Employers are looking for graduates with the skill set honed by the K-Plan — leadership, work ethic, written and oral communication, problem-solving, adaptability and teamwork. The Center for Career and Professional Development helps students recognize and articulate how their particular K-Plan has developed these skills and prepared them to succeed in a fast-changing, technologically driven global employment market.The services of the Center for Career and Professional Development support students and alumni at all points in their career discernment and development. Early in the process of career decision-making, we offer career coaching and assessment tools to help students explore and set goals. Our team assists students one-on-one and in workshops, first to ask the right questions and then to find their own right answers.
Students learn about the world of work through a series of career-related immersive field experiences, including our nationally known Discovery Externship Program. An externship offers the same benefits as an internship in a shorter time. Students live with K alumni for a week or two to experience the life patterns around a particular career path. This program has helped many students make decisions about their career paths and build networks.
Other uncommon immersive experiences include a suite of K-Treks trips to various industries and locations around the country.
As students move closer to launching their careers after graduation, we provide more targeted opportunities to network and gain experience. Handshake, a leading career platform used at more than 400 schools and more than 200,000 employers, makes personal recommendations based on a student’s interests, skills, major, location preferences and search history. Our fall and spring recruiting expos bring employers to campus to share information and seek candidates. And our online communities of alumni professionals, the Wisr Career Mentoring Network and the Kalamazoo College Professional Networking Group, give our students built-in networks of mentors and connections that last throughout their careers.
Along the way, students discover creative career combinations such as 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. These stories of career satisfaction are common at K, as we prepare students to do “More in a Lifetime.”
Inside the Center for Career and Professional Development
Center for Career and Professional Development