, and look forward to partnering with faculty and staff as a resource in developing the futures of Pomona College students.