Career Dev Headlines

K-Plan and the Peace Corps

eaceCorpsTHUMB Kalamazoo College ranks 14th among small colleges and universities nationwide in terms of the number of graduates who volunteer to serve in the Peace Corps. Since the agency was created in 1961, 288 K graduates have served overseas. Currently, nine … Continue reading

Expanding Circles

larkThumb Senior tennis player Katie Clark ’16 would be lying if she said she wasn’t nervous or scared when she decided to jump ship from Fairfax, Va., after high school and attend Kalamazoo College. But before she left, a close family … Continue reading

Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College Selects Four Local Activists for Inaugural Regional Fellowship Program

Janai Travis, 2015-16 ACSJL Regional Fellow The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (ACSJL) at Kalamazoo College has named four Southwest Michigan social justice activists to its inaugural ACSJL Regional Fellowship Program. The four Regional Fellows – Lolita Moss, Fernando Ospina, Jacob Pinney-Johnson, and Janai Travis … Continue reading

Summertime means internships for K students

Olivia Cares ''15 is a summer intern in the Kalazoo law office of Mike Ortega ''78. Every summer, Kalamazoo College students fan out across the globe for summer internships. They gain workplace experience, acquire relevant skills and competencies, and test the academic theories they’ve studied in campus classrooms. The educational value of summer internships is increasingly … Continue reading

Bakers to Brewers

evaTraceThumb Half a dozen years ago first-year student Eeva Sharp ’13 was baking banana bread in the Trowbridge Hall kitchen when classmate (though, at the time, complete stranger) Trace Redmond ’13 walked in. “Oh, you’re doing it wrong,” he said. Lucky … Continue reading

Career and Professional Development

When they think about the move from college to work or graduate study, students usually ask three questions:

  • Who am I?
  • What kinds of careers best fit who I am?
  • How can I get there from here?

These inquiries drive K’s approach to helping our students. Our model includes identification of pathways; hands-on experiences (such as externships and internships); and transition assistance. Our team assists students one-on-one and in workshops, first to ask the right questions and then to find the right answers. Our approach is uncommon and yields information and experience customized and useful to each student.

Because life is not a straight line...

Students discover creative combinations: like the physics major with a passion for music who found a career as an acoustic design professional, or the chemistry and art history double major who loves her work as an art conservator.

Students find their homes in the world of work through a series of career-related immersive field experiences, including the nationally recognized Discovery Externship Program. K students connect with K alumni living all across the world and working in a wide variety of fields, job types, and organizations. They work with these alums and live in their homes and, as a result, they build a network that is indispensable to living successfully in a complex world.

The recently established Guilds initiative brings together students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the College around common professional interests. For students, Guilds connect elements of the K-Plan into a more integrated educational experience and develop networks and professional relationships useful after graduation.

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    Center for Career and Professional Development
    phone: 269.337.7183
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