The Career Development Office's Annual Impact Report

What We Do

Our office supports students and alumni on their career journey by providing career educations and advising, experiential learning opportunities, campus recruitment opportunities, preprofessional programs and prelaw advising, and fellowships and global awards advising.

To facilitate a wide array of programming, networking, and recruitment events, the CDO created five career teams to be intentional about broadening our scope of work to support students who are interested in exploring opportunities outside of the fields that regularly engage in campus recruitment.

Ways We Engage

Our office works collaboratively with on-campus departments to create tailored workshops for students and alumni. Here is a list of programming that the CDO and other departments collaborated on during the 2021-22 academic year:

Programming Highlights

Sagehen Snack Interviews

Sagehen Snacks is an interview series created and moderated by the CDO’s Peer Advisors to help students explore careers and post-Pomona endeavors, where peers connect with alumni and talk about their experiences.

Wall Street Prep

Thanks to the support of our donors, and in collaboration with Sagehen Capital Management (a student club), the CDO hosted Wall Street Prep, a global financial training firm that teaches students the practical applications of excel mastery, financial statement modeling, as well as an accounting crash course, and more. Wall Street Prep hosted a 2-day Weekend Bootcamp, bridging the gap between academics and real-world application of finance for participating Sagehens.

Alumni Engagement

The CDO works closely with alumni in a variety of ways, supporting their goals beyond Pomona, either through career or graduate school, as well as connecting our alumni to current students through workshops and job and internship opportunities. Over 100 alumni supported CDO programming throughout the 2021-22 academic year.

Experiential Learning

Graduate & Professional School

The CDO continues to offer one-on-one advising to current students and alumni with aspirations to apply for graduate school. Our individualized alumni career assistance is targeted to more recent graduates, but also supports all Pomona alumni, as they have lifetime access to resources and advisement.

Supporting Prelaw Students & Alumni

The CDO continues to offer a wide range of prelaw related activities to inform candidates about application processes and timelines, all aspects of the admission application including personal statement review, résumé critique, LSAT preparation, the Credential Assembly Service process, letters of recommendation, and general strategies for obtaining admission to law school.

Fellowships & Global Awards

Every year, Pomona students apply for and receive competitive grants to fund graduate school, research, service opportunities, and travel abroad. The CDO offers guidance on every part of the process, from finding competitive scholarships and fellowships to compiling and submitting the application.