We are hiring!

The CCPD is accepting applications for the Career Ambassador position for the 2022-23 academic year. This is a student leadership position that is integrally involved in a broad range of career development activities and programs. Tasks include leading work in the Career Studio to assist peers as they draft resumes, cover letters, application materials, and correspondence for internships, externships, post-graduate employment or advanced study opportunities. You will also help teach fellow students how to utilize various online platforms, including Handshake, VMock, Big Interview and LinkedIn. Interested? Learn more and apply on Handshake at: https://kzoo.joinhandshake.com/jobs/6024974/share_preview

We are also hiring a CCPD Marketing Intern for the 2022-23 academic year. Does the thought of creating something and getting to share it with your campus community excite you? Are you passionate about creating buzz-worthy content to start a conversation? Are you excited about combining your love of graphic design, communication, and technology? If this sounds like you, then you’re in the right place! Read more at: https://kzoo.joinhandshake.com/jobs/5519424/share_preview

Record #’s of students at Career Studio

This Winter saw record numbers of K students visiting the Career Studio— and we expect that this will only continue as we head in to Spring.

Haven’t visited us yet? Check it out— we’re here to help you. No question is silly, no visit is too late (or too early!) in your college career. We can’t wait to talk with you about your upcoming summer plans, new major, or next steps after graduation.

Stop by Weeks 1-10, 10 AM-2PM, Monday through Friday in Dewing Basement or on MS Teams at: https://bit.ly/KVirtualCareerStudio.

What Can I Do With This Major?

Excited for Declaration of Major Day next week? The CCPD’s resource, “What Can I Do With This Major?” gives you some great ideas of not only career paths but links to job outlooks, professional networks, etc.

Whether you’re exploring majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this website will help. Learn typical career areas and types of employers that hire in these fields, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. Continue your research through the websites provided.

“What Can I Do With This Major?” is only available through the Resource Library in Handshake.

Logo for What Can I Do With This Major service with additional logo stating Kalamazoo College CCPD and Handshake

Meet a K grad in your field at a Hornet Huddle!

K students,

60+ alumni have signed up to meet with you 1:1 via Zoom during Winter Break. Read on…

A 20-minute meeting with a K alum in your field of interest could change your life. Or… if it doesn’t “change your life”, it can at least give you some solid direction/advice!

Hornet Huddles are now open in Handshake. You can sign up for as many as you’d like. Each of these alumni have multiple appointments available, and students may sign up for as many as they wish. All students can sign up, regardless of major or class year. 

To sign up, students should log in to Handshake, click on Career Center, Schedule an Appointment, and then find the alum they are looking for. Availability will range from Monday December 6 through Wednesday December 8, and all meetings will occur on EST, via Zoom. 



Text with your new boss in Handshake!


In a sea of applicants, sometimes it’s hard to stand out to employers. With so many amazing students like you looking for roles, having an advantage never hurts. Handshake’s messaging features make it easy to contact employers and get the upper hand you’ve been searching for.

Handshake is the only platform with a network of employees that have actively made themselves available to students. These employers want to speak with you and help you along in your career. Find your next connection on Handshake! Read more: Messaging Employers On Handshake Leads to Jobs.

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Career Studio Now Open!

The Career Studio, located in Dewing Basement, is a dynamic drop-in space where all K students can stop by without an appointment with “Life After K” questions. Student Career Ambassador staff can answer questions about resumes, cover letters, job and internship searches, and more!

The Studio is open Monday through Friday from 10 am – 2 pm for unlimited visits during Fall Weeks 2-10. It is closed on College holidays.Center for Career and Professional Development

Collaborate with the CCPD

Good morning, K Faculty and Staff,

The CCPD regularly partners with faculty/academic departments on career development projects. Are you interested in a presentation or class visit from the CCPD? Let us know here: https://career.kzoo.edu/outreach-request/. We prefer one week’s notice to ensure coverage, but are open to your contacting us whenever you need. We will get back to you within 2 business days.

If you are interested in collaborating on a different type of project, please don’t hesitate to contact us at career@kzoo.edu. More CCPD resources are available at : https://career.kzoo.edu/faculty/


The Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD)

Fall Term Letter from the Director

Dear Students,

Welcome to the new school year!

Not long ago, I celebrated my one-year K anniversary; I started on September 1st, 2020. When I initially interviewed for my position, I did so virtually. From my first conversation with the search committee chair to my full-day interview, every meeting I had was either on the phone or on Zoom. I did my research on Kalamazoo College, met wonderful people, and still dressed up for an in-person interview, even though I never left my bedroom.

When I was hired, I was living in Florida; I then began my job as CCPD Director while still living there. For two and a half months, I engaged remotely with my new K colleagues. Then, my family and I moved to Michigan. We purchased our Michigan home sight-unseen; our realtor FaceTimed with us several times, but when we arrived in November, we had never physically set foot inside the house. As you might expect, there were unanticipated surprises: unpleasant paint colors that hadn’t been detected from a phone’s camera, inconsistent carpeting throughout, and small fixes that we simply couldn’t have noticed from even several virtual tours. So, we got to work renovating and updating the house. All while I continued to work at K, remotely.

For the next few months, I would continue to work from home and learn about K, meet more amazing colleagues, and strategize with my CCPD colleagues on how best to help students and alumni navigate career and professional development amidst a pandemic that kept us isolated, anxious, and staring at screens all day.

It wasn’t until June of 2021 that I was able to start meeting my coworkers in person. Each day that I went to my physical office, I would run into people I had worked with for nine months, but had never actually met in person. Some people wouldn’t recognize me because I was wearing a mask, and others would stop and say, “You look familiar to me.” I would then frame my face with my hands and say, “Imagine me as a box on Teams. I’m Tricia, the new-ish CCPD Director.” “Oh yeah! So nice to finally meet you,” they’d say. Whenever I’d attend a meeting in person, the meetings always seemed to last a little longer even though I’d been working with my colleagues for months now – all because now, in person, we could engage more spontaneously and more naturally, about life, my transition to K, and of course, work.

Why do I share this with you in my first Letter from the Director of this academic year? Well, because this experience might seem a bit awkward and strange, but it just might be the future of work for many, and even you. Perhaps, long after the pandemic (can’t wait for that!), virtual interviews may just be more common because employers have found that they are efficient, relatively easy, and often cheaper than meeting with someone in person. You might get hired for a job that is 100% remote, hybrid, or one that allows you to work from a distance for a certain period of time, and then relocate so you can work in-person. You might complete all of your new hire training and onboarding virtually. You might not meet your boss or your coworkers until months into your role. And then, when you do, you might be wearing a mask (gosh, I hope not, but who knows?). You may receive multiple job offers (that’s the dream!) and choose the one that is most flexible for you, the one that gives you the option to work from home or allow you to select a customized option.

The world of work is continuing to evolve every day. Industry standards are changing. Hiring managers are choosing different recruitment practices and procedures. Job duties are looking different. And, trying to prepare for this uncertain work environment can make anyone nervous. Believe me: I have been working as a professional in higher education for quite some time, and I still tripped over my words in a Zoom interview; the process of fully virtual engagement is still new to many of us!

But, here is where you, as a Kalamazoo College student, have all the advantage: you are not alone. The Center for Career & Professional Development is here for you, to help you discover your talents, build your professional networks, and connect your K experience in a way that stands out to employers and graduate schools. Can it be intimidating to set up an appointment with an adult to talk about your future? Yes. Might it be scary to think about preparing for a job search, no matter how old you are? Yes. Do you sometimes not even know where to start? Yep. I’ve been there, I get it, and my team and I are here for you.

So, where do you start? Your first step should be into our new Career Studio, which officially opens Week 2. Located in Dewing 004 (the ground floor, or basement level), the Career Studio is staffed by your peers, student Career Ambassadors. They are excited to greet you, get to know you, and provide guidance on major and career exploration, resume reviews, job and internship searches, and so much more. The Studio is open Monday through Friday from 10 am – 2 pm, and you don’t need an appointment; you are welcome to stop by, stay as long as you’d like (until 2 I mean ), and visit frequently. We’re hoping that this space will provide you with a welcoming, calming, and comfortable atmosphere where you can bring your future-focused questions and get some practical advice on steps you can take to get you where you want to go. And feel free to bring a friend, if that makes it easier!

The world looks different today than it did a year ago. And figuring out who you are is never easy, especially when we’ve all been so isolated from the human engagement and interaction that we were used to. But, instead of putting it off until later, why not get ahead of it? Why not give the Studio a try? Why not start now, with the help of your friends in the CCPD? You will find that your dreams, your skills, and your insights are just what this changing world needs right now.

See you soon,

In-person meetings in the time of COVID-19

Handshakes? Masks? Social distancing? What is proper etiquette? Experts agree: public health is more important than traditional U.S. cultural norms. And… you still want to know how to make your best first impression. Whether you are heading to a networking event or interviewing for a job or internship— the return to the possibility of in-person events brings new challenges on top of typical nerves. Here’s what you need to know:

Door sign that states "Handshake free zone".

Ask about COVID-19 etiquette in advance of interviews

Certain normal pleasantries like handshakes may be out and replaced with a friendly nod or wave. The interviewer might ask you to wash or sanitize your hands before the interview begins. Knowing this information beforehand will help you come across as prepared and professional. If you don’t know the expectations, decide on what feels comfortable to you: nodding, waving, and bowing are all ways to acknowledge meeting someone for the first time without touching them. If meeting in person feels awkward, it’s fine to call out that awkwardness. “It’s so nice to meet you— I’d shake your hand, but of course the pandemic makes that awkward.” Then, move on to more relevant conversation.

Be prepared to discuss the pandemic

The pandemic is not a topic that can or should be avoided in conversation. Be prepared for comments about it (and questions!) to come up. Think about how you might answer questions about how you’ve been handling the chaos. Note that people you meet likely have a wide variety of experiences and an even wider sense of how much they do or do not want to share (as do you!). Preparing in advance and practicing deflecting inquiries that feel uncomfortable will go a long way. How might you answer some of these newly common interview questions?

Keep your face covered

Face masks are the new normal in situations with new people or large gatherings (recommended by the CDC and may be required by the hosts). Despite our collective experience, they still make expressing enthusiasm more difficult. Body language has become more important, including nodding, making hand gestures, facing your body towards the person you’re talking to, and making eye contact. Practice enunciating and speak slower than normal to ensure that you don’t have to keep repeating yourself. And, when awkwardness surrounding masks inevitably comes up (“Sorry, what was that you said?”) remember that it is happening to everyone; don’t let it derail your confidence.

Keep your distance

Pre-pandemic, conversations between folks were often closer than 6-feet. Take note of where others are standing/sitting, and be mindful of your own comfort level with physical distance. Again, it may still feel awkward, but it is collectively awkward. You may need to speak a little louder than normal.


New problems need new solutions. Use the CCPD’s 24/7 Big Interview platform to set yourself up for success. Then meet with a career coach for a mock interview to feel most prepared.

BLM – CCPD Spring Update

Black Lives Matter. 

The CCPD acknowledges that individualistic and systemic racism continues to be pervasive in the United States and around the world, and stands in solidarity with those that are fighting for basic human dignity. Our previous announcements reported on the work we had completed at that time. This announcement serves as a Spring 2021 update. Our work is ongoing.

Actions Completed:

Data Analysis and the Creation of SMART Goals:

Staff Professional Development:

As of the end of this academic year, all of our staff have participated in at least one College-sponsored training experience focused on equity and inclusion: ERAC/CE, Justice at Work, etc.

Work In Progress:

Employer Engagement:

The CCPD is developing a DEI scorecard based on the ARGE Anti-Racism and Gender Equality (ARGE) Scorecard developed by Roderick Lewis of UNC Chapel Hill to evaluate our top employers. The scorecard will be used to assess employers’ transparency of their data around various indicators of diversity, equity and inclusion. Employers will be assessed on the following dimensions based on publicly available data: Management & Leadership Demographics, Employee Workforce Demographics, Onboarding Strategy, Career Pathing Programs, Employee Engagement & Well-Being, DEI Accountability & Training, Recruitment Strategy. Once this initial evaluation is complete, the scorecard will be expanded to include additional indicators. A final review will consider if/what employers are doing to address inequities in the organization.  The information gathered will be used to inform our employer engagement efforts moving forward.